At Gen Con, Goodman Games announced several new projects, including Tales from Magician’s Skull. This is a magazine of all-new swords & sorcery fiction, launching with a Kickstarter later this year.
Hear this, mortal dogs. You hold in your hands a magazine the likes of which has not been seen for many suns. Once there were magicians whose weird tales could change the wormy earth. They infiltrated your waking world, bringing wonder and glory and imagination. Fantastic visions you dogs could barely grasp. But mortals they were, all of them. They’re dust now. With their passing a Thing was gone, a Secret passed. Well, no more. Magicians of the word, the weird tale-tellers: they may be gone, but their vision lives on. I am the skull and soul of one such word-wizard, and I’ll bring you Secrets that haven’t walked the earth in this century. Stories they’ll be, stories that make you bolt up and hunger for adventure. You’ll remember what glory could be, you’ll realize how you worms have lost sight of the sun. I am the Magician’s Skull. Which magician? Perhaps Howard or Lovecraft, Burroughs or Derleth, Dunsany or Leiber. Maybe Merritt or St. Clair or Vance or Brackett or Wellman or Weinbaum, or Clark Ashton Smith or even grand Gygax himself. All the word-wizards wove wonder, and it matters not whose bones I rot with today. All you need to know is: I bring tales of great fantasy and wondrous adventure. Get ready, mortal dogs. Enjoy this first issue. Enjoy the adventure!
Tales From the Magician’s Skull is edited by Howard Andrew Jones. Issue #1 features stories by James Enge, John C. Hocking, Howard Andrew Jones, Aeryn Rudel, Bill Ward, C. L. Werner, and Chris Willrich. The issue also includes a short appendix with DCC game statistics for the various creatures, spells, and items described in the issue. Issue #1 has cover art by Jim Pavelec and interior art by Jennell Jaquays, Doug Kovacs, William McAusland, Brad McDevitt, Ian Miller, Russ Nicholson and Stefan Poag.
Issue #2 is in the early stages of production, and features cover art by Diesel LaForce.
Look for more information in the coming months!