Under the Spell of Keith Taylor’s Bard Songs
May07

Under the Spell of Keith Taylor’s Bard Songs

Under the Spell of Keith Taylor’s Bard Songs by Brian Murphy Tomorrow all will be known, and you’re not aloneSo don’t be afraid of the dark and coldBecause the Bard’s songs will remain ~ “The Bard’s Song,” Blind Guardian A characteristic of good sword-and-sorcery is earthiness; even if not set in some ancient age of our own earth, sword-and-sorcery nevertheless is typically gritty, even grimy, in its realism. Joseph McCullough once...

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Charles R. Saunders’ Nyumbani Tales
Dec29

Charles R. Saunders’ Nyumbani Tales

Charles R. Saunders’ Nyumbani Tales by Bill Ward In Nyumbani Tales (MV Media 2017), sword-and-sorcery great Charles Saunders collects 13 short stories spanning his early career, work that had previously appeared in a variety of publications, from small press ‘zines like Weirdbook and Black Lite, to mass market anthologies such as Beyond the Fields We Know and Hecate’s Cauldron. Fans of Saunders’ Imaro series...

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Sword & Sorcery Fiction Open Call Coming Soon
Dec13

Sword & Sorcery Fiction Open Call Coming Soon

We have been guided by The Skull to send out a reminder to all those under his command—which means YOU—that soon you shall be allowed to send him your ideas brought to life. We’ve detailed everything you need to know in an earlier post, but here are the basics: Submissions will be open January 22, 2021 – April 1, 2021We accept e-mail submissions only, in .rtf, standard manuscript format. I.E. double-spaced, with title and...

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The Best of Sword-and-Sorcery from The Bride of Cyclops Con Panel Discussion
Dec04

The Best of Sword-and-Sorcery from The Bride of Cyclops Con Panel Discussion

The Best of Sword-and-Sorcery from The Bride of Cyclops Con Panel Discussion Back in October Goodman Games held a weekend-long virtual convention, The Bride of Cyclops Con! Tales From the Magician’s Skull was of course in attendance, taking part in several round table discussions from writers, editors, critics, and fans that ran the gamut of topics in fantasy fiction and publishing. And, thanks to the Skull’s potent...

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In Remembrance of Charles Saunders (1946-2020)
Oct04

In Remembrance of Charles Saunders (1946-2020)

by Bill Ward The world of adventure fantasy and sword & sorcery has grown a little dimmer with the passing of Charles Saunders in May of this year at the age of 74. Though best known among genre fans for his Imaro saga, Saunders worked diligently as a journalist and historian, with much of his focus over the years devoted to the Black Canadian experience, most especially as it pertains to Nova Scotia, which Saunders called home...

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