A Preview of James Enge’s “Beasts of the Bluestone Hills”
Feb22

A Preview of James Enge’s “Beasts of the Bluestone Hills”

A preview of James Enge’s “Beasts of the Bluestone Hills” Fan-favorite Morlock Ambrosius stumps up that crooked way once again and into the pages of Tales From the Magician’s Skull for the seventh time! But lucky number seven may not prove to be so boonful as Morlock and his fiery avian companion travel across bizarre lands confronting chimeric creatures in “Beasts of the Bluestone Hills.” Samuel Dillon’s...

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A Preview of Nathan Meyer’s “Beneath a Scarlet Moon”
Feb19

A Preview of Nathan Meyer’s “Beneath a Scarlet Moon”

A preview of Nathan Meyer’s “Beneath a Scarlet Moon” Hardboilded wordslinger Nathan Meyer explodes onto the pages of Tales From the Magician’s Skull with Issue#7’s cover story: “Beneath a Scarlet Moon.” Join the grim warrior Auric and some unlikely companions as they journey across a poisonous landscape beneath a bloody glaring moon in this doom-laden tale of pain and sacrifice. Chris Arneson frames the...

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A Preview of Scott J. Couturier’s “Interred With the Worm”
Feb15

A Preview of Scott J. Couturier’s “Interred With the Worm”

A preview of Scott J. Couturier’s “Interred With the Worm” Scott J. Couturier hits the pages of Tales From the Magician’s Skull for the first time with this tale of a powerful amulet and a forbidden tomb narrated by . . . well, let’s just call him a “tomb-robber of old.” Marvel as he brushes the cobwebs from his ancient story in “Interred With the Worm.” And just in case you were thinking the...

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A Preview of Mark Rigney’s “Dara’s Tale”
Feb11

A Preview of Mark Rigney’s “Dara’s Tale”

A preview of Mark Rigney’s “Dara’s Tale” Mark Rigney’s story of a remote village beset by scurriers — and perhaps fouler things besides — is his first foray in the pages of Tales From the Magician’s Skull. Young Dahnica, her head full of stories and a knife in her hand, may be all that stands between her people and a dark evil in “Dara’s Tale.” Peter Mullen’s creepy-crawly...

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A Preview of C.L. Werner’s “The Snake in the Fold”
Feb08

A Preview of C.L. Werner’s “The Snake in the Fold”

A preview of C.L. Werner’s “The Snake in the Fold” Fans of Tales From the Magician’s Skull and Warhammer Fantasy alike need no introduction to C.L. Werner, who returns once again to the pages of our magazine with a tale of his wandering samurai, Shintaro Oba. On a mission to free the soul of his late master from a demon’s clutches, Oba’s encounters with spirits, monsters, and foul magic are fast-becoming the...

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A Preview of D.J. Tyrer’s “Death Stalks the Night”
Feb05

A Preview of D.J. Tyrer’s “Death Stalks the Night”

A preview of D.J. Tyrer’s “Death Stalks the Night” Horror-powerhouse D.J. Tyrer marks his first appearance in Tales From the Magician’s Skull with an eerie tale of bone-stealing nightwalkers and sinister magic. All is not well on the night-shrouded veldt, and only the warrior Ini-ndoga and his diminutive companion Mbeva can thwart a potent evil in “Death Stalks the Night.” Chris Arneson’s mistily...

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Archiving the King’s Blade Champion: An Interview with John C. Hocking
Feb04

Archiving the King’s Blade Champion: An Interview with John C. Hocking

Archiving the King’s Blade Champion: An interview with John C. Hocking by Seth Lindberg John C. Hocking is a nigh-obsessed reader and writer of lurid pulp fiction, the author of Conan and the Emerald Lotus, “Black Starlight” serial, and their time-lost companion, Conan and the Living Plague, as well as an obedient thrall of Tales From the Magician’s Skull. Recently Black Gate reviewed John C. Hocking’s Conan Pastiche; then...

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New In The Online Store: Tales From The Magician’s Skull #0
Dec29

New In The Online Store: Tales From The Magician’s Skull #0

This may be #0, but it’s certainly far more than zero. Back by popular demand, resurrected from the dim corridors of lost time, it’s TFTMS #0! This special issue of Tales From the Magician’s Skull was only available to Kickstarter backers — but now it’s back and available as a PDF! It’s filled with stories and articles about sword-and-sorcery fiction, and features a spectacular cover by legendary...

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A Look at James Enge’s Blood of Ambrose
Nov26

A Look at James Enge’s Blood of Ambrose

A Look at James Enge’s Blood of Ambrose by Fletcher Vredenburgh I abandoned reading fantasy for six or seven years. I had become bored with epics and found myself uninterested in the new, supposedly transgressive, books. But around 2010 I decided to actively seek out and write about sword & sorcery on my blog Stuff I Like. At some point in my search I encountered James Enge’s old website, where he was offering a free...

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The Skull Says: Give Me All Your Money
Nov19

The Skull Says: Give Me All Your Money

THE SKULL HAS DEMANDS! The Skull has told us that there are only hours left to pledge for his Kickstarter and he wants you to come to give him your money! The Skull commands you to come to his Kickstarter. To be honest, we are a bit embarrassed to post such a crass message, but The Skull commands and we obey. Without further preamble, a musical message from the Skull:...

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The Incomparable Interior Art of Tales From the Magician’s Skull
Nov16

The Incomparable Interior Art of Tales From the Magician’s Skull

Tales From the Magician’s Skull can’t help but get noticed for its powerful cover art, whether you’re just giving its back issues a quick look in the online store, marveling at some of its upcoming wonders, or insta-pledging your support for the current Kickstarter at the sight of Didier Normand’s barbarian versus dragon cover for the KS-exclusive special issue, TFTMS has a way of reaching out and touching the...

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The Tales From the Magician’s Skull Kickstarter Soars to New Heights!
Nov13

The Tales From the Magician’s Skull Kickstarter Soars to New Heights!

Our Cranial Overlord is pleased! The More Tales From the Magician’s Skull Kickstarter continues its tremendous run! The public has spoken! Their pleas for more adventure, more daring do, more works of eldritch peril and weird imagination have been answered by that beneficent provider of sword-and-sorcery goodness, the Magician’s Skull. The ongoing Tales From the Magician’s Skull Kickstarter is not only the perfect...

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