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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An Update On Issue #5 of Tales From The Magician’s Skull
Nov07

An Update On Issue #5 of Tales From The Magician’s Skull

Due to a paper shortage, print copies of issue #5 of Tales From The Magician’s Skull are delayed until mid-December. In the interest of full transparency, we present the following intra-office memorandums which recently circulated in The Skull’s publication...

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Check Out Gaunt and Bone at Beneath Ceaseless Skies
Oct27

Check Out Gaunt and Bone at Beneath Ceaseless Skies

Check out Gaunt and Bone at Beneath Ceaseless Skies If you enjoyed the weird magic and adventure of “What Lies in Ice” from Tales from the Magician’s Skull #1, be sure to check out Chris Willrich’s new tale of the poet Persimmon Gaunt and the thief Imago Bone, free to read at Beneath Ceaseless Skies. In this novella-length story, “Eyetooth,” Gaunt and Bone are still figuring out their partnership when they stumble upon a key...

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A Preview of James Enge’s “Pool of Memory”
Oct25

A Preview of James Enge’s “Pool of Memory”

A preview of James Enge’s “Pool of Memory” Fans of James Enge’s Morlock Ambrosius will be pleased to learn that the Crooked Man returns once again to the pages of Tales From the Magician’s Skull in issue 5, with “Pool of Memory.” Mystery abounds from the first line of the tale, which calls all identity and memory into question. Perhaps Russ Nicholson’s smashing illustration can provide you with some clue, but...

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The Skull Commands: Support Ryan Harvey’s Debut Novel on Kickstarter!
Oct22

The Skull Commands: Support Ryan Harvey’s Debut Novel on Kickstarter!

Support Ryan Harvey’s Debut Novel on Kickstarter! Friends of the Skull will no doubt be familiar with Ryan Harvey from issue 4 of Tales From the Magician’s Skull, or perhaps more recently from his excellent article on Robert E. Howard and the Weird Menace Pulps that is part of our online October lineup. What you may not have been aware of is that Ryan’s debut novel, Turn Over the Moon, is currently nearing the final...

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All-New Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser Stories To Be Published in Tales From The Magician’s Skull
Oct21

All-New Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser Stories To Be Published in Tales From The Magician’s Skull

All-New Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser Stories to be Published in Tales From The Magician’s Skull We are pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement with the estate of Fritz Leiber to publish new authorized stories of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser! Over the coming years, Tales From The Magician’s Skull will support the city of Lankhmar and its most famous residents with a series of new stories and novellas that faithfully expands...

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A Preview of Adrian Cole’s “Dreams of a Sunken Realm”
Oct21

A Preview of Adrian Cole’s “Dreams of a Sunken Realm”

A preview of Adrian Cole’s “Dreams of a Sunken Realm” Adrian Cole returns to Tales From the Magician’s Skull with a further installment in his ongoing Elak of Atlantis stories, the classic sword & sorcery hero from Henry Kuttner revived for our post-Atlantean age. Returning to the capital by sea to take up his throne, Elak and his friends soon run afoul of potent sorcery intent on subverting his plans. Let Chris...

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Announcing Open Call for Sword & Sorcery Fiction for Tales From the Magician’s Skull
Oct20

Announcing Open Call for Sword & Sorcery Fiction for Tales From the Magician’s Skull

Tales From The Magician’s Skull: Open Call for Submissions Listen Well, Mortal Dogs! If you wish to submit a tale to The Magician’s Skull, you must pay heed, unless you wish to consign your story to rejection and immolation! My magazine is devoted to the greatest of all genres, sword-and-sorcery. If you don’t know what that term means, I am unlikely to appreciate your prose, but I am informed that you may find a definition of the...

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A Preview of C.L. Werner’s “Demons of the Depths”
Oct18

A Preview of C.L. Werner’s “Demons of the Depths”

A preview of C.L. Werner’s “Demons of the Depths” Regular readers of Tales From the Magician’s Skull will rejoice to see C.L.Werner return to our pages in issue 5 with the further adventures of the samurai Shintaro Oba. Last of his clan, sworn to revenge, this time Oba takes to the high seas in an epic confrontation with pirates, monsters, and the foulest of sorceries. Illustrated by the iconic Jennell Jaquays. But...

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A Black Wind Blowing: Robert E. Howard and The Weird Menace Horror Pulps
Oct16

A Black Wind Blowing: Robert E. Howard and The Weird Menace Horror Pulps

A Black Wind Blowing: Robert E. Howard and The Weird Menace Horror Pulps by Ryan Harvey Robert E. Howard was a pulp professional, always searching for new markets to sell his fiction. Unlike his friends in the Weird Tales bullpen, H. P. Lovecraft and Clark Ashton Smith, both of whom kept to a narrow fictional style and a handful of magazines, Howard experimented to target different markets. Sometimes the experiments were a bust. He...

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Defining Sword & Sorcery
Oct16

Defining Sword & Sorcery

Defining Sword-and-Sorcery by Howard Andrew Jones At Bride of Cyclops Con—happening right now!—there is an entire track based around sword-and-sorcery. We encourage you to check out the entire schedule and be a part of the con. Before we get to that, though, Tales From The Magician’s Skull editor Howard Andrew Jones takes a minute to define exactly what sword-and-sorcery means… The term “sword-and-sorcery” gets bandied...

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A Preview of John C. Hocking’s “In the Corridors of the Crow”
Oct13

A Preview of John C. Hocking’s “In the Corridors of the Crow”

A preview of John C. Hocking’s “In the Corridors of the Crow” The King’s Blade returns for the forthcoming issue 5 of Tales From the Magician’s Skull in John C. Hocking’s “In the Corridors of the Crow.” The Skull himself allows you, oh mortal readers, this brief sample of the horrors and wonders therein, an inkling of which is provided by Doug Kovacs’ accompanying illustration. And mortals, when will you...

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