The Monolith is BACK. Jump back on board with returning ongoing titles and embark once again on a journey through the CVLT.
Darkness, born of dying light, never relents. Eveanna Barrett a sexy twenty-two-year-old advertising executive is sucked into a world of intrigue and danger. After one passion-filled night with a dark and mysterious stranger, Eve's life will never be the same.... [click here for more]
A collection of gothic romance short stories by emerging writers from around the world
Edited by Sersa Victory
Illustrated by Kayla Cline
Immerse yourself in dark, haunting, and romantic short stories celebrating the beloved, enduring genre of gothic romance. Written in the style of mid-century pulp fiction, these stories embrace the genre’s familiar tropes and... [click here for more]
Nominated for two World Fantasy Awards - 2016 Finalist for Best Collection and for Best Short Fiction (The Neurastheniac by Selena Chambers)
"Featuring a who’s who of not just the top women writing weird fiction today but some of the very best authors and stories of the year period."—Scott Nicolay, The Outer Dark podcast.
"2015 was a good year for horror and weird fiction... [click here for more]
BLASTS FROM THE PAST…
The Sixth World has always been a grim, violent place, where your life can be measured in heartbeats from one minute to the next. And whether you’re an experienced shadowrunner, or someone who’s entered the shadows looking for safety, or to hide—or perhaps start a new life altogether—well, they can be dark, deep, and dangerous, no matter how well-prepared... [click here for more]
MEAN STREETS? YOU HAVE NO IDEA…
The Sixth World is a dangerous place, and nowhere is that more obvious than in Seattle, the so-called Emerald City. Surrounding its neon-drenched heart is kilometer after kilometer of Sprawl, where millions of people scratch out a living among hazardous, slowly decaying neighborhoods and even more dangerous neighbors.
Sprawl Stories contains four... [click here for more]
Chinchilla Tales presents a collection of flash fiction full of short tales full of strange worlds, worlds slightly recognisable if you squint, and characters undertaking the unexpected.
This book includes the following flashes:
Return of Spirit
Return of body
Elemental spirit intrudes
Powers of darkness
Doors mysteriously open and shut
Odd nocturnal ritual
A very ancient colossus in a very ancient... [click here for more]
This collection of short fiction from Greg Stolze runs the gamut from the horrifying to the disgusting to the actually very funny. Crack its covers for stories about...
- A plague of nonviolent zombies
- A desperate space craft fleeing the awakened Cthulhu
- Deadly new chocolate
- Celebrities with chelicerae
- A very finicky serial killer
- The theory that Earth is another world's Hell, and we... [click here for more]
Flashbang! is a collection of short fiction written during the February 2022 Flash Fiction February challenge hosted by the Storytelling Collective. Authors were given a daily prompt and encouraged to write whatever they felt inspired to write—as long as their stories were no longer than 500 words. We've compiled our favorite stories to share with... [click here for more]
The definitive 10-volume set of Robert E. Howard's weird fiction and poetry (with all texts meticulously restored to the original versions as published in "Weird Tales" and other magazines) continues with People of the Dark.
This volume kicks off with an introduction by fellow-Texan Joe R. Lansdale and includes:
"The Black Stone"
"Children of the Night"
"The Dark Man"
"The Footfalls Within"
"Gods... [click here for more]
Bandits in the Fangwood! Or at least, that’s what it seems. Everyone knows that the “bandits” are Molthuni, raiding into Nirmathas and causing havoc.The raiders are too well organized and too well equipped to be anything but Molthinu. Lastwall won’t help, as the insurgents are just bandits to them, and no one in Tamran can get the evidence together to prove the bandits’ identity. All of this... [click here for more]
Things are not going well in eastern Touvette. Beyond the usual uncertainty of life in the River Kingdoms, unseasonably cold weather has been killing crops, bandits have been attacking settlements frequently and viciously, and a refugee crisis is blooming from these problems combined. Stepping into the middle of this turmoil is the cursed sellsword Marcov Draeven, who finds himself compelled by the... [click here for more]
Tales From the Magician’s Skull is a fantasy magazine dedicated to presenting all-new sword-and-sorcery fiction by the finest modern crafters in the genre. These stories are the real thing, crammed with sword-swinging action, dark sorceries, dread, and ferocious monsters — and they hurtle forward at a headlong pace.
Issue #4 features fiction by John C. Hocking, Adrian Cole, James Enge,... [click here for more]
Welcome travellers, to the second issue of Fanatical.
These pages feature more tales from the tabletop, those stories that worm their ways inside our brain after playing a game of imagination, whether it be a roleplaying game, a wargame or board game.
Come meet some roguish space dwarfs, the most interesting cat you’ll ever meet, a befuddled adventuring party and a gunsliging... [click here for more]
For Wendlyn, the coastal logging town of Otari provides more opportunities for mischief than true adventures, but that's about to change. When she and her friend Eleukas, a member of the village guard, stumble across a horrible accident on the outskirts of town, they soon find themselves embroiled in a mystery that will take them far beyond the safety of their hometown. With the help of Wendlyn's sister—an... [click here for more]
A REBEL AGAINST ROME Simon of Gitta, an escaped slave turned magician, roves the Roman Empire battling dark magic and demons, all the while pursued by Caesar’s soldiers. Join Simon as he flees across the ancient world evading cultists and Legionaries, outwitting sorcerers and Centurions, and fighting gladiators and gods, even the deities of the Cthulhu Mythos. Yet all these foes... [click here for more]
Knight of Ozem Keren Rhinn is a loyal and vigilant defender of the nation of Lastwall against the threat of the Whispering Tyrant and orcs of the Hold of Belkzen both, as was her father before her. Upon her father’s death, she receives a box containing her inheritance that can only be opened by both her and her brother simultaneously. Kerem and Zae, Kerem’s gnome partner, journey to the Worldwound... [click here for more]
Count Varian Jeggare of Infernal Cheliax needs a new bodyguard, one with skill, strength, and the political knowledge and wisdom to know their station and when to speak. A visit to his old fencing instructor, one Master Raneiro, provides a promising lad with at least two of those qualities, though the young Vencarlo Orisini has a habit of letting his mouth run ahead of his thoughts. Will the commoner... [click here for more]
Not all stories end happily. Larem, Beetle, and Dargley know this all too well. Their last journey together ended with Larem losing his eyes, Beetle his legs, and Dargley his mind. They were once the fearsome Bloody Blade Brothers, as good a band of adventurers as any, able to take on any challenge put before them. The trio now subsist as poor beggars on the streets of Magnimar, gathering alms where... [click here for more]
Pathfinder Channa Ti is a study in contradictions: a water druid in a desert land, her heritage half dark-skinned elven warrior from the deepest jungles and half human woman from the undead-ruled land of Geb. A hard-bitten adventurer with little use for those too weak to learn the desert's lessons, she keeps her weapons sharp, and her tongue even sharper. Yet when a strange merchant from the distant... [click here for more]
ENTER THE HAUNTED LAND OF AVEROIGNE
Collected into one volume are all of Weird Tales author Clark Ashton Smith's short stories of Averoigne, the sinister, monster-haunted province of medieval France. Werewolves and satyrs stalk the dark forests, witches and necromancers lurk in the swamps, and gargoyles and giants terrorize the cathedral city of Vyônes in the heart of Averoigne. ... [click here for more]
Argulk Hroalund operates Hroalund’s House of Blades, the most storied knife and dagger store in all of the Molthuni capital of Canorate and the entire country beyond. Assisted by his slave, halfling Tantaerra Loroeva Klazra, the blade merchant and master trapsmith provides the city's elite and commonfolk alike with unparalleled quality and security. Upon receiving a mysterious coffin-shaped shipment... [click here for more]
Pirate captain Torius Vin’s navigator, Celeste, isn’t your typical crew member. She’s a naga - half woman, half serpent - and can read the night skies like an open book. When Celeste is kidnapped during a trade run to legendary Katapesh, Torius and his crew must race to unravel a web of betrayal and evil magic in the bazaars of the dangerous City of Trade.
From fan-favorite author Chris A. Jackson... [click here for more]
Fantasy fans, curl up and stay a while!
At last, cozy fantasy has a magazine all its own. Wyngraf #1 offers nine snug stories in the tradition of Redwall and The Hobbit. Go there and back again with lush settings, caring characters, and dragons of all sizes.
“The Perils of Living with Your Human” by Nathan Slemp. Carath wants to smooth things over between his rider... [click here for more]
Hello travellers and welcome to the debut issue of Fanatical.
So what exactly is this little curio? Well Fanatical is a collection of short stories—fantasy, sci-fi and horror—inspired by the tabletop games we play and the worlds that they leave in our heads.
We have stories of noirish horror and fantasy fun, of thrilling adventure and eerie curiosity. Within... [click here for more]
"Then stay silent and sit with me until the end, friend. I would be glad of the company of an honest man in this den of liars, if nothing else."
Corsunn, believing that he can unburden his long story to a dying man, tells of his travels and adventures across the brutal world of Pangaia.
Inspired by classic tales of Sword and Sorcery and the pulp era of fantasy, Corsunn of the... [click here for more]
Flashbang! is a collection of short fiction written during the February 2021 Flash Fiction February challenge hosted by the Storytelling Collective. Authors were given a daily prompt and encouraged to write whatever they felt inspired to write—as long as their stories were no longer than 500 words. We've compiled our favorite stories to share with... [click here for more]
The world of Pugmire comes alive in this full cast audio drama experience!
The police dogs have called Alistair Afghan to discuss the crimes of his valet, Darcy Cat. But this misunderstanding leads to the discovery of a deadly secret deep in the heart of Pugmire society.
Will Alistair and Darcy be able to save Pugmire from this threat?
Created by Audioblivious Productions in conjunction... [click here for more]
We came before you, we brought you technology and we brought you science and the written word. Thousands of years before the sands buried the Sphinx and pyramids, before the seas swallowed Atlantis, WE WERE HERE.
We are Vampyr and we have returned to live on this Earth as we once did. Our war is not with man but with those we have created and those who wish us exterminated.
WE ARE THE SECOND RACE.... [click here for more]
Outlaws. Lovers. Heroes. Villains.
With their peg legs, their parrots and the skull and crossbones flying from the mastheads of their ships, classic pirates are some of the world’s best-known and easily recognizable outlaws. Or are they? These fifteen stories spin new tales of pirates crossing dimensional barriers for revenge, fighting terrible foes in outer space and building new lives after... [click here for more]
Western. Wuxia. WILD.
Imagine: A fantasy world, but not one based on Medieval/Dark Ages European culture and myth, but rather on the tropes of the Spaghetti Western and Chinese Wuxia. Add steampunk elements. Mix well. A fantasy world that mixes the inspirations of Django and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon... The Good, The Bad & The Ugly and House of Flying Daggers...... [click here for more]
At the Docks, a generations-old Halloween tradition of forgotten origin goes awry, with very real consequences for the people of Freeport. This short story is set in Green Ronin's City of Freeport.
... [click here for more]
A naive cabin boy goes ashore in Freeport for the first time, and learns important lessons about life in the big city, why attention to proper knot lore matters, and about the sailors’ code.
About Anthony Pryor
Anthony Pryor has been writing for the gaming industry since the late Cenezoic era, starting with FASA's Battletech in the 1980s, moving on to Bard Games' World of Talislanta,... [click here for more]
From a world magically transformed entirely into glass to a distant future where the Catholic Church of Osirus uses two singularities to manipulate time, the science fiction and fantasy stories of Small Matters take the readers to places unlike any they have visited before.
Brought to you from the mind of master world-builder and storyteller Monte Cook, these seven short stories tell tales... [click here for more]
“Do you think they’d give me a couple clams now?” Dab asked plaintively. “I don’t think I can wait. I’m going to ask the guard. Watch my pack.”The white Duck person waddled toward the dripping cart, her gaze fixed on the big mound of clams that poked up above the tall side walls. She barely noticed as a Rarebit, ears poking through a floppy red hat, threw a swollen bladder... [click here for more]
THERE HAVE BEEN EIGHT PREVIOUS WORLDS.
Each world stretched across vast millennia of time. Each played host to a race whose civilizations rose to supremacy but eventually died or scattered, disappeared or transcended. During the time that each world flourished, those that ruled it spoke to the stars, reengineered their physical bodies, and mastered form and essence, all in their own... [click here for more]
In the devil-worshiping nation of Cheliax, crime is a strangely slippery concept, and those with money and power tend to make the rules. Yet when aristocrat detective Pathfinder Varian Jeggare and his devil-blooded bodyguard Radovan are drawn into a series of noble murders, it quickly becomes clear that there's more afoot than simply someone settling old scores. Add in a zealous Hellknight law-keeper... [click here for more]
The beloved magazine of cozy fantasy's keeps getting bigger!
Ten tales in the tradition of Legends & Lattes and The Hobbit—plus an exclusive interview with Phyllis Ann Karr, author of cozy fantasy classic At Amberleaf Fair, and our first ever recipe! Wyngraf #4 includes all-new stories of family, community, music, talking animals, and tons... [click here for more]
This collection of short stories is the first book to take place in the fictional, supernaturally tainted town of Darling, Iowa. Horrible, fantastical things loom just out of sight in the dying micropolitan of Darling, Iowa. Dragons and psychics exist side-by-side. Bubble worlds and terrifying prisons hide in plain sight. Even the river holds a strange secret. Paranormal thrills and chills hide around... [click here for more]
In the Grand Duchy of Alkenstar, guns are both the duchy's most valuable secret and the means by which that secret is kept safe. For retired shieldmarshal Bors Gelgur—a down-on-his-luck drunk still pained by old wounds and memories—the roar of igniting powder is a thing of the past, and the constant adventure of policing the duchy something best left to the young and foolhardy. Yet when treachery... [click here for more]
Sometimes loved, sometimes hated, but always respected, Pathfinders are known all across Golarion. Earning a commission as a Pathfinder requires years of hard work, dedication, and study—far too much trouble for disgraced noble son Ollix Kaddar to be bothered with. After all, it's much easier to simply declare yourself a Pathfinder and worry about the formalities later. Accompanied only by the long-suffering... [click here for more]
Join Conan on his many adventures from mercenary and thief to king as he smites demons, fights wizards, battles against all odds, journeys to exotic lands, loves and lusts, uncovers hidden mysteries, and always refuses to yield!
This epic collection contains 18 of Robert E. Howard's stories about Conan the Barbarian.
These stories were originally published in Weird Tales magazine between... [click here for more]
Visit the edgier side of science fiction. From funkadelic airships to post-apocalyptic advertising, you're sure to find brilliant and original short fiction in our second Book of Apex. These stories represent the second year of original online content from Apex Magazine. Enjoy work from acclaimed story masters such as Jennifer Pelland, Ekaterina Sedia, Mary Robinette Kowal, Peter M. Ball, Seanan McGuire,... [click here for more]
In The Apex Book of World SF 2, editor Lavie Tidhar collects short stories by science fiction and fantasy authors from Africa and Latin America.
An expedition to an alien planet; Lenin rising from the dead; a superhero so secret he does not exist. In The Apex Book of World SF 2, World Fantasy Award nominated editor Lavie Tidhar brings together a unique collection of stories from around... [click here for more]
Teleported halfway around the world in pursuit of a magical pearl, Pathfinder venture-captain and master detective Varian Jeggare and his hellspawn bodyguard Radvoan find themselves stepping out into a crime scene. Their contact has been murdered, and only by joining Inspector Takeda and the serving girl Kazuko do the foreigners have any chance of finding the murderer and finishing their mission.... [click here for more]
When Pathfinder Eando Kline, traveling scholar and adventurer extraordinaire, comes across a strange and magical ioun stone, the discovery starts him on a quest unlike any he's undertaken before.
In following the stone's mysterious directions, he'll be forced to cross the dangerous frontier region of Varisia, the orc-held territories of Belkzen, and the deadly and monster-infested tunnels of the Darklands.... [click here for more]
Fantasy fans, curl up and stay a while!
The beloved cozy fantasy magazine returns! Wyngraf #2 features ten snug stories in the tradition of Redwall and The Hobbit. Feast on a smorgasbord of warm settings, caring characters, and lush magic.
“Desert Dreams” by Angelica Fiori. Marri's family of airship traders blows through desert towns. What will she do when one needs... [click here for more]
While travelling through the Dread Swamp, Thurvok, the sellsword, and his friends, Meldom, thief, cutpurse and occasional assassin, Meldom’s sweetheart Lysha and the sorceress Sharenna come across an overturned wagon and the terrified merchant Polyxo who babbles that a monster has taken his daughter Cerissa. Because they are heroes – and because Polyxo has offered them a sizeable reward – the... [click here for more]
Coventry is a typical university town in West Texas. Football is king, local festivals abound, and secrets run deeper than the roots of the Blood Pecan. Buck and Jabez are outsiders who couldn't get into any other school and were thrown together by the housing office. Can their new friendship survive the hazards of a town where breaking trust, going beyond the Narrow Way, is deadly dangerous? Ghouls,... [click here for more]