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Monday , 18 May 2015 , 10 : 33 PM
We're really excited to bring you the an excerpt from John R. Fultz's newest novel, The Testament of Tall Eagle. Without any further ado, I hope you enjoy Chapter 4: On the Blood Trail. It's an excellent little stand-alone piece we know you'll enjoy, Book Description A young warrior's vision-quest unveils an alien city full of magic and mystery. As a tribal rift threatens to destroy Tall Eagle's people, night-crawling devils stalk and devour them, so he seeks the wisdom of the high-flying Myktu. These fantastic beings offer him hope, a chance for rebirth and prosperity, as two separate realities converge. Yet first Tall Eagle must find White Fawn—the girl he was born to love—and steal her back from the camp of his savage enemies. His best friend has become his deadliest rival, and now he must outwit an invading army of conquerors to lead his people into the Land Beyond the Sun. The Testament of Tall Eagle is the epic saga of The People, as told in the words of their greatest hero. The Testament of Tall Eagle Chapter 4: "On the Blood Trail" by John R. Fultz On our third week in the new Winter Village, Bear Killer came down from a highland hunt and called together a group of men. All who were in the village at that time gathered about him and my cousin. Two Elks and I had just returned with a fresh deer carcass, and we were drawn to my uncle’s powerful voice. “Men of the People!” said Bear Killer. “Warriors of my heart! The Bear Spirit has sent me a powerful vision. With my son Rides the Wind I hunted the highland bear this day. I sought to kill another of these mighty beasts and take his strength into my limbs to make vengeance on our enemies....
Saturday , 31 January 2015 , 03 : 31 AM
Let There be Darkness Tim Marquitz While there’s been an upswing in popularity of darker stories of late, Warhammer 40k having coined the term grimdark back in the early 2000s, the concept has been around for a long time. It’s no surprise the style has become more widespread. For me, the surprise is actually that it’s taken this long to propagate. The concept of an overwhelmingly bleak darkness has been in my imagination since I first read Michael Moorcock’s Elric back when I was a child. I remember struggling my way through the concepts of time and the multiverse and the multiple incarnations of Elric and, of course, about the disturbing relationship he had with Stormbringer. You want to talk about bleak and hopeless, these books were the epitome of what grimdark aspires to be. That influence impacted everything I did creatively and still does. My early Dungeons and Dragons games were twisted and dangerous, lots of otherworldly creatures and disturbing NPCs inhabiting my made up world. My poetry and early attempts at writing reached for the heights I’d been introduced to by Moorcock, so much so as to be derivative at times. Though those days are long past, my own voice having since found its roots, there is still a piece of Elric in everything I write. My characters are tortured souls caught between worlds, desperate to overcome their weaknesses and do what’s right despite the influences that would lead them astray. And while my stories might not all fit the current definition of grimdark, the idea that the darkness is stronger than the light most certainly plays out time and time again. The gritty realism of life impacts us all whether we like it or not. As such, it’s only fitting that it infiltrates not only what I...
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