Bards and Sages Publishing

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Established in 2002, Bards and Sages Publishing publishes speculative fiction and roleplaying games. We sponsor an annual writing contest for charity. Visit our site to learn more about our projects and programs.

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Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Bridgeton, NJ. I had the good fortune of having many teachers who encouraged creativity and a love of writing. We had a lot of freedom with our writing assignments that I think is lacking in education today. It was at the high school library that I first discovered Stephen King. I checked out the library's copy of 'Salem's Lot. I remember thinking two things. First, this was the scariest thing I had ever come across. Second, I could do that.
When did you first start writing?
I started seriously writing when I was thirteen. I would write short horror stories to share with my friends and teachers. I'm pretty sure if a teenager today showed the types of stories I wrote to a teacher now, the poor kid would at best end up with detention and at worst end up medicated and labeled unstable. But thankfully my teachers all had a firm grasp of the difference between fantasy and reality and recognized fiction as fiction.
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Nancy Werlock's Diary: Season One
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 80,980. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2014 by Bards and Sages Publishing. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
This is an omnibus edition of episodes one through seven in the Nancy Werlock's Diary series. It also includes a bonus short story "Devil in a Blue(ish) Dress."
Nancy Werlock's Diary: In the Cards
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Series: Nancy Werlock's Diary, Book 7. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,470. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2014 by Bards and Sages Publishing. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Marriage counselor Nancy Werlock didn't want to take over the family business. Unfortunately for her fate, and a bunch of conniving spirits, have other plans. Now Nancy finds herself fumbling through exorcisms and training an apprentice. Because for Werlock women, the family business is demonology. And at the Three Wishes Boutique, the customer may not always be right, but he may be possessed.
Nancy Werlock's Diary: Possession is 9/10th of the Law
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Series: Nancy Werlock's Diary, Book 6. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,240. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2014 by Bards and Sages Publishing. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Marriage counselor Nancy Werlock didn't want to take over the family business. Unfortunately for her fate, and a bunch of conniving spirits, have other plans. Now Nancy finds herself fumbling through exorcisms and training an apprentice. Because for Werlock women, the family business is demonology. And at the Three Wishes Boutique, the customer may not always be right, but he may be possessed.
Nancy Werlock's Diary: 'Til Death Do Us Part
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Series: Nancy Werlock's Diary, Book 5. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,380. Language: English. Published: January 10, 2014 by Bards and Sages Publishing. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Nancy Werlock didn't want to take over the family business. Unfortunately for her fate, and a bunch of conniving spirits, have other plans. Now Nancy finds herself fumbling through exorcisms and sorting applications for a new apprentice. Because for Werlock women, the family business is demonology. And at the Three Wishes Boutique, the customer may not always be right, but he may possessed.
Nancy Werlock's Diary: Family Affairs
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Series: Nancy Werlock's Diary, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,250. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2014 by Bards and Sages Publishing. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Nancy Werlock didn't want to take over the family business. Unfortunately for her fate, and a bunch of conniving spirits, have other plans. Now Nancy finds herself fumbling through exorcisms and sorting applications for a new apprentice. Because for Werlock women, the family business is demonology. And at the Three Wishes Boutique, the customer may not always be right, but he may possessed.
The Immediacy of Emotional Kerfuffles
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 75,960. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2013 by Bards and Sages Publishing. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Flash fiction
KJ Hannah Greenberg presents this collection of eighty speculative flash fiction and short fiction offerings. If you like your literary fiction sprinkled with friendly insanity, or if you prefer your contemporary fantasy to resonate with profound realism, or if you simply enjoy reading about anthropomorphic critters and everyday people in unusual situations, this collection is for you.
Nancy Werlock's Diary: Karma's a Witch
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Series: Nancy Werlock's Diary, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,320. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2013 by Bards and Sages Publishing. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
The third installment of the Nancy Werlock series. Includes three short stories (8100 words) Nancy Werlock didn't want to take over the family business. Unfortunately fate, and a bunch of conniving spirits, have other plans. Because for Werlock women, the family business is demonology. And at the Three Wishes Boutique, the customer may not always be right, but he may very well be possessed.
Nancy Werlock's Diary: Mother Knows Worst
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Series: Nancy Werlock's Diary, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,050. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2013 by Bards and Sages Publishing. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
The second installment in the Nancy Werlock series features two more original short stories. Nancy didn't want to take over the family business. Unfortunately fate, and a bunch of conniving spirits, have other plans. Now Nancy finds herself fumbling through exorcisms and training a sexy new apprentice.
Nancy Werlock's Diary: Dear Diary,
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Series: Nancy Werlock's Diary, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 9,950. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2013 by Bards and Sages Publishing. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Nancy Werlock didn't want to take over the family business. Unfortunately fate, and a bunch of conniving spirits, have other plans. Now she finds herself fumbling through exorcisms and sorting applications for a new apprentice. Because for Werlock women, the family business is demonology. And at the Three Wishes Boutique, the customer may not always be right, but he may be possessed.
Water is Thicker than Blood
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,050. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2013 by Bards and Sages Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Fifty years after World War III, the residents of New Orleans struggle just to survive. Despite being surrounded by water, radiation and pollution have made clean drinking water hard to come by. In Water is Thicker than Blood, a woman's broken water purifier starts a chain of events that will impact everyone in the Bywater district.[9700 word novelette]
Bardic Tales and Sage Advice (Volume V)
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Series: Bardic Tales and Sage Advice, Book 5. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 28,340. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2013 by Bards and Sages Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
The fifth installment in the series presents award-winning stories by Craig Comer, Jamie Lackey, David Lawrence, Viktor Kowalski, Viktor James Night, Lynn Veach Sadler, Chad Strong, and George S. Walker. Each installment in the series presents the winners of the annual Bards and Sages writing competition, as well as winners from our annual Readers' Choice Awards program.
Folklore and Fairy Tales of the East
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,150. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2013 by Bards and Sages Publishing. Category: Fiction » Literature » Fairy tales
Compiled from a variety of classic works, Folklore and Fairy Tales of the East introduces readers to the rich and wonderful storytelling heritage of China, India, Japan, Persia, the Phillipines, and Tibet. Explore 15 whimsical, amusing, and thought-provoking tales.
Pantheon Building
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,280. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2013 by Bards and Sages Publishing. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
Whether you are designing a new campaign setting for a roleplaying game or looking to create a world for your fantasy fiction, the creation of a pantheon will be an important part of the process. Pantheon Building provides a short primer on the issues to consider while developing your pantheon.
Return of the Dead Men (and Women) Walking
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 48,480. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2012 by Bards and Sages Publishing. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
The undead return with more strange, terrifying, and bizarre tales of the unlife beyond life. Zombies, ghouls, vampires, and other things that should not be shamble through the pages of this anthology. Collection includes 14 tales.
World Building 101
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,820. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2012 by Bards and Sages Publishing. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
Originally designed for a seminar conducted by author and game designer Julie Ann Dawson at Suny College, World Building 101 provides both writers and RPG designers with an easy-to-follow process through which to create a functional and believable setting.
Bardic Tales and Sage Advice (Volume IV)
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Series: Bardic Tales and Sage Advice, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 30,720. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2012 by Bards and Sages Publishing. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
Though originally meant as a standalone anthology, the Bardic Tales and Sage Advice collection has evolved into an annual celebration of speculative fiction. The collection is now an invitation-only anthology. Each volume features the winners of our annual writing competition, the winners of our annual Reader's Choice Awards, and select private invitation authors.
Don't Pet the Sweaty Things
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 67,040. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2012 by Bards and Sages Publishing. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Pushcart Prize nominee, National Endowment for the Humanities awardee, and designated Keeper of the Hibernaculum of Imaginary Hedgehogs KJ Hannah Greenberg shares her whimsical and peculiar vision with Don't Pet the Sweaty Things. This collection of seventy flash fiction and short stories will delight, amuse, and, in some cases, pleasantly confuse readers.
In Our House: Tantalizing Tales of Terror
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 72,270. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2011 by Bards and Sages Publishing. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
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Award-winning author Peter A. Balaskas unleashes his unique style of mesmerizing horror once again. This collection of short stories takes readers on a dark journey into that shadow realm between the real and surreal, where ordinary people find themselves confronted by extraordinary things. Close the windows. Lock the doors. Check under the bed. And make yourself at home…In Our House.
Beneath The Surface of Things
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 79,200. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2010 by Bards and Sages Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
A homeless man trapped in a hell of his own making finds a reason to hope in "Redemption Song." A camping trip turns into a race for survival after the discovery of a bizarre artifact in "The Taking of Michael McConnolly." A man begins to question his sanity as patrons at a cafe begin to vanish one by one in "Charlie's Lunch." Over two dozen exceptional tales of terror.
A Game of Blood
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 88,100. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2010 by Bards and Sages Publishing. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
A series of kidnappings leads detective Mitch Grogan to the home of the wealthy but eccentric Darius Hawthorne. What he discovers unleashes a chain of events that not only threatens his life, but also his sanity. Grogan finds himself caught up in a deadly game with a three hundred year old vampire looking for a worthy adversary to relieve his boredom. But what does the vampire really want?
Redemption Song
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Price: Free! Words: 1,860. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2010 by Bards and Sages Publishing. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
A homeless man is haunted by more than his memories when he discovers the body of a dead woman in the park. Redemption Song is one of the tales told in Beneath the Surface of Things, the debut short story collection by Kevin Wallis.
The Golden Path
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,390. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2010 by Bards and Sages Publishing. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
"Tell your Padishah that the stars fortell that this deed you do will be returned one hundred fold. That the Eye of Kali will be your reward. It will be waiting for you in Kabool." A bloodthirsty clan of vampires. An ancient sword of unimaginable power. And a path that leads straight into the lair of a mythical adversary. The debut novella by Brian Pettera.
The Doom Guardian
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 86,950. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2009 by Bards and Sages Publishing. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Cursed in life. Damned in death. The only person capable of stopping a terrible prophecy, is the one born to fulfill it. Nadia Gareth knows all too well the evil of the Necromancers. Born a dhampir as a result of their experiments, she now uses her cursed gifts to wage war against them. But all of her power may not be enough to hold back the undead hordes waiting for the Spirit Wall to fall.
Not Dreamt of in Your Philosophy
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 88,730. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2009 by Bards and Sages Publishing. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
A secret society of cats that pull the strings of history...the strange relationship between trolls and football...a congressional hearing concerning terrorists and dance lessons. You've never dreamt of things like this. Award winning author and poet Lynn Veach Sadler presents over twenty of her speculative stories in this unique collection.
The Grandmaster
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,350. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2009 by Bards and Sages Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Dr. Johann Wagner has guides his team of paranormal investigators in solving supernatural crimes and unlocking the secrets of the human mind. But now a horror from his past has come back to destroy not only Wagner, but everything he has built. Wagner once used his powers to escape the horrors of the Holocaust, but can his aging mind and body stop the terror that has returned to claim him?
Of Angelic Blood
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,360. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2009 by Bards and Sages Publishing. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Sacrifice. Love. Loss. Salvation. These are the themes that weave throughout this tale of a self-loathing angel in love with humanity. Sophia is an angel raised as a human, with no memory of her divine origins. But she knows that somehow she must help the emotionally isolated Filo realize his own worth. Together they seek to understand the truth of what it means to be human before it is too late.
Foot Ways
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 34,030. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2009 by Bards and Sages Publishing. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Polly Junior never understood why the womenfolk in her sleepy little town would get so worked up over the arrival of Mr. Rufe. Why did everyone feel obligated to open their homes to this wanderer, who arrived each spring to the delight of the ladies and the dismay of the menfolk? Nothing is what it seems, and soon it becomes apparent the seemingly harmless tradition carries a darker purpose.

Books

Bards and Sages Quarterly (July 2014)
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Series: Bards and Sages Quarterly. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,730. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Since 2009, the Bards and Sages Quarterly has brought fans of speculative fiction an amazing variety of short stories from both new and established authors. Each issue sets out to introduce readers to the wealth of talent found in the horror, fantasy and science fiction genres. Our authors have included Nebula, Hugo, and Pushcart winners and nominees.
Bards and Sages Quarterly (April 2014)
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Series: Bards and Sages Quarterly. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 27,330. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Since 2009, the Bards and Sages Quarterly has brought fans of speculative fiction an amazing variety of short stories from both new and established authors. Each issue sets out to introduce readers to the wealth of talent found in the horror, fantasy and science fiction genres. Our authors have included Nebula, Hugo, and Pushcart winners and nominees.
Bards and Sages Quarterly (January 2014)
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Series: Bards and Sages Quarterly. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,140. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
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Since 2009, the Bards and Sages Quarterly has brought fans of speculative fiction an amazing variety of short stories from both new and established authors. Each issue sets out to introduce readers to the wealth of talent found in the horror, fantasy and science fiction genres. Our authors have included Nebula, Hugo, and Pushcart winners and nominees.
Bards and Sages Quarterly (October 2013)
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Series: Bards and Sages Quarterly. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 27,980. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Since 2009, each issue of the Bards and Sages Quarterly has delivered a unique variety of character-driven speculative fiction short stories from both new and established writers. Our writers include first-time authors, Pushcart Prize nominees and Nebula award winners. This issue contains twelve original tales of dragons, zombies, and exotic places and bizarre mysteries.
Bards and Sages Quarterly (April 2013)
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Series: Bards and Sages Quarterly. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 45,790. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Since 2009, each issue of the Bards and Sages Quarterly has delivered a unique variety of character-driven speculative fiction short stories from both new and established writers. Our writers include first-time authors, Pushcart Prize nominees and Nebula award winners. This issue features 21 original stories from Wil Ogden, KJ Hannah Greenberg, Jamie Lackey, Brenda Stokes Barron, and many others.
Bards and Sages Quarterly (January 2013)
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Series: Bards and Sages Quarterly. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 36,390. Language: English. Published: January 10, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Since 2009, each issue of the Bards and Sages Quarterly has delivered a unique variety of character-driven speculative fiction short stories from both new and established writers. Our writers include first-time authors, Pushcart Prize nominees and Nebula award winners.
America the Horrific: An Anthology of Horror
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 68,290. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2011. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Horror
An empty stretch of highway. A freak electrical storm. A bus full of strangers. And a mysterious bus driver with a rather peculiar agenda. America the Horrific: An Anthology of Horror presents eleven tales of terror in the tradition of classic storytelling.
Bardic Tales and Sage Advice (Volume 3)
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Series: Bardic Tales and Sage Advice, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 36,980. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Volume Three of Bardic Tales and Sage Advice continues our tradition of presenting some of the most amazing voices in the speculative fiction field. Pushcart Prize nominees Kurt Bachard and Todd Austin Hunt, USA Book News Best Book Finalist Peter A. Balaskas, Best Horror of the Year Honorable Mention Kevin Wallis, and other exciting authors offer their unique visions for readers to explore.
Bardic Tales and Sage Advice, Vol. 2
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Series: Bardic Tales and Sage Advice, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 51,930. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2010. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Ten tales of epic adventure that explore everything from the darkest recesses of the human mind to the strangest corners of outer space. Escape the mundane world with this exciting journey into the varied realms of speculative fiction.
Dead Men (and Women) Walking
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 65,240. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2009. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
Zombies. Vampires. Undead things that should not be. Now the dead share their tales, with over two dozen tales of brain-feasting, blood-drinking, revenge-seeking horror. Follow the walking dead through playgrounds, shopping centers, deserted towns, and corporate complexes as they continue their relentless quests.
Bardic Tales and Sage Advice
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Series: Bardic Tales and Sage Advice, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 43,560. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2009. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
As the gods prepare for their long sleep, a young woman must bear the burden of keeping their memory alive in "Winter of the Gods". A Police Officer discovers you can ban the weapons of destruction, but not humanity's destructive nature in "Netherlands Roulette". A Young Man develops a new perspective thanks to a stolen antique in "The Glass Eye". These tales and others await.
Legendary Horrors
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 53,490. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2009. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Horror
A tourist unlocks a terrible secret that has cursed a small town for generations. A man desperate to hold on to his love at all costs makes a deal with too high of a price. A quiet vacation in a cabin turns into a nightmare for an elderly couple. An investigative reporter gets the interview of the century...with the Boogeyman. These tales and others await.

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