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For Whom the Tinker Toils
By Liam R.W. Doyle
Price: Free! Words: 5,570. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
0.25 star(4.25 from 4 reviews)
Jon is a simple metalsmith and handyman from a small village--until he comes across two mechanized suits of armor their owners no longer appear to need. Then his life changes unexpectedly.
Thornkeep
By Chris Turner
Price: Free! Words: 17,040. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
An outlawed relic-hunter flees north from the Pontific of Zanzuria’s wrath and falls afoul of bounty-hunters. In a struggle for survival, he comes face to face with an unpleasant secret hidden deep in the forest: a menace lain hidden for many years. Here in a land of scattered kingdoms, strange beasts and ageless magic, he gathers others of his kind who are only too ready to exterminate the bane.
The Tragedy of Huvantis
By Evan Smyth
Price: Free! Words: 7,720. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Two rules keep order on the Island of Huvantis, the study of Magic takes precedence above all, and the word of the Oracle is to be obeyed without question. Danger looms on the horizon, however, as a frightening power has been unearthed that foretells the promise of the most dangerous Magic known to the world. Decisions must be made that will affect the future of Mages for centuries!
Apex Magazine - Issue 40
By Apex Publications
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,690. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Apex Magazine is a monthly science fiction, fantasy, and horror magazine featuring original, mind-bending short fiction from many of the top pros of the field. New issues are released on the first Tuesday of every month.
Skull White: A Retold Fairy Tale
By Anna Godiva
Series: Legends of the Fairytale Kingdom, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,790. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2012 by WPF Press. Category: Fiction » Literature » Fairy tales
In the Fairytale Kingdom, a woman wishes for a girl with skin as white as snow, cheeks as red as blood, and hair as black as her ebony window frame. Unfortunately, the incompetent fairy misunderstands, and gives her a child with bones as white as snow, eyes as red as blood, and a heart as black as the ebony window-frame. Thus, Skull White is born.
Engraved on the Eye
By Saladin Ahmed
Price: Free! Words: 38,510. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2012 by Ridan Publishing. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(4.00 from 1 review)
A medieval physician asked to do the impossible. A gun slinging Muslim wizard in the old West. A disgruntled super villain pining for prison reform. A cybernetic soldier who might or might not be receiving messages from God. These short stories have been nominated for the Nebula and Campbell awards, and reprinted in The Year’s Best Fantasy Anthologies.
Lo specchio, la spada, il fuoco e le catene
By Annarita Coriasco
Price: $3.87 USD. Words: 27,130. Language: Italian. Published: September 13, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Quattro storie leggendarie, quattro donne leggendarie: la donna che sposò il mago, la donna che volle diventare guerriero, la donna che amò il drago, la donna che divenne schiava... Quattro storie sorprendenti. Quattro donne sorprendenti. Quattro finali sorprendenti. Lo specchio, la spada, il fuoco e le catene.
Tale of the Twelve Part II - Sir Ronceval's Tale
By Robert Cely
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,710. Language: American English. Published: September 12, 2012 by Bard and Book. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Sir Ronceval and his squire join up with three enigmatic knights to hunt a strange and powerful beast that always manages to stay one step ahead of them. On the way they discover the heart of true knighthood, and that things are rarely what they seem.
Warrior Alaraeus
By N.F. David
Price: Free! Words: 2,580. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(4.00 from 1 review)
A warrior as famed for his ability as he's despised for his bearing faces a final challenge. His audience, friend, wife and son are left to interpret victory and defeat.
Interzone 241 Jul - Aug 2012
By TTA Press
Series: Interzone Science Fiction and Fantasy Magazine. Price: $4.71 USD. Words: 52,550. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Sean McMullen's Steamgothic and Aliette de Bodard's very moving Ship's Brother lead but Gareth L. Powell, David Ira Cleary and C.J. Paget's James White Award winner follow. "Surely the most ineptly written blockbuster of recent years, Prometheus marries stunning spectacle filmmaking to abjectly woeful science, plotting, and dialogue..." plus much more from Nick Lowe on that and many more reviews
The Hero, the Dragon, and Surgard/Surgard’s Beautification Project
By Robert Collins
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,140. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Surgard returns in two short stories. In the first, Surgard arrives in a land where a hero has to fight a dragon to save a maiden. What Surgard can’t figure out is why everyone sings every so often. In the second, Surgard has to teach a lesson about beauty and vanity.
Fear or Be Feared: A Story
By John Walters
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,100. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
A teenage Greek girl climbs Mount Olympus with some of her friends. Lost in a lightning storm, she discovers the spirit of an ancient Greek god which possesses her and uses her against her will as an instrument of vengeance.
Skylord
By Steve K Smy
Price: Free! Words: 3,550. Language: British English. Published: September 11, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Set on another world, Skylord is a short tale of a young dragon's confrontation with the price of lying.
The Creepies
By Elizabeth & William Hicks
Series: Adventures with Joe, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,680. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
A short story by William Raymond Hicks in which a young boy, Bill, and his older brother, Joe, find themselves face to face, in their small home town of Manhattan Beach in the late 1970s, with the possibility of life from outer space and what it implies.
Gravity: The Complete Trilogy
By Cherie Reich
Series: Gravity, Books 1-3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 49,350. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(5.00 from 1 review)
A Space Fantasy Collection including DEFYING GRAVITY, FIGHTING GRAVITY, and PULL OF GRAVITY Three alien couples in three space fantasy novelettes fall in love in this complete trilogy.
Arcot e la Regina
By Luca Rossi
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,850. Language: Italian. Published: September 10, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Eros, fantasy e fantascienza sono i generi che Luca Rossi mescola sapientemente in questa serie di racconti a puntate per creare una miscela unica, dove femmine e maschi di specie e pianeti diversi vengono indagati nelle loro più profonde pulsioni sessuali.
Fairy Grump
By River Byrnes
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 680. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2012. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Fairy Grump is a very short, lively story to be read to young children, and is about choosing who we become. Fairy Grump is grumpy. Fairy Grump is always grumpy because the other fairies don’t like her. But as she tries to take away everyone else’s happiness, she starts to play with the other fairies and have fun.
Toevals Verdwijning
By Anaïd Haen
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,780. Language: Dutch. Published: September 10, 2012 by e-Publikant. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Nu er niets meer aan Toeval wordt overgelaten, verdwijnt hij. Het begint bij zijn uitstekende delen en ja ... ook zijn uitstekende deel vervaagt. Samen met de andere Toestanden, Chaos voorop, probeert hij de mensheid ervan te overtuigen dat er zonder Toeval niets tot stand komt.
Where There's a Will
By Clive Gilson
Series: ShadowGrimm. Price: Free! Words: 5,270. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Where There's a Will is the final tale (#23) in Clive's ShadowGrimm series of modern folk and fairy tales. If you live by the internet then prepare to die by the internet, especially when you forsake kith and kin for cyber gratification.
Where the Grass is Greenest
By Clive Gilson
Series: ShadowGrimm. Price: Free! Words: 2,720. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
(5.00 from 1 review)
Tom Bowler's story is #22 in Clive's ShadowGrimm series of modern folk and fairy tales. Where the Grass is Greenest is a gentle meditation on one man's life-long quest to find the "right one".