The Last Fight of the Dwarves

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Modsognir leads the last army of dwarves in a desperate attempt to buy time for the race of humans to escape a dying world, consumed by evil.
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About Walter Lazo

“Our free short stories are intended as a doorway to our more mature premium works. Their purpose is to showcase the author’s writing style and use of evocative imagery. Although these are his earlier works—he has gotten much better since—they serve as a nice introduction to his thematic concerns as well as to his belief that a story has to be believed in to be effective. Therefore, what he presents in these stories are situations and the reactions of characters within those situations.”

Walter Lazo was born in Cambridge, MA, and now lives in North Carolina. As a child he discovered his love of Weird Fiction and large, epic, heroic stories, as well as German and Greek mythology, devouring the works of H.P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, J.R.R. Tolkien, Stephen King, the Grimm brothers, Bram Stoker, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Walter grew up reading the short stories of Richard Matheson, and later discovered the works of the great science fiction writers of the 20th century; namely, Philip K. Dick, Ray Bradbury and Isaac Asimov.

He enjoys writing horror and science fiction stories with an occasional martial arts story thrown in for good measure. He is currently obsessed with the short story form and hopes that it will make a comeback in popularity. As an adult he has tried to create his own mythos, writing about the Demon World and other creatures that torment men’s dreams.

He is a longtime fan of Stephen King and of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.

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Review by: Victoria Zigler on Aug. 9, 2015 :
This is an excellent short read, which works well on its own, but would also work as part of a longer story.
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Review by: Jack Forge on Aug. 12, 2013 :
Good opening sentence that hooks the reader. This short-short seems like it would work well as a chapter in a novel. Maybe you had this in mind. Lots of color and action here. I enjoyed the read and wanted more.
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Review by: Jonathan Antony Strickland on April 7, 2013 :
An entertaining sword and sorcery read as a dwarf army defends against a horde of monsters. I would have liked a bit more fleshing out, perhaps a few more points of view from the humans watching or even a bit of a description of the tactics from the monsters attack and how they felt the fight had went.
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Review by: Michael Carter on Feb. 25, 2013 :
This is solid - if a bit standard - heroic fantasty fare. A story - or rather a snapshot - of a dwarven army defending humans who are running away from a vast horde of nasty monsters. The story focuses in, too briefly, on three particular dwarves and quickly describes their fate in battle.

I liked this. It's well written, the descriptions of the monsters are good [and bizarre], and I could see it happenning in my head, which is always a good sign. It was sort of good that it was short; there's barely a word wasted, but for overall story satisfaction I would have liked a bit more scope, a bit more information, unless this is just an excerpt from a longer work.

But, tellingly, the story asked me questions that I wondered about afterwards, and I would read more of this story, both before and after this snapshot, if it were available. Generally very good, liked it.
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Review by: Ardy on June 30, 2012 :
Not bad. Explore this world more. There is a lot going on and a lot of creatures who deserve more time.
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Review by: Musicmann25 on June 12, 2012 :
This was a great short story.
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Review by: Joey Jones on May 17, 2012 :
cool little quick hitter.
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