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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Bardic Tales and Sage Advice (Volume V)
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. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » 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.
The Doom Guardian
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 86,930. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2009 by Bards and Sages Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, 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.
World Building 101
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,820. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2012 by Bards and Sages Publishing. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
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.
Folklore and Fairy Tales of the East
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,150. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2013 by Bards and Sages Publishing. Categories: 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.
Nancy Werlock's Diary: Season One
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 80,980. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2014 by Bards and Sages Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
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."
A Game of Blood
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 88,100. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2010 by Bards and Sages Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
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?
Bardic Tales and Sage Advice (Volume IV)
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. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Anthologies » Flash fiction
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.
Nancy Werlock's Diary: Karma's a Witch
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. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
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.
Triptych: an Omnibus of Wonder
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 132,110. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2014 by Bards and Sages Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Occult
Bards and Sages Publishing is proud to present Triptych: An Omnibus of Wonder. Triptych features three complete works from award-winning author Peter A. Baslaskas, including: The Grandmaster, The Chameleon's Addiction, and In Out House: Tantalizing Tales of Terror
Soulmates
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 75,930. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2014 by Bards and Sages Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
For Jack Chandler, death meant eventually being reunited with his wife, who had died in a car accident a year earlier. But that small comfort is shattered when he is shot by a strange duo seeking his help against a mysterious entity known as the Shadowman. Now Jack must come to terms with this “Gift” that has upended his life and find the strength to confront a monster than cannot die.
The Grandmaster
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,350. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2009 by Bards and Sages Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Horror » 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?
Nancy Werlock's Diary: The Walking Dead
Series: Nancy Werlock's Diary, Book 8. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,190. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2014 by Bards and Sages Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Season Two of the Nancy Werlock's Diary series begins with Nancy Werlock's Diary: The Walking Dead. This collection features two short stories (approximately 9100 words total).
Nancy Werlock's Diary: Family Affairs
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. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
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.
Pantheon Building
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,280. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2013 by Bards and Sages Publishing. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Creativity
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.
Nancy Werlock's Diary: Parental Advisory
Series: Nancy Werlock's Diary, Book 9. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,850. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2014 by Bards and Sages Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Marriage counselor Nancy Werlock didn't want to take over the family business. Unfortunately for her a bunch of conniving but well-meaning 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. Episode 9 of the series includes three new short stories.
Nancy Werlock's Diary: Mother Knows Worst
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. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
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: 'Til Death Do Us Part
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. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, 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.

Books

Bards and Sages Quarterly (July 2015)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 32,490. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Horror » General
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 2015)
Series: Bards and Sages Quarterly, Book 9. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 31,010. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » 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 2015)
Series: Bards and Sages Quarterly, Book 8. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,450. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » 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 (October 2014)
Series: Bards and Sages Quarterly, Book 7. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 31,090. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » 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.
Bardic Tales and Sage Advice (Vol VI)
Series: Bardic Tales and Sage Advice, Book 6. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 58,570. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Fantasy » General
The stories in this year’s collection include knights and dragons, lonely zombies, a musician with mystical powers, an overzealous security system, and more. We consider it the perfect sampler of the wonderful emerging talent in the speculative genres. We hope you will agree.
Bards and Sages Quarterly (July 2014)
Series: Bards and Sages Quarterly, Book 6. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,730. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » 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)
Series: Bards and Sages Quarterly, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 27,330. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » 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)
Series: Bards and Sages Quarterly, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,140. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » 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)
Series: Bards and Sages Quarterly, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 27,980. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Horror » General
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)
Series: Bards and Sages Quarterly, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 45,760. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » 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)
Series: Bards and Sages Quarterly, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 36,390. Language: English. Published: January 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Horror » General
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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 68,290. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Horror, Fiction » Horror » General
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)
Series: Bardic Tales and Sage Advice, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 36,980. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
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
Series: Bardic Tales and Sage Advice, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 51,930. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2010. Categories: 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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 65,240. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2009. Categories: 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
Series: Bardic Tales and Sage Advice, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 43,560. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Science fiction » General
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
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 53,490. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2009. Categories: 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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