Yesterday I received my contributor’s copies of Heroic Fantasy Short Stories, from Flame Tree Publishing. It’s a handsome book, with 32 stories of adventure, tales of knights and kings, of wizards and warriors, of golems and gladiators.
The book sells for $30 in the USA, or £20 in the UK. It’s part of Flame Tree Publishing’s Gothic Fantasy series, and I’m very pleased to be in it.
My story, “Erzabet and the Gladiators,” is the sixth story in the book, after Zach Chapman’s “Dragon and Wolf” and before John Buchan‘s “The Far Islands.” Flame Tree Publishing describes it as an anthology of new and classic tales.
Of the sixteen new stories, all but four are debuting in this volume. Authors from the United States, Canada, and South Africa have submitted their tales of adventure to be printed alongside classic authors such as Clark Ashton Smith, Lord Tweedsmuir, Snorri Sturluson, A. Merritt, Geoffrey Chaucer, Andrew Lang, Howard Pyle, William Morris, E. R. Eddison, Robert E. Howard, and some “Greek chappie” named Homer. One story, “A Matter of Interpretation,” is M. Elizabeth Ticknor‘s first professional sale.
Dr. Philippa Semper, a professor at the University of Birmingham (the one in the UK that Tim Curry and Prime Ministers Neville Chamberlain and Stanley Baldwin attended, not the one in Alabama) wrote the foreward.
“These ancient and medieval heroes, however, rarely live ‘happily ever after.’ A hero is a risk-seeker, living right on the edge of endurance, a sacrifice-in-waiting.”
“Erzabet and the Gladiators” is technically the first chapter of my fantasy novel Escape from Jandarra (working title), so I’d better stop committing bloggery and get back to work and finish my novel.