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Friday, April 24, 2009

Short Fiction: My, That's a Big Snake

One of the nicer surprises of last year for me was being asked to write short stories for a couple of anthologies. Makes you feel all kind of warm inside, that does. One of them is all done and dusted. It's called 'Beyond the Reach of His Gods', and will be found in Rage of the Behemoth from a little outfit called Rogue Blades Entertainment, due for publication at the start of June I believe.

No one, famously, gets rich from writing (or publishing, for that matter) short stories these days, so, much as any invitation to write a story is welcome for that aforementioned warm feeling it engenders, you kind of need some other reason to say 'yes'. In this case, I had the time to write something, I had been toying with the idea of trying to write some short stories anyway since I hadn't exercised those creative muscles in a while, and the premise for this anthology - heroic fantasy involving giant monsters - just struck me as a chance to have a bit of uncomplicated fun. Plus as soon as I heard that theme, the basic idea for the story popped into my head more or less fully formed, so it seemed a shame to ignore it.

The story is about ... well, it's pretty much about this:

Seems pretty clear, no? And yes, that's the main reason for this post: to show off the rather fine illustration that Johnney Perkins came up with for my story. Surely nobody could look at that image and not think 'Why, yes. That story's got to be some kind of fun, in a serpent-hero-jungle mash-up kind of way'? Nice work by the artist, and should you so wish you can actually buy the anthology with this image as the cover art from the Rogue Blades website. Whatever your taste in cover art, if doughty heroes and gargantuan monsters sounds like your kind of thing, why not give the book a try?

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Blogger von Darkmoor said...

Thanks Brian! Terrifically endearing post.

And folks, Brian's story is already receiving glowing praise from the advance readers. If you enjoy monsters and mayhem, this is an anthology for you!

3:45 PM  
Blogger Gabriele C. said...

Oh, Nessie got family. :)

That's a very pretty illustration indeed. And heroic Fantasy involving monsters is right up my alley.

6:46 PM  
Blogger von Darkmoor said...

Hi Brian!

The first full review of RotB has hit the www - and your tale has received glowing words from John Ottinger at Grasping for the Wind

11:03 PM  
Blogger Gabriele C. said...

Hi Brian, guess what I have in my hot little hands? Yep, Fall of Thanes. delivered early (again; it's not the first book I got before the official release).

2:18 PM  
Blogger Brian Ruckley said...

Gabriele: the mysteries of precisely how and when books actually become available remain just that to me: a mystery. Haven't had any reports of it in any actual bookshops yet, but it can only be a matter of a few days before they start coming in ...

von Darkmoor: Good stuff. Here's hoping the anthology gets a nice steady stream of coverage between now and June!

4:24 PM  

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