A few cool fiction items, including one by Mike Resnick. There's been quite a few Resnick items lately, which I love since I've been a fan of his since I read Birthright: The Book of Man back in high school. Some genre poetry, including one by fantasy author and GURPS Celtic Myth co-writer Jo Walton. There are some very cool gaming items and a pair of fairy tale books - very well illustrated with fantasy art that is now public domain, which might interest fantasy/rpg bloggers looking for free, legal artwork. Today's illustration comes from Celtic Folk and Fairy Tales, listed below.
@Daily Science Fiction: "Break" by Mishell Baker.
"When I shook Femi's hand in the office break room on my first day, everything faded: the snot-colored linoleum, the nauseous fluorescent lighting, the wheezy hum of the refrigerator. Instead of "Nice to meet you," I heard myself say, 'You are a fragment of heaven.'"
@Subterranean Press: "Treasure Island: A Lucifer Jones Story" by Mike Resnick.
"I’d been on the high seas for about a week after leaving my pal Capturin’ Clyde Calhoun on an uncharted island that seemed to specialize in apes with pituitary problems, and I figgered at the rate of speed I was rowing I’d arrive at Australia just in time to die of extreme old age."
@Goblin Fruit: The Spring 2011 issue is now posted, featuring fantasy poetry (most with MP3 downloads) including, "A Silver Splendour, a Flame: Act I" by Catherynne M. Valente, "Crowfunded" by J. C. Runolfson, "The Making of Witches" by Paul McQuade, "Kelpie" by Cheryl Ruggiero, "The Catfish Woman" by Joshua Gage, "Mora" by Nina Pelaez, "Grey-Eyed" by Emily Jiang, "Ride of the Robber Bride" by C.S.E. Cooney, and "Icarus" by Shawna Lenore Kastin.
@Stone Telling: Issue 3 is now posted, featuring "literary speculative poems with a strong emotional core ... [that] focus on fantasy, science fiction, surrealism, and slipstream" including
"The Weatherkeeper's Diary" by Jo Walton, "Newton's First Copy of Euclid" by Benjamin Cartwright, "11:40PM" by Sara Saab, "Jonah's Widowed Wife" by Susan Rooke, "A Dreamed Zodiac" by Michael Roderick Fosburg, "Firefly Girls" by Caitlyn Paxson, "Rice Cooker Dreams" by Emily Jiang, "Self-Portrait as Mushroom" by William Doreski, "Sodom Gomorrah" by Eliza Victoria, "Persephone in Hel" by Sonya Taaffe, "Moving to Enceladus" by Mary Turzillo, and "The Secret of Being a Cowboy" by Catherynne M. Valente. [via Goblin Fruit]
@Munseys and Project Gutenberg: "Warrior of the Dawn" by Howard Browne, from Amazing Stories (Dec. 1942 and Jan. 1943)
"From the forest deeps came brutal killers, and Tharn, the Cro-Magnon, vowed that vengeance would be his...."
@Project Gutenberg: Celtic Folk and Fairy Tales selected and edited by Joseph Jacobs, illustrated by John D. Batten.
@Project Gutenberg:Japanese Fairy Tales by Grace James, illustrated by Warwick Goble
@The Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine: "Spider Hunt" by Kenneth Yu.
"Lysel was attacked and bitten by a giant venomous spider, now Leyton must collect dozens of venom sacs to make the antidote for the poison, or his sister will perish. Can he get them in time…"
@Flashes in the Dark: "An Attack" by Jim Bronyaur.
@365 tomorrows: "The Application" by Ian Sweeney.
@The New Flesh: "Trimming Hedges" by Randall E. Cunningham.
@RPG Creatures: "Johrlars" a monster for most fantasy RPGs.
"Like strange lizard-like gnomes, the Johrlars move through the woods with their hands in constant contact with the ground. Their fingers work nimbly through the moss, grass, and leaves of the forest floor, to feel out the kind and energy of the undergrowth." (The original illustration looks MUCH better than this thumbnail)
@DriveThruRPG: Nemesis by Arc Dream Publishing.
"Nemesis: Roleplaying in Worlds of Horror is a free game using the One Roll Engine (also seen in Godlike, Wild Talents, Monsters and Other Childish Things, Reign, and A Dirty World) for modern-day horror, particularly the Lovecraftian horror of the Cthulhu Mythos."
Shorter But Still Very Cool:
@Sickly Purple Death Ray: [Map] "Tomb of Yekelil"
@Daddy Grognard: [Encounter Table] "Woodland Dangers" PDF download.
@Ancient Vaults & Eldritch Secrets: [New Magic Item] "Livery of the Elder Cavalry of the Northern Stars"
@Ancient Vaults & Eldritch Secrets: [New Monster] "Thelg"
@A Character for Every Game: [Tables] "Lost Cities of the Fallen Empire"
@Sham's Grog 'n Blog: [Table] "Monster Business"
@Sea of Stars: [New Magic Items] "Libertas’ Pileus (hat)" and "Keres’ Charm"
@DriveThruRPG: [Encounters] "The Chamber of Fire" and "The Hall of Spiders" (both 4E)
@Big Ball of No Fun: [Monsters] "La Chusa" and "Kludde"
@Rather Gamey: [Monster] "The Croucher"