Happy Humpday. (And happy Freedom Day to those in South Africa). Today there are some cool free gaming items and flash fiction, Streaming Lovecraft videos, and some cool classic and reviewed fiction. Three serial fiction stories including horror author Brian Keene's Deluge: The Conqueror Worms II, an L5R fantasy, and for all you Twihards and True Blooders (You know who you are!), there is a serialized Vampire novel Silent Knife. And two very cool audio fiction entries, a new reading of one of my favorite poems ["Haw haw he's read poetry"- Lt. Bob] "Goblin Market" by Christina Rossetti and at StarShipSofa "Deathday" by Peter F. Hamilton.
@White Wolf: Silent Knife A Vampire: The Requiem Novel by David Nurenberg. Part One and Part Two.
"Crimson tendrils spread like spider-plant shoots, indifferent to the paintings suspended in their path. The Christ in the Rueland Frueauf original now hanging askew was wet with fresh blossoms of scarlet. His placid face was buried under a bright, bloody starburst, all save his left eye. The orb stared from the blot with a promise of judgment on what was transpiring in the candlelit foyer."
@Legend of the Five rings: The Destroyer War by Shawn Carman & Lucas Twyman, edited by Fred Wan. Now up to Part Eight (Part One, Two, Three, Four & Five, Six, Seven)
"Akodo Tetsuru shifted his weight atop the steed he rode, surveying the scene before him with a cool, calculating gaze. 'The order is given,' he said after a few moments. 'We will fall back to the Crab lines. We cannot hope to hold out against the impending assault, and I will not see valuable assets sacrificed in the vain hope that the Heavens themselves will part and bestow a miracle upon us.'"
@The author's site: Deluge: The Conqueror Worms II by Brian Keene (Part 73).
Gail shrugged. “Then we would have killed you the same way we killed those things outside, and then taken the supplies.” [Via Free SF Reader] Part One is here.
Classic SF / Weird Fiction
@The Internet Archive: "Death Desert" by Robert Moore Williams, from Amazing Stories (Nov. 1941).
"The savage code of the Martians was as ruthless as the desert they lived on; and more valuable than millions in gems." [via Marooned - Science Fiction & Fantasy books on Mars]
@Munseys and Project Gutenberg: "Pledged to the Dead" by Seabury Quinn, from Weird Tales (Oct. 1937)
"A tale of a lover who was pledged to a sweetheart who had been in her grave for more than a century, and of the striking death that menaced him—a story of Jules de Grandin"
@BestScienceFictionStories.com: "Outside The Box" by Brian Winfrey (2010).
"Unlike everything else in Los Angeles, the subway still operates on the honor system. I could have breezed down to the platform and been on my way, no problem." Reviewed with a link to the free online version.
StarShipSofa: Episode #186 featuring "Deathday" by Peter F. Hamilton , narrated by Graeme Dunlop, as well as science fact and Hugo nominations.
@LibriVox: "Goblin Market" by Christina Rossetti, read by Liz Mourant.
"We must not look at goblin men, / We must not buy their fruits:
Who knows upon what soil they fed / Their hungry thirsty roots?"
Right click to download the MP3. Part of Short Poetry Collection #95.
@Quantum Muse: "Father" by Nathan Parshall. (SF)
@Every Day Fiction: "Minor Rampage" by Matt Cowens. (SF)
@Flashes in the Dark: "Home Fires" by Lori Titus. (Horror).
@365 tomorrows: "Date 2.0" by Duncan Shields. (SF)
@Weirdyear: [Poem] "Spontaneity" By FearnHouse.
@The New Flesh: "The Self-Mutilation Blues" by Jonathan Moon. (Horror)
@Daily Science Fiction: "P is for Parade" by Tim Pratt, Jenn Reese, Heather Shaw, and Greg van Eekhout. (SF)
@Book View Cafe: "Emergency" by Nancy Jane Moore.
@Lovecraft eZine: Five short, CGI films based on H. P. Lovecraft stories. Dagon, The Call of Cthulhu, The Thing On the Doorstep, and The Haunter of the Dark all streaming.
@DriveThruRPG: Dresden Files RPG Casefile: Night Fears From Evil Hat Productions, LLC. "Night Fears is a Dresden Files RPG casefile, a one-shot mystery-adventure intended for 3-7 characters at the "Feet in the Water" power level." 27 pages, well illustrated. [Free membership required]
@Zalchis: [New Monsters] "Urglun" (pictured left) and "Vilg".
@Ancient Vaults & Eldritch Secrets: [New Magic Item] "Goblin Shield of Fellmarch."
@Ancient Vaults & Eldritch Secrets: [New Spell] "Howl of the Berserker"
@Sea of Stars: [New Magic Items] "Uranus’ Sickle" and "Veritas’ Ring"
@Big Ball of No Fun: [New Monster] "Vodnik"
@Underworld Kingdom: [New Magic Item] "Void Swords"
@Netherwerks: [Table] Twenty more rooftop encounters.
@A Field Guide to Doomsday: [New Monster] "Stinguin" Mutant Future / Gamma World.
@Wizards of the Coast: [Monster Makeover] "Shademaw the Ancient Black Dragon" 4e