In case you haven’t noticed, we’re big fans of Heroic Fantasy Quarterly around here. Schedules have been hectic enough that I’ve gotten a bit behind on reading it. Not that that’s anything unusual.
Issue 29 (see art by Vok Kostic here) has the first of a two-part epic poem, so I’ll start with issue 29 and use the poem as a bridge to my comments on issue 30. Both issues had short poems, which I’ll not discuss as they aren’t particularly long. The poems in Issue 29 were “Wench” by Scott Hutchison and “The Persuaders” by Colleen Anderson. Issue 30 gave us another poem by Colleen Anderson, “Garuda’s Gambit” as well as “The Night Before Yule” by Daniel Stride. Continue reading →
Back in February, I was home sick with the flu. Being well-medicated, I spent most of the day asleep. At one point early in the afternoon, I woke up and got out of bed for a little while. I checked email since I hadn’t looked at it all day. There was an email from Adrian Simmons informing me that the new issues of Heroic Fantasy Quarterly was live and a request for a review. I responded in the affirmative and went back to bed and pharmaceutical induced slumber.
And completely forgot about the email.
So, first, Adrian, I owe you an apology for dropping the ball. A huge apology. I’m usually not this careless. I apologize for not getting the review up sooner.
When I looked the other day at the website, I saw that two of the four fiction pieces were the first of two parts. i’m going to hold off reading those until the next issue goes live. I’ll review the stories in their intirety then. Continue reading →
Heroic Fantasy Quarterly 26 is now online. This issue contains three pieces of fiction as well as three poems. I found this particular issue to be one of the more enjoyable issues of HFQ in quite a while. The stories are certainly among the best HFQ has published. Continue reading →
The latest issue of Heroic Fantasy Quarterly has been out for a while. I’m just now getting to it, but I’m old and slow.
If there’s one things I’ve come to expect from HFQ, it’s consistency. The editorial team there has done a good job of selecting some of the best S&S around these days. This is issue is no exception. In addition to two poems, “The Harrowed Hall” by Cullen Groves and “Dragonslayer” by Mary Soon Lee, there are three fiction pieces, Continue reading →
And so we come to another issue of Heroic Fantasy Quarterly. This was one of the strongest (and grimmest) issues I’ve seen in a while. There are three pieces of fiction along with two poems and a great illustration by Serbian artist Vuc Kostic. His dark style is a perfect fit for the stories contained herein. Continue reading →
I hope everyone has a happy Memorial Day weekend. Be safe if you’re traveling. For those of you who don’t live in the US, this is the official start of summer, at least in Texas. I don’t know about states in the northern part of the country. The public schools still have a week to go, but it’s mostly final exams and graduations.
Summer classes for me will start on June 1. I’m not teaching the first summer term, but I will the second. I’ll still be making sure the labs run smoothly no matter what.
I’m hoping to get caught up on a few titles I’ve started and never finished. I’m hoping I can get more reading done than I have been lately. I’m also hoping to get back on track writing fiction on a regular basis. I’ve got one story I need to finish by the end of the week.
I’ve mentioned a few times that I’ve got a major post I’ve been working on. I managed to finish it today. It will go live Tuesday with a followup on Wednesday. After that, I’ll review the latest issue of Heroic Fantasy Quarterly.
That’s about all I’ve got for an update. For those of you who are celebrating, have a safe and happy Memorial Day.
Finally I would like to thank all members of the military for their service.
Apologies to Adrian Simmons, to whom I had promised this review a few weeks ago. (To give you an idea of how hectic things are, I started this post on Sunday and am finishing it on Wednesday.) In the past, I’ve read HFQ in spare moments at work and have usually managed to finish an issue in about a week or ten days. The problem this go around is that there hasn’t been any free time.
Chimera by Giovanna Guimarães
Anyway, HFQ returns with one of its strongest issues. Included are a wandering Comanche in Central America, sky pirates raiding a lost city, and an offering to a goddess which unleashes all kinds of problems. Continue reading →
The current issue of Heroic Fantasy Quarterly (number 22) has been out for a little while now. I’ve been reading it here and there when I have a slow few minutes at work. (The fact that it’s taken me several weeks to finish should tell you how many slow minutes I have.)
Once again, this one is strong. There are four pieces of fiction here, two long and two short, as well as two poems. The longer stories are historical fantasy, while the shorter pieces are set in imaginary worlds.
Well, actually, by this time, it’s not that new, having been out a few weeks. This issue contains four pieces of fiction (as opposed to the usual three), one of which has an extra illustration. There are also two poems. Continue reading →