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Black Gate Online Fiction: “The Gunnerman” by Jason E. Thummel

Sunday, January 27th, 2013 | Posted by John ONeill

Jason E. Thummel 2An action-packed tale of a battle at sea, a desperate swordfight on wind-swept decks, and dark sorcery hidden in the depths of a strange vessel.

“Starboard,” shouted the chief, “run ‘em out!”

The gun port was thrown open and the towmen sent the cannon’s barrel through the open port. Clap gazed down the barrel and could see the hull of the other vessel just out of range riding high and asking for it. It was a ship of similar size, two decks above the waterline, each with ten ports open and guns run out even as he watched. She was flying unfamiliar colors and her paint seemed of foreign design. The trigger rope itched in his hand, begging him for release.

“As she bears and on the roll, boys,” came the command. Clap took one last aim, hoping for the mainmast, stepped aside and pulled.

Jason’s first story for us was “The Duelist,” published as part of our Black Gate Online Fiction line on September 30th, 2012. His work has also appeared in Flashing Swords magazine, Rage of the BehemothMagic and Mechanica, and other venues. Some of his sword & sorcery and heroic fantasy is collected in In Savage Lands and The Harsh Suns, and the first two novels chronicling the supernatural adventures of occult detective Lance Chambers, The Spear of Destiny and Cult of Death, are now available.

The complete catalog of Black Gate Online Fiction, including stories by E.E. Knight, Gregory Bierly, Mark Rigney, C.S.E. Cooney, Judith Berman, Howard Andrew Jones, Dave Gross, Harry Connolly, and others, is here.

“The Gunnerman” is a complete 5,000-word sword & sorcery tale offered at no cost.

Read the complete story here.


  1. After reading his short story collection “in savage lands” and these two stories I’m starting to take notice when I see the name thummel.

    Comment by Glenn - January 27, 2013 10:34 pm

  2. Glenn,

    Glad to hear it. We’ve got one more story from Jason coming up this Spring — stay tuned!

    Comment by John ONeill - January 28, 2013 12:30 pm

  3. @Glenn

    His recently released, Sword & Sorcery collection, “The Harsh Suns” made me not only take notice, but look for more stories under the name Thummel.

    Comment by periklis - January 28, 2013 3:09 pm

  4. Glenn and Periklis,

    I’m very glad to hear that you’ve enjoyed some of my tales and I thank you both for the support (and taking the time to comment). I appreciate it.

    Comment by Jason T - January 29, 2013 8:51 am

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