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The Best Of Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, Volume 1

Thursday, November 12th, 2015 | Posted by Adrian Simmons

The Best of Heroic Fantasy Quarterly-smallIt is hard to believe that David Farney and I started Heroic Fantasy Quarterly in the waning half of 2009. Six years ago; and internet years are like dog years so that’s, well, that’s a long time.

It’s also hard to believe that we’ve been talking about this best-of idea since 2013! We finally did it, though, and made hard choices from our first eight issues to bring out the best work, summoned the incredible skills of artist Justin Sweet, and even brought Black Gate‘s own John O’Neill in on it.

And now it is a real thing, available for pre-order and going live/shipping on Black Friday.

Our table of contents:

Introduction: “Over the Hills and Far Away…and Hiding Right Next to You” by John O’Neill

  1. “Man of Moldavia,” by Richard Marsden
  2. “Leo Passimus Remembers His First Voyage,” by Danny Adams
  3. “The Black Flowers of Sevan,” by James Lecky
  4. “Monster in the Mountains,” by William Gerke
  5. “The Lay of Cuthred King,” by Joshua Hampton
  6. “Shadows From Firelight,” by R. Michael Burns
  7. “The Footman,” by W. E. Couvillier
  8. “Hero of Old,” by John Keller
  9. “A Bit of Backstory,” by the editors
  10. “No Two Stones,” by Christopher Wood
  11. “What Sieglinde Serpentslayer Said to the King,” by Megan Arkenberg
  12. “The Sea Wasp,” by Robert Rhodes
  13. “Lord of the Brass Host,” by Dariel Quiogue
  14. “The Last Free Bear,” by J.S. Bangs
  15. “Lament for the Fathers,” by Joshua Hampton
  16. “Shattering the Spear,” by P. Djeli Clark
  17. “The Baroness Drefelin,” by David Pilling
  18. “Gilgamesh (What the Sumerians Seem to Have Missed),” by David Sklar

There should be more anthologies to come, and of course HFQ itself isn’t going anywhere!

4 Comments »

  1. Will there be a print edition available as well?

    Comment by DrFated - November 12, 2015 11:41 am

  2. Very cool. Any new S&S anthology’s a good thing, but from the terrific folks at HFQ it’s downright exciting.

    Comment by Fletcher Vredenburgh - November 12, 2015 12:34 pm

  3. Dr. Fated, we intend to have it available as both an ebook and hardcopy (POD).

    Fletcher Vrendenburgh: We try our best!

    Comment by Adrian Simmons - November 12, 2015 2:31 pm

  4. Aha! So this is the good news David Sklar has been vaguebooking about! He’s been my main critique partner for the better part of a decade, and we coedited an anthology together. You can trust David to be awesome.

    Comment by Sarah Avery - November 13, 2015 6:57 pm


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