“A Killer of Dead Men” by David Tallerman
Otranto didn’t hesitate. On some level, he realized, he had been anticipating this moment, or one like it, for a very long time. “The punishment for failure should be death by my own hand.”
“So Strange the Trees” by James Lecky
Alquen waited there, sitting in the lee of a tall elm, for three hours, barely aware of time passing. He wore his finest clothes: a blue silk shirt with only two threadbare places, black tunic and breeches covered with a burgundy cloak. He felt ridiculous and handsome at the same time.
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“A Killer of Dead Men by David Tallerman
Otranto knew better than to ask why any man must die.
From the Archives:
“The Calendar of Saints” by Kat Howard (from BCS #79, October 6, 2011)
I accept mortal commissions; I’ve killed before.
David Tallerman is the author of the comic fantasy Tales of Easie Damasco novels (Giant Thief, Crown Thief, and Prince Thief). James Lecky’s short fiction has appeared in places such as Mirror Dance, The Absent Willow Review, Sorcerous Signals, Emerald Eye, and previously in Beneath Ceaseless Skies.
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