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Black Gate Online Fiction: Mouth of the Dragon by Tom Barczak

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 | Posted by John ONeill

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Black Gate is very pleased to offer our readers an exclusive excerpt from Mouth of the Dragon: Prophecy of the Evarun by Thomas Barczak, published in deluxe trade paperback and digital formats this month by Perseid Press. Thomas Barczak’s short fiction has appeared in the award-winning Heroes in Hell anthologies edited by Janet Morris and Chris Morris; his previous novels include the epic fantasy novel Veil of the Dragon, and the Kindle serial Awakening Evarun.

Chaelus watched them fall, one by one, like cordwood; five Servian knights brought down to the bristling snow.

Crimson feathers stuck out against the pallor. Even from a half a league away he could see them, like the blood they let. The red fletching of the Khaalish. But Chaelus didn’t need the whisper of the Giver to drift through him to know it was a ruse. It wasn’t the Khaalish. It was something far worse.

It was the Hunters.

Idyliss bowed her head without his command and flew across the snow-covered plain.

They were still too far away for him to save them.

The complete catalog of Black Gate Online Fiction, including stories by Mark Rigney, John Fultz, Jon Sprunk, Tara Cardinal and Alex Bledsoe, E.E. Knight, Vaughn Heppner,  Howard Andrew Jones, David Evan Harris, John C. Hocking, Michael Shea, Aaron Bradford Starr, Martha Wells, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, C.S.E. Cooney, and many others, is here.

Mouth of the Dragon: Prophecy of the Evarun was published February 2, 2017 by Perseid Press. It is 302 pages, priced at $18 in trade paperback and $4.95 for the digital edition. Read more at the Perseid Press website.

Read an exclusive excerpt from Mouth of the Dragon: Prophecy of the Evarun here.


  1. I am sucker for poetic, dark fantasy. Barczak reminds me of Clark Ashton Smith on many levels.

    Comment by SELindberg - February 21, 2017 8:33 pm

  2. SE Lindberg, thank you very much.

    Comment by Tom Barczak - February 21, 2017 8:53 pm

  3. Seth,

    That’s a fine recommendation!

    Comment by John ONeill - February 21, 2017 9:57 pm

  4. An excellent novel. Tom Barczak is a rising star!

    Comment by walterrhein - February 21, 2017 9:57 pm

  5. Thank you, Walter. Means a lot. Thank you, John.

    Comment by Tom Barczak - February 22, 2017 8:13 am

  6. Happy to see the early comments on this book. Barczak seems to us to be a refreshing new voice in fantasy.

    Comment by sacredbander - February 22, 2017 1:25 pm

  7. Nice post

    Comment by libraryoferana - February 22, 2017 1:54 pm

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