Bards and Sages Quarterly publishes fantasy, horror, and science fiction. Selections are usually short and allow readers to experience a variety of recently published work. After the stories, the reader will find a brief biography of the authors and directions to where the reader can find further work. The publication sends out a monthly email newsletter and when the Quarterly is published I download it free through Smashwords.
This January 2018 edition is a collection of 13 stories by various authors that take the reader into fantasy worlds. See if any of these worlds are preferable to the normal world you face.
1348 by Russell Hemmell The jester succeeds in his mission to provide entertainment. His empathy remains when the fun is over, and reality arrives.
A Friend of the Devil by James V Jordan Was Dad there to help Hailey? The reader decides.
Blood Soap by Steve Rodgers This story will reveal the origins of, but not the reasons for, the 19th century English top hat and silly bow-ties.
Zillah Harmonia by J.G. Follansbee The world is finally dealing with its environmental problems but that doesn’t mean everybody is happy about it.
High in the Sky by George Nikolopoulos Be the seagull.
The Eternal Life of the First Emperor by Peter Medeiros This story is about how to use political power. It could have been written by Machiavelli.
People of the Dragon by Robin Reed This is a clever story of how legends are created. This legend was used to bluff a way out of outright hostilities between two factions almost at war.
And Drown Melancholy by Scarlett R. Algee Charlotte wanted to drown her sorrows but there is no way in the world that was going to happen.
Somewhere, Somewhen by Judith Field Reaching out “in time/on time.”
The Dead They Come by James Fitzsimmons Some truths must be taken with a grain of salt.
The Lay of the Land by Jude-Marie Green Jannie gave her new job a ghost of a chance. Mr. Smith agreed.
Wiersbiel by A.J. Flowers The soul can live on and contribute despite the lack of a corporeal presence.