A gong shivers. The mists part to reveal a grisly visage lying upon a mound of rubble, dead but for one glowing, malefic eye. It speaks in a voice of cold command.
THE SKULL SPEAKS!
"Silence, mortal dogs! It is time now for Tales From the Magician's Skull #7!"
"Praise me, Mortal Dogs, for once again I bring tales to terrify and delight in equal measure!Oh, great was my pleasure when these stories were presented to me, and I only wish I might witness your first reading of the wonders herein. Doubtless you shall spring forth to cavort in glee and windmill your arms in reckless abandon! Once you understand the splendors I have delivered unto you, neglect not to venture into the Facegram and Instatweet and Blood reads to tell others of my magnificence!"
"Last, but not least, it has come to my attention that some of you continue in your sad misapprehension that water chestnuts are food. I have not yet learned the sinister secret behind their manufacture, or the goal of those who hide them amongst flavorful meals that otherwise lack the texture of Styrofoam, but I pledge to unravel the mystery and visit my wrath upon all those involved!"
Tales From the Magician's Skull is a magazine of all-new swords & sorcery fiction and non-fiction. Issue #7 features cover art by legendary fantasy artist Sanjulian.
Snake in the Fold by C.L. Werner
From the Tales of Shintaro Oba
Osoroshii slithered lower down the pillars, her face bobbing only a few 5 feet from Oba. There was no fear in the demon's expression, only a look of smug triumph. "What will you offer me in exchange, Sekigahara-san?"
The Gift of a Poisoned Necklace by John C. Hocking
A Tale of the King's Blade
"That's her!" roared the massive man clearing space at the doorway. He pointed at their booth with an outthrust arm that appeared considerably thicker than Benhus's leg, then lowered his head like the bull he resembled and charged.
Death Stalks the Night by D. J. Tyrer
"We cannot see it. It comes and goes unchallenged, leaving death behind it." "Ah, the nightwalkers. They come from a land south of here, born of jealousy and hatred. Some say they are muroyi of the worst kind, or their twisted children, others say they are spirits who yearn to take physical form. Evil things."
Dara's Tale by Mark Rigney
Dahnica ran, pelting toward the stairs, and she knew without looking back that the six-legged things at her heels were faster than she, much faster. She would have to turn and fight.
Interred With the Worm by Scott J. Couturier
The tunnel leading down into the necropolis shone smooth and clean in my torchlight, almost as if polished; at turns, a low moaning or gurgling sound came out of that wet darkness, a sloshing and pulsing sound, as abhorrent to my ears as it was unknown.
Beneath a Scarlet Moon by Nathan Meyer
The child stretched open its mouth, revealing rotted teeth. Wider and wider its grin stretched, splitting the face. Wailing shrieks blasted forth, filling the vestibule. The noise rushed through Auric, filling the tunnel, filling the ruins, filling the sky.
Beasts of the Bluestone Hills by James Enge
A Story of Morelock Ambrosius
Deftly avoiding Morlock's blade, bloody with her stinking orange blood, the beast jumped forward and struck him on the chest with a leonine paw. Morlock was knocked clean off his feet and fell on the unpaved road. Every atom of breath seemed to be knocked out of him; he lost hold of his sword; the world went dark.
The Monster Pit by Terry Olson
Enter the monster pit! Down here in the pit, we provide tabletop RPG fans with playable DCC RPG game statistics for the creatures in this issue of Tales From the Magician's Skull.
The Skull Speaks by The Skull Himself