Note: Different versions of this story have been published. I’m reviewing the one which appeared in the Swords Against Darkness anthology edited by Andrew J. Offutt (1977). The novelette “Dragons’ Teeth” (1975) by David Drake follows an expert archer and Roman Legate named Vettius who’s tasked with defending his province against an army of […]Read More “DRAGONS’ TEETH” BY DAVID DRAKE REVIEW
FEBRUARY FANTASY MONTH I’ve toyed with the notion of writing a fantasy short story from time-to-time but as yet haven’t produced one. I’m curious what readers of this site would like to see my protagonist pitted against. I’m sidelining Dragons for this poll as they are already so well-represented in countless other tales. Below is […]Read More FANTASY CREATURE POLL
FEBRUARY FANTASY MONTH I first discovered Dungeons and Dragons back in the early eighties when I received the Red Box Basic Rule Set. It instantly spurred my imagination with its infinite story crafting potential. Over the next several years I made friends who also played. We swiftly moved to using the more advanced 2nd Edition […]Read More THE TOMB OF HORROR NOVEL BY KEITH FRANCIS STROHM REVIEW
February Fantasy Month returns once again to Horror Delve. We’ll examine a selection of stories by the late, great Clark Ashton Smith, as well as celebrate the exciting return of our Ultimate Fantasy Lists. The previous two years have offered up both Ultimate Fantasy Weapons and Ultimate Fantasy Creatures lists. This year a new assembly […]Read More FEBRUARY FANTASY MONTH RETURNS!
And the winner of Horror Delve’s favorite Sword and Sorcery Movie is…. THE ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER CONAN FILMS! Up until about a day ago it had been embroiled in a three way tie with THE LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY and EXCALIBUR, but I was saved from having to cast a deciding vote when someone came […]Read More THE RESULTS ARE IN!!
THE DRAGONCROWN WAR CYCLE by Michael A. Stackpole is one of my all time favorite fantasy series. I became initially hooked when, looking for free audio fantasy stories to listen to at work. I found the first 300 or so pages of FORTRESS DRACONIS available as an audio podcast on iTunes. This marketing approach worked, […]Read More THE DRAGONCROWN WAR CYCLE BY MICHAEL A. STACKPOLE REVIEW
We’re diving back into sword and sorcery month this February. Once again a panel of experts have been assembled, this time to give us a list of their favorite creatures of the genre. I’ll also be discussing one of my all time favorite fantasy series and more. So, light your torches and ready your swords […]Read More SWORD AND SORCERY MONTH RETURNS NEXT MONTH
The barbarian adventurer Conan, created by Robert E. Howard in the 1930’s, has continued on from his short story roots to be featured in novels, movies, role playing games, cartoons, live-action television shows, and comic books on his way to becoming the single most iconic sword and sorcery character ever. While these further exploits penned […]Read More Conan!
Weapons have long played a key in role in the fantasy genre, most commonly taking the form of swords, but everything from daggers to bows to magic rings and more have made their mark along the way. Many of these iconic tools of combat have been granted names, including those possessing no magical properties whatsoever […]Read More THE ULTIMATE FANTASY WEAPONS LIST
Somewhere south of the city walls, the thunderous, keening screech continued to split the night air, sounding neither of man nor beast but rather some twisted amalgamation of the two. Battalions of young men clad in shinning unblemished suits of armor trailed behind the racing footfalls of their elders, whose scared and dented adornments had […]Read More SWORD AND SORCERY MONTH RETURNS THIS FEBRUARY!