Today’s book haul/spotlight is a magazine I have been wanting to get my hands on for, oh so very long now. I scraped together a few pennies and backed the Kickstarter for issue’s #1 and #2. In my quest to find new fiction that actually appeals to me I have come across this fantastic magazine. The final product has turned out even more awesome than I imagined!

I can’t wait to dive in and read this. Keep an eye out for reviews!


Today we have:

Tales from the Magician’s Skull no. 1

All New Swords & Sorcery Fiction





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Tales from the Magician’s Skull no. 1: All New Swords & Sorcery Fiction.

Tales From the Magician’s Skull is a printed fantasy magazine dedicated to presenting all-new sword-and-sorcery fiction by the finest modern crafters in the genre. These stories are the real thing, crammed with sword-swinging action, dark sorceries, dread, and ferocious monsters — and they hurtle forward at a headlong pace.

Issue #1 contains 7 stories, each featuring a full page black-and-white illustration. When appropriate to the tale, maps to terrifying tombs and sinister lairs are included as well. Each story has been written, edited, illustrated, and laid out in classic pulp magazine format. A bonus section translates elements from each story – creatures, magic items, and more – into Dungeon Crawl Classics game terms.

Issue #1 features fiction by James Enge, John C. Hocking, Howard Andrew Jones, Aeryn Rudel, Bill Ward, C. L. Werner, and Chris Willrich. The magazine is edited by Howard Andrew Jones and published by Joseph Goodman of Goodman Games, with layout by Lester B. Portly.

Each story is lovingly illustrated by industry stalwarts, and issue #1 features art by Jennell Jaquays, Doug Kovacs, Willam McAusland, Brad McDevitt, Ian Miller, Russ Nicholson, and Stefan Poag.


If you missed the Kickstarter, it’s not too late to pre-order an issue.

The second issue of Tales From the Magicians Skull will be headed your way on June 15th, but you can pre-order it now! And don’t forget the first issue, either! It’s not too late to get in on the ground floor of our new fiction series!