ANNOUNCEMENT Official summary of ALL FATHER PARADOX along with color cover illustration! What if an ancient god escaped his fate…and history was thrown to the wolves? Churchwarden Michaels thought it was just a run-of-the-mill crazy old man who stood in the graveyard,...

Announcement: New Comic Coming from Outland Entertainment!

ANNOUNCEMENT: Announcing Riddle of the Loremaster, an all new original comic series written by Melanie R. Meadors, with art by Nicolás Giacondino! Here is a sneak peek at some of the promo art: Riddle of the Loremaster is a comic for mature readers set in a fantasy...

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In doing a bit of research looking for a dark-fantasy-related topic for this article, I sought something that I knew at least a bit about, something I felt strongly about, and something where I could add meaningfully to the conversation. Many things were considered,...

Alethea Kontis on Imposter Syndrome

Earlier this year, I met the only student Katy Kellgren ever had. He told me he just about had to bully her into being his teacher. This amazing, multiple award-winning voice actress with hundreds of audiobooks under her belt truly didn’t believe she knew anything...

Announcements: HATH NO FURY Has Arrived in the US!

Backers of the paperback and hardcover editions of Hath No Fury will be happy to learn that the books have arrived at the printer's headquarters in Chicago! Now, they just need to be sent to our head honcho Jeremy Mohler, and then they will be sent out to backers...

Fairies with Dark Faces by I.L. Cruz

I like fairies—not a difficult admission for a fantasy writer—and I don’t mean the safe Victorian ones with gossamer wings that spread sparkles when they walk. I mean the ones that steal little children and make Faustian bargains. They were ancient and magnificent and...

Announcement: Launching New Transmedia World, VIKINGVERSE

Announcements Introducing the beginning of a new transmedia project with fiction, comics, and games in development! VIKINGVERSE From a concept created by Ian Sharpe, Vikingverse is going to launch this fall with a novel called All Father Paradox. Here is the line art...

The Secret Origin of “Daughter of Sorrow” by Maurice Broaddus

“Mr. Broaddus, you need to start a Creative Writing Club.” Thus began a four week campaign in which different members of my eighth grade class wore me down and I agreed to run an after school program. We ended up with nearly a dozen intrepid souls in our merry band,...

Knaves Has Funded, and Then Some!

Thanks to our awesome backers and readers, the Kickstarter for our anthology, Knaves, has been a success! Four hundred eighty-nine backers came together and invested $15,342 to make Knaves happen. Not only will this anthology be produced, but the authors will all get...

You Like Me Because I’m a Scoundrel

I remember watching Phantom Menace in the movie theater wondering what the movie was missing. There was awesome Jedi action (and way better choreography than the original trilogy). The music was fantastic. Tatooine looked pretty much the same, and pod racing was...


A blighted world is ruled by a beautiful queen, who sacrifices children to keep her youth. When a prophesied chosen one comes through a demongate from Earth, he succeeds in bringing water back to the desert wastes, giving the world a chance for new life. A wizard ally uses his skills to help find a way for the chosen one and his friends to return to Earth. A dark portal fantasy featuring a snarky

Badger: A dark skinned warrior who wears cornrows, he is determined to bring the chosen one to safety, hoping to save the world. His unfamiliarity with Earth slang and his snarky attitude provide humor, and his badass skills help him aid the chosen one in saving the world.

Griswald: A banished wizard, who believed he was bringing hope to the queen to explain a savior was coming and would save the children. He has sent Badger to bring the prophecy to completion.

Kai: Griswald’s young servant.

Queen Ahranel: The ruler, whose wizard keeps her young and beautiful through sacrificing children. All the adults in her kingdom were killed by a plague; only those who use magic and sacrifice have survived.

Gramaldy: An obese wizard who uses his magic to drink the life of children, keeping the queen young and beautiful. Though he is eaten by a Cappasiguard, his machinations cannot be stopped by a single death.

Gennin: A dance instructor of a troupe of boys. She and one of the dancers are transported to a different world during a storm at sea. (Possibly of Asian descent)

David Patrick: At first thought to be the only survivor of Gennin’s dance troupe, who arrives with her in a different world. Badger rescues him as the chosen one. When David and Badger go to rescue Gennin, they inadvertently free the waters beneath the desert, bringing new life to the planet and fulfilling a prophecy. Eventually, he becomes a gate master, able to open the demongates at will.

Vic: A sailor who tried to save Gennin and the dancers, and who was transported with David and Gennin.

Mark: A member of Gennin’s dance troupe. (Blond.)

Carl: A member of Gennin’s dance troupe. (Asian descent)

Cappasiguard: Whale-like creatures that may have intelligence. One kills Grimaldy to save David, Gennin, and Badger.

Mr. Dark: A black-hatted villain of a gate master.