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Heroic Fantasy Quarterly Best-Of Volume 2
We’re getting the Best-Of Heroic Fantasy Quarterly Volume 2 put together and out to the world!
About this project
When we put out our first best-of in November of 2015, we had hoped that it would be a yearly thing. That has turned out not to be the case. Oh, we’ve got the stories, poems and artwork, but we lack the funding. That’s why we’ve swallowed our pride (one bite at a time, which is why it has taken so damn long) and come to you, our readers and fans, for support through our Kickstarter campaign.
The details? Like an unsporting riposte or some arcane magic, we are going to be brief:
Our basic goal is $500 by May 7, 2017 to produce Heroic Fantasy Quarterly Best-of volume 2. We’ll announce the results of the campaign here on our Kickstarter page, our Facebook page, and in our editorial for HFQ issue #32 on May 1, 2017. The Best-Of volume 2 itself will be available September 1, 2017 .
Just what do we produce if we meet this goal?
First, we release the best of Heroic Fantasy Quarterly’s stories and poems from issues 9-17.
Second, we continue our tradition of outstanding cover art comparable to volume 1—these will be books you can be proud to show off!
Third, Interior artwork! This is a new step for us; the only weakness of volume 1 was that it had no inside artwork, a problem we intend to correct. Meeting our basic goal allows us to have artwork for every story.
Fourth, essays- just like volume 1 we intend to have essays about the genres of heroic fantasy, sword and sorcery, and weird fiction by today’s leading authors, editors, and critics.
I hope you will back this project!
Heroic Fantasy Quarterly is an ezine dedicated to publishing short works of heroic fantasy. More than that, through both prose and poetry we hope to hearken back to an older age of storytelling — an age when a story well told enthralled audiences. Traits of great oral storytelling survive the ages to influence treasures of literature, the pulps, radio plays, late-night game sessions, and now Heroic Fantasy Quarterly.
Our favorite storytellers, a few ancient and a few not, deliver action, reaction, and repercussion — and rarely divulge the thought processes that guide a character. These storytellers know that sometimes an audience just wants to see what happens next, that sometimes it’s more interesting to watch a person open a box than to hear about why he or she decided to open it in the first place.
Here’s a little more, then, about what you’ll find inside the HFQ box . . .
As our name suggests, Heroic Fantasy Quarterly isn’t limited to stories about swordsmen or far-traveling adventurers; it’s also about fantastical lands and magicks and creatures — both friend and foe — which together make heroic fantasy tales memorable and distinct from other sorts of stories.
But the tales at HFQ share another quality no less important than any other: our prose starts fast, with an emphasis on action. Be it an exchange of blows or insults, the spurring-on of steed, or the application of poultices to wounds, things happen and happen quickly in the pages of HFQ.