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.
The second issue of Tales From the Magician’s Skull continues the great material that we put in place with the first issue. The second issue contains 7 new stories by some amazing talent!
Blood of the Forest Born
by Nathan Long
Then she saw it. The eight-legged circle of Atseska. Any Haata child with a grandfather who told ghost stories knew about the black magic of Atseska the Spider.
“He’s going to kill them,” murmured Anla. “He’s going to kill everyone in this house.”
Break them on the Dying Stones
by Setsu Uzume
The blindfold itched, and stank of wet sheep. Gatja raised her hands and leaned forward to scratch her face, but the muting chains rang taut — locking her wrists and neck just beyond reach.
by James Enge
They followed the crooked man, bearing a corpse on his back and a light in his hand, into the wizard’s garden.
Trial by Scarab
by John C. Hocking
Benhus drew and met him in a clash of strident steel. They traded blows, at first with more maddened intent than skill, swords meeting and sliding apart with a sound like a blacksmith’s anvil seeing frantic work.
Day of the Shark
by James Stoddard
“I led my hunters here, daring the depths to seek you. I have a keen eye, steady arms, and the courage of ten. I have killed the Great White single-handed. I demand the Trial.”
A Soul’s Second Skin
by Violette Malan
“Hush,” Dhulyn’s tone was such that even the mage fell silent. “Something large breathes ten or twelve paces away from us.”
by Dave Gross
Only the commander’s head emerged from the woody cage, neck stretched back and mouth open. From it protruded his tongue, darker than blood and—incredibly—as long as his forearm.
The People of the Pit
Illustrated by Stefan Poag
An illustrated adaptation of Abraham Merritt’s classic story.
Appendix: Game Statistics
by Terry Olson
In each issue, we present an appendix of game statistics for the various creatures, spells, and items described in each issue. All of these stats are for the Dungeon Crawl Classics Role Playing Game system.
Interior Illustrations: Samuel Dillon, Jennell Jaquays, Cliff Kurowski, William McAusland, Brad McDevitt, Russ Nicholson, Stefan Poag, and Chuck Whelon
Cover Illustration: Diesel LaForce