Tales From the Magician’s Skull is a fantasy magazine from Goodman Games dedicated to presenting all-new sword-and-sorcery fiction by the finest modern crafters of the genre. These stories are the real thing, crammed with sword-swinging action, dark sorceries, tales of dread, and ferocious monsters hurtling forward at a headlong pace.
Filled with original, never-before-seen stories and artwork guaranteed to thrill all readers.
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.
Stolen Witness 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 sounded 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."
Shuhalla’s Sword 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, this is an adaptation of Abraham Merritt’s classic story.
The Monster Pit 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 DCC RPG system.
Edited by: Howard Andrew Jones
Cover Illustration: Diesel LaForce
Contributing writers: Nathan Long, Setsu Uzume, James Enge, John C. Hocking, James Stoddard, Violette Malan, Dave Gross, and Terry Olson
Interior Illustrations: Samuel Dillon, Jennell Jaquays, Cliff Kurowski, William McAusland, Brad McDevitt, Russ Nicholson, Stefan Poag, and Chuck Whelon
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