There’s Still Some Flash in That Sword…

I’m having trouble believing it’s November already. My day job is really keeping me running these days. Which would be fine if I were even caught up on that, but I’m not.

But I can’t let another day pass without acknowledging the return of Flashing Swords. The current issue can be read online by clicking on the “current issue” link (obvious, I know, but it took me a while to figure out–I must have been distracted by something else on the page). There are a few options available for downloading a barebones text for offline reading, and both e-copies and hardcopies can be purchased through Lulu: a good thought, this. The prices might discourage the casual buyer, but the option is more for the FS fanatic, I think.

It was a satisfying issue, I thought. My favorite bits were probably Steve Goble’s Calthus story, the short poem of Nordic doom by Jason Waltz and the article by Joseph McCullough on Anglo-Saxons in (post)Roman Britain. But it was also fun to see S.C. Bryce continue her serial about Dermanassian. Michael Turner’s “The Jewel Below” is an interesting adventure story in a medieval Islamic setting, and if if I said anything less bland about it than “interesting” I would probably give away something about the ending, so I won’t. T.W. Williams kicks in a vigorous first-person yarn titled “No Man’s Knight” (and he means it). Michael Erhart contributes a story from the same background as his new book Servant of the Manthycore. The story stands well by itself, but it did made me want to read the novel. There’s also an interview with Ralan, and with Margaret H. Bonham.

Well, that’s all the time I have for fantasy at the moment. I have to run off and see an opera with witches and sea-monsters and knights and demons and Cupid losing his arrows and getting zapped with them. Serious, realistic storytelling from the Italian Baroque era.

About JE

James Enge is the author of the World-Fantasy-Award-nominated novel Blood of Ambrose (Pyr, April 2009). His latest book is The Wide World's End. His short fiction has appeared in Swords and Dark Magic (Harper Collins, 2010), Black Gate, the Stabby-Award-winning anthology Blackguards and elsewhere.
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5 Responses to There’s Still Some Flash in That Sword…

  1. sboydtaylor says:

    Very cool. Thanks for the fiction review. If I see FS on a shelf, I may pick it up.

    • JE says:

      Well, I don’t think there are any plans to distribute hardcopies, except through But there are a couple of fairly painless ways to read the e-versions. (Though I know reading on-screen just isn’t as appealing to most people, including me.)

  2. Anonymous says:


    Thanks for the kind words, I am glad you liked it!
    The book is now available for pre-order through DEP and Amazon.

    Michael Ehart

  3. hvond says:

    Thank you, James, for even reading my contribution to the issue. I felt my words to be the weakest link, so it certainly was nice to read your comment.

    • JE says:

      Well, I’m a big fan of Norse myth, and I thought your verse caught the authentic tone. It’ll be a very strong ‘zine where those words are the weakest link…

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