Swords Against Darkness

Flashing swords and fearsome magicks . . . high adventure and wondrous wizardry . . . dread monsters and vast rewards . . .

Tales of swashbuckling sword and sorcery at their best offer keen wit, ingenious perception, freewheeling imagination, and canny invention. From its swashbuckling beginnings of good versus evil battles to clashes of more nuanced principles set in complex settings to havoc shaped by grittier perspectives, ambiguous morality, deep history and expansive worldbuilding?readers continue to be thrilled by the exploits of great warriors and mighty mages.

Swords Against Darkness: an epic anthology of short stories and novellas from classic to modern, each tale a memorable vision from masters and mistresses of heroic fantasy past and present!

Content

Paula Guran, Introduction: “Knowledge Takes Precedence Over Death”

Forging & Shaping

  • Robert E. Howard, “The Tower of the Elephant”
  • C. L. Moore, “Hellsgarde”
  • Clark Ashton Smith, “The Dark Eidolon”
  • Jack Vance, “Liane the Wayfarer”
  • Leigh Brackett, “Black Amazon of Mars”
  • Fritz Leiber, “Ill Met in Lankhmar”
  • Michael Moorcock, “While the Gods Laugh”

Normalizing & Annealing

  • Tanith Lee, “Hero at the Gates”
  • C. J. Cherryh, “A Thief in Korianth”
  • Karl Edward Wagner, “Undertow”
  • Katherine Kurtz, “Swords Against the Marluk”
  • Mercedes Lackey, “Out of the Deep”
  • Michael Shea, “Epistle from Lebanoi”
  • James Enge, “Payment Deferred”
  • John Balestra, “The Swords of Her Heart” (original)

Tempering & Sharpening

  • Joanna Russ, “Bluestocking”
  • Samuel R. Delany, “The Tale of Dragons and Dreamers”
  • Elizabeth Moon, “First Blood”
  • Saladin Ahmed, “Where Virtue Lives”
  • Scott Lynch, “The Effigy Engine: A Tale of the Red Hats”
  • Steven Erikson, “Goats of Glory”
  • Elizabeth Bear, “The Ghost Makers”
  • Kameron Hurley, “The Plague Givers”

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