Issue 11, Volume 1, Number 11
January/February 2003

Editor: Fraser Ronald
Cover Illustration: Undead King by Eric Magie
To see more of his artwork visit his page on the Elfwood Fantasy Art site.
Cover Design by Fraser Ronald.
Swords Edge Logo designed by Bob Childers.


Table of Contents

Editorial Inspiration
I don't like to rely on it when it comes to writing, but sometimes, unbidden, inspiration comes. And sometimes, it comes at the wrong time.

Fiction A Thankless Sort
A short story by Howard Andrew Jones
Beautiful fairies in haunted woods may be interesting to meet, but behind some silver linings, very dark clouds hide.

Fiction Gaki Hara Do
A short story by Megan Miller.
How does one battle madness? How does one battle death? And what power resides in the gaki hara do--armour in the shape of a ghost?

Fiction Generation Clash
A short story by Steven L. Shrewsbury
Archaeologists rely on artefacts and writings. The bones they find tell them tales. Few, however, can unravel these tales in the manner of Dr. Elijah Blackthorn.

Fiction Indigs
A short story by Eric S. Brown
Sometimes, when you think the enemy is just about finished, when you're wondering if you should offer them mercy, they've got you right where they want you.
Note: This story has been removed as it will be appearing in a collection being published by Permuted Press. Keep your eyes out for it!

Review Ravenheart Review
A book review by Fraser Ronald
This is a review of the third novel in the Rigante series by David Gemmell, from Del Rey Books, an imprint of Ballantine Publishing Group.

Review the Gilded Chain Review
A book review by Fraser Ronald
This is a review of the first "King's Blades" novel by Dave Duncan, from Eos Books, an imprint of HarperCollins.

Review Lord of the Fire Lands Review
A book review by Fraser Ronald
This is a review of the second "King's Blades" novel by Dave Duncan, from Eos Books, an imprint of HarperCollins.

The Gamer's Table Subabilities And d20
An article by Chris Marlowe
Do you remember 2E Skills and Powers, with its traits, disadvantages, kits and subabilities? Chris Marlowe looks at using subabilities from Skills and Powers in a d20 campaign.

The Writers' Workshop Novels and Markets
An article by Fraser Ronald
The starving artist is an artistic notion, but if you actually want to get paid for your work, you need to find markets in which to sell it. What kind of markets are open for novels?

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