Saturday, October 7, 2017

"Tales From the Magician's Skull" kickstarter is live!

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.
Issue #1 is complete and ready for printing. It is brimming with 72 pages and contains 7 stories, each featuring a full page black-and-white illustration. When appropriate to the tale, maps to terrifying tombs and sinister lairs are included as well. Each story has been written, edited, illustrated, and laid out in classic pulp magazine format. A bonus section translates elements from each story - creatures, magic items, and more - into Dungeon Crawl Classics game terms.
Issue #1 features fiction by James Enge, John C. Hocking, Howard Andrew Jones, Aeryn Rudel, Bill Ward, C. L. Werner, and Chris Willrich. The magazine is edited by Howard Andrew Jones and published by Joseph Goodman of Goodman Games, with layout by Lester B. Portly.
Each story is lovingly illustrated by industry stalwarts, and issue #1 features art by Jennell Jaquays, Doug Kovacs, Willam McAusland, Brad McDevitt, Ian Miller, Russ Nicholson, and Stefan Poag.
This Kickstarter funds the print publication of the first and second issues. Depending on pledge level, backers will receive their issues shipped to them in physical form. There is also an option for PDF delivery.

Personally, after looking through the Kickstarter, I am impressed. As soon as the next paycheck hits, I will back this myself.


  1. Nathan, thanks for your interest and support.

    I'd assumed that this would be right up the alley of the PulpRev movement but I haven't it come up for discussion among them much. If you're aware of a better way that I can reach them and other like minded folks, I'd be grateful to hear it!

    Thanks again,

    1. The older gamers in the PulpRev have had their eyes on the Skull since the first announcement. Jeffro Johnson has shared the announcement and occasional news for awhile. As for getting the word out to PulpRev in particular, the best way typically is to contact Jeffro.