Fierce Tales

Fierce Tales: Lost Worlds

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Release: May 2019

Millhaven is an unusual place, now offering the fourth in its Fierce Tales anthology series: Lost Worlds. It features tales from fresh talent, newly popular authors who will treat you to highly visual, emotional and electrifying adventures of longer-than-typical short story length. Technically short stories, these near-novella adventures will tear you from the ordinary and whisk you along deeper literary complexity and treks extraordinaire!

You will be unable to resist the insidiously contagious–perhaps intelligent–chiller encountered in “Cold Inside…”, an emotionally impactful experience by award-winning storyteller Sergio Palumbo. Novelist J. Conrad Matthews reveals “The Savage Badlands” in a rip-roaring account of an alternate conquest of America, based on Teddy Roosevelt’s lost diary. We dare you to enter Dan Gallagher’s cryptozoological-mystical tales with nonfiction accompaniments: “Monster in the Sand” in Poe’s unreliable narrator style, and its paired literary thriller “Six Birds and a Cat”. Equally powerful and visual is Screenwriter Charlie Boyles’ “Mountain of the Ancients”, which places you among prehistoric-to-recent animals & humans who, for a time, welcomed an alien addiction!

Yes, the world of Millhaven is a place where the extraordinary is the norm, a super-natural place of mystery and wonder. It can be a beautiful, awe-inspiring place. But it can also be a dark place, filled with monsters, champions, spirits and all things shadowy. These take many forms, from gruesome creatures to fantastic heroes and people just like you. Meet heroes and villains from every walk of life. The Fierce Tales series will act as your guide through the world of Millhaven, both the hidden and the horrific. New worlds will open before you in all their dangerous splendor. Yes, it’s a wondrous and fascinating place, but do keep your head about you… if possible!

Stories by: Dan Gallagher, J. Conrad Matthews, Charlie Boyles, Sergio Palumbo

Edited by Dan Gallagher and Jeffrey L. Blehar

Available on Amazon here: Fierce Tales: Lost Worlds

Fierce Tales: Crumbling Empires

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Release: December 2018

Empires come and go. Some fall seemingly overnight, while others descend, wither, and crumble over long decades or centuries. As empires crumble, heroes rise above the carnage left in the wake of the demise of the falling empires. Fierce Tales returns with four tales of such heroes. A descendant of Atlantean royalty fights and claws to stay alive in a foreign world with only the hopes of finding a way home to his family keeping him going.A boy abused and mocked as “Monsterface” grows into manhood and recounts the story of a legendary uniter of peoples. Is he strong enough to follow in Durrham Tarragon’s footsteps and unite his people once more? A group of long-in-the-tooth ex-warriors are brought together by an aging mage to discover the identity who is responsible for putting the safety of their town in danger. Can they identify the culprits before it is too late?A sorcerer is assigned by his king to discover why the towns are no longer sending their taxes to the king. He travels incognito to the towns as a storyteller. He is less than enamored with the task and soon finds himself drawn into the towns’ troubles.

Stories By: J. Conrad Matthews, Joshua Hiles, Chris Hollaway, Stephanie Barr

Available on Amazon here: Fierce Tales: Crumbling Empires

Fierce Tales: Savage Lands

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Release: October 2018

The second volume in the Fierce Tales fantasy series explores exotic and dangerous lands.  Follow two down-on-their-luck Vikings as they accept a job from a wizard against their better judgement.  They are tasked with saving a kingdom on a foreign world from a man from the future.  A Vietnam veteran performs secret missions for the government, but when something goes wrong on his latest assignment, he finds himself in a foreign world surrounded by unknown dangers.  An unlikely trio of thieves set out to find a fabled treasure which may not even exist.  An elite group of Roman Legionnaires meet their match when they unwittingly stumble upon a passage to another world.  An interdimensional traveler finds himself in a new world where barbarism and magick rule.  Can he survive in this new land and can he save this new world from the iron rule of an evil wizard?

Stories by: Michael Colangelo, J. Manfred Weichsel, Jeffrey L. Blehar, Misha Burnett, D.R. Lackner

Available on Amazon: Fierce Tales: Savage Lands

Fierce Tales: Shadow Realms

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Released July 2018

Millhaven is an unusual place. A place where the extraordinary is the ordinary. It is a supernatural place of mystery and wonder. It can be a beautiful, awe-inspiring place, but it can also be a dark place filled with monsters and spirits. The monsters inhabiting Millhaven can take many forms – from gruesome creatures and witches to perfectly average-looking people like you and me. One can never really tell who is who, in the world of Millhaven. The Fierce Tales series will act as your guide through the world of Millhaven, both the magical and the horrific. You will meet heroes and villains from every walk of life. New worlds will open before you in all their dangerous splendor. It is a wondrous and fascinating place…as long as you keep your head about you and follow the rules. Yes, even a place as strange as Millhaven has rules. There are many rules, most you pick up along the way, but there is one rule which must always be followed and never be forgotten. That rule: ALWAYS STAY ON THE PATH. What? You have already broken the most important rule and strayed from the safety of the path? The shadows lurk off the path.

Shadow Realms is the first volume in the Fierce Tales series. Within this volume, you will find nine haunting tales, each relating the ramifications when certain rules are broken. Be they the rules of man, or the rules of nature — violation of the rules is always accompanied by the unearthly consequences.

Stories by: Jo Niederhoff, K.P. Kulski, Anthony Regolino, James Harper, Jimmy Jones, Joshua Hiles, Jeffrey L. Blehar, Nidhi Singh, Dean Wirth

Available on Amazon: Fierce Tales: Shadow Realms

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