Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Year in Review: Richard Fay/Azure Lion Productions Zazzle Store Royalties 2014

187 cleared/pending royalties (+ 42 cleared/pending royalties for 2013)
9 cancelled royalties (+ 2 cancelled royalties for 2013)


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Year in Review: Richard Fay Redbubble Shop Sales

28 Dec 14 Crossbow T-Shirt
13 Dec 14 Corinthian Helmet T-Shirt
12 Dec 14 Tudor Rose Throw Pillow
9 Dec 14 The Devourer Cometh Tote Bag
7 Dec 14 Polish Eagle Poster
1 Dec 14 Thistle Sticker
30 Nov 14 Unicorn Rampant T-Shirt
17 Nov 14 Red Dragon of Wales Sticker
5 Oct 14 Thistle Sticker
28 Sep 14 Fleur de Lis Sticker
27 Sep 14 Denizens of the Diabolic Wood Sticker
8 Sep 14 Irish Harp Sticker
27 Aug 14 Irish Harp Sticker
25 Aug 14 Red Dragon of Wales Sticker
22 Aug 14 Unicorn Rampant T-Shirt
22 Aug 14 Unicorn Rampant Sticker
10 Aug 14 Denizens of the Diabolic Wood Sticker
5 Aug 14 Red Dragon of Wales Sticker
30 Jul 14 Red Dragon of Wales Sticker
14 Jul 14 Excalibur and Arthur Sticker
6 Jul 14 Corinthian Helmet T-Shirt
27 Jun 14 Denizens of the Diabolic Wood Sticker
6 Jun 14 Unicorn Rampant Sticker
4 Jun 14 14th Century Saint George Sticker
24 May 14 Polish Eagle Sticker
21 May 14 English Knight Circa 1430 Sticker
10 May 14 Blue Dragon T-Shirt
6 May 14 Crusader Knight, Early 13th Century Greeting Card
1 May 14 Plate Armour Circa 1430 T-Shirt
25 Apr 14 Denizens of the Diabolic Wood Sticker
24 Apr 14 Excalibur Sticker
15 Apr 14 Robin in Sherwood Sticker
4 Apr 14 Denizens of the Diabolic Wood Sticker
3 Apr 14 Tudor Rose Sticker
30 Mar 14 Mechanical Dragon T-Shirt paid
24 Mar 14 T. rex Sticker
23 Mar 14 Three Viking Sword Hilts T-Shirt
23 Mar 14 Three Viking Sword Hilts T-Shirt
9 Mar 14 English Knight, Circa 1300 Sticker
9 Mar 14 Polish Eagle Sticker
24 Feb 14 Leek and Daffodil Crossed
9 Feb 14 Tudor Rose T-Shirt
25 Jan 14 In the Dragon Realm Sticker
25 Jan 14 Denizens of the Diabolic Wood Sticker
21 Jan 14 Denizens of the Diabolic Wood Sticker
9 Jan 14 Tudor Rose Sticker
1 Jan 14 Unicorn Rampant Sticker
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Year in Review: Azure Lion Productions CafePress Shop

According to the dashboard sidebar on CafePress, in 2014 my shop saw:
$2924.85 Sales
$240.95 Earnings
625 Views
10 Likes
0 Comments
97 Designs Uploaded
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Thank You!

I want to thank all customers who purchased items from my shops in 2014. Here's hoping my shops will see even more sales in 2015!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Artwork Accepted for Fall 2015 SPACEPORTS & SPIDERSILK

My artwork "Monster in the Ruin" has been accepted for use as cover-at on an issue of Spaceports & Spidersilk. The editor and I agree that it's really a fall cover, so it's going to be used on the Fall 2015 issue. Now to see if I can come up with something for the spring issue...

BTW, this means that, even though I've cut way back on the work I do for publications, the publication roll will roll on into 2015. I already have something slated for fall 2015!

Illustration: "Falchion"

"Falchion"

Friday, December 26, 2014

Illustration: "Mortisbranda, Sword of Death"

Mortisbranda, Sword of Death

17th Annual Preditors & Editors / Critters Readers Poll

Time once again for the P&E Annual Readers Poll. I have works eligible for nomination in the Horror Short Stories, Science Fiction & Fantasy Short Stories, Poems, Nonfiction Articles, Artwork, and Magazine/e-zine Cover Artwork categories. Please consider nominating some of my works published in 2014.

Thanks!

My 2014 publications:

Short Stories, Flash Fiction, and Drabbles 2014
Those From the Shadows..........Bete Noire, Issue #14, February 2014.
An Evil in Carnlinton..........Sorcerous Signals, Feb - Apr '14 Issue, February 2014; also Mystic Signals, Issue 20, 5th Anniversary Double Issue, February 2014.

Poetry 2014
Necromancy..........Bete Noire, Issue #17, October 2014.
Moonlit Oak Copse..........Aphelion, Issue 184, Volume 18, May 2014.
Hand-in-Tentacle..........Aphelion, Issue 183, Volume 18. April 2014.
Tipsy Rambler..........Aphelion, Issue 182, Volume 18, March 2014.

Non-Fiction 2014
The Connection Between Fairies and the Dead..........Disturbed Digest, Issue #4, March 2014.

Illustrations/Artworks 2014
Illustration for Jim Lee's "In Pursuit of the Wolfchildren"..........The Lorelei Signal, Oct - Nov '14 Issue, October 2014.
Illustration for M. R. Timson's "Cry Wolf"..........Sorcerous Signals, Aug - Oct '14 Issue, August 2014.
Illustration for Darryl Fifield's "One Day in Feradon"..........Sorcerous Signals, Aug - Oct '14 Issue, August 2014.
Illustration for Joyce Frohn's "Room 116"..........The Lorelei Signal, Jul - Sept '14 Issue, July 2014.
Illustration for the Mystic Signals exclusive story "The Doom of Mournshire" by Benajmin Sperduto..........The Lorelei Signal, Jul - Sept '14 Issue, July 2014.
"Under the Ice on Enceladus"..........Spaceports & Spidersilk (cover art), July 2014 Issue, June 2014.
Illustration for Will Maier's "A Pale Green Blade"..........Sorcerous Signals, May - Jul '14 issue, May 2014.
Illustration for M.J. Waller's "A Plague of Daffodils"..........Sorcerous Signals, May - Jul '14 issue, May 2014.
Illustration for the Mystic Signals exclusive story "Uncle Jusquin" by DeAnna Knippling..........Sorcerous Signals, May - Jul '14 issue, May 2014.
Reflections..........Star*Line, Volume 37, Issue 2, Spring 2014, April 2014.
Dracopterix Pursues Quad Fliers..........Star*Line, Volume 37, Issue 2, Spring 2014, April 2014.
Illustration for Charles Kyffhausen's Mystic Signals exclusive story "Rebellion"..........The Lorelei Signal, April - June 2014 Issue, April 2014.
Illustration for Francis W Alexander's "My Pet, His Pet"..........Sorcerous Signals, Feb - Apr '14 Issue, February 2014; also Mystic Signals, Issue 20, 5th Anniversary Double Issue, February 2014.
Illustration for "An Evil in Carnlinton"..........Sorcerous Signals, Feb - Apr '14 Issue, February 2014; also Mystic Signals, Issue 20, 5th Anniversary Double Issue, February 2014.
Illustration for the Mystic Signals exclusive story "A Deal's a Deal" by DC Harrell..........Sorcerous Signals, Feb - Apr '14 Issue, February 2014; also Mystic Signals, Issue 20, 5th Anniversary Double Issue, February 2014.
In Its Eye..........Star*Line, Volume 37, Issue 1, Winter 2014, January 2014.
Illustration for Melissa Embry's "After the War"..........The Lorelei Signal, Jan - Apr '14 Issue, January 2014; also Mystic Signals, Issue 20, 5th Anniversary Double Issue, February 2014.
Illustration for Rachael Acks' "And Still Champion"..........The Lorelei Signal, Jan - Apr '14 Issue, January 2014; also Mystic Signals, Issue 20, 5th Anniversary Double Issue, February 2014.
Illustration for Matthew Wilson's "The Old Witch"..........The Lorelei Signal, Jan - Apr '14 Issue, January 2014; also Mystic Signals, Issue 20, 5th Anniversary Double Issue, February 2014.
They Come in Peace (cover art)..........Spaceports & Spidersilk, January 2014.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Sing the Bones Alive



The knock upon Kalensh’s door jarred him out of a contemplative hum that had set the hearth flames dancing. Visitors rarely travelled to Kalensh’s isolated den tucked away in a quiet forest dell, especially after sunset. They avoided the mage out of a grudging respect for his skill and an unwarranted dread of his potential to wreak havoc. Despite occasional bouts of loneliness, Kalensh was content to let them keep their distance as he studied the mystical melodies of the universe and perfected his enchanted songs.

His mind wandered back to younger days spent battling boastful rivals and facing a myriad of magical challenges as he stood to answer the door. He began to prepare a song of protection, but his surprise at finding a young woman standing on his doorstep stifled the spell. He only managed to mutter a mild oath, not an entirely appropriate greeting for such a visitor, but years of near isolation had dulled his sense of etiquette.

“Please help me,” the woman pleaded as tears rolled down her cheeks. Too frightened to meet the wizard’s gaze, she stared down at her feet.

“Come in,” the wizard said in the kindliest tone he could muster. He motioned for the woman to take the seat before the hearth. He poured some wine into an earthen flagon, and then tossed in a few soothing spices and heated the drink with some warming words. He handed the brew to his guest. “Here, drink this. It will help calm you.”

“Babga has taken my only son,” the woman said between sobs.

“The Ogress?” Kalensh himself had almost fallen into one of Babga’s man-traps while walking the woods in deep contemplation. “When did she snatch your son?”

“Just after sunset. She crept into the village, burst through our door, and took our son, just as she has done with others almost every night for the past several nights.”

“Others? And no one thought to tell me of this until now.”

“No one dared bother you, lest they risk being turned into a goat or being cursed with the pox.”

“I should curse them all!” exclaimed Kalensh.

The woman shrank back in the chair. “Forgive me!”

Kalensh took a deep breath and shook his head. He was just as angry with himself as he was with the villagers, blaming his own reclusive ways for creating such an atmosphere of distrust.

“So sorry, my dear,” Kalensh said. “Worry not. You have nothing to fear from me. I just wished someone had come to me sooner. I could have put a stop to Babga’s ravening raids mmediately.”

“So you will help?”

“I will do what I can.”

“It might already be too late.”

“I will do all in my power to return your son to you.” Kalensh placed a hand on her shoulder. “It is probably safest if you wait here until my return. The forest at night can be a dangerous place, especially with an ogress lurking about. If all goes well, I will not be returning alone.”

Kalensh turned toward the door. He wrapped his woollen cloak around his shoulders, grasped his sturdy wooden staff in his hands, and spoke a traveller’s charm of good luck. Lighting the end of his staff with an illuminating verse, he set off into the dark woods.

* * *

A chill night wind whispered through the evergreens. Argent-limned treetops swayed against a starry sky. Their heavy boughs cloaked a winding footpath in deep shadow. A thick carpet of fallen fir needles covered the track. Kalensh followed this path in silence. A series of lupine calls drew his attention toward the deeper wood. A wolf’s mournful howl echoed through the trees to the left of the path. Another answered from the other side. A third sounded so close ahead that Kalensh could feel the power of its voice resonate in his bones.

He came to a fork in the road. One path meandered up a wooded hillside and eventually entered an open heath. The other snaked down a rock-strewn grade before plunging into heavier gloom. Kalensh suspected that Babga’s cave was located at the end of the second, less inviting path.

The wizard pondered for a moment, and then decided to seek help from the forest’s denizens. He sang a night bird song, calling for any nearby owls to come to his aid.

A series of hoots answered the wizard’s call. Moving through the trees like a sooty ghost, a great grey owl emerged from the deeper woods and alit upon a gnarled bough that reached out over the forked path.

He hooted a brief thanks and asked if the owl knew which path led to Babga’s cave. In its own tongue, the bird replied that the ogress did indeed reside at the end of the unpleasantly dark track. The owl then added that the ogress had passed that way earlier in the night, carrying a kicking and screaming man-child over her shoulders.

“Then he may yet be alive!” Kalensh exclaimed. He again thanked his grey-feathered friend and recited a charm of good hunting. The wizard then turned and hurried down the rough and winding road.

* * *

On the downslope of a rather treacherous hill, where tall firs leaned quite close over the contorted path, Kalensh encountered an ancient bole felled across the track. Huffing and puffing, the old wizard climbed over the obstacle. Thinking how easily he defeated Babga’s pathetic attempt to bar the way, he brushed bits of bark from his robe and chuckled. No sooner did he walk two steps from the downed tree then the ground gave way beneath him.

Amidst a flurry of snapping twigs and flying fir needles, Kalensh fell into a sheer-sided pit. His right ankle twisted sharply as he and the camouflaged cover of Babga’s man-trap hit bottom in a crumpled pile.

Kalensh cursed himself for his carelessness, then thanked the gods for the fact that the ogress had not lined the hole with spikes or other deadly contrivances. He then tried to stand. The joint throbbed, but he found he could stand if he did not lean too heavily on the injured ankle.

“Wrenched, but not broken,” Kalensh said, glad of at least one small miracle. He then examined the walls of the trap the best he could in the dark.

The loamy soil had been excavated with surprising skill. Tamped smooth, the sides of the pit offered little in the way of handholds or footholds. Roughly twice the spread of a man’s arms square and deeper than a man could reach up over his head, the trap proved to be an effective prison.

In his younger days, Kalensh may have been able to clamber out of the hole regardless of the smoothness of its walls. However, his advanced age and sprained ankle meant he would have to find other means of escape. He sat down on the floor of the pit and mulled over his options. While he deliberated, he bemoaned the fact that he had never learned any levitation mantras or shape-shifting verse.

“If I could but move the tree into the hole, I may be able to drag myself out,” Kalensh muttered. A thought crossed his mind. “Perhaps I merely need nature’s strongest creature to do it for me.”

Looking to rouse such a beast from its den, and hoping that the brute would not be too deeply asleep to hear his song, Kalensh sang. He sang of rotting logs filled with juicy grubs, leafy bushes loaded with tangy berries, and buzzing beehives packed with sweet honey. His tune carried visions of grassy glens warmed by the summer sun, stout trees with bark thick enough to sharpen the sturdiest claws, and cool streams teeming with running salmon. Then his words deftly shifted toward the spiritual. They spoke of age-old bonds of worship and respect. They recalled ancient beliefs that bear-kind were dead forefathers returned to earth. In the name of familial ties, they begged for assistance from those ancestral souls.

Kalensh heard a heavy shuffling accompanied by a low grunting approach the edge of Babga’s mantrap. The shaggy head of a huge brown bear peered over the rim. Kalensh rumbled an ursine hello and pleaded with the bear to push the downed tree into the pit so he could free himself. The brute snorted a less-than-happy greeting but grudgingly complied with the wizard’s request. Massive paws pushed against the trunk. Shoving with all his might, the bear tipped the bole into the hole.

Kalensh found climbing out harder than he expected. His sore ankle gave him considerable trouble. He succeeded in getting his arms up over the edge of the pit, but then felt his strength failing. Fearing that it would take too much effort to clamber free all on his own, Kalensh told the bear to grab hold of the back of his hood and pull him the rest of the way out. The bruin’s teeth rent the woollen fabric as he none-too-gently hauled the wizard up and out of the hole.

Glad that the bear had used enough care to keep from tearing flesh, even if the beast’s powerful jaws did shred his favourite hood, Kalensh thanked his temperamental rescuer. The bear gave the wizard a sleepy angry look, grumbled about his rest being disturbed by a clumsy old man, and then shambled back to his lair.

Kalensh limped slowly onward down the winding trail. Even though he worried that too much precious time had already been lost, he wished to avoid any more of Babga’s traps. Kalensh knew that if he did not proceed with caution, the next nasty surprise might be the death of him.

* * *

The earliest signs of daybreak lightened the eastern sky as an achy Kalensh finally reached his destination. The path ended before a long ridge topped with a steep escarpment. An uneven set of
cyclopean stairs led up the rise to the mouth of a cave cut into the cliff face by the patiently persistent waters of a gurgling stream. Kalensh hobbled up the oversized steps and followed the rivulet underground.

Only a few paces in, the wan light of pre-dawn faded into complete blackness. The foul air of the dank tunnel stank of smoke and filth. Its floor was slick with slime. The passage grew even more unpleasant, but less profoundly dark, as it opened out onto a lofty chamber. An iron grate secured with a sturdy lock stood between passage and chamber, barring entry into Babga’s lair.

In the centre of the cavern, a large cauldron simmered over a smouldering fire. In the sanguine glimmer cast by the glowing coals, Kalensh stared in horror at the skeletal remnants of Babga’s past meals strewn all around the steaming pot. If the villagers had not feared him, or if he had made efforts to overcome their fear, the others might have been saved. The wizard’s heart filled with a stony determination to end the ogress’s ravening ways once and for all.

Along the wall opposite the tunnel entrance, Babga lay snoring upon a pile of rushes. A small boy cowered in the shadows of a far corner. The lad looked pale and trembled in cold and fear, but he was still alive.

“Thank goodness for another miracle,” Kalensh breathed. He then began to sing an unlocking refrain, commanding the lock to open. At first he sang in a faint whisper, not wanting to risk awakening the slumbering ogress, but the bolt holding the gate shut refused to budge. In desperation, Kalensh raised his voice.

Babga exhaled sharply through jagged teeth and sprang to her feet. Her long legs carried her across the chamber to confront the intruding wizard. When she realised that Kalensh had tried unsuccessfully to open the gate, she let out a hideous cackle.

“Fool greybeard!” The ogress spat. “Black dwarfs forged these bars and laid a curse upon anyone who tries to open the lock without the key. Your miserable ditties and pathetic rhymes are useless against my lovely door.”

“Hand over the boy, and I will leave you in peace,” Kalensh stated rather unconvincingly. He tried not to let his sense of defeat show, but his voice wavered.

Babga chortled. She held up the large bronze key that hung from her neck on a thick leathern cord and mocked the wizard. “You will not enter!” She declared with a snarl. “You will not return the man-child to his kin. You can do nothing to stop me from feasting on his tender flesh. That boy will be my breakfast!”

Kalensh sighed. For a moment, he considered bringing the rocky ceiling down upon Babga’s head, buthe knew that such an act would likely spell the boy’s doom as sure as if the ogress cooked him in her pot. He could not rescue the child without that key.

The wizard’s eyes were once more drawn to the bones of Babga’s previous victims. An idea born of dire necessity and the memory of forbidden melodies formed in his mind. As the terrible thought took shape, he began to sing the darkest song he ever sang.

In a grim archaic chant, Kalensh intoned words of dust and shadow. Lines that spoke of dim lands shrouded in timeless gloom rolled off his tongue in a rhythmic drone. His voice ventured through a roiling haze and crossed a river as black and smooth as polished jet. He called to those dusky spectres whose young lives had been cut tragically short, drawing them forth from dreary hill and murky shore. Like a blazing beacon his living light led them across the water and through the fog, guiding them through the swirling mist.

Wrathful wraiths reanimated their fleshless mortal remains. Scattered bones rattled across the cavern floor and reeled around Babga, all the while reassembling into complete skeletons. Separated ribs tumbled back together. Leg bones reconnected to hip bones. Shoulders popped back into their sockets. Bony hands grasped empty skulls and placed them atop reformed spines.
The skeletons of the dead children danced around their murderer. Some kicked and scratched her, while others pelted her with loose stones. Babga tried to swat her way free of the macabre mob, but skeletons disjointed by her blows quickly rejoined.

“The key!” Kalensh cried. “Bring me the key!”

While its brethren continued to torment the ogress, one skeletal child darted in, ripped the key from its cord, and dashed for the gate. Babga shrieked and lunged after the thief.

Several skeletons raced over to the mammoth cauldron. Displaying a preternatural strength, they lifted up the pot and flung it at the ogress’s head. Babga wailed in pain as the steaming contents scalded her scalp and face.

“To me, lad, quickly!” Kalensh shouted to the living boy as soon as the skeletal child unlocked the gate.

Through eyes half swollen shut, Babga saw her breakfast escaping. She bellowed and tried to chase after the fleeing child. The reanimated remains of her past meals piled on top of her. The ogress swayed, stumbled, and fell to the stony ground.

Once the boy was safe beside him, Kalensh drew on the last of his waning strength to sing of raging torrents, grinding ice, and quaking earth. The chamber shook. Great cracks spread across the ceiling. Massive stalactites broke free and rained down upon Babga and her tormenters. Then the entire cavern roof caved in, entombing the ogress and the bones of her young victims.

Kalensh murmured a prayer for the dead. Then, utterly exhausted, he slid down the tunnel wall and sat upon the damp floor. The child grabbed for Kalensh and held him in a clinging embrace. He buried his face in the wizard’s bushy beard.

“Are you not afraid of me?” Kalensh asked.

“Not anymore,” the boy answered.

“Good,” Kalensh said with a smile as he patted the boy’s pate. “I am glad.”

Kalensh sat there for a time in total darkness while he waited for strength to return to his tired limbs. As the waves of weariness slowly subsided, the wizard noticed that the other end of the tunnel began to shine with a golden glow. Gleaming faintly at first, the illumination gradually grew stronger and stronger.

“We are in luck,” Kalensh said as removed the child’s arms from about his neck and stood up. “The rising sun has gilded the threshold. Dawn has broken, and its welcome light will lead us out of this place.”

With the boy’s hand clasped to his begrimed cloak, Kalensh limped toward the light. As child and wizard neared the entrance, they heard a commotion coming from outside. Once they emerged from the tunnel, they saw villagers armed with axes, billhooks, and pitchforks climbing the cyclopean stairs. The boy’s own mother led the pack.

As soon as the rustics caught sight of the wizard, almost all ceased their ascent and stared with a
mixture of trepidation and awe. Only the boy’s mother rushed forward. With a gleeful cry she scooped up her child in her arms and hugged him tightly. Tears of joy and relief ran down her fair face.

“Babga will not trouble you again!” Kalensh announced as he stood before the assembled rabble. “The ogress is dead.”

The villagers cheered. The young mother kissed the wizard’s bewhiskered cheek. Kalensh blushed. The child’s father then approached. He thanked the wizard for rescuing his firstborn, but hung his head in shame. He felt embarrassed that his wife had shown courage when he had not. A reassuring look and kind word from Kalensh showed the man that all was forgiven.

When Kalensh tried to hobble down the huge stairs, a couple of lads offered to let him lean on their shoulders. They said they would walk thusly to the ends of the world if the wizard asked it of them. An old woodsman renowned for his woodcarving skills promised that he would carve a fine new staff as a gift for the valiant wizard. The village bard vowed that Kalensh’s deeds would live on in song forever. Farmer’s wives said they would cook up a fine feast in his honour, one that would fill his belly and warm his heart. The fear that the people had once felt toward the old wizard had been replaced with admiration and respect.

(Originally published in
Bards and Sages Quarterly, Volume V,Issue I, January 2013; also published in Bardic Tales and Sage Advice, Vol.VI, August 2014.)

Copyright © 2013 Richard H. Fay

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Necromancy (published version)

mouldering crypts
tombs desecrated
necromancer's realm

sanguineous ink
incantations scripted
necromancer's tome

macabre magic
apparitions questioned
necromancer's art

stolen coffin
corpse reanimated
necromancer's slave

muculent mass
tentacles writhe
necromancer's pet

mephitic fumes
miasma suffocates
necromancer's death

Copyright © 2014 Richard H. Fay

(Originally published in Bete Noire, Issue #17, October 2014.)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

2014 Year-End Post: Lists

New Art Publications in 2014:
Illustration for Jim Lee's "In Pursuit of the Wolfchildren"..........The Lorelei Signal, Oct - Nov '14 Issue, October 2014.
Illustration for M. R. Timson's "Cry Wolf"..........Sorcerous Signals, Aug - Oct '14 Issue, August 2014.

Illustration for Darryl Fifield's "One Day in Feradon"..........Sorcerous Signals, Aug - Oct '14 Issue, August 2014.
Illustration for Joyce Frohn's "Room 116"..........The Lorelei Signal, Jul - Sept '14 Issue, July 2014.
Illustration for the Mystic Signals exclusive story "The Doom of Mournshire" by Benajmin Sperduto..........The Lorelei Signal, Jul - Sept '14 Issue, July 2014.
"Under the Ice on Enceladus"..........Spaceports & Spidersilk (cover art), July 2014 Issue, June 2014.
Illustration for Will Maier's "A Pale Green Blade"..........Sorcerous Signals, May - Jul '14 issue, May 2014.
Illustration for M.J. Waller's "A Plague of Daffodils"..........Sorcerous Signals, May - Jul '14 issue, May 2014.
Illustration for the Mystic Signals exclusive story "Uncle Jusquin" by DeAnna Knippling..........Sorcerous Signals, May - Jul '14 issue, May 2014.
Reflections..........Star*Line, Volume 37, Issue 2, Spring 2014, April 2014.
Dracopterix Pursues Quad Fliers..........Star*Line, Volume 37, Issue 2, Spring 2014, April 2014.
Illustration for Charles Kyffhausen's Mystic Signals exclusive story "Rebellion"..........The Lorelei Signal, April - June 2014 Issue, April 2014.
Illustration for Francis W Alexander's "My Pet, His Pet"..........Sorcerous Signals, Feb - Apr '14 Issue, February 2014; also Mystic Signals, Issue 20, 5th Anniversary Double Issue, February 2014.
Illustration for "An Evil in Carnlinton"..........Sorcerous Signals, Feb - Apr '14 Issue, February 2014; also Mystic Signals, Issue 20, 5th Anniversary Double Issue, February 2014.
Illustration for the Mystic Signals exclusive story "A Deal's a Deal" by DC Harrell..........Sorcerous Signals, Feb - Apr '14 Issue, February 2014; also Mystic Signals, Issue 20, 5th Anniversary Double Issue, February 2014.In Its Eye..........Star*Line, Volume 37, Issue 1, Winter 2014, January 2014.
Illustration for Melissa Embry's "After the War"
..........The Lorelei Signal, Jan - Apr '14 Issue, January 2014; also Mystic Signals, Issue 20, 5th Anniversary Double Issue, February 2014.
Illustration for Rachael Acks' "And Still Champion"..........The Lorelei Signal, Jan - Apr '14 Issue, January 2014; also Mystic Signals, Issue 20, 5th Anniversary Double Issue, February 2014.
Illustration for Matthew Wilson's "The Old Witch"..........The Lorelei Signal, Jan - Apr '14 Issue, January 2014; also Mystic Signals, Issue 20, 5th Anniversary Double Issue, February 2014.
"They Come in Peace" (cover art)..........Spaceports & Spidersilk, January 2014.

Reprint Art Publications in 2014:
Shroudeater..........Night to Dawn 25, April 2014 Issue, February 2014. (Originally published in Hungur, Issue 10, Walpurgisnacht 2010.)

New Short Story, Flash Fiction, and Drabble Publications in 2014:
Those From the Shadows..........Bete Noire, Issue #14, February 2014.
An Evil in Carnlinton..........Sorcerous Signals, Feb - Apr '14 Issue, February 2014; also Mystic Signals, Issue 20, 5th Anniversary Double Issue, February 2014.


Reprint Short Story, Flash Fiction, and Drabble Publications in 2014:
Sing the Bones Alive..........Bardic Tales and Sage Advice (Vol. VI), August 2014. (Originally published in  Bards and Sages Quarterly, Volume V, Issue I, January 2013.)

New Poetry Publications in 2014:
Necromancy..........Bete Noire, Issue #17, October 2014.
Moonlit Oak Copse..........Aphelion, Issue 184, Volume 18, May 2014.
Hand-in-Tentacle..........Aphelion, Issue 183, Volume 18. April 2014.
Tipsy Rambler..........Aphelion, Issue 182, Volume 18, March 2014.

Reprint Poetry Publications in 2014:

Magical Meetings..........Aphelion, Issue 189, Volume 18, October 2014. (Originally published in Sorcerous Signals, May - July '11 Issue, May 2011.)
Silicon Searchers..........Aphelion, Issue 187, Volume 18, August 2014. (Originally published in
Tales of the Talisman, Volume 8, Issue 1, August 2012.)
At the Wheel..........Aphelion, Issue 186, Volume 18, July 2014; also Aphelion "Best of 2014", December 2014. (Originally published in Illumen, Spring 2010.)
Weretiger..........Aphelion, Issue 185, Volume 18, June 2014. (Originally published in Night to Dawn, Issue 23, April 2013.)
The Hungering Host..........Bloodbond, May 2014. (Originally published in Disturbed Digest, Issue 2, September 2013.)
Shroudeater.........Night to Dawn 25, April 2014 Issue, February 2014. (Originally published in Hungur, Issue 10, Walpurgisnacht 2010.)

New Non-Fiction Publications in 2014:
The Connection Between Fairies and the Dead..........Disturbed Digest, Issue #4, March 2014.


Reprint Non-Fiction Publications in 2014:
none

New Works Accepted in 2014 for Future Publication:
Morgan Le Fay (cover art)
Sliding Through Another Dimension (b&w interior illustration)
Sliding Through Another Dimension (colour cover art)

It Wants to Come In (b&w interior illustration) 
Grinning Redcap (b&w interior illustration)

Reprints Accepted in 2014 for Future Publication:
Life is the Life (poem originally published in The Monsters Next Door, Contest Issue 4.5, November 15, 2008.)

Redcap of Dunnor Peel (poem originally published in The Scareald, Issue No. 2, October 2012.)

New Artworks/Designs Added to Stores in 2014:
"Wizard" in Redbubble, Zazzle, and CafePress.
"Cute Vampire" in Redbubble, Zazzle, and CafePress.
"Cute Monster" in Redbubble, Zazzle, and CafePress.
"Cute Witch"in Redbubble, Zazzle, and CafePress.
"Pumpkin Headed Ghost"in Redbubble, Zazzle, and CafePress.
"Multi-Colour Heraldic-Style Rose" in Redbubble, Zazzle, and CafePress.
"Pink Heraldic Rose" in Redbubble, Zazzle, and CafePress.
"Knight's Helm" in Redbubble, Zazzle, and CafePress.
"Thistle" (sans saltire) in Redbubble, Zazzle, and CafePress.
"Silly Turkey Silhouette" in Redbubble, Zazzle, and CafePress.
"Alien No See Hear Speak" in Redbubble, Zazzle, and CafePress.

"Illuminated O" in Zazzle.
"Illuminated P" in Zazzle.
"Illuminated Q" in Zazzle.
"Illuminated U" in Zazzle.
"Illuminated V" in Zazzle.
"Illuminated W" in Zazzle.

Previously Published Artworks Added to Stores in 2014 (some altered for use in stores):
"The Devourer Cometh" (originally appeared on the cover of Disturbed Digest, Issue 3, December 2013) in Redbubble, Zazzle, and CafePress.

"Riding the Rainbow Dragon" (an altered version of  "Over the Top", cover art for Youth Imagination, Issue 2, May 2013) in Redbubble, Zazzle, and CafePress.
"Wizard Riding White Dragon" (an altered version of "Mighty Steed, White Dragon", cover art for Kids'Magination, Issue 2, August 2011) in Redbubble, Zazzle, and CafePress.
"They Come in Peace" (an altered version of cover art for the January 2014 issue of Spaceports & Spidersilk)in Redbubble, Zazzle, and CafePress.
"Under the Ice on Enceladus (cover art for the July 2014 issue of Spaceports & Spidersilk) in Redbubble, Zazzle, and CafePress.

"Jungun Catching a Quibbib (colour) (originally appeared as b&w filler artwork in Dreams and Nightmares 94, January 2013.) in Rebubble, Zazzle, and CafePress.
"In Its Eye" (originally appeared in Star*Line, Volume 37, Issue 1, Winter 2014) in Redbubble and Zazzle
"Reflections" (originally appeared in  Star*Line, Volume 37, Issue 2, Spring 2014) in Redbubble and Zazzle.
"An Evil in Carnlinton" (originally appeared in Sorcerous Signals, Feb - Apr '14 Issue, February 2014) in Redbubble.
"Peg Powler" (originally appeared on the cover of  the July 2013 issue of Spaceports & Spidersilk) in Redbubble.
"Confronting the Dragon" (originally appeared on the cover of Bards and Sages Quarterly, Volume V, Issue III, July 2013) in Redbubble, Zazzle, and CafePress.
"Shedroid on Tentacles" (originally appeared in [NAMEL3SS] Magazine, Issue 2 (Fall/Winter 2012), May 2013) in Redbubble, Zazzle, and CafePress.
"Legion" (originally appeared in Star*Line, Volume 36, Issue 4, Autumn 2013, October 2013) in Redbubble, Zazzle, and CafePress.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Illustration: "Chinese Dadao"

"Chinese Dadao"
Copyright © Richard H. Fay

Sci-Fi Filler Artwork: "Adrift in Another Dimension"

"Adrift in Another Dimension"
Originally published in Dreams & Nightmares 92, May 2012.
Copyright © 2012 Richard H. Fay

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Illustration for Charles Kyffhausen's "Rebellion"

Illustration for Charles Kyffhausen's Mystic Signals exclusive story "Rebellion" (illustration slightly altered from published version)
Originally published in The Lorelei Signal, April - June 2014 Issue, April 2014.
Illustration Copyright © 2014 Richard H. Fay 
 
In case anyone is wondering, the harpies are bare-breasted in the original.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Illustration for Melissa Embry's "After the War"

Illustration for Melissa Embry's "After the War"
Published in The Lorelei Signal, Jan - Apr '14 Issue, January 2014.
Illustration Copyright © 2014 Richard H. Fay

Monday, November 24, 2014

Fantasy Illustration: "Guardian Statue"

"Guardian Statue"
Originally published (in b&w) in Flashing Swords Special Edition, Summer 2008.
Copyright © 2008 Richard H. Fay

Fantasy Haiku: "Mounds of Ash and Bone"

mounds of ash and bone
strewn across cavern floor
fire drake trophies

Copyright © Richard H. Fay

Fantasy Artwork: "Fire Drake at Rest"

"Fire Drake at Rest"
Copyright © Richard H. Fay

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Art Queries: Six Months Later, Still Waiting to Hear Back...

Alas, it's been just over six months since I sent a couple of art queries out, and the only thing I've received back was a message from one of the two venues queried confirming receipt of my query and stating they will review my online portfolio and get back to me. I assumed at the time that such a response was a version of "don't call us, we'll call you", and now I'm more convinced than ever that I was correct in that assumption.

In case anyone wonders why I have decided to take a hiatus from publications for a while, it's because of experiences like this. Why continue spinning my wheels in the realm of publications when I can sell my art on merchandise? Why keep going down the path of art for publications and take two steps back for every step forward when I can make steadier progress creating art for items in my stores? The buying public appreciates my art even if certain editors do not!

Fantasy Illustration: "Crusader St. George"

"Crusader St. George"
Originally published (in b&w) in Flashing Swords Special Edition, Summer 2008. Also published in the on-line version of Abandoned Towers.
Copyright © 2008 Richard H. Fay

Sci-Fi Artwork: "Crossing the Ertrixian Snowfields"

"Crossing the Ertrixian Snowfields"
Door art for Spaceports & Spidersilk, December 2011.
Copyright © 2011 Richard H. Fay

Friday, November 21, 2014

Monster: "Gorgopogon"

"Gorgopogon"
Copyright © 2011 Richard H. Fay

Fantasy Art: "Three-Headed Dragon"

"Three-Headed Dragon"
Copyright © 2010 Richard H. Fay

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Haiku: "Heaven's Bright Jewels"

heaven's bright jewels
a studded ebony shroud
night time firmament

Originally published in Asahi Haikuist Network, July 7-8, 2007.
Copyright © 2007 Richard H. Fay

Sci-Fi Art: "Under the Ice on Enceladus"


"Under the Ice on Enceladus"
Cover-art for Spaceports & Spidersilk, July 2014 Issue, June 2014.
Copyright © 2014 Richard H. Fay

Monday, November 17, 2014

"Midgard Serpent"

"Midgard Serpent"
Copyright © Richard H. Fay

Friday, November 14, 2014

Sci-Fi Art: "Barixas Hunt"

"Barixas Hunt"
Originally published (in b&w) in Dreams and Nightmares #83, May 2009.
Copyright © 2009 Richard H. Fay