Nasty, Brutish, and Short
Evil Fiction by Patrick M. Tracy

Archive for October 2019

Bronar Returns 15: The Riches of the Underworld Below

October 27, 2019

By Patrick M. Tracy The entrance to the holy mountain lay beneath an overhang of dark stone, like a brow of some dim titan long passed from the world. Bronar stood there, looking into the impenetrable gloom, saying nothing, tapping his palm against the haft of his maul.  “We shouldn’t bring the maidens beyond the […]

Bronar Returns 14: Where the Old Kings Went to Die

October 20, 2019

By Patrick M. Tracy The snowfall obscured all vision, drawing a veil across the winter’s light. This near to the Forgeheart Mountains, every flake liquefied as it touched the rocky ground. From liquid to steam, rising back into the air, until visibility fell to nothing, and they were forced to stop the expedition.  The horses […]

Bronar Returns 13: Far More Than Two

October 13, 2019

By Patrick M. Tracy The Speaker of the Year came to the foot of the Conqueror’s Throne and told Queen Tahni Iron Arm that the first day of winter had arrived. The old woman hit her ornate spear against the floor a dozen times, one for each of the wind’s twelve quarters, and faced precisely […]