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Tales from the Magician's Skull #1

(Gaunt and Bone)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  13 reviews
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 contains 7 stories, each featuring a ful
ebook, 86 pages
Published January 1st 2018
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S.E. Lindberg
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Behold! I have fashioned a magazine like those from fabled days of yore. It overflows with thrilling adventures. There are swords, and there is sorcery. There are dark deeds and daring rescues. There are lands where heroes fear to tread." - The Magician's Skull speaks on Kickstarter

Should you trust a talking skull? Well, no sane person would, but I attest this Skull does not lie. Tales from the Magician's Skull #1 spawned from a successful 2017 Kickstarter Campaign in which Howard Andrew Jones
Timothy Boyd
I thought I would give this new magazine a try and see how some of the new writers were treating short stories. Well I wasn't impressed. Some good ideas but they just never seemed to go anywhere. maybe they should have been novellas, I don't know. Not a good read so I am gonna say not recommended ...more
John Meszaros
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Tales From The Magician’s Skull is a magazine of sword and sorcery fiction drawing deep from the vein of classic pulps like Weird Tales and Amazing Stories. For those unfamiliar with the term, sword and sorcery is a darker, more personal brand of fantasy. In contrast to Tolkien-inspired high fantasy with its epic heroes performing feats of great magic amid world-shaking plots, Sword and Sorcery concerns heroes of often gray morality just trying to survive in a dangerous world where magic, if it ...more
Gregory D.
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great throwback anthology to the original Weird Tales, but with modern sensibilities. The stories by Jones and Hocking are particularly strong.
H. P.
Jan 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: modern-sf
We’re going through a mini-short pulp SF revolution right now, and I’m missing out on it because Tales from the Magician’s Skull is only the third different magazine I’ve picked up. I place it firmly between Skelos and Cirsova. It is not as depressing as Skelos, but without the spark of Cirsova. But, to a certain extent, that is a matter of taste.

Pulpy stories make for good game grist, but thinking too much about gameability when writing is dangerous. Tales from the Magician has a gaming focus t
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sword-sorcery
Entertaining first issue of a magazine dedicated to sword-and-sorcery/high fantasy/whatever you choose to call the genre.

Good stories with solid storytelling. The keen editorial eye of Howard Andrew Jones is clearly at work here. I'm not a gamer, but those who enjoy gaming will certainly appreciate the gaming stats associated with the stories in this issue.

I have the second and third issues and look forward to adventuring into their pages!
Denis Borkenkäfer
A really interesting collection of new Sword and Sorcery stories. I was a bit wary that this could be a purely nostalgic affair, especially with it coming from Goodman Games, a decidedly old school publisher, which - to my knowledge - never really published anything like this.

But this was a delight - surely, not every story is a new classic, but each one was fun to read for me. Some authors use previously introduced characters, but every story stands for itself. There are some great ideas in th
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've been picking up a few of the newer sword & sorcery magazines and anthologies, and this one has been the best so far.

Sure, not every story is a my new favorite, but overall these are great adventure stories with great pulp sword & sorcery protagonists. While they have a old school vibe, they're not feeling outdated or overly nostaligic (I'm looking at you Cirsova). Great artwork, that reminds me of the old artwork in (A)D&D gaming books. Retro, but fresh.

My main gripe is the fact that the on
Brian K
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed every story included and I'm super excited that more follows! I'm on board through #6 at this time. I even love the adverts and would say there is room for more. Thank you Skull! ...more
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
A Cool Pulp Magazine of Cool Short Stories! Which also has RPG gaming statistics for magic items and monsters found in those stories!
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great first issue... looking forward to many more!
Violette Malan
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've been dying for a new sword-and-sorcery magazine for a long time, and it's finally here. Thanks Howard Andrew Jones and Goodman Games. This is a real treat and I'm looking forward to the next issue. ...more
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