In this exciting collection of noblebright fantasy, fresh new fantasy voices and award-winning authors explore grief and hope, sacrifice and heroism. Rediscover the best aspect of classic fantasy - the noblebright ideals that made heroes heroic, even when the world grew dark around them.
Thieves, dragons, nightmares, fairy warriors, pookas, enchanted bear-men, and other magical creatures will delight you in these unique tales of possibility, courage, and hope.
This anthology features stories from:
Leslie J. Anderson, C.A. Barrett, Terri Bruce, Aaron DaMommio, M.C. Dwyer, Anthony Eichenlaub, Francesca Forrest, Chloe Garner, W.R. Gingell, Lora Gray, Kelly A. Harmon, Tom Howard, Rollin Jewett, Tom Jolly, Samuel Marzioli, Amanda Nargi, Aimee Ogden, Beth Powers, Darrell J. Pursiful, Charles D. Shell, April Steenburgh, Alena Sullivan, and Troy Tang. Edited by Robert McCowen and C. J. Brightley.
About the Author
C. J. Brightley lives with her husband and young children in Northern Virginia. Her writings include essays, short stories, novellas, novels, and poetry.
Terri Bruce has been making up adventure stories for as long as she can remember and won her first writing award when she was twelve. Like Anne Shirley, she prefers to make people cry rather than laugh, but is happy if she can do either. She produces fantasy and adventure stories from a haunted house in New England where she lives with her husband and three cats.
W.R. Gingell is a Tasmanian author who loves reading, bacon, and slouching in front of the fire to write.
Kelly A. Harmon used to be a newspaper reporter. She found reporting to be by turns exciting (covering murder trials) and excruciatingly boring (covering itty-bitty town council meetings). Most other stories managed to fall in between those extremes on a sliding scale of interesting. Eventually, she moved away from full-time reporting and editing owing to boredom of the routine. Stories were still interesting, but the rote mechanics of the job became anathema. Nonetheless, she still writes non-fiction...because she can't seem to leave it alone. When not crazed with the need to freelance, she writes fantasy and dark fantasy with the occasional science fiction piece. Her story, "Lies," short-listed for the Aeon Award. Her award-winning novella, "Blood Soup" is recently re-issued by Pole to Pole Publishing and available in Kindle format. Her other short fiction can be found in several anthologies, including: Deep Cuts, Hellbore and Rue, Black Dragon, White Dragon, Triangulation: Dark Glass and Bad @ss Fairies 3: In all Their Glory.
Beth Powers writes science fiction and fantasy stories. When she's not writing, she studies old pirate tales, crochets an odd assortment of items, and practices Tang Soo Do. Powers lives in Indiana with her cats.
I’m a native of southwestern Virginia and still dwell nearby,perhaps deep within the limestone caves of the region. I grew up a geek who loved science fiction, fantasy, comic books and role-playing games–pretty much the whole nerd gamut. I snagged an associate degree in Commercial Art at Virginia Western Community College before joining the Army. I spent four years in the U.S. Army as a SIGINT Analyst (if you don’t know what that is, it sounds a lot sexier than it really is.) I spent most of my time in uniform in Germany, during which I concluded that it wasn’t the career for me. After which I attended the Joe Kubert School of Graphic Arts and Animation in Dover, NJ and graduated three years later. I had intended on seeking a job in the comic industry–until I got exposed to enough of it to rethink my intentions. In the intervening years I subsisted on odd jobs and periodic freelance art work. At some point I decided to try to write. Much to my joy, I discovered I loved writing. I REALLY loved writing. During my free time in the last ten years I’ve written six novels and am halfway through the seventh. In-between the novels I’ve written fifteen short stories and have done a lot of fiction blogging. After my second novel was thoroughly rejected by all the usual companies as well as countless short story rejections, my attention was grabbed by the exploding ebook market. So instead of continuing my cycle of publisher rejections, I decided to post my fifth novel, ‘Fourfold’ online. Since I didn’t have the financial wherewithal to hire a cover artist, I dusted off my art skills and painted it myself. I shall hopefully have my fourth novel ‘Mettle’s Forge’ published–with another cover painted by me–within the next few weeks. I shall publish my second, third and sixth novels as soon as humanly possible.
I am a bookseller-turned-librarian with a strange addiction to poking at keyboards to create worlds. I live in the Southern Tier of NY, and am filled with fond memories of the Adirondack Mountains where I spent a wonderful amount of my childhood. Previously I had a short story published by DAW, but have turned my attention to small and indie presses. I share my home with a small army of rescue animals, both permanent family members and fosters, and am like to spend inordinate amounts of time chatting about them if left to my own devices. I spin fire, indulge in taxidermy, and try and teach my starling interesting new phrases.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Fell Beasts and Fair is a Noblebright fantasy anthology. What is noblebright fantasy you might ask. As the editor of this anthology describes it on her own website: noblebright fantasy has at least one flawed character with noble motives who ends up doing the right thing. Looking back on this anthology that certainly fits the bill for all of the main characters in the stories that were featured. Overall I enjoyed this anthology. I thought it was off to a very good start with the first few stories that tickled my imagination in creativity and diving into worlds. There were quite a few that I would loved to have read more of like the arrangement in Cloudy with a Chance of Dropbears with a very funny leprechaun. Or the librarian that is also taking care of a mummy that can heal the people living in the town in Bordeleau, WI. But I was very taken in by Blanche, Bear Wife. While this romance type of story is not usually something that I am drawn to I was very drawn to the main character who felt like she could be me. She resonated with me in such a way that I could settle easily into her thoughts and motivations. Unfortunately this raised my expectations for the rest of the stories. Expectations that could not be met. I thought especially in the middle some of the stories lost some strength in capturing my attention with the characters. I even lost interest in dragon story when that became too close to a Christian type of story for my liking. Having said that though, all the stories were well written. And what didn’t tickle my fancy could easily be a great read to somebody else. I think there is something to find for every fantasy fan in this anthology for sure. Stories Rating 5 stars Blanche, Bear-Wife 4 stars Cloudy with a Chance of Dropbears / Don’t Wake the Dragon / Love and Room for Monsters / Bordeleau, WI / The Pooka’s Day / Roadtrip / The Unanswered Riddle 3,5 stars Siphoning the Flames of Life 3 stars Inheritance of Monsters / Everything Mimsy / The Gallows Maiden / The Boy Who Didn’t Believe in Halloween / Nessecary Threads / Pinecones / The Dove Assisi / Like Sand in Your Teeth / When Gracie’s Father Fought 2 stars A Midsummer Night’s Bedtime Story / Angus McCarn and the Tale of Two Tales / Winter Horses and Other Unknownables / Last Knight and the Burning Sands / The Lady and the Unicorn