Any day now, issue 9 episode 2 of the Tales of the Talisman will be back from the presses. This issue includes a lot of great fiction, art, book reviews, and more. It also has one of my favorite stories I’ve written–“A Faint Drumming, A Red Flame.”
The title comes from “A Call of Cthulhu,” and the story features the castaways, rogues and halfbreeds that appear briefly on the wharf in southern New Zealand in Lovecraft’s story. It is hard for modern readers to read such a dismissive, xenophobic throw-away line, and I was excited to have a chance to tell the story from their side, as it were. From there, further elements include a steampunk moa, Nicola Tesla’s cousin, a dangerous taniwha, and ultimately eldritch horror, naturally.
I used some present and some past tense, so for me it’s a bit experimental. In short I’m very happy to have found a home for this story. You can buy it from the Tales of the Talisman website or at selected North American bookstores.