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About D.M. Ritzlin
D.M. Ritzlin is the editor and publisher of the sword-and-sorcery anthology series Swords of Steel. He has also reprinted obscure works by pulp fantasy authors such as Henry Kuttner and Nictzin Dyalhis. After editing stories by other authors, he has now begun to pen tales of his own.
Before becoming involved in publishing and writing, Ritzlin worked in the antique map trade as well as the role-playing game industry. He lives in Chicago, the city of his birth.
For more information on all of his projects and releases, visit https://dmrbooks.com. Sign up for the mailing list and receive a free anthology of eleven stories by DMR Books authors, including Ritzlin's "The Infernal Bargain".
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They are mercenaries, wanderers, soldiers, and oftentimes barbarians. They are usually for hire, though some simply seek justice for its own sake. They wield swords, axes and other weapons forged from cold steel and honed to a deadly edge that will inevitably bear the stain of their enemies, some earthly and others beyond mortal ken.
And above all, they loathe sorcery.
BLOOD ON THE BLADE chronicles the adventures of these savage yet noble warriors as they stand against conjurers and spellcasters who practice dark magic in their pursuit of power, their lust for fortune, and their demonic desire to watch the world burn. And when it all unfolds, you have a front-row seat for the mayhem and carnage.
Herein you will find stories by ten luminaries of fantasy fiction: Cliff Biggers, Adrian Cole, Anne Marie Lutz, Paul R. McNamee, James A. Moore, D.M. Ritzlin, Charles R. Rutledge, Frank Schildiner, Steven L. Shrewsbury, and James R. Tuck. Each of these scribes reaches back to long-ago times and distant lands to weave visceral tales of epic adventure.
Join them on their quest to bring you the very best in sword and sorcery.
Edited by Jim Beard and John C. Bruening
Cover illustration and design by Mark Wheatley
Interior design and formatting by Maggie Ryel
If you constantly crave tales of swashbuckling heroics and fiendish wizardry, Renegade Swords is for you! Eight fantastic tales have been selected for this anthology, each of them obscure or overlooked in some way. You don’t have to explore darksome crypts to discover incredible ancient treasures—you can find them in Renegade Swords!
“The House of Arabu” by Robert E. Howard
“Necromancy in Naat” (unabridged version) by Clark Ashton Smith
“The Woman of the Wood” (previously unpublished version) by A. Merritt
“The Slaughter of the Gods” by Manly Wade Wellman
“People of the Dragon” by Lin Carter
“The Pillars of Hell” by Lin Carter
“The Rune-Sword of Jotunheim” by Glenn Rahman and Richard L. Tierney
“Princess of Chaos” by Bryce Walton
Annals of a Lost Time
Herein are eight scintillating tales of sword and sorcery from modern masters of the genre!
Adrian Cole. "Tower in the Crimson Mist." Elak of Atlantis braves a mysterious extradimensional portal to face down the sensuous Araccneris, Queen of Utterzanek!
Steve Dilks. "Tale of the Uncrowned Kings." In the streets of Uhremon, Erich Von Tormath and Zaran seek to plunder the city's most powerful sorcerer’s sanctum!
Steve Lines. "The Eyes of the Scorpion." Shamal the Warrior, enthralled by the wizard Zarallu’s magic, must brave ghul-haunted ruins to uncover a fell artifact!
David C. Smith. "Born of the Serpent." The Great Oron returns to combat the eldritch evil of an inhuman race, whose arcane secrets are more coveted than all the world's treasure!
Fred Blosser. "Under the Basilisk Moon." Prince Raynor is drawn into skullduggery and palace intrigue including a captive princess, bloodthirsty pirates, and a scheming mage!
D.M. Ritzlin. "Slave Girls for Sacrifice." Avok the Cytheran, bonded by slavers, must win his freedom from a sorceress dead-set on sanguine ritual!
Howard Andrew Jones. "Crypt of Stars." Hanuvar of Volanus seeks vengeance against the cruel Dervans; only with the aid of ancient spirits can he free his countrymen!
James Enge. "Laws for the Blood." The plundering of an ancient city awakens a lost weapon from a forgotten war. Only Morlock the Maker can stop it!
“Dinosaur Destroyer” by Arthur Petticolas
“Spear and Fang” by Robert E. Howard
“With Weapons of Stone” by C.M. Eddy, Jr.
“Arhl-a of the Caves” by C.M. Eddy, Jr.
“Stories of the Stone Age” by H.G. Wells
The world of Nilztiria is an ancient one. Beneath its brilliant crimson sun and demon-haunted moons wondrous treasures lay buried, waiting to be uncovered by intrepid adventurers. Yet peril abounds as well, in the form of nefarious sorcerers, grotesque beasts, and inexplicable phenomena. Among the bold heroes and callous villains of Nilztiria are:
XEDROCH LOOR—A lusty rapscallion, his striving for glittering treasures and the embraces of lovely ladies invariably leads him into danger.
AVOK KUR STORN—A strong-willed, quick-witted barbarian who fears neither man nor demon. He laughs in the face of death!
KRYNMORA—This cruel yet beautiful sorceress thinks nothing of sacrificing human life to appease her demonic patron. She has an affinity for unnatural beasts, including her lover who was once a man!
VRAN THE CHAOS-WARPED—By his sickly green eyes he bears the mark of a sorcerous experiment gone awry, but he was also altered in more dreadful ways…
XAARXOOL THE NECROMANCER—Possessor of powerful artefacts and reams of forgotten lore, his expertise in wizardry is unmatched.
If you crave stories of adventure and wonder with a touch of gallows humor, look no further than these thirteen tales of Nilztiria!
“A Twisted Branch of Yggdrasil”
“The Lair of the Brain Eaters”
“Born to Storm the Citadel of Mettathok”
“Hunting the Lirpkinn”
“The Infernal Bargain”
“Spider-Magic in the Jungles of Jamboota”
“Undying Thirst for Vengeance”
“Slave Girls for Sacrifice”
“Consequences of Lust”
“The Valley of Eternal Midnight”
“Black Castle of Torture”
“Under the Horns of Iljer”
“The Isle of the Pleasure Slaves”
Mighty-thewed barbarians… vengeful lords of chaos… desolate devil-haunted ruins… carnage-soaked battlefields… forbidden spells of great power…
All these you will find in the works of authors of heroic fantasy as well as heavy metal musicians. But modern fantasy has been plagued with convoluted plots and series without end. Who better to return traditional fantasy to its former glory than the heavy metal bards?
Swords of Steel Omnibus Edition is an anthology of fantastic and horrific adventure stories, each penned by a heavy metal musician. Members of bands such as Bal-Sagoth, Manilla Road, Cauldron Born, Slough Feg, Nocturnus, Eternal Champion and more prove their talent for the written word as well as song by invoking a fresh wave of dark and twisted dreams from worlds beyond our own.
“All Will Be Righted on Samhain” by Howie K. Bentley (CAULDRON BORN) and David C. Smith
“Vengeance of the Insane God” by Jason Tarpey (ETERNAL CHAMPION)
“The Mirror Beguiling” by James Ashbey (SOLSTICE, LETHEAN)
“The Heart of the Betrayer” by Howie K. Bentley
“Return to Stynar Vort” by Joe Minichino (DOOMSWORD)
“Journey in Somnamblia” by Jean-Pierre Abboud (GATEKEEPER, TRAVELER)
“Eldon” by Chris Shoriak (ICE SWORD)
“Beyond the Mirrors of Faellnoch” by D.L. Lackner (LEGENDRY)
“The Darkness Among the Trees” by Max Birbaum (LUNAR SHADOW)
“The Forgotten City of Tehm” by E.C. Hellwell (MANILLA ROAD)
“Beneath Dead Lake” by Geoff Blackwell (GATEKEEPER)
“Thannhausefeer’s Guest” by Howie K. Bentley
“The Chamber of Juleptsu” by Jaron Evil (ALMURIC, ARCHSPIRE)
“The Riddle Master” by E.C. Hellwell
“Eve’s Grave” by Scott Waldrop (TWISTED TOWER DIRE, WALPYRGUS)
“That Than Which There Can Be No More Terrible” by Michael Scalzi (SLOUGH FEG)
“Mystery Believer” by Scott Waldrop
“Red Ochre” by James Ashbey
“Darke Manor” by Jaron Evil
“The Key” by Mike Browning (NOCTURNUS A.D.) and D.M. Ritzlin
“Blue Mistress” by Geoff Blackwell
“The Pirate Prince of Tarran” by E.C. Hellwell
“Stormchaser” by Geoff Blackwell
“The Voyages of Captain Caleb Blackthorne” by Byron A. Roberts (BAL-SAGOTH)
- The Elephant Idol, by Xavier Lastra
- Young Tarzan and the Mysterious She, by Edgar Rice Burroughs and Michael Tierney
- Atop the Cliff of Ral-Gri, by Jeff Stoner
- The Idol in the Sewers, by Kenneth R. Gower
- Born to Storm the Citadel of Mettathock, by D.M. Ritzlin
- The Book Hunter’s Apprentice, by Barbara Doran
- How Thaddeus Quimby the Third and I Almost Took Over the World, by Gary K. Shepherd
- Deemed Unsuitable, by WL Emery
- Warrior Soul, by J. Manfred Weichsel
- Seeds of the Dreaming Tree, by Harold R. Thompson
- The Valley of Terzol, by Jim Breyfogle
- Moonshot, by Michael Wiesenberg
Clock has been dispatched to the private hell of a powerful demon--and only a being of true evil on its own path towards redemption can aid him in this deadly fight!
Pour Down Like Silver, by Cynthia Ward
Banished for refusing to follow her order-pair into death, Rhesanna seeks the Tower of Ancient Time to free her comrade's soul from the demon they failed to slay!
Lest Darkness Wreck the Stars, by Robert Zoltan
When Dareon and Blue uncover a mysterious gemstone in the wastes, a strange violet star appears in the sky and visions of a lovely woman invade Dareon's dreams!
The Golden Pearl, by Jim Breyfogle
After a harrowing experience in their search for Burning Fish, Kat and Mangos are determined to never be poisoned again—could a Golden Pearl be the answer?!
Slave Girls for Sacrifice, by D.M. Ritzlin
A powerful sorceress with a bestial lover requires a blood sacrifice to complete her vile rites... Will Avok's brawn and bag of tricks be enough to stop the witch?!
Praying to Thasaidon, by Tais Teng
No one prays to the Charnel God--but when a necromancer comes to collect on a family's debts, there may be nowhere and no one to turn to but a god of death!
Adeste, Fideles, by G. Scott Huggins
Long ago, the "Last Fleet" was sent to find a new world for Earth's orphaned children! That expedition to the fringes of space had been thought lost... Until now!
Return of the Dark Brotherhood, by Adrian Cole
Aruul Voruum nears completion of his witchfinder training... but the remnants of Daras Vorta's cult have worked their tendrils into the heart of Mars' government!
Outside the Outside?, by J. Comer
A review of The Tingleverse and Feast of Legends
My Name is John Carter (Part 8), by James Hutchings
James Hutchings continues his longform poem...