I’ve never received the kind of fan mail that I did for “The Cavern of the Screaming Eye.” Thank you so much to those of you who sent me a note to let me know how much you enjoyed it. I felt encouraged by all of you to continue writing stories about Dungeonspace and our young heroes Flip, Domino, and Basher.
Lightspeed is running the 24,000 word novella “The Dragon of Dread Peak” in two parts. The first is available now. The second will be available next week… but do not fear. If you buy the ebook version of the issue (from Weightless, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or the site directly, to name a few options) you can read part two immediately. And if you would, consider subscribing. Lightspeed has been a huge supporter of my work and I am so thankful to them for publishing this.
Here’s a quick taste to get you going:
When I made the decision to take up an after-school job closing trans-dimensional portals into pocket-worlds full of dangerous monsters and traps, I thought it would be easier—or at least more fun—than working the counter at a fried cockatrice joint or selling newssheets on a street corner at the crack of dawn.
My team’s first outing into dungeonspace—when we defeated The Cavern of the Screaming Eye on our first try—had gone pretty good. Since then, we’d been running low threat level, poorly synced dungeons as practice, the kind that don’t actually kill you if you take damage inside them, that instead mostly just send you hurting back to Braxis City, our little isolated fragment of the real world. A good thing, too, that we’d started slowly. The subsequent weeks of practice had taught me and my teammates that, if anything, our early success had been almost entirely luck. It was still to be determined if I had the same kind of natural skill at overcoming the dangers of d-space that my brother Rash had possessed.
And now, our latest run had ended like the previous six; in total disaster.
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