I have of late been flat out working on re-editing my collection of short stories as of late, bringing them up to scratch, as well as working on new covers for them. Now the edits are done I can return to other projects, such as this blog.
At one stage the fantasy I wrote was mostly of your fairly standard pseudo-medieval European inspired style. Like most fantasy in fact. Then, a few years back, I was musing about how fantasy so often gets locked in a medieval stasis, where nothing changes for hundreds, if not thousands of years. It got me pondering about what would happen if things did continue to change and advance. At the time I was reading a lot of books set in the Napoleonic War period – C. S. Forester, Bernard Cornwell, Patrick O’Brian – and wondered what a fantasy world would be like with that level of technology. So I took my world, advanced it four hundred years, gave it gunpowder technology and started writing some stories.
The Tomb of the Tagosa Kings was the first one I did – a short story to explore how it might work and to introduce a couple of characters who were to be prominent in later stories. It is still to date one of my favourite short stories I have written. (Sadly, the only review for it so far is from someone who ‘didn’t get it’ – which is a bad way to review a story.)
Here is the blurb for the story;
In the depths of arid country, the adventurer and historian Professor Halir and his escorts, men of the Queen’s Own Iskaeri Light Infantry, find themselves under attack by fierce Nacatori raiders as he seeks to unlock the secrets of a long lost tomb. What lies within the tomb may be of a much bigger threat than that posed by the raiders.
The Tomb of the Tagosa Kings is available for free at Smashwords.