The art of dragon killing: Dragons have been eating humans for centuries. Now heroes throughout history stalk their legendary foe. Learn how to hunt, kill, and eat the wild dragon. Never before has revenge tasted so good. A literary feast for the bloody-minded.
In Janet Morris' anthology on the art of dragon killing, 17 writers bring you so close to dragons, you can smell their fetid breath. Tales for the bold among you. Dragon Eaters, an anthology of heroic fiction edited by Janet Morris, features original stories by Janet Morris and Chris Morris, S.E. Lindberg, Jack William Finley, Travis Ludvigson, Tom Barczak, JP Wilder, Joe Bonadonna, Milton Davis, A.L. Butcher, William Hiles, M Harold Page, Walter Rhein, Cas Peace, Beth W. Patterson, Bruce Durham, Mark Finn.
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Getting even with the beasts that overpowered us
These tales are about getting even with the beasts that have been overpowering us for so long. Prepare yourself to run wild: enjoy adventure, risk, and the “fetid smell” of dragons in the heat of battle. Meet Zombie dragons, vampire dwarves, elves, and animated skeletons. Awaken to the ways in which fear triggers bravery.
I read quite a number of books by Janet Morris and Chris Morris, loved the exquisite writing style, and appreciated the detailed expertise in weaponry and horse riding skills that enrich their work (garnered over a lifelong experience.) They are truly inventive in creating carefully defined rules of a universe shared between a team of authors. Here, they define the thrust of this anthology using a long stretch of time: “Now heroes throughout history stalk their legendary foe.”
The voice artist, Rob Goll, a UK trained classical actor, has a warm Baritone voice. He embodies the characters in these stories with great conviction, giving each one of them a compelling sense of truth as they travel through a fanciful universe. The rich literary language of this anthology may be a challenge for many voice artists, but this is where he excels. His storytelling is both precise and engaging, as he seems drawn to the dark side, carrying us there with him through drama and adventure.
Looking at his YouTube channel I noticed that Dracula was an experiment for him to see whether he fancied being an audiobook narrator. Many of his other audiobooks are in a similar vein: Dragon Dreams: The Chronicles of Shadow and Light by Dusty Lynn Holloway, and Tales of Erana: The Warrior's Curse by Alexandra Butcher.
HEROIKA I allows me to learn about the team of authors and their varied storytelling skills. Each one of them has a biography rich with contradictions, across which imagination may be sparked:
S. E. Lindberg, Two decades of practicing chemistry, combined with a passion for the Sword and Sorcery genre. Jack William Finley has been a cook, an actor, a stunt man, a photographer, built computer hard drives, assembled ball bearings, delivered pizza, stocked shelves, wrapped wire and been a Soldier for the United States Army in Germany. Travis Ludvigson, a Warrior Poet who spent his life reading the histories of both real and imagined worlds, the ideas of ancient philosophers and the sagas of the Norse warriors. Tom Barczak, an Artist, turned Architect, who's finally getting around to finishing those stories he started writing long ago, when he sat on my front porch as a kid. JP Wilder, son of a farmer, a dishwasher, projectionist, paratrooper, Army scout, student, frat guy (of sorts), roofer, plumber (but not a very good one), grad student (twice-cooked), professor (Adjunct really), accountant, husband, executive, author, father. Joe Bonadonna, author of short stories, novels, and screenplays, a former rock and roll guitarist and songwriter from the Golden Age of 1964-1984. Milton John Davis, a chemist who enjoys his passion for writing, M. Harold Page, who wrote an earlier book inspired by a conversation with his son, who asked, “Daddy, how did the Roman Empire fall?” Alexandra Butcher. William Hiles. Walter Rhein, who splits his time between Wisconsin and Peru. Cas Peace, a folks song writer & performer whose first career was as a horse-riding instructor. Beth Waggoner Patterson. Bruce Durham, who writes history, young adult, post-apocalyptic, alt-historical and Lovecraftian horror, in addition to graphic novels.