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The sun had set shortly after the events on the beach. Exhausted, I fell asleep beside a smoldering fire, waking at dawn to find the child by my side, sitting in her familiar pose, knees to chin. I ventured some small talk to see if anything had changed. It hadn’t.


Gyvens sat on my other side; pike in hand, head down in repose, gently snoring. He had covered my turn at guard duty, protecting the girl and myself from the vindictive crew. I guess I owed him.


As for the crew, they had worked into the evening and through the night, and by early morning Fat Lyla was ready to sail. At first I had put their motivation down to fear, but subsequently discovered Amery had used the rumor of riches as bait. Their reward for a job well done was a treasure hunt.


Leaving Gyvens to sleep, I searched out Sergeant Clantalion to tell him I wasn’t sure if these riches existed. The idea had derived from an innocent assumption made by Creeson. The good sergeant shrugged, suggesting the diversion would keep the crew’s mind off of thoughts of retaliation. I couldn’t fault his logic.

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Praise for Yaggoth-Voor.
“Yaggoth-Voor” by Bruce Durham: The best story in the anthology, a tale of Mortlock the Footman, this one focuses on a wrecked ship, an injured little girl, and a beast that seems to be toying with the crew. Wonderful dialogue, spot-on characterization, and a fast-paced plot, all wrapped up with a style that works perfectly for this type of story, makes this a true gem, and one of the best fantasy shorts I have read this year. - Luke Forney of Luke Reviews

“Yaggoth-Voor: A Tale of Mortlock” reads rather like the recently unearthed love child of RE Howard and HP Lovecraft.” - Theodore Beale - Black Gate Magazine

Bruce Durham's "Yaggoth-Voor" has as a hero a normal soldier, making it a stand-out from all the others in the anthology... A greatly entertaining story. - John Ottinger III of Grasping for the Wind

“Yaggoth-Voor” by Bruce Durham-excellent tale with twists and turns-I read this one first. It can be tough when the gods play games with men. - David J. West of Nephite Blood, Spartan Heart

Last, but not least Bruce Durham’s “Yaggoth-Voor” with another appealing character for me and with a surprising twist (to end) the story. - Dark Wolf’s Fantasy Reviews

Bruce Durham’s “Yaggoth Voor” tells the tale of some sailors who come upon the wrong set of mischievous twins in a marvellous first-person narrative. - Gustavo Bondoni at
2nd Place in the P&E Readers Poll