A band of companions—each with his or her own reasons—delves deep into the heart of the Bleak, the infamous and horrifying cavern world miles beneath their own. But their dreams of a quick journey fade into black when their way home is cut off.
Tavern songs dwell on heroes returning laden with loot, fame, and glory, but rarely do they talk of the fear, and loneliness, and misery of life in the World Under the World. The group of seven is hard-pressed to simply survive—both from struggles within and without–and there will be no song to sing of the companions if they succumb to the horrors of The Bleak.
Seven Into the Bleak is an epic fantasy short story of 8,000 words, or about 30 paperback pages. It includes an Author’s Notes section on the how and why of the story as well as an excerpt from Matthew Iden’s fantasy short story Sword of Kings.
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