Fantasy author, John Houhilan, who writes a host of fiction including works set in the tabletop roleplaying and miniatures world of Achtung! Cthulhu, contributed to Forgotten Sidekicks. This brand new short story collection includes works published by Kristell Ink, the sci-fi and fantasy arm of Grimbold Books, and was edited by the excellent Peter Sutton and Steven Poore. There’s a wealth of great writing and editorial talent in this one, including contributions from Courtney M Privett, Desmond Warzel, Donald Jacob Uitvlugt, Allen Stroud, Su Haddrell, Chrissey Harrison, Ian Hunter, Steve Dillon, and Jim Horlock. Forgotten Sidekicks can be purchased here.
Read John Houhilan’s blog about the release here including an extract from “Charioteer”, a tale of sibling rivalry in a far flung future where nation states indulge in ritualistic combat to settle access to resources, crops, and trade as well as for sporting kudos, glory, and entertainment. John has a extensive back catalog of literature that’s available here.
“We all know what happens when the hero saves the day, but what about their sidekicks?
Too often the hero is held high and celebrated whilst their sidekicks and comrades are brushed to the side; their own battles forgotten, and their actions airbrushed to nothingness from the tales of victory.
These are the stories of the ones who aren’t remembered; the ones who helped save the day, and got cast aside; the ones who don’t want the applause, and the ones who deserved the applause and never received it.
These stories didn’t make the headlines – but they happened, and they’re glorious.”
Thanks to Panayiotis Lines for many of these words.