DMR Books Release Second Fantasy / Horror Anthology SWORDS OF STEEL II‏

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DMR Books
Release Second Fantasy / Horror Anthology
SWORDS OF STEEL II
Chicago, Illinois publishing house DMR Books will release the second volume in their Fantasy / Horror Anthology series SWORDS OF STEEL II on February 27th in paperback form.
THE SWORDSMEN
OF STEEL RETURN

Attacking once more now with twice as much strength, 
the most epic practitioners of the heavy metal arts fill another volume with tales of terror and heroic adventure.
Swords of Steel II features stories by such artists as
E.C. Hellwell (Manilla Road), Byron Roberts (Bal-Sagoth),
Mike Scalzi (Slough Feg) and Howie Bentley (Cauldron Born).
A total of eight stories (each accompanied by an illustration) are contained within, as well as two poems and an essay by David C. Smith (author of the Red Sonja and Oron novels).

An excerpt from David C. Smith's introduction to
SWORDS OF STEEL volume I:
"I have myself written a great deal of this sort of fiction and was heartened when Dave Ritzlin, the editor, told me that his idea was to create a collection of the kinds of stories you would have found in the late 1960s and 1970s - in the Swords Against Darkness anthologies, for example... You will find the enjoyable stories (and two poems!) in SWORDS OF STEEL echoing the same sensibility that Andy Offutt exercised when he put together the Swords Against Darkness series in the 1970s: eclectic work from talented writers offering a variety of styles..."
DON'T READ THIS BOOK UNLESS
YOU HAVE NERVES OF STEEL!
SWORDS OF STEEL II will be available for purchase beginning February 27th on the DMR Books webshop.
DMR Books will host an official release party on the same date at Bucket O' Blood Books and Records in Chicago, Illinois. Check the following link for more info and updates on the event: www.facebook.com/events/146337285740998

Cover art can be seen below.
 
A free online compilation featuring music from the authors of SWORDS OF STEEL I was made available this past September via the DMR Books bandcamp page. The download also includes a bonus 25 page PDF of excerpts from the book.
SWORDS OF STEEL II

Written by:
-Introduction-

David DeFeis
(Virgin Steele)
-Stories & Poems-
E.C. Hellwell
(Manilla Road)
Byron A. Roberts
(Bal-Sagoth)
Michael Scalzi
(Slough Feg)
Howie K. Bentley
(Cauldron Born / Briton Rites)
Scott Waldrop
(Twisted Tower Dire / Walpyrgus)
David C. Smith
(author of the Red Sonja and Oron novels)
Jeffrey Black
(Gatekeeper / Scythia)
James Ashbey
(Solstice)
Alex A. Avdeev
(Blacksword / Lunatic Asylum)
Jaron Evil
(Archspire)book 
"Swords of Steel II" is the second edition of a paperback anthology series featuring fantasy adventure stories written by heavy metal musicians with a special appearance by David C. Smith author of twenty published novels primarily in the sword-and-sorcery, horror and suspense genres. Other authors include members of such bands as Virgin Steele, Manilla Road, Bal-Sagoth, Lord Weird Slough Feg, Twisted Tower Dire, Gatekeeper, Solstice and Cauldron Born. 182 pages.


SWORDS OF STEEL
VOLUME I
Released February 2015
Authors include members of such bands as Manilla Road, Bal-Sagoth, Cauldron Born, Twisted Tower Dire, Solstice, Borrowed Time, Eternal Champion, and Gatekeeper. 254 pages. 
"Introduction" by David C. Smith 
"Into the Dawn of Storms" by Byron A. Roberts 
"The Riddle Master" by E.C. Hellwell 
"The Mirror Beguiling" by James Ashbey
"Dream Death" (poem) by Sean Weingartner 
"All Will Be Righted on Samhain" by Howie K. Bentley and David C. Smith 
"Headbanging Warriors" (non-fiction essay) by M Harold Page 
"Journey in Somnamblia" by Jean-Pierre Abboud 
"Eve's Grave" by Scott Waldrop 
"Stygian Dusk and Black Lotus Slumber" (prose poem) by Howie K. Bentley
"Blue Mistress" by Jeffrey Black"
Vengeance of the Insane God" by Jason Tarpey

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