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by David Drake
Release date: April 2007
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: fantasy, horror, short stories

Balefires: Tales of the Weird & Fantastic.

Balefires is the long-awaited collection of David Drake's weird and fantastic fiction.

Before Drake was a best-selling author of military science fiction, he was a prolific writer of horror and fantasy short fiction. Balefires collects some of his earliest professional sales (including his first sale to Arkham House.) In addition, Balefires brings together many stories set in the worlds of his fantasy novels (Ranks of Bronze, Lord of the Isles, etc.) and contains original fiction.

More than just a collection of stories, Balefires features extensive story notes that chronicle the development of the writing career of one of the science fiction's most popular writers, and provides detailed snapshots of the larger than life editors, publishers and writers that Drake has worked with throughout his career.


  • The Red Leer
  • A Land of Romance
  • Smokie Joe
  • Awakening
  • Denkirch
  • The False Prophet
  • Black Iron
  • The Shortest Way
  • Lord of the Depths
  • Children of the Forest
  • The Barrow Troll
  • Than Curse the Darkness
  • The Song of the Bone
  • The Master of Demons
  • The Dancer in the Flames
  • Firefight
  • Best of Luck
  • Arclight
  • Something Had to be Done
  • The Elf House
  • The Hunting Ground
  • The Automatic Rifleman
  • Blood Debt
  • Men Like Us
(updated 2017-01-18)

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