PseudoPod 077: Merlin’s Bane

Merlin’s Bane

by G.W. Thomas

She wasn’t nervous. She didn’t have a gun. Just a smile.

“You want the book, right?”


“You won’t get it.” She waved a tantalizing finger at me. I tried to ignore the digit but for some reason it wouldn’t leave my eyes.

“I’ve heard that one before,” I said, pretending to be all ice.

“You think you’re a great sorcerer, a mage of the ancient knowledge, but it won’t make any difference.”

“Why not?” I should have thrown the glass dagger that was up my sleeve. Then and there. And there was that damned “Burning Desert Glyph” I never quite got around to.

“Because you are a man.”

About the Author

G.W. Thomas

G. W. Thomas has been a published author since 1987 with “The City in the Sea” in Cthulhu Now! By 1993 he was appearing in Writer’s Digest along with other magazines such as The Writer, The Armchair Detective, The Mystery Review and Black October Magazine. In 1999 he received an Honorable Mention from Years’ Best Fantasy & Horror for “Waking Dream” (Flesh & Blood #4, June 1999).

He lives in the cold, flat part of Alberta, Canada.

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About the Narrator

Ben Phillips

Ben Phillips is a programmer and musician living in New Orleans. He was a chief editor of Pseudopod from 2006-2010.

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