The furious clangor of battle. The harrowing singing of steel. The desperate cries of wounded animals. The gasps of bleeding, dying men. The slow, deep breathing of terrible things–trolls, giants, draugr–waiting in the darkness. The wolf’s wind howling, stalking like death itself. The carrion-crows, avaricious and impatient, circling the battle-ground, the Raven’s Table.
The skald’s voice, low, canting, weaving tales of fate and heroism, battle and revelry. Of gods and monsters, and of the women and men that stand against them. Of stormy Scandinavian skies and settlements upon strange continents. Of mead-hall victories, funeral pyres, dragon-prowed ships, and gold-laden tombs. Of Ragnarok. Of Valhalla.
For a decade, author Christine Morgan’s Viking stories have delighted readers and critics alike, standing apart from the anthologies they appeared in. Now, Word Horde brings you The Raven’s Table, the first-ever collection of Christine Morgan’s Vikings, from “The Barrow-Maid” to “Aerkheim’s Horror” and beyond. These tales of adventure, fantasy, and horror will rouse your inner Viking.
Cover Art by Peter Nicolai Arbo
Cover Design by Scott R Jones
Pub Date: February 28, 2017
Format: Trade Paperback
Table of Contents
The Vulgarity of Giants
In the Forests of the Far Land
A Feast of Meat and Mead
Nails of the Dead
The Mottled Bear
To Fetter the Fenris-Wolf
At Ragnarok, the Goddesses
With Honey Dripping
The Seven Ravens
As We Drown and Die
“These works have the sure, solid feel of a talented author deeply engaged with her source material and genre. They’re an excellent read for those who enjoy myths and legends of all kinds.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“…stories that will make you want to don your helm, sword and shield before riding off into battle.” —The Grim Reader
“The Raven’s Table finds the horror at the heart of Viking culture. The stories scare you silly and creep you at the same time that they shed real light on life in the medieval North. Want to know what it really felt like to live in the Viking age? Read this book!” –Professor Michael D. C. Drout, Wheaton College