Guitar Heroes: a fantasy short story

Stormcrow Books

Screaming Machinery are a power-trio from Manchester, playing rock gigs to rapturous crowds. But their fans don't realise they're also mighty heroes, regularly saving the world with magic and sword.

They are called upon again when Manchester comes under dire threat. Eighteen murders take place, each a node in a vast rune drawn across the city in blood. Something very large and powerful is coming through and it's up to Screaming Machinery to try and stop it...

“I loved it. It has a wonderful camp feel to it ... I see them leaping from the stage, all hair extensions and spandex suits, off to do battle with demons.”
- Whispers of Wickedness
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About the author

Simon is a fantasy and sci/fi writer, the author of over 100 published short stories, quite a lot of poetry and the novels The GenehunterEngn and the Cloven Land fantasy trilogy.

His short stories have appeared in Analog, Nature, Daily Science Fiction, Abyss and Apex and many more.

He lives in the UK and is a member of the British Fantasy Society.

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Stormcrow Books
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Published on
Nov 15, 2013
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Pages
31
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Fantasy / Contemporary
Fiction / Fantasy / General
Fiction / Fantasy / Urban
Fiction / Short Stories (single author)
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