A Great Satirical Short Story from Jeff Mach

I enjoy a a good parody of fantasy or sci-fi almost as much as I enjoy the genre itself.

Recently I took part in a contest created by writer Jeff Mach (author of various funny short stories) to name the worst scifi/fantasy tropes so he could create stories based on each one.

I read Robert E. Howard’s sword and sorcery tales on occasion, so I suggested a particularly ludicrous idea you often find in that kind of fantasy story. Jeff Mach apparently liked the idea enough to write a story based on it.

Here’s where you can read Jeff’s story, in all of its hilarious glory:


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