Novel News: Read The First Chapter!

Some exciting news to kick-off 2020. The first Of Metal and Magic Compendium is out and available to the eyes of the world. Even more exciting: the first six chapters of my novel are contained within its covers!


The book is made up of the work of a host of talented artists and writers who have worked together to populate the shared universe of Soria with an array of stories, both short and long. It was edited by the ever-patient JM Williams and Anna Civolani who both did brilliant work to bring it all together.

Only the gods know how many hours over the past year and a half I’ve spent working on Pariah’s Lament, and I’m delighted to be able to share an exclusive snippet with you now.

And I’m delighted to be able to share a snippet with you now—the first chapter of my novel, Pariah’s Lament. 

In this chapter, you’re introduced to one of the main protagonists, Edvar, a young man thrust into a role of great responsibility before he’s ready, and at a time of turmoil in the realm of Yurr. 

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If you want to read more of the novel, the next five chapters are in the Of Metal and Magic Compendium. You can start reading by clicking here, or the button below.


If you’d like to keep up to date on the progress of Pariah’s Lament, the best thing to do is join my mailing list. You’ll be the first to know the latest developments. Plus, you’ll become a part of my writing community. Everybody who joins receives a gift bag—a free book on writing, lists of publishers of short and long fantasy fiction, a list of book reviewers, and some of my published short fiction. Simply fill out the form below.


About the author

Richie Billing writes fantasy fiction, historical fiction and stories of a darker nature. His short fiction has been published by, amongst others, Kzine, TANSTAAFL Press, Bewildering Stories, Liquid Imagination, The Magazine of History & Fiction, Aether and Ichor, and Far Horizons. His debut novel, Pariah's Lament, will be published by Fiction Vortex in Summer 2020. He co-hosts the podcast The Fantasy Writers’ Toolshed, a venture inspired by the requests of readers of his critically-acclaimed book, A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook. Most nights you can find him up into the wee hours scribbling away or watching the NBA. Find out more at


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