East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

The Last House in the Valley


I’ve just finished translating The Last House in the Valley, the second story in my very loose and occasional Tales of the Frontier.


The first tale, if you remember, was posted last summer, and was called The Demoness with White Hair.
In that case, it was the development of a short piece I had written as a test for a publisher (they never called back).
In this case, it was a story I wrote in a few hours and then handed to my friend Hell for an editing, the lot online and live.
The story some wanker deleted, and wrote Sickening.

Now you might wonder, is it truly sickening?
It will be for my Patrons to tell, as I am about to upload the pdf file of the translated text on my Patreon page.
Later in the day I’ll post the Italian version too.
Everybody in the Five Bucks Brigade will get it.

I think I will write one or two more stories, and then turn them into an ebook, together with some extra content thrown in, and make it available as a mobi and an epub. Patrons only for foreseeable future.
And yes, in case you are wondering, this is to attract more Patrons to my page.

The downside of posting my stories on Patreon, you see, is that I can’t pitch them at magazines anymore, because of late most magazines have started to consider reprints stories and articles that appear on Patreon. They won’t touch them, or they would pay them 1 cent a word instead of the professional rate of 6 cents.
I decided my Frontier stories will go to my Patrons before I knew the above, and I am not pulling back. There’s a big pink button in the sidebar here on the right.
So if you would like to read my Indian/Chinese sword & sorcery series, please consider the option of becoming a Patron.
In the next three months my Patrons will get a cartload of stuff, from behind the scenes to new stories, and the opportunity to try the beta version of my new roleplaying game, the first title from the Mana Bros. inprint (and about which, more in the next days).
So, as I said, think about it.
It’s good to be my Patrons.

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

2 thoughts on “The Last House in the Valley

  1. I always liked the concept of a series of short stories that weren’t necessarily related except that they took place in the same city, kingdom, whatever. Throw in recurring characters who are not always the lead players in the plot. The warrior who was the focus of one story now becomes a bit player in one of the others.

    So far I’m liking both of these stories you’ve done in the haunted , mist shrouded, ruins strewn frontier.

    Looking forward to seeing how it pans out.


    • Thank you!
      Yes, the idea is to connect the stories through the places and the general culture/feel of the places.
      And I am curious about the outcome, too.
      Like the guys said, stay tuned for new episodes.


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