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Alaundo Posted - 12 Feb 2004 : 19:08:51
Well met

This being a collective scroll of any questions the Scribes and visitors of Candlekeep wish to put to a renowned author of the Realms, namely - Richard Lee Byers, whos works include: Dissolution, The Shattered Mask, The Black Bouquet and the upcoming Year of Rogue Dragons Trilogy.

Present your questions herein and check back to see what news may also come forth from the quill of this author.
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Spectralballoons Posted - 28 Sep 2017 : 19:37:59
Looks nice. I love how the FR novels line has become a great source of decent sci-fi and fantasy authors.
Richard Lee Byers Posted - 28 Sep 2017 : 14:58:13
For anyone who was waiting for the print edition of THE THINGS THAT CRAWL (my new collection) to come out, that is now available.
Veritas Posted - 16 Sep 2017 : 02:19:12
Will have to check that out. Anything to support one of my favorite Realms author alums and fellow fencing enthusiast.
Richard Lee Byers Posted - 15 Sep 2017 : 16:14:13
I have a new collection out called THE THINGS THAT CRAWL It contains some of the best short fiction I've written over the years.

The packaging makes it look like it's 100% horror, but in reality, it's got some sword-and-sorcery in it and some other non-horror pieces as well. I think many Candlekeep people would find something to enjoy in it.

If you're interested, you can check it out here:
Richard Lee Byers Posted - 15 Sep 2017 : 16:09:34
Sorry for the delay in answering the question above. Somehow I just noticed it.

Honestly, I haven't thought about the Eminence in relation to Szass, but you're right, assuming the Eminence still exists post-Sundering, some sort of interaction seems likely, possibly when Szass tries to become the leader. Naturally, there would be powerful entities within the Eminence who would be reluctant to grant him such a position.

Or maybe the Eminence tries to recruit Szass's undead minions, and he doesn't take kindly to that.

Either is a good idea for a story, or one strand of a story, but I probably won't be telling it (or any more Realms yarns of any sort, alas.) DM's who fight the notion interesting will have to spin it out in their campaigns.
sleyvas Posted - 28 Aug 2017 : 17:45:24
Originally posted by Richard Lee Byers

At one point, there were definitely plans to continue the series, but then Wizards of the Coast decided to wind down the entire Forgotten Realms fiction line, and those plans were canceled along with many others.

Anyway, glad you enjoyed the books that do exist.

Just curious, where do you see the Eminence of Araunt and Szass Tam headed? I'm seeing the two groups headed to a conflict, even though Tam is undead himself. That being said, the question of what remains of the eminence is left up in the air, especially with the sundering.
Zeromaru X Posted - 28 Aug 2017 : 15:15:40
Too bad. I'm a fan of the Brotherhood, as well. I started reading Realms novels with the Captive Flame. So, thanks for those books you gave us, I really enjoyed them.
Richard Lee Byers Posted - 28 Aug 2017 : 14:10:58
At one point, there were definitely plans to continue the series, but then Wizards of the Coast decided to wind down the entire Forgotten Realms fiction line, and those plans were canceled along with many others.

Anyway, glad you enjoyed the books that do exist.
Merrith Posted - 28 Aug 2017 : 05:33:46
Out of curiosity, was there ever plans to write further stories on Aoth and the Brotherhood of the Griffon? Been awhile but was rereading those books and enjoyed them quite a bit.
Richard Lee Byers Posted - 16 Jul 2017 : 19:03:31
For those who might be interested, a new eBook edition of my early horror novel DARK FORTUNE (about a cursed Tarot deck) is now available from Macabre Ink.
Richard Lee Byers Posted - 08 Jul 2017 : 14:48:09
Grimdark Magazine #12 is now available. The contents include new stories by Anna Smith-Spark, Luke Scull, and William Stiteler and interviews with Richard A. Knaak, Michael J. Sullivan, and me. You can get the Kindle edition here:
Richard Lee Byers Posted - 21 Jun 2017 : 13:20:39
New interview with me focusing on my new book THIS SWORD FOR HIRE.
Richard Lee Byers Posted - 13 Jun 2017 : 16:59:21
Available now! THIS SWORD FOR HIRE collects all the stories (so far) about my sword-and-sorcery hero Selden, which is to say, some of my favorite stuff. No BS, I think anyone who likes my Forgotten Realms stuff will like these yarns as well. You can check out the book here:
Richard Lee Byers Posted - 07 Apr 2017 : 14:10:01
There's a new eBook edition of my horror novel DEAD TIME out from the fine people at Crossroad Press. It's already available on Amazon and will be listed at Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and all the usual suspects in the very near future.

DEAD TIME combines the thrills and chills of supernatural horror with the twisty logic of classic time travel stories. The hero faces malevolent spirits and also has to worry about creating paradoxes, altering his own past, erasing himself from existence, and all that kind of thing.

Here's a link to the book on Amazon:;
Richard Lee Byers Posted - 08 Mar 2017 : 16:22:36
The Shane Plays radio show where Ed Greenwood, Geoff Gander, and I discussed the Forgotten Realms is now available as a podcast. Info here:
Richard Lee Byers Posted - 24 Dec 2016 : 15:09:27
Previously available only on the Onder Librum site, my Stormtalons novel THE GHOST IN THE STONE is now available on Amazon. (Stormtalons is the new epic fantasy universe created by Ed Greenwood.) So if you were waiting to get it using an Amazon gift card, your Amazon Prime membership, or some such, YOUR HOUR IS AT HAND!

And you know, if you already did get it via Onder Librum but you're just bursting with the urge to share your opinion of it with the world, you can still post a review on Amazon. The Amazon Gestapo won't come in the night and kick in your door or anything. Or at least I don't think so.
Richard Lee Byers Posted - 13 Dec 2016 : 16:09:47
New fantasy stories by Erik Scott de Bie, Erin M. Evans, Elizabeth Bear, William King, and me. Edited by James Lowder and Robert J. Schwalb. Check it out.
Richard Lee Byers Posted - 05 Dec 2016 : 20:06:47
I did a piece for the Stormtalons blog about writing in a shared setting, specifically, a shared setting that's just starting out. You can read that here:
Richard Lee Byers Posted - 30 Nov 2016 : 17:39:57
For those who may be interested, here's the link to buy my new Stormtalons fantasy novel (from The Ed Greenwood Group), for a limited time available only through the Onder Librum site at a special introductory price.
Richard Lee Byers Posted - 22 Nov 2016 : 23:24:27
Onder Librum (AKA The Ed Greenwood Group) has revealed the cover (and a bit of info) about THE GHOST IN THE STONE, my Stormtalons fantasy novel due out at the end of the month. Check it out here:
Richard Lee Byers Posted - 10 Oct 2016 : 01:11:45
My short story "The Fishing Hole" is now available for a mere, a lousy, 99 cents! This is urban fantasy set in the Hellmaw universe created by Ed Greenwood.
Richard Lee Byers Posted - 28 Sep 2016 : 01:45:37
After some garbled communication and general confusion, I now know that, contrary to what I posted previously, my new fantasy novel BLACK DOGS is already available in all formats, eBook, audiobook, AND paper-and-ink.

The story is set in the Iron Kingdoms universe of Privateer Press and stars the Black River Irregulars, the mercenary band who appeared previously in my novella MURDER IN CORVIS. I'm going to go out on a limb here and predict that if you enjoyed it when I wrote about a mercenary company in the Forgotten Realms, you'll enjoy these new stories as well.

Anyway, here I am plugging the novel one more time and letting you know that if old-school paper-and-ink is your preferred format, you need not wait until November to read it that way. You can get it that way now. Just follow the link:
Richard Lee Byers Posted - 21 Sep 2016 : 15:01:23
So the publisher tells me the release of BLACK DOGS, my Iron Kingdoms fantasy novel, was pushed back to 11/9. Yet a friend tells me the Kindle and audio editions are available on Amazon right now. So if one of those is your preferred mode of reading, you're good to go. Whereas if you want to read the paper-and-ink edition, I guess you'll have to wait until 11/9, although you can of course preorder it now.

For those who are interested, here's the link to the book on Amazon:
Richard Lee Byers Posted - 13 Sep 2016 : 19:45:12
Here's an excerpt from BLACK DOGS, my new fantasy novel coming out this month from Privateer Press! BLACK DOGS is set in the Iron Kingdoms universe and stars the Black River Irregulars, the mercenaries who previously starred in my novella MURDER IN CORVIS. Enjoy!
Richard Lee Byers Posted - 03 Sep 2016 : 00:51:04
I've got a new Basil & Moebius novelette out: "The Picture of Aleister Crowley!" This time around, the guys infiltrate a posh but sinister house party in Sicily and end up confronting the occult legacy of the Great Beast himself. Check it out:

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