The Great Bazaar and Other Stories

Humanity has been brought to the brink of extinction. Each night, the world is overrun by demons—bloodthirsty creatures of nightmare that have been hunting and killing humanity for over 300 years. A scant few hamlets and half-starved city-states are all that remain of a once proud civilization, and it is only by hiding behind wards, ancient symbols with the power to repel the demons, that they survive. A handful of Messengers brave the night to keep the lines of communication open between the increasingly isolated populace.

But there was a time when the demons were not so bold. A time when wards did more than hold the demons at bay. They allowed man to fight back, and to win. Messenger Arlen Bales will search anywhere, dare anything, to return this magic to the world.

Abban, a merchant in the Great Bazaar of Krasia, purports to sell everything a man’s heart could desire, including, perhaps, the key to Arlen’s quest.


Published in January 2010 by Subterranean Press (ISBN: 978-1-59606-289-4). This hardcover contains the title novelette (which was first published in Germany) and a number of other scenes not included in ‘The Painted Man’. It also contains a glossary and grimoire. This is the same size as the UK editions (which are smaller than the US editions) and produced in 2 separate versions:

  • Trade – fully cloth bound hardcover edition (2000? copies).
  • Limited edition 200 signed numbered copies.

There is only one printing of this hardcover and due to a very small print-run even the trade edition is rare and highly sought-after (more so than UK edition of ‘The Painted Man’). Expect prices of £350+ just for the unsigned trade hardcover.