WEEKLY ILLUSTRATED FICTION:No Dragons Press: A HIGH FANTASY Adventure
Every week, Ascraeus Press brings you a brand-new chapter and never-before-seen illustration.
Our first weekly illustrated fiction series is No Dragons Press: A HIGH FANTASY Adventure—the book that carved out “bonkers stoner fantasy” as a genre—by Maggie Gibbs and illustrated by Emily Ruf.Read chapter one!
Addie has a lot to figure out, if Duc doesn’t try to kill her in the meantime.
Addie finds it difficult to learn to trust their new companion. Something which Nate and Duc seem to be having no problem with. Weird.
Nate and Xenia hatch a plan like the old army buddies they have become…one that requires leaving Addie and Duc behind.
While Xenia is off being perfect, Addie and the group wonder whether they can trust her. Or each other.
How do you stop the most beautiful woman in the world from aiming a weapon at you? You don’t.
First, everything changes. Then, everything changes again.
Addie envisions her life as defined by the contents of her bag. Not impressive.
Addie isn’t sure what the guys are doing with that rabbit, but it sure doesn’t seem to involve catching it.
Addie in no way lets Bradley melt any piece of her icy rage. Not one bit. Nope.
Though determined not to enjoy herself, Addie finds physical labor a welcome distraction. Until she finally has to deal with something she’s been avoiding for a very, very long time.
Addie heads off to collect her thoughts, but Nate soon interrupts her. Which turns out to be a very, very good thing.
The gang is baffled. Addie pulls some punches with the compass from her bag. And Bradley is…well, Bradley.
Addie and the rest of the gang find themselves…somewhere. But just where “somewhere” is, even Tristan has absolutely no idea. Great.
Addie finally sees what Tristan’s weird contraption actually does…and the gang is joined by an unexpected visitor.
Addie finds Tristan in his secret basement lab, sitting in the center of…whatever it is he’s built.
Two hours into Addie’s shift and she’s spilled two drinks—but that’s before the guy from the detective sitcom takes a seat at the bar.
Cowering behind a Philip K Dick novel, Addie faces the most terrifying circumstances she’s ever experienced.
After exploring the No Dragons Press offices, Addie overhears something strange and alarming. The mysteries compound, and then Addie receives the shock of her life.
Determined to break up with Bradley, Addie first heads to Myrick for an afternoon of submission-sorting—but even Nate’s sympathy and Tristan’s antics can’t shake her funk. Little does she realize, when she slithers away to collect herself, that everything is about to change.
Addie is enjoying Nate’s needling Tristan and Duc, enjoying her beer and ignoring Bradley’s texts—and when the conversation veers toward Tristan’s intense dislike of dragons, she can’t help but join in the needling. But when a “magic dinosaurs” quip strikes a nerve, Addie’s future is left in doubt.
Addie heads off to the loading dock to sneak a quiet smoke—where she finds Nate, doing the same. But the euphoria of finding a smoking buddy quickly fades as Tristan’s story, the neighborhood, and Nate himself (and his jumpy nerves) become even more confusing and mysterious. Addie is determined to get to the bottom of it (with the bare minimum of embarrassment, if possible).
“Everyone’s trying to be Philip K. Dick.” This is how Tristan greets Addie that first day, just beyond the door of No Dragons Press…but all she can focus on is navigating this very strange job interview, trying to impress her new colleagues, and hoping she’s high enough for this.