Welcome to the Distant Reaches!
Ballads of the Distant Reaches is a cross-platform fantasy storyworld created and edited by Benjamin Reeves and Robert Frankel.
Thank you for visiting Ballads of the Distant Reaches!
You’ve taken the first step on an incredible journey.
Ballads of the Distant Reaches is an anthology of fantasy short stories set in the vast and mysterious world of the Distant Reaches. We publish new stories twice a month via email to our subscribers. Each of these stories is written by a talented fantasy, horror, or speculative fiction author, edited by Benjamin Reeves and Robert Frankel, and accompanied by a custom illustration from our team of artists led by Eisner Award-winner Shay Plummer.
On weeks when there isn’t a story, we may send newsletters with interviews with our writers and artists, Q&As with some of our favorite fantasy authors, reviews, and nuggets of lore and art from the Distant Reaches universe. We also encourage you to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram), where we share updates, lore and illustrations.
We recommend new readers begin at, well, the beginning, with “The Conclave Restored” by creator and co-editor Benjamin Reeves and “The Song of the Stonelayer” by co-creator and co-editor Robert Frankel.
These two stories will introduce you to this growing fantasy world. If you like what you read, keep going for tales of love, magic, tragedy, horror, heroics, monsters, gods, and so much more.
As the Imperial Bard, Rothus ‘ja Darden, would say:
“Now shall we begin the Conclave of Bards!”
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