DMR Books To Release ‘SWORDS OF STEEL II’ on February 27th

Chicago, Illinois publishing house DMR Books will release the second volume in their Fantasy/Horror anthology series SWORDS OF STEEL II on February 27th in paperback form.

The Swordsmen of Steel return! Attacking once more now with twice as much strength, the most epic practitioners of the heavy metal arts fill another volume with tales of terror and heroic adventure. Swords of Steel II features stories by such artists as E.C. Hellwell (MANILLA ROAD), Byron Roberts (BAL-SAGOTH), Mike Scalzi (SLOUGH FEG) and Howie Bentley (CAULDRON BORN). A total of eight stories (each accompanied by an illustration) are contained herein, as well as two poems and an essay by David C. Smith (author of the Red Sonja and Oron novels). Don’t read this book unless you have nerves of STEEL!

SWORDS OF STEEL II will be available for purchase beginning February 27th on the DMR Books webshop. DMR Books will host an official release party on the same date at Bucket O’ Blood Books and Records in Chicago, Illinois. Check the following link for more info and updates on the event.

A free online compilation featuring music from the authors of SWORDS OF STEEL I was made available this past September via the DMR Books Bandcamp page. The download also includes a bonus 25 page PDF of excerpts from the book.


“Where the Lifestream Touches Eternity”, introduction by David DeFeis (VIRGIN STEELE)
“The Forgotten City of Tehm” by E.C. Hellwell (MANILLA ROAD, HELLWELL)
“A Voyage on Benighted Seas” by Byron A. Roberts (BAL-SAGOTH)
“That Than Which There Can Be No More Terrible” by Michael Scalzi (SLOUGH FEG)
“The Sword of Shaitan”, poetry by Howie K. Bentley (CAULDRON BORN, BRITON RITES)
“Mystery Believer” by Scott Waldrop (WALPYRGUS, TWISTED TOWER DIRE)
“At the Crossroads: Swords, Sorcery and Heavy Metal”, an essay by David C. Smith
“Beneath Dead Lake” by Jeffrey Black (GATEKEEPER)
“Red Ochre” by James Ashbey (SOLSTICE)
“Vitiated Life”, poetry by Alex A. Avdeev (BLACKSWORD)
“Darke Manor” by Jaron Evil (ALMURIC, ARCHSPIRE)
“The Heart of the Betrayer” by Howie K. Bentley