Ed Greenwood, Nicholas Fife

The Folklore Collection

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The Whispering Skull, a novel by Ed Greenwood

A traveling peddler reaches a wayside inn just ahead of hungry wolves, and finds every room shared by as many weary travelers as will fit, every table in the taproom claimed as a bed. Save for the haunted attic. Too cold and wet to survive a night in the stables or out in the forest, he braves the attic, and hears whispers in his dreams. Whispers that drive him to seek out the dead, and avenge them.

Whispers that will be part of his probably short life henceforth, as the skull floating at his shoulder talks on…

“Black Alithe”, a short story by Nicholas Fife

By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes…

Black Alithe has spent her life feared and ostracized by the people of Kremel, feared as a witch and forced to live in the shadows of Olo-Pelios, that most ancient and arcane edifice of forbidden knowledge. But when a creature of shadows and lies comes to Kremel she may need them more than they need her. Can Alithe overcome the fears of her fellow Kremelrans? Or will both she and they fall prey to the demon’s machinations?


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About the Setting

Enter an age where our ancestors truly feared the night, when folklore was a thing told in secret to aid survival and not just tales to keep frightened children from sleeping in their beds. Folklore is a setting steeped in fear, myth and superstition, a backdrop for dark and exciting adventure. Hunt or be hunted by creatures of antiquity and legend, both mortal and supernatural. Search dangerous locales and peruse forgotten lore.

Discover the Afflictions that even now sink their claws into the heart of the land. Folklore: the Affliction uses the mythology of our own past as the antagonist. The heroes of our stories must face the Afflictions that are rising from the darkness.

The Ed Greenwood Group, in collaboration with Greenbrier Games and Twin Fire Productions, is proud to present the exclusive fiction based on the wildly popular board game, available only from TEGG! Would you like to know more about Folklore: The Affliction? Click here to go to the TEGG website!

About the Authors

Ed Greenwood is an award-winning Canadian writer and game designer. He has been in the top ten (usually top five) writers of bestselling Canadian fiction writers almost every year of the last two decades.

Ed created the Forgotten Realms® fantasy world for the Dungeons and Dragons game; it has been featured in board, roleplaying, computer and card games, comic books, and a bestselling novel line that has spanned twenty years and hundreds of titles by more than sixty writers, including R.A. Salvatore’s famous Drizzt novels. Ed is currently Canada’s only judge for the prestigious World Fantasy Awards, and has published over 170 books that have sold millions of copies worldwide in over a dozen languages.


Nicholas Fife has had a love of stories and storytelling since discovering Fantasy literature in childhood, and is the Lore Guardian for Folklore: The Affliction and contributing author to the Folklore: The Affliction board game. When he isn’t found happily typing away at his desk he enjoys reading, playing video games, and tabletop gaming. He is particularly fascinated by post-apocalyptic fiction, magic-punk, alternate history, and dark fantasy.

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Suitable for Pre-Teens


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