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The Demon King of Bergher
By Glenn G Thater
Tuesday, July 15, 2008

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A warrior does battle with an ancient fiend to defend his castle and his true love.



Glenn G. Thater

July 15, 2008


We never knew how it had gotten in.  The drawbridge was up, the portcullis down, the guards all alert at their posts along the wall, the stout oak and ironbound door of the keep locked and barred securely for the night.  The doors to our chambers were closed and locked and guarded by picked men as always and ever.  The windows were secured against the night air.  Yet this fiend from the depths gained entry through all with nary a sound and no call to alarm.

In my slumber I heard not a sound, not a creak of a floorboard, not a rustle of the drapery, not a squeak of a door - which makes little sense since I am the lightest of sleepers.  My senses, that of a warrior, borne and honed of olden times have ever served me well in the cities, in the wild, and on endless campaigns.  But this night they failed me. 

My first awareness that something was awry was the smell.  Would that I could say that it was some horrid barrow stench of death, some vile putrescence of the pit that could boil a good man's blood and send his soul screaming to the heavens.  But no, to my shame the pungent odor was pleasant, even appealing.  It called to you.  It made you to draw near to take it in, luring you forward, beckoning you forth to savor it - dear gods – even to consume it!  What madness!  That a demon from the ninth hell, some ghastly ghoul of darkest nightmare could cast such a spell upon me and my lands! 

I sprang from my bed, my beloved Lady fair tossing fitfully beside me.  And there the creature stood - at the foot of my bed - in all its graven horror, borne of the old world, its time long past before the very birth of mankind.  It had a shape akin to a tall broad man.  Cloaked in robes of red and cloth of gold, the demon stood almost a regal figure.  But its face!  Dear gods, when I looked upon its face my mind near shattered.  My sanity crushed.  For a moment I knew not who or where I was.  The only shred of sanity I could cling to as I gazed into those demoniac eyes was that I must protect my true love from this monster, this fiend out of hell.  I cannot begin to describe the beast's features though they be etched into my mind's eye for all my days - save to say they were rigid and stoney, without life or warmth or any semblance of humanity.  Its face frozen forever in some monstrous grin as if its very head were carven from a block of stone and painted to resemble a living man!  And atop its head – a crown of gold! 

This surely was the prince of hell himself, come up from the depths to rend my immortal soul and feast upon my mortal body.  It spoke not a word, standing as a statue in all its evil glory.  It merely extended its hands - a wooden aspect did they too have - holding forth some token of its dark power - some forbidden fruit that if touched would condemn a goodly man's soul to the depths for all eternity.

But I would not go lightly unto my doom.  I would defend my love and my life and my clan and the good people of Bergher until my dying breath against this outré thing and the evil it represented.  I grabbed my ancestral sword from beside the bed and leaped at thing screaming the ancient war cry of Clan McDonald as I struck my blow.    Before my blade struck home, the demon king leaped aside with greater speed and agility than any mortal could possess.  In the blink of an eye it was at and through the window – crashing through the glass and plunging into the night.  I raced to the sill and leaned out – but no broken figure lay far below on the stony walk.  No blood, no trail or trace of its passing.  The Demon King of Bergher as it came to be called had vanished, no doubt only to return and plague us on other cold hungry nights.  But the fiend had left its evil gift.  Fallen to the floor in its escape was a strange object that looked of bread and meat.  I leaned down before it and knew that from this thing had come that strange alluring odor,  what I can only describe as akin to fresh beef broiled to perfection over an open fire.  Fearing it was death to even touch the thing, I called Brother Donnelin to my chambers who sprinkled holy water upon this deadly artifact.  We burned and buried it in the dark wood the following morn and swore to never speak of it again.


Author's Note:  Well, do you get it?  (Who is the Demon King of Bergher?)  Leave a comment and let me know!
Like many of my works of short fiction, I wrote 'The Demon King of Bergher' on my PDA in 35 minutes or so while on a train one morning.  This one took a second draft to polish up.  I hope that you enjoyed it.  Most of my fantasy is darker and more serious than this, but this story gives you at least some small flavor of my writing style.  I have several works in print, available on (paperback and Kindle versions) and Mobipocket.  I hope that you'll check them out.   See below for a summary of reviews of Harbinger of Doom.

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What readers are saying about Glenn G. Thater's novel, 'Harbinger of Doom'.

--- Glenn Thater's "Harbinger of Doom", set in a world of men, gnomes, elves, and wizards, asks a tough question: what if we've got it all wrong? What if the God we follow turned bad, and the one we call the Devil is really a maligned angel on a quest to rid the world of evil? So goes Thater's tale, and he tells it in a voice as pretentious as Tolkein's. His world is called Midgaard, its capital called Lomion. Thater populates Midgaard with knights, a young-man-turned-king, a belligerent gnome, a couple scardey-cat wizards, Sir Gabriel, and Lord Angle Theta, the Harbinger of Doom. ...what fascinated me was the clever idea that Azathoth/Odin/God's heart turned black, and the one we know as the Bogeyman is really the one who is trying to save us. What a twist, and what an imagination!

   ---- Dennis Batchelder, Author of Soul Identity

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--- An amazing tale of swords, sorcerers, and more!...In the foreword, Thater has introduced the legend of Angle Theta. He is a character that has been cited in a number of ancient writings, and is the stuff legends are made of. ... Thater's writing has you in the heat of the battle, and leaves you wanting more of this epic story. ...[Angle Theta] reminds me a little of Moorcock's Lord Elric of Melnibone, who struggles with issues in the fight of good and evil. Cannot wait to read more of this saga from Glenn G. Thater. For those of us who love to read of demons and dragons, knights in armor and legends of long ago. 

--- "Ellen in Atlanta", Amazon Top 500 Reviewer

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--- …now I have something I can reread over and over again. Harbinger of Doom has just shattered everything I knew of the epic fantasy realm and created a sub genre all of its own. With a masterful craft of writing with sly wit you are pulled into an epic tale of dark portions. If you are like me, you will scream at the book, and several characters in certain parts as they become like kin folk. The characters own the pages, the story never disappoints, and thank God for this author! In addition, if you are a Brian Lumley fan, I would suggest you give this book a try. A must for fantasy fans!  

--- "PoetryLover"

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--- I find Mr. Thater's book, Harbinger of Doom, to be an excellent foray into dark story adventure, … good story, good action. Excellent flow of the story line to hold the attention. Overall very well done.  

--- Jacamo Peterson, Author of "A Hard Place: A Sergeant's Tale"

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--- At its core, Harbinger of Doom is a story of heroes and villains and explores the nature of good and evil, of religion and even politics. But this is no four color comic book world, it's a land where the good guys can die, and where it's not always clear who is the hero and who is the villain....   

--- "P. Martucci"

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--- This is a complex but highly entertaining swords and sorcery story, reminiscent of the pulp novels of Robert E. Howard, but with more depth and undercurrents to the plot. Thater's character `Lord Angle Theta' is an almost larger than life hero like Howard's Conan or Kull. And although he's perhaps their equal in brawn, he's far their better in brains. The other characters are all memorable and interesting, especially the grumpy gnome called Ob….

--- "Fantasy Fan"

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--- Harbinger of Doom by Glenn Thater is what this genre of literature is all about!...I truly did not put the book down! 

--- “Greg M.”

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 --- Who can resisit a good sword and sorcery book? Not me. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Harbinger of Doom. It plunges you into a magic fog right at the start, and the action never stops! Fast-paced and exciting, it's a page turner.  The characters are interesting folk. I loved the twist of the weak-kneed wizard, and the gnome was highly entertaining. I also smiled at the references a true sci-fi fan would appreciate. Clever nods to Dr. Who and Star Trek, to name but two! There are dark secrets and many mysteries in this tale of good vs. evil. I hope it continues!

--- “Susan Jane”

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 --- …It took me by surprise because I had never heard of this author and was blown away by how exciting this story and the characters were from the get go. I literally could not put this book down once I started reading it. ...It has all the adventure and excitement of the Star Wars Saga but set in a different world of endless time.    

--- "Mythical Books Aficionado"

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--- …Thater takes his fantasy and places it inside your brain. I wasn't reading a book, I was standing in the middle of the action, looking to pick up a sword and jump in…

--- "George T"

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--- My New Favorite Book. Ok, that's saying a lot, but this book is just that good. The author doesn't just spit out a story here - he's crafted every line and word - there's a rhythm to the way it reads; both the exposition and the dialog. It draws you in; providing a more immersive experience than you'd expect in fantasy fiction. The depth of the world, and the complexity of the characters, and an underlying ambiguity as to who's really the hero and who's really the villain make this story a true standout. I liked it so much, I actually read it twice - and found that on the second read I picked up all sorts of subtleties and nuances that I'd missed on the first go round.   

--- "Connie Brady"

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Reviewed by Dawn Gray 11/23/2010
Oh. My. God. I haven't had to try so hard to keep from laughing out loud in a very long time (I'm at work). There is something evil about that King... and if I ever find him in my rooms, there will be hell to pay.


(BTW, I love burger king, just can't stand the commercials!)
Reviewed by A. Stewart 7/18/2009
Poor Burger King, it will never live down such excellent lampooning.

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