Further Adventures!

  Further Adventures comprises 22 stories that continue the adventures of characters from the Hambly universes.  Each story is for sale for $5, and is offered in multiple formats for ereaders  (epub, pdf, mobi).  Payment is via Paypal, stories are delivered electronically when payment is received (near-instantly).  We have a cart interface to make buying multiple stories easier.

An enormous thanks to everyone who has made this venture a success!  Keep reading!

Purchase stories | Barbara introduces you to Further Adventures | I have a problem!

 The Stories

–Choose a format from the drop-down menu: mobi (for Kindle users), epub (nook, Sony Reader, Apple), pdf (print out and read!)–


New! Zénobie

Antryg and Joanna (Darkmage)

16K + words | 34 pages


New! Hagar

Benjamin January

13.5K + words | 28 pages


Sherlock Holmes – The Dollmaker of Marigold Walk

Sherlock Holmes

9 K + words | 14 pages


Sherlock Holmes – The Adventure of the Sinister Chinaman

Sherlock Holmes

7.3 K + words | 12 pages

Holmes-Sinister Chinaman

Sherlock Holmes – The Adventure of the Lost Boy

Sherlock Holmes

9 K + words | 15 pages

Holmes-Lost Boy

Sherlock Holmes – The Adventure of the Antiquarian’s Niece

Sherlock Holmes

11 K + words | 19 pages


Personal Paradise

Antryg and Joanna (Darkmage)

15.7 K + words | 26 pages

Personal Paradise


Ingold and Gil (Darwath)

14 K + words | 23 pages



Jenny and John (Dragonsbane/Winterlands)

15.3 K + words | 25 pages


Nanya of the Butterflies

Sun Wof and Starhawk

14.5 K words | 24 pages

Nanya of the Butterflies

Plus One

Antryg and Joanna

14.6 K words | 25 pages


Fairest In The Land

Sun Wolf and Starhawk

11.6 K words | 19 pages

Fairest In The Land


Antryg and Joanna

14.4 K words | 25 pages


Sunrise on Running Water


9 K words

Sunrise On Running Water


Jenny and John/Winterlands



A Time to Every Purpose Under Heaven

Benjamin January


Time To Every Purpose

Pretty Polly


10.8 K words | 18 pages

Pretty Polly

A Night With the Girls

Sun Wolf and Starhawk

7.8 K words | 13 pages

A Night With the Girls


Antryg and Joanna

14.9 K words | 25 pages



Benjamin January

7.6 K words | 12 pages


There Shall Your Heart Be Also

Benjamin January

5.2 K words | 9 pages

There Shall Your Heart Be Also

Quest For Glory

Sisters of the Raven/Various

1.8 K words | pages

Quest For Glory



 Barbara’s original Further Adventures introduction

…Barbara originally wrote an introduction to Further Adventures back when the venture began.   At this point, the text is a little dated (although not less meant), and I decided to move this down the page a bit.   If you’re just joining in, this post described the original four stories, including the first appearance of Antryg and Joanna in a very long time…

This is an experiment. As pretty much everybody knows, fantasy serieses get dumped by publishers – and as pretty much every author knows, other publishers generally do not fall over themselves to pick up these abandoned serieses.

That doesn’t mean the author doesn’t want to write about those people anymore, or that fans of the series are not longer interested.

These people are very real to me. I like them.

I also like being able to pay my medical insurance.

Thus – at the urging of those who’ve loved my old Del Rey fantasy serieses – I will continue to write original short stories about the people and places in those serieses: Antryg and Joanna, Sun Wolf and Starhawk, the gang at the Keep of Dare, John and Jenny, the Sisters of the Raven… anyone whom I’ve written about in previous books.

As I said, this is an experiment. I don’t need to make a lot of money out of this, but I do need to make some in order to be able to go on writing at all. Thus, I’m charging $5 per story, paid through PayPal. I hope to be able to continue writing a story every few months, in between longer projects. (Actually, another publisher DID pick up the Benjamin January series AND the Asher-and-Ysidro vampire books, so who knew?)

Three of these first four stories have appeared elsewhere already. “There Shall Your Heart Be Also” and “Libre” are both Benjamin January stories, the former having first appeared in Julie Smith’s 2007 anthology New Orleans Noir, from Akashic Books, and “Libre” seeing print in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine’s 2007 New Orleans issue. The first concerns the very strange case of who would want to steal the Bible of the most notorious female saloon-keeper in the Swamp at the back of town (and what she’s doing with a Bible anyway?); the second, the disappearance of Zozo Rochier, the daughter of one of the demimondaine friends of Benjamin’s horrible mother.

“Quest For Glory” was written for the program-book of a convention – perhaps a NASFIC? – at which I was Guest of Honor, though I no longer recall where. It’s a sort of pastiche about the casting-call for characters in my next fantasy novel (which at that time was Sisters of the Raven), and includes – besides people you later meet in Sisters – James Asher, Don Simon Ysidro, and Ben January. It is both short and silly.

“Firemaggot” is my first new and original for this section of the site. Dead rock ‘n’ roll stars, deserted palatial ranchos in Ventura County, Los Angeles in the mid-80s, and strange tiny monster-spawn that Joanna Sheraton’s cat drags home to the house she and Antryg Windrose have just bought in Tarzana… Antryg has to be doing something while he’s hiding out in LA.

All these stories are copyrighted.

I hope you enjoy them.

If you want to pay more than $5, or donate money, I would love that, too. There’s a Donate button all for you!

Many, many thanks, my friends! I hope this all works!

And I very much hope, more to come.


I’m having a problem!


** If these answers don’t help you, please just email me, Deb, at (info AT barbarahambly DOT com) and I will be very happy to help you out. I promise promise promise that Barbara and I aren’t going to run away to Tahiti with your money and leave you without your story!  We want you to enjoy the heck out of them! **

1. I didn’t get my story!!

Yikes, sorry! The story delivery process is auto-magical, and occurs as soon as your payment clears through PayPal (we’re talking about a minute or so). Stories arrive attached to an email, to the email address attached to your PayPal account.

If you don’t see your story straightaway…check your spam filter first – in about 95% of cases, this solves the problem.  Occasionally it seems like the story takes the slow route and it shows up about an hour later.  Still not there?  Just email me.  Attaching the Paypal receipt is super-helpful – then I won’t have to bug you for further details.


2. Wait, how do I get this on my (device)?

Most of the time, you follow the process for “sideloading” onto your device. Usually this means connecting your device to your computer and placing the file in a Documents or Files folder. I highly recommend Calibre for managing your non-DRM library. Every device is a little different, so if you can’t find a good guide by googling, I’ll try to help you out; just send me an email.  


3. I can’t open this file on my (device)!

  This one divides into two versions: one is that the file isn’t ON the device yet (see Q2), and the other is that you may have the wrong format for your device. No problem. Just email me and I’ll send a different format. That’s not auto-magical, so it may mean waiting until I get home from work.

87 responses to “Further Adventures!”

  1. I love Barbara’s fantasy books, but $5 per short story is too pricey for this senior of limited means. What a shame that I can borrow them in neither hard cover nor ebook anthology from my local library.

  2. Hi, Just posted a question asking for HELP in getting the story from the computer to my Kindle. Well, I did it!! Somehow I stumbled onto a way to get it on there and I”ve already started reading it! Just taking time out to let you know that I got it after all.

  3. More Antryg and Joanna adventures! Thanks so much, I really enjoyed finding these! More please; these stories are gems!

  4. Any chance they’ll ever be released thru Amazon or iTunes? I’d love to read the ones about the Darkmage, Darwath, and Sun Wolf & Starhawk, but unfortunately I don’t have Paypal.

    1. +1. Would love if the Further Adventures stories were available direct through Amazon (so they’d synch between multiple devices–I’m lazy…). Hasn’t stopped me from buying them, but it would be convenient.

  5. Read the four new Antryg and Joanna stories and LOVED them!! Yes, they were “short” but well worth the $5.00 apiece in my opinion! I can’t wait for Barbara to write more of them.
    Have also d/l her vampire books from Amazon onto my kindle!

  6. Just finished the Silicon Mage trilogy and though it was an older series, I decided to check out Barbara Hambly’s page to see if there was any chance of more about Antryg and Joanna and was absolutely thrilled to see that there are 4 more stories! It was my first time to d/l to my Kindle through a computer and it took me a couple of stabs at it before I successfully got them off my computer and on to my Kindle but I did it and I can’t wait to get started on them!!!!!! Please consider doing even more stories about Antryg and Joanna!!! Best series I’ve ever read about magic and wizards!!!! These characters are so believable (even though the subject is magic) that you can’t help but get totally involved with them!

  7. I’m so thrilled to see more stories! I love your Sun Wolf and Starhawk books, and I read all of them out loud to my mom when I was a teenager. My family is in rather rough straits now, too, but I hope to be able to buy these new stories from you soon. Thanks so much for writing more!

  8. Loving the short stories! Great to see new adventures for favourite characters, thank you for writing, and for sharing them in this format.
    Particularly fond of Antryg/Joanna stories, Sun Wolf and company, and the Darwath universe.

  9. Dear Ms. Hambly,

    I recently purchased two of your Sun Wolf/ Starhawk stories for download onto my KindleFire and computer. My machines indicate that they downloaded but I cannot find them. Can you help?

  10. I feel quite stupid … I purchased several “further adventures” but am not sure how to transfer them to my iPad so as to read them with iBooks. Please, does anyone have an answer? Many thanks!

  11. Keep ‘em coming! For Antryg & Joanna, I’ll pay.

  12. I bought two of the stories, but didn’t get the downloads. What should I do?

  13. I am interested in buying some of the further adventures but given some of the above comments would like to know roughly the length of each story first. Could these be added to the titles? I have all of the magic stories that were published but don’t really want to spend $5 for only a few pages of short story.

    1. I really like Hambly’s work, but $5 per short story is pretty expensive, particularly when there is no discount for multiple purchases. I’d like to read all 14 stories listed, but that would cost me $70, which is more than the cost of two hardcover anthologies.

  14. So excited to see these Sun Wolf and Starhawk stories–I’ve loved those folks for years and have always wanted more. I don’t mind $5! No way! Being in publishing and knowing something about what it takes to create a good story, I think $5 is *very* reasonable.

    I’m reading Darwath for the first time, and might be back!

    Thanks for writing these, and may there be more.

  15. I would gently suggest that $2.99 per story is a reasonable rate, and selling them through the Amazon store would likely result in more readers.

    That said, I did purchase five of them tonight–but I’m a bit of a hardcore fan, and I hate to think of these sequellettes being so difficult for casual readers to find.

  16. Thanks for continuing to write these. Just finished the Windrose and Darwath trilogies and was glad to find out there was more to read!

  17. I am so glad to see these stories. I love them, especially the Windrose ans Darwath universes. Thanks Barbara!

  18. Great to see you writing in these worlds again! I have always loved your fantasy books, and have never quite given up on the hope of walking by a bookstore one day and seeing the first book of the Darwath prequel-trilogy :) You dropped many hints in the Darwath trilogy as to “how it all began”, but I would love to read the rest of the story of the “greatest wizard the Western world has ever known” :)

    I am also curious as to whether you have considered Kickstarter or other artist-crowdfunding sites for continuing your work. They are specifically so people can support the work of artists, and you already being so successful means you have an established base of support. I’d certainly have contributed to a campaign for any of the FA stories that I’m currently buying on Amazon :)

    Thank you for letting us share the stories of these characters again!


  19. I’m interested in downloading the short stories, but not sure which of the formats to click on. I have a kindle and also have the kindle app on my PC for “cloud reading” –can anyone tell me if I should be ordering pdf, Mobi, or e-pub?

  20. Thanks for the Benjamin January fix! (bought 3 stories) All very good, (and a bargain honestly, a writer is entitled to fair compensation for work) but “A Time to Every Purpose” feels like it wants to be a novel…hmmm, what about it, Barbara?

  21. I paid $5 for THAT? I loved Barbara Hambly’s books, but Quest for Glory was a joke. In more ways than one. Tongue-in-cheek, but it took less than five minutes to read, and for five dollars?

    I really feel ripped off. We’ll see if the rest of the short books I bought are the same.

  22. You need a program called Calibre. It’s free. It comes in Windows, Mac, and Linux flavors. It can do all sorts of conversions, and more important in your case, it can load things on your iPad for you. It will also keep your ebook library organized, which is a Very Good Thing. You can pick it up over at MobileRead.

  23. I am in the process of re-buying all of Barbara’s books on Kindle for Ipad. I’m certainly GLAD to drop $5 for each of these stories. I would like to read them on my Ipad, but I’m not sure how to transfer them. Maybe I just need to puchase them while using the Ipad?


    1. Hi, Clint! You transfer them through itunes. When you have your device hooked up, click on your device icon in the itunes left column. When you click, find a menu there called apps, in the horizontal menu on the top. In the Apps menu, scroll down find a section called file sharing. Kindle is one app that allows file sharing in various formats on the ipad. PDFreader is another… I don’t know what you have installed on your ipad, but try transferring them through the Kindle app, it works fine for me.

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