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Black Company On The Long Run books

A photo of the anthologies which contain all the short stories of the On The Long Run arc in print, arranged in lore order

On The Long Run is the name of the story arc of the Black Company series encompassing 7 short stories which take place during the first 4 years of the 6-year gap between Shadows Linger and The White Rose. The Lady's new Taken are recurring antagonists, but despite their power, four of them (all unnamed) are killed during their pursuit of the Company. The western wilderness – a vast landscape with hidden supernatural dangers, including several from the Domination – is a prominent setting, featured in at least 4 of the stories.

The final 3 stories were published first. They are listed here in lore order:

  1. "Cranky Bitch" (March 2021)
  2. "Leta of the Thousand Sorrows" (February 2022)
  3. "Wet Dream Fish Story" (February 2023)
  4. "Those Who Went Before" (March 2024)
  5. "Shaggy Dog Bridge" (May 2013)
  6. "Bone Eaters" (March 2015)
  7. "Chasing Midnight" (November 2019)

The name On The Long Run is mentioned and explained by the author, Glen Cook, for his introduction of "Shaggy Dog Bridge" in his 2019 anthology The Best of Glen Cook.

These short stories were not incorporated into any novel, whereas the other 4 short stories of the series were.