Archive for December, 2007

British publisher Leonaur has just published a new edition of Almuric.  Howard’s sword and planet novel originally appeared in 1939 as a three part serial in Weird Tales (Part 1, May 1939;  Part 2, June-July 1939;  Part 3, August 1939). The book is available in both softcover and hardcover formats and has a stunning, stylized cover illustration and lettering.  Here is the blurb from the back-cover:

Esau Cairn is a man-mighty of frame and quick of temper-out of time and place and now the corrupt forces of the modern world are closing in on him. As he turns at bay he takes refuge with a scientist who provides the extraordinary solution for his problems by transporting Cairn across space to a new world! Instantaneously transported to the planet of Almuric where he arrives naked and unarmed and is immediately beset by strange predators and equally strange hirsute and ferocious warriors. Now begins an adventure in the classic Robert E Howard tradition of savage warfare, beautiful women, bizarre civilizations and flesh eating, black winged vampire creatures led by a terrible Queen who has particular plans for Cairn. Howard enthusiasts will be familiar with this famous fantasy, presented in this new Leonaur edition in softcover and collectors hardcover with dustjacket.

The book is available from Amazon.com.

This entry filed under Howard's Fiction, News, Weird Tales.

Here is the info on a new trade paperback collection of stand-along stories from Dark Horse’s Conan comic:

Conan: The Blood-Stained Crown and Other Stories*

Writers: Kurt Busiek, Fabian Nicieza
Artists: Cary Nord, Eric Powell, John Severin, Bruce Timm, Timothy Truman
Cover Artist: Cary Nord
Penciller: Rafael Kayanan
Colorists: Rafael Kayanan, Michelle Madsen, Dave Stewart

Genre: Fantasy, Action/Adventure

Eisner Award-winning writer Kurt Busiek teams up with some of the best artists  and writers in this collection of stand-alone stories from Conan. In “Helm,” Busiek and Fabian Nicieza write and EC Comics legend John Severin draws the story of Conan’s famous horned helm. Renowned comics and animation artist Bruce Timm lends his styling to the darkly comic “Conan’s Favorite Joke.” Current Conan writer Timothy Truman takes pencil in hand as the Cimmerian’s influence crosses generations in “Seeds of Empire” and “The Blood-Stained Crown.” The creator of The Goon, Eric Powell draws the poignant story of a young and unsung hero in “Storyteller,” Dark Horse’s centennial tribute to Conan creator Robert E. Howard. And artist Rafael Kayanan returns to the world of Hyboria with “In the Tower of Tara-Teth,” a gritty adventure set during the Cimmerian’s years as a mercenary and pirate.

* Collecting issues #18, 26-28, & 39 of the Dark Horse Conan series.

Publication Date: Jan 30, 2008
Format: Full color, 128 pages, TPB, 7″ x 10″
Price: $16.95

This entry filed under Howard Illustrated, Howard's Fiction, News.

After a five dry-spell, the volumes originally slated for publication by the now defunct Wandering Star publishing venture will appear as Subterranean Press editions; this according to their website.  With a lower price and reduced print runs, these volumes promise to be as good or better than their Wandering Star counterparts.  Of course, everyone who wants one has already picked these books up as Del Rey editions, so these will be just for those who want to complete their sets of the luxury hardcovers.  I can see a demand for Kull and the final Conan book, but as for the “Best of” books, a lot of that material appears in other Del Rey volumes and the Bisons.  At any rate, this is good news for Howard’s collectors, especially if they do a volume of the El Borak/Kirby O’Donnell stories.

And this is bit of news is from Bill Schafer over at Subterranean Press:

Our limiteds will indeed be pretty straight reprints of the Del Rey editions, with the exceptions that we’ll be doing high end hardcovers, printed on a premium paper and with sewn bindings, and illustrated slipcases in the Wandering Star mode. Our  editions will also, of course, feature better reproductions of the interior b&w  illustrations, and the appropriate plates rendered in full color. I’ve heard from a few of  the artists, so our editions may well feature some touched up illos, and a color plate  or two that won’t have appeared in b&w in the Del Rey editions.

As to future volumes, we will be doing Conan 3 after Kull, then The Best of, Vols. 1 & 2,  Best of REH’s Horror Stories. Beyond that, we have options on two volumes not yet named.  We aim to release a book roughly every six months — we could do these more quickly  as the design files are all ready in most cases — but we don’t want to stress folks’ wallets too badly.

Dennis McHaney posted this info on his new book over at his The Howard Review Yahoo Group:

I had originally planned to make the Bear Creek material part of The Howard Review #14, but it just didn’t work with the other material. I am making the Bear Creek special a separate book.

The title is Return to Bear Creek.

It is 116 Pages. The price is $14.99. Shipping & handling is $5.00.

The contents are:

Introduction by Dennis McHaney

“Humorous Westerns Are Serious Business” by Rob Roehm, illustrated with various covers and interior art from Action Stories,

“Breckinridge Elkins, Robert E. Howard, and Filial Piety” by Mark Finn, illustrated by J. Allen St. John,

“A Breckinridge Elkins Bibliography” by Dennis McHaney, illustrated with various book covers and interior illustrations of Mr. Elkins,

Facsimile reproductions of 8 Breckinridge Elkins Stories, from the pages of Action Stories:

  • “The Riot at Cougar Paw” (from Action Stories, October, 1935)
  • “The Apache Mountain War (from Action Stories, December, 1935)
  • “Pilgrims to the Pecos” (from Action Stories, February, 1936)
  • “Pistol Politics” (from Action Stories, April, 1936)
  • “Evil Deeds At Red Cougar” (from Action Stories, June, 1936)
  • “High Horse Rampage” (from Action Stories, August, 1936)
  • “No Cowherders Wanted” (from Action Stories, September, 1936)
  • “The Conquerin’ Hero of the Humboldts” (from Action Stories, October, 1936)

The book will be available as a print on demand item from lulu.com on December 26th.

At the request of a number of fans, there will be a limited numbered first printing designated as such. Advance orders on the numbered edition will be taken until December 12th, and the size of the edition will only be as large as the prepaid copies. If there are only five, that will be the whole edition. No more orders for this will be accepted after December 12th, and copies ordered after the release date will not be designated as a “first printing”. I “borrowed” this idea from Rob Roehm.

The edition will be ordered on December 13th. Because of printing time and shipping time involved during the holidays, you will probably not receive this before Christmas.

If you have a specific number you’d like, I’ll try to arrange that, just keep in mind this will likely be a very small print run.

The price of the numbered edition is $14.99 per copy plus $5.00 shipping & handling.

You may order it and pay via PayPal. The account to e-mail to payment to is: dennismch@inbox.com.

You may also pay by check or money order, but you should verify that by e-mail in case your payment arrives after the deadline. However, don’t order it the last day and expect to pay by check.

If paying by check or money order, e-mail me at dennismch@inbox.com and let me know the payment is coming, and mail it to:

Dennis McHaney
5703A Gloucester Lane
Austin, TX 78723

Remember, the deadline for the numbered designated first printing is December 12th.

I still plan on bringing out The Howard Review #14 by the end of the month. I added a lengthy article to it that needs a bit more work before it is ready.