Archive for July, 2008

Known today primarily as the literary agent of Conan creator Robert E. Howard, Otis Aldebert Kline was also a Weird Tales author who wrote a number of Sword and Planet stories.  In fact, it was Kline who encouraged REH to try his had at the genre, the result being Almuric.  

Piazo Publishing has just announced the publication of Kline’s  The Swordsman of Mars. This novel follows Harry Thorne, outcast scion of a wealthy East Coast family, while he seeks the greatest adventure of his life. He exchanges bodies with his look-alike, Martian Sheb Takkor, and is transported millions of years into the past to a Mars peopled with mighty warriors, beautiful women, and fearsome beasts. Sheb Takkor, a great swordsman in his own right, must fight his way across the deserts and jungles of ancient Mars to save the lovely Princess Thaine and to defeat his arch-enemy Sel Han—or die trying! This is the first complete edition of The Swordsman of Mars published since the story’s original appearance in Argosy Magazinein 1933. Introduction by Michael Moorcock, author of Planet Stories releases such as Lord of the Spiders and Masters of the Pit. The Swordsmen of Mars will be available in bookstores everywhere this September.

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During his incredibly short but prolific career, Robert E. Howard went beyond the world of fantasy to write a variety of genres – and The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard is the first-ever collection containing his best tales of terror and horror poetry, all restored to their earliest, most definitive versions ; with illustrations by Greg Staples.  The book will be available next month.

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Recently editor Rusty Burke announced the line-up for the “Desert Adventures” book that collects all of Howard’s professional series desert adventures:

Francis X. Gordon (“El Borak”): 

“Swords of the Hills” (REH’s title for the story later published as “The Lost Valley of Iskander”)
“The Daughter of Erlik Khan”
“Blood of the Gods”
“Sons of the Hawk” (REH’s title for the story later published as “The Country of the Knife”)
“Son of the White Wolf”
“Hawk of the Hills”
“Three-Bladed Doom” –  both versions: “long” and “short” (The short version has never before appeared as REH wrote it. It originally appeared in REH: Lone Star Fictioneer, but was rewritten (for no apparent reason, and without notice) by Byron Roark (see my article REH: Two Gun Raconteur #10, or a shorter, online version here. I published the REH portions that had been rewritten by Roark, but not the whole story, so this will be the first appearance of the story in its entirety as written by REH (the “long” version was written first, and about a year later REH rewrote it as the “short” version).

Kirby O’Donnell:

“Gold from Tartary” (published as “The Treasures of Tartary”)
“Swords of Shahrazar”
“The Trail of the Blood Stained God”

Steve Clarney:

“The Fire of Asshurbanipal” (straight adventure version)

Michael William Kaluta’s original illustrations from the FAX editions of  The Lost Valley of Iskander and  Swords of Shahrazar were originally announced to be included in this volume, possibly along with new illustrations by Kaluta. However, Kaluta has since announced that no deal has been reached with Del Rey, so the artist for this title is presently unknown.

Howard also wrote numerous El Borak stories and fragments when he was very young. These will be collected in a companion volume to be published by The Robert E. Howard Foundation.

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These two action-packed paperbacks are culled from Wildside’s ten volume hardback collection of The Weird Works of Robert E. Howard. These paperbacks will appear in September and November.  In the meantime, the most recent volume in the series, Beyond the Black River, is available.

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