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.