Archive for August, 2008

Here is an update on the Kull hardcover that Rusty Burke recently posted on the REHupa website:

Bill Schafer of Subterranean Press reports that the slipcases for their edition of Kull: Exile of Atlantis are reported to be on their way to him, and the books are finished and ready to go, so as soon as he gets the slipcases the books will start going out, possibly by the end of this week.

The books are the same size as the Wandering Star editions (6.25″ x 9.25″), smythe sewn (not glued), printed on 80# Finch Opaque paper, with the dust jacketsprinted on 100# enamel. The slipcases, as with the WS editions, will have artwork pasted onto them. Unlike the WS editions, the Subterraneans will have a portfoliosection for the color art in the back of the book, rather than having it interspersed throughout. Bill says that would have been too expensive, and he wanted to keep the price of the books down. For the same reason, the top edges are not gilded. Anyone who has seen Subterranean’s books knows they do beautiful editions.

Justin Sweet used the opportunity of this edition to touch up a few of the color and b&w pieces. You can see samples of some of the color plates at the Subterranean Press Kull page. Owners of the Wandering Star editions have an opportunity to get the same numbers with the Subterranean editions, but you’d better act quickly, since unclaimed numbers may be shipped, and of course at that point they’ll be irretrievable. The limited edition is selling for $150, the 50-copy leather bound deluxe edition for $400. (I understand the deluxe edition is nearly sold out. -D) The next volume will be The Best of Robert E. Howard, Volume One: Crimson Shadows, which they’ve begun work on. The specs will be the same, though Bill adds that he’s commissioned the Keegans to produce color artwork which will be exclusive to the Subterranean edition. With luck, it will be published around the end of this year, or early next. (Unfortunately there is a major hold-up on the final Conan volume. -D)

This entry filed under Howard's Fiction, Sword & Sorcery.

You may recall earlier this year prolific POD author Francis DiPietro published a Robert E. Howard biography called Robert E. Howard: The Supreme Moment. I don’t know how it is selling, but Howard scholars were all over him for his poorly written and executed biography, largely lifted from the work of other researchers and authors. Last Friday (August 15th) he brought forth two additional attempts to “crash” into Howard fandom.

First he re-worked Howard’s “Erlik Khan” stories (a wildly diverse collection, to say the least) into a “novel” and posted it on Lulu.com. Here is the blurb for the book:

Robert E. Howard: The Devils of Erlik Khan
“The evil that is Erlik Khan stretches beyond the black gulfs of death. Come to battle it are the indomitable heroes Steve Harrison, the iron-fisted detective, Wild Bill Clanton, the fearless lusty sailor, and Francis Xavier Gordon, known far and wide as El Borak, the Swift. Thrill to their exploits in this novel-length tale, 99% written by the legendary Robert E. Howard. A new adventure is formed when 8 stories are united under the theme of the ruthless villain Erlik Khan. Contains “The Tomb’s Secret,” “Names in the Black Book,” “The Fearsome Touch of Death,” “Black Talons,” “Fangs of Gold,” “The Purple Heart of Erlik,” “Graveyard Rats” and “The Daughter of Erlik Khan.” Author of over 20 novels, Francis DiPietro has been involved with Robert E. Howard-related publishing since the mid 1990s. His studies of this important author, creator of Conan and Sword & Sorcery Fiction, span over 25 years. He is the author of the 2008 biography Robert E. Howard: The Supreme Moment. (I love the way DiPietro inflates his non-existent Howard credentials.  That in itself  is a hanging offense, in my opinion.)

After being forced to hastily pull the book due to copyright issues, DiPietro throws-up (literally) another book:

Robert E. Howard: The Battles of Sailor Steve Costigan
Sailor Steve Costigan. A tougher fighting man is not to be found in all the seven seas. Together with his trusty bulldog Mike, Costigan battles some of the meanest fighters in distant, tumultuous ports. He lives by his own code of honor, and sails aboard the rough merchant ship Sea Girl. He fights for the thrill of primal conquest and the money such bloodlust earns. Join him for 12 great adventures within! Contains the REH originals “Fist and Fang,” “Night of Battle,” “Circus Fists,” “Alleys of Peril,” “Blow the Chinks Down!,” “Dark Shanghai,” “The Sign of the Snake,” “General Ironfist,” “Sailor’s Grudge,” “Sluggers on the Beach,” “The Slugger’s Game” and “Winner Take All.” Author of over 20 novels, Francis DiPietro has been involved with REH-related publishing since the mid 1990s. He is the author of the 2008 biography Robert E. Howard: The Supreme Moment.

Soon it became apparent to DiPietro that another pesky problem had popped up since Steve Costigan is trademarked by Paradox Entertainment. Needless to say, that book soon disappeared from Lulu.com as well.

The moral to this story: stick to what you know, which in DiPietro’s case, is not much.

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

This is one of the biggest conventions in the country and offers much more than just gaming. REHupa OE Bill “Indy” Cavalier will be there as will several other Howard fans.  Paradox usually has a big presence at the Con and I’m sure this year is will be no different.  So it you are going to be in the area, or live near Indianapolis, drop in.  I know last year was a blast for Howard Heads. Complete Con details can be found here.

 

This entry filed under Howard's Fiction, News, Sword & Sorcery.

Beyond the Black River is the third in a series of mass market paperbacks from Cosmos Books.  The contents are distilled from the ongoing Wildside Press publication of the ten volume The Weird Works of Robert E. Howard, which reprint all of Howard’s prose and poetry published in the pages of Weird Tales. The contents are culled from two of the Wildside volumes (Gardens of Fear and Beyond the Black River) and include:

“A Witch Shall Be Born”

“The Grisly Horror”

“Jewels of Gwahlur”

“Beyond the Black River”

“The Challenge from Beyond”

“Shadows in Zamboula”

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

From the 1930s through the 1950s, Virgil Finlay was the most popular artist in science fiction. His meticulous, labor-intensive, dot-based technique, coupled with an unfettered imagination, created fantastic other-worlds populated by sensual sirens and frightful creatures depicted with a nearly photographic reality.

This first-ever career retrospective features more than 350 of Finlay’s black-and-white drawings illustrating scenes from works by his friend H. P. Lovecraft, as well as Robert E. Howard and other sci-fi legends. Here too are his rarely seen images from The American Weekly, deemed so disturbing that publisher William Randolph Hearst fired him, as well as art of Finlay’s that appeared in such noted pulp magazines as Weird Tales and Amazing Stories, and previously unpublished paintings.

Future Past: Weird Worlds That Never Were will be available in November from Underwood Books in both regular and slipcased hardcover editions.

This entry filed under H. P. Lovecraft, Howard Illustrated, News, Weird Tales.