Archive for February, 2009

Here is an update on this great Summer convention:

Edgar Award-winning writer, editor, and publisher Otto Penzler has been chosen to be the Guest of Honor at this year’s PulpFest, a convention for collectors and devotees of vintage pulp fiction, which will be held July 31 through August 2 at the Ramada Plaza Hotel and Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio.

Be sure and check out the PulpFest website for all the details. If you only attend one pulp convention this year, this is the ONE to be at!

This entry filed under Howard Fandom, News, Weird Tales.

When Charles Saunders prepared the first volume of a new series of Imaro tales for publication in 2006, he had a bit of a quandary.  In a case of life imitating fiction, the events portrayed in “Slaves of the Giant-Kings” (published first in the 1970’s and then in DAW’s Imaro in 1981) eerily mirrored the real life 1994 horrific tragedy of the massacre of thousands of Hutu by the Tutsi.  Ultimately, Charles replaced “Giant Kings” with a new story.  Read his thoughts here, along with his response to a fan who took umbrage to his decision to delete the controversial story from the series.

This entry filed under Charles R. Saunders, News, Sword & Sorcery.

With the demise of The Cimmerian and the publication of The Collected Poetry of Robert E. Howard, not much else appears to be on the horizon for 2009.  No Del Rey book is forthcoming this year, but one is promised for next year. Granted a new issue of The Dark Man just appeared, but that means a long, long wait for the next one. Project Pride will soon publish a small volume of Howard poetry, but even that won’t be enough for a voracious Howard fans appetite.  Also, Subterranean Press is doing a hardcover version of Volume 1 of The Best of Robert E. Howard, but given the book has already appeared in softcover, I doubt many will be picking it up. Here’s hoping something unexpected will come along, or at the very least, next year will be much more fruitful.

After a long delay, the new issue of The Dark Man (Vol. 4, No. 1) is ready to ship.

Contents include: “James Braddock: From Dockhand to Cinderella Man” by Chris Gruber, “Howard’s Eastern Adventures: A Review of The Lord of Samarcand and Other Adventure Stories of the Old Orient” by Brian Taves, “Blood, Sweat, Tears—and Oil” by Steve Tompkins, “From the Klondike to Cross Plains” by Steve Trout, “A Comparison of the Ideology of Robert E. Howard’s Conan Tales and Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings” by Ian Nichols, and more.  

Cover price is $10.00, plus $2.50 for shipping and handling.  

Orders can be e-mailed directly to Mark Hall.

Sadly, Leo Grin has ceased publication of The Cimmerian after five years and 35 issues. Leo mailed out the final two 2008 issues and the index for Volume 5 to subscribers last weekend. It goes without saying that it will leave a huge void in Howard fandom.

For now, the blog will continue and you can still order back issues, but do so soon — Leo says they will only be available for a only few months and any remaining copies, will be destroyed.