Ellie Frazetta, wife of Frank Frazetta, died on July 17th after a year-long battle with cancer. She and Frank had been married for nearly 54 years and were truly soul mates. Ellie was his muse, sometimes model and his biggest fan. While Frank was the creative force in the marriage/partnership, Ellie was the one who ran the business and protected Frank from those who wanted to exploit him and his work once he became an internationally known artist. While she took some heat from fans, she always had Frank’s best interest at heart. We can only hope his children will do the same — Frank deserves nothing less, and I’m sure Ellie will be watching over him and the family.
Archive for July, 2009
After a delay of several years, the long awaited third volume of the Wandering Star luxury editions of Robert E. Howard’s Conan stories is on the way. Wandering Star and its new partner Book Palace Books will have the volume out just in time for Christmas. Full details can be found at the Book Palace Books website.
So, very soon we will all be treated to those magnificent color paintings by Greg Manchess. I’ve seen several of them at conventions and they are simply stunning.
“Elements of Sadomasochism in the Fiction and Poetry of Robert E. Howard” by Charles Hoffman
“Giant Intelligent Crabs, Oh My! Haggard and Howard” by Robert McIlvaine
“Sumathi Ramaswamy, The Lost Land of Lemuria: Fabulous Geographies, Catastrophic Histories” a review by David R. Werner (University of La Verne)
“Ken, Asamatsu, editor. Night Voices, Night Journey Lairs of the Hidden Gods, Volume 1” a review by Charles Gramlich
“Opinion: An Honorable Retreat: Robert E. Howard as Escapist Writer” by Brian Murphy (Independent Scholar)
Cost is $12 a copy + $2.50 for first class postage.
Pay via PayPal by contacting Mark Hall or checks/money orders (send to Mark Hall, 6826 Waldo Ave., El Cerrito, CA 94530)
Mike Chomko, a good friend of TGR, is one of the main organizers of the premiere Pulp magazine event of the year. If you only one make it to one convention this year, make it PulpFest. The event runs Friday, July 31st through Sunday, August 2nd at the Ramada Plaza Hotel and Convention Center n Columbus, Ohio. Edgar Award-winning writer, editor, and publisher Otto Penzler will be the Guest of Honor at this year’s PulpFest. Otto, whose recent anthology The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulpshas done more to renew interest in Golden Age pulp fiction than any mainstream publication in recent history, is a perfect GoH for a show like PulpFest in that he is also a world-class collector of crime fiction, many of whose most notable authors—including Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Cornell Woolrich, Erle Stanley Gardner, and John D. MacDonald—toiled in the pulp vineyards before achieving mainstream success with major publishers.
Sounds like PulpFest is the place to be if you are an aficionado or fan of the Pulps.