Archive for August, 2009

A new trade paperback collection of Howard stories Heroes in the Wind: from Kull to Conan: The Best of Robert E. Howard, edited by John Clute, is forthcoming from Penguin Modern Classics. The majority of the stories are from Weird Tales:

Howard’s swashbuckling fantasy stories feature the adventures of the enigmatic Conan: a free barbarian from distant Cimmeria who ventures into the splendid kingdoms of the south to find his fortune in the lost eons of the Hyborian Age between the sinking of Kull’s Atlantis and the dawn of history. Cunning thief, captain of mercenaries and corsairs, lover of sultry temptresses, Conan follows his destiny into demon-haunted treasure towers and across the plains of death. And at last, like Kull before him, he slashes his name across the scrolls of royalty as King Conan, usurper-lord of imperial Aquilonia.

Contents:

“Introduction” by John Clute

“Recompense”
    —one page poem
    Weird Tales (November 1938)

PART ONE: BLACK DAWN
“The Shadow Kingdom” (Kull)
    Weird Tales (August 1929)
   
“The Mirrors of Tuzun Thune” (Kull)
    Weird Tales (September 1929)

“Kings of the Night” (Kull & Bran Mak Morn)
    Weird Tales (November 1930)

“Worms of the Earth” (Bran Mak Morn)
    Weird Tales (November 1932)

“The Dark Man” (Bran Mak Morn)
    Weird Tales (December 1931)

PART TWO: DARK INTERLUDES
“The Footfalls Within”
    Weird Tales (September 1931)

“Pigeons from Hell”
    Weird Tales (May 1938)

“Graveyard Rats”
    Thrilling Mystery (February 1936

“Vultures of Wahpeton”
    Smashing Novels (December 1936)

PART THREE: HIGH NOON
“The Tower of the Elephant”  (Conan)
    Weird Tales (March 1933)

“Queen of the Black Coast”  (Conan)
    Weird Tales (May 1934)

“A Witch Shall Be Born”  (Conan)
    Weird Tales (December 1934)

“Red Nails”  (Conan)
    Weird Tales (July/October 1936)

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Donald M. Grant, longtime publisher of Robert E. Howard books, died on August 19th.  He began publishing Howard in the mid-1960s and helped Glenn Lord get his publishing ventures of f the ground (The Howard Collector and Etchings in Ivory). Here is a write-up on his death:

Publisher Donald M. Grant Dies

By Ian Randal Strock

August 24, 2009

Andrew Porter alerts us to the death of specialty publisher Donald M. Grant on 19 August 2009. Born in Providence, Rhode Island, on 3 April 1927, he’d been living in retirement in Florida. Grant first developed an interest in science fiction/fantasy at the age of 10, reading Edgar Rice Burroughs. He founded several small-press publishers, starting with Grant-Hadley Enterprises (with Thomas G. Hadley) when he was only 18. That company was formed to publish the editors’ 26-page Rhode Island on Lovecraft collection of essays (they printed 500 copies, and then went back to press for another 1,000). When Kenneth J. Krueger joined the company, they changed the name to The Buffalo Book Company. Still later, after Krueger returned to Buffalo and Grant went off to college (the University of Rhode Island, from which he graduated in 1949), Hadley renamed or reformed the company to The Hadley Publishing Company.

In his 40s, Grant again started a small press, this time Centaur Press (later Centaur Books), which published nearly a score of books over twelve years, including works by Robert E. Howard, Lin Carter, and William Hope Hodgson.

In 1964, Grant formed his most enduring enterprise: Donald M. Grant, Publisher, Inc., which is known for publishing lavishly illustrated books for the collectible market (including the bulk of Stephen King’s work, such as his The Dark Tower series).

Grant is survived by his wife, daughter, son, and granddaughter.

On August 31st, Leo Grin will destroy all remaining copies of The Cimmerian.  This incredible journal had a five year run and copies of all back issues can be purchased from Leo during the next 12 days.  So if you have holes in your collection or have never ordered a copy, act now or you’ll be sorry later.  Order details are posted on The Cimmerian blog website.

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Due out any day now from Hippocampus Press is the correspondence between H. P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard. These two kings of weird writing indulge in intense and often heady exchange of ideas and fierce debates. Meticulously edited and exhaustively annotated by reigning Howardian and Lovecraftian scholars Rusty Burke, S. T. Joshi, and David E. Schultz, and presented with appropriate indices and appendices, this release marks a milestone in the study of both Howard and Lovecraft.

The letters will be published in a limited edition two-volume hardcover set, with Smythe-sewn signatures and illustrated dust wrapper, and with each volume individually shrink-wrapped.  You can order it at a substantial discount from Amazon.com.

Two new Harold Lamb books are now available from Bison Books.  Lamb was one of Howard’s favorite authors and had a big influence on his Historical stories.

Swords from the Desert by Harold Lamb

Edited by Howard Andrew Jones; Introduction by Scott Oden

Countless authors have swept us into the exotic east, but few based their tales there. In a time when westerners still spoke publicly about “the white man’s burden,” Harold Lamb was crafting action-packed stories featuring Arabs, Mongols, and Hindus as heroic, sympathetic, and believable characters: men of honor and integrity ready to lay down their lives for their countries and their comrades.
 
Assembled in this volume are four novellas and three short stories gleaned from the work of one of the greatest pulp writers. Lamb eventually won acclaim and awards for his accurate historical research and was regularly consulted by the State Department for his Middle Eastern expertise, but before any of that he drafted these thrilling tales of adventure.
 
In “The Shield,” Khalil el Khadr reaches storied Constantinople just before it is besieged by a horde of crusaders. He must survive the intrigues of his rivals, bypass the invading Franks, rescue the maiden under his charge, and escape with the city’s most fabulous horse. Journey to sixteenth-century India with the brilliant Daril ibn Athir, a skilled Arab physician with a sharp wit and a sharper sword that he must wield in three novellas to keep schemers and assassins at bay. Three shorter tales of heroes and maidens from desert lands round out this volume, a must-have for those who thrill to tales of bold deeds and daring exploits.

Swords from the West by Harold Lamb

Edited by Howard Andrew Jones; Introduction by Robert Weinberg

Beset by enemies on every side and torn by internal divisions, the crusader kingdoms were a hotbed of intrigue, where your greatest ally might be your natural enemy. Because lives and kingdoms often rested on the edge of a sword blade, it was a time when a bold heart and a steady hand would see you far—so long as you watched your back.

Here, for the first time, are all seventeen of Harold Lamb’s uncollected crusader stories in one volume. Read now of the fall of kingdoms and the fate of doomed men, of desperate battles and brave comrades, of shrewd maids and scheming nobles. Join Nial O’Gordon, a young crusader riding deep into Asia to forget his past. Venture forth with Sir Robert of Antioch to cross blades with the Mongol hordes. Join King Richard the Lionhearted for his last battle. Stand firm beside Sir John and his Arab friend Khalil against a band of traitors. And sail out with Michael Bearn on a mission of vengeance, as he risks his life to bring down a sultan and his kingdom.

You can find more information about Harold Lamb and his works here.

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Longtime Howard fan and friend of TGR, Bill Thom has just one the first annual Munsey Award at PulpFest 2009:

PulpFest 2009, Columbus, Ohio: William Thom is the designer of the Coming Attractions website where just about every pulp fan with computer access goes to learn about the latest news and book releases in the world of pulps and pulp reprints. Bill also maintains the Pulp Series Character Reprint Index that can be accessed through the Altus Press website, as well as the Robert E. Howard bibliography available through the Howard Works website. He has also helped many researchers over the years through his knowledge and collection.

Our congratulations to Bill for his well deserved win!

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