Archive for September, 2009

“The Frost Giant’s Daughter” was the first Conan story I read in comic book form.  Barry Smith’s work simply blew me away and he is still my favorite Conan comic artist.  He left the comic way too soon, but really outdid himself on “Red Nails” before he called it quits.  I don’t buy much in the way of comics these days, but I just may have to pick this one up:

Nearly forty years have passed since Barry Windsor-Smith began his historical run on Conan the Barbarian—never had anyone conveyed Conan’s gigantic melancholies and great mirth in a more masterful way. Barry Windsor-Smith became the standard by which all other Conan comic-book artists have since been measured. In order to commemorate Barry Windsor-Smith’s lasting legacy and honor one of the most influential Conan artists of all time, Dark Horse presents The Barry Windsor-Smith Conan Archives Volume 2. This, the second of two handsome hardcovers, collects the final half of Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith’s collaboration on Conan the Barbarian and includes such classic tales as “Red Nails” and “The Frost-Giant’s Daughter”! Featuring the updated colors from Dark Horse’s Chronicles line, this book is a can’t miss for new and old readers alike!

Writer: Roy Thomas; Artist: Barry Windsor-Smith

Hardcover; 7″ x 10″; 288 pages; Full Color; $49.99; On sale May 19, 2010.

This entry filed under Howard Fandom, Howard Illustrated, News.

Hot on the heels of an informal get together with Glenn at a Joe’s Crab Shack in Houston last month, plans are afoot for a major birthday celebration for Glenn’s 78th birthday.  The date is Saturday November 14th and place and time is TBA.  So stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks.

This entry filed under Glenn Lord, Howard Fandom, News.

Prime Books has just issued The Return of the Sorcerer by Howard contemporary Clark Ashton Smith.  This volume collects some of Smith’s finest work from the pages of Weird Tales

This exceptional collection of Smith’s short fiction showcases the underrated pulp master’s storytelling genius in 18 stories, most originally published between 1931 and 1935. Included in this collection are “The Isle of the Torturers,” “The City of Singing Flame,” “The Vaults of Yoh-Vombis,”  “Dark Eidolon,” “Double Shadow,” “Return of the Sorcerer,” “Hunters from Beyond,” “Beast of Averoigne,” and ten other fantasy classics. Needless to say, this volume is a “must have” for fans of horror and the pulps

Tantor Media has just announced a new Robert E. Howard audio book, Del Rey’s The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian. The book is narrated by Todd McLaren and available from the Tantor Media website.  Here is a blurb on the audiobook from the site:

“Between the years when the oceans drank Atlantis and the gleaming cities…there was an Age undreamed of, when shining kingdoms lay spread across the world like blue mantles beneath the stars…. Hither came Conan, the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand…to tread the jeweled thrones of the Earth under his sandalled feet.”

In a meteoric career that spanned a mere twelve years before his tragic suicide, Robert E. Howard single-handedly invented the genre that came to be called sword and sorcery. Collected in this volume are Howard’s first thirteen Conan stories in their original versions and in the order Howard wrote them. Included are classics of dark fantasy like “The Tower of the Elephant” and swashbuckling adventure like “Queen of the Black Coast.”

Here are timeless tales featuring Conan the raw and dangerous youth, Conan the daring thief, Conan the swashbuckling pirate, and Conan the commander of armies. Here, too, is an unparalleled glimpse into the mind of a genius whose bold storytelling style has been imitated by many yet equaled by none.

The tales contained in The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian are “The Phoenix on the Sword,” “The Frost-Giant’s Daughter,” “The God in the Bowl,” “The Tower of the Elephant,” “The Scarlet Citadel,” “Queen of the Black Coast,” “Black Colossus,” “Iron Shadows in the Moon,” “Xuthal of the Dusk,” “The Pool of the Black One,” “Rogues in the House,” “The Vale of Lost Women,” and “The Devil in Iron.”