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It has been a while since we checked in with longtime contributor and friend of TGR, Charles Saunders.  While Charles has been away from his blog for several months, he returned to it last month with a post called “Catching Up“, which brings us up-to-date on his fiction appearances this year. As always, Charles has other writing projects ongoing such as his fifth Imaro novel.

As was the case with the first Griots anthology, Charles is heavily involved with its sequel, Griots II: Sisters of the Spear. In addition to contributing a new Dossouye story, Charles is co-editor of the book with Milton Davis and provides the introduction to the book. The cover is by Andrea Rushing. Here is Milton’s purpose statement for the collection from the writer’s guidelines:

The purpose of the Griots II: Sisters of the Spear anthology is to pay respect and homage to women of color and continue to expand the definition of Sword and Soul. Our hope is that the anthology will become an annual publication which will inspire more writers to take part and expand the readership. We also hope to increase the diversity of the Sword and Sorcery genre by publishing quality stories with rich characters that transcend the barriers of mainstream publishers.

Right now book is currently available only for Kindle, but a paperback version is slated for publication next month. Here are the contents of this sword and soul anthology:

Griots II: Sisters of the Spear

Introduction: “Spearing Sterotypes” by Charles R. Saunders
“A Subtle Lyric” by Troy L Wiggins
“Blood of the Lion” by Joe Bonadonna
“Brood” by Balogun Ojetade
“Death and Honor” by Ronald Jones
“Ghost Marriage” by Phenderson Djèlí Clark
“Lady of Flames” by Treka Willis Cross
“Marked” by Sara Macklin
“Queen of the Sapphire Coast” by Linda Macauley
“Raiders of the Skye Isle” by Cynthia Ward
“The Antuthema” by D.S. Brown
“The Night Wife” by Carole McDonnell
“The Price of Kush” by Sylvia Kelso
“The Sickness” by Valjeanne Jeffers
“Zambeto” by J.C. Holbrook
“Old Habits” by Milton Davis
“Kpendu” (a new Dossouye story) by Charles R. Saunders

It is an amazing line-up of authors and stories all celebrating the bravery and tenacity of warrior women. Charles sums it up best in this excerpt from his introduction to Sisters of the Spear:

Our expectations have been more than fulfilled. Our modern-day griots came through with – not to belabor the point – flying colors. The fictional warrior-women and sorceresses you will meet in the following pages can hold their own and then some against the barbarians and power-mad monarchs and magic-users of both genders who swing swords and cast spells in the mostly European-derived settings of modern fantasy and sword-and-sorcery. The reach of sword-and soul has expanded greatly with Sisters of the Spear.

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It has been too long since we caught up with Charles Saunders. So let’s see what this longtime contributor to TGR has been up to recently.

Charles just put up a new blog post up on his website. It’s a reprint of an article called “Blacks in Wonderland,” which was first published in the October 1987 issue of American Visions of Afro-American Culture magazine. It was an overview of the situation of blacks in the science-fiction and fantasy genres at that time. Charles updates the article with a foreword and an afterword, reflecting how things have certainly changed for the better since then.

Per Charles, Griots II and Imaro V are on the horizon for this year. Griots II is subtitled “Sisters of the Spear,” so all the stories are about women warriors. Charles will also have a story in the forthcoming anthology Black Pulp. Currently, you can find an introduction by Charles to Ki-Khanga: The Anthology e-book available from The stories are based on characters in the Ki Khanga Sword and Soul Role Playing Game.

Of course, next year he will mark the 40th anniversary of the publication of the very first Imaro story in Gene Day’s Dark Fantasy magazine by doing something special to commemorate the occasion.

And Charles has also posted the interview he did for The Cimmerian print journal in 2007. The interview was conducted by the late, great Howard scholar and TGR contributor Steve Tompkins.

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Last month at the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention held near Chicago, longtime Friend of TGR and contributor Charles Saunders scored an award for his pulp novel Damballa, winning The Pulp Factory Award for Best Pulp Novel of 2011.

Of course, most readers of this blog are familiar with Charles’ sword and sorcery hero Imaro, featured in four novels and numerous short stories, along with Imaro’s female warrior counterpart, Dossouye.

Damballa is a pulp adventure hero in the tradition of The Shadow and The Spider. Per Charles, this character from the 1930s is a hero not unlike movie tough guy Shaft. As Charles states, “Damballa, like John Shaft, will risk his neck for his fellow man. The difference is Damballa wears a cloak instead of leather jacket, and uses both ancient African wisdom and modern science in his battle against injustice.”

Needless to say Charles is on cloud nine over winning thid prestigious award. While he was unable to attend, he did provide this acceptance speech which was read by author Van Plexico:

Writers ordinarily possess extensive vocabularies, with an abundance of words to choose from. In some cases, too many. Yet I am almost at a loss for words that would adequately describe the extent to which I am honored by the choice of my novel, Damballa, for this award. Damballa was an attempt to bring balance to an old situation in which pulps and people of color didn’t mix too well. Clearly, that situation is changing for the better, and I am proud that Damballa is part of that change.

I do not deserve all the credit here. I want to thank my old friend, Ron Fortier, for believing in Damballa and making it possible for the novel to be published. Thanks are also due to my new friend, Rob Davis, for his excellent book design. Artists Charles Fetherolf and Clayton Hinkle deserve kudos for the cover and interior art, respectively. And thanks also to Associate Editor Ray Rietmeier for his excellent copy-editing.

Writing Damballa was one of the highlights of my long literary life. Receiving this award is another. Thank you.

I hope you will join me in congratulating Charles on his award and if you have not yet read Damballa, get yourself a copy – it is a great read.

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This is the first post for 2012 of the online version of Nemedian Dispatches. This feature previously appeared in the print journal and is now on the blog. On a quarterly basis, Nemedian Dispatches will highlight new and upcoming appearances of Howard’s fiction in print, as well as Howard in other types of media.

In Print:

Blood and Thunder: The Life and Art of Robert E. Howard
In this revised and expanded second edition of  author Mark Finn’s Howard biography, many of those old, outdated myths that have grown up around Howard and his fictional creations. Armed with twenty-five years of research and a wealth of historical documents, Finn paints a very different picture from the one that millions of fans of Conan have been sold throughout the years. This item is nearly sold out.

Lone Scout of Letters
Now available from Roehm’s Room Press, Lone Scout of Letters, a volume that  collects a wide variety of material written by REH”s friend, Herbert Klatt. This includes 12 letters to Tevis Clyde Smith and 1 to Howard. Also included is a sampling of Klatt’s work from various tribe and farm papers, letters outlining the planned memorial collection, and an extensive appendix containing all of the known material written by Truett Vinson, including Lone Scout items, letters, and articles from The Junto.

Days of High Adventure
Subtitled “A Selection of the Works of Robert E. Howard,” this book’s webpage states it is not yet ready for publication, but it is available for the Kindle. This collection presents a nice sampling of Howard’s fantasy, adventure and weird menace yarns. El Borak, Black Vulmea, Solomon Kane, Bran Mak Morn and King Kull are all represented in this volume. Edited by Gavin Chappel, with a cover by Margaret Brundage.

Sword & Fantasy #10
This new issue from publisher James Van Hise features an article on Virgil Finlay by Sam Moskowitz, a portfolio of the 1953 Kelly Freas art from the Tops in Science Fiction reprint of “Lorelei Of The Red Mist” (just the art, not the story), a five page reprint of the James Blish anti-A. Merritt reviews from the 1957 Fantasy Times, a facsimile reprint of Donald A. Wandrei’s 1926 Overland Monthly article on Clark Ashton Smith “The Emperor of Dreams,” a 2 page article written by H.P. Lovecraft in 1929 discussing his own horror stories “In The Vault,” “The Hound” and “The Colour Out of Space,” reprints of the 1933 and 1934 letters by Forrest Ackerman and others regarding whether the fantasy stories of Clark Ashton Smith belong in the science fiction mag, Wonder Stories (even H.P. Lovecraft weighed in on the debate), a tribute to artist James Cawthorn (1929-2008), and more. Full color front and back covers by Mahlon Fawcett.

Audio Books:

El Borak and Other Desert Adventures
This is an audio version of the Del Rey book of the same name that collects Howard’s adventure stories set in the Middle East and featuring Francis Xavier Gordon, known as “El Borak,” Kirby O’Donnell and Steve Clarney. This trio of hard-fighting Americans, civilized men with more than a touch of the primordial in their veins, are heroes on a grand scale and their stories are a hallmark of great adventure. This audio book from is narrated by Michael McConnohie; running time: 25 hours and 17 minutes.

Coming Soon:

Marvel Tales
Lance Thingmaker, the publisher of the complete collection of The Fantasy Fan, is back with a hardback book that collects the five issue run of William Crawford’s Marvel Tales. Each issue was chock full of fantasy from a who’s who of Weird Tales writers, with REH’s “The Garden of Fear” appearing in the second issue. A website for Lance’s books is coming soon, in the meantime, to order, contact the publisher. The price of the book is $50.00 (includes US postage), but if you mention the TGR Blog, you can save $10.00 and pay only $40.00 (includes US postage). The book is scheduled for shipping mid-May, with pre-orders shipping earlier.

Adventures in Science Fantasy
Pre-orders are now being accepted for the REH Foundation Press’ collection of Howard’s science fiction stories, which should ship around the first of May. The hardcover book will have a color cover by Mark Schultz and an introduction by Mike Stackpole who penned the Conan the Barbarian movie novelization.

Skullcrusher: Selected Weird Fiction, Volume One
Slated for September publication, Skullcrusher is the first volume of a two-volume collection of classic fantasy stories by REH. The stories in this collection feature all of Howard’s most famous creations — Conan, King Kull, Solomon Kane, Bran Mak Morn — alongside others such as Cormac Mac Art, James Allison, Red Sonya, and Cormac Fitzgeoffrey — in a definitive anthology of sword and sorcery, weird adventure, and occult horror in the vein of H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos.

The Sword & Sorcery Anthology
Coming in June, a big collection of sword & sorcery stories from the world’s best  fantasy authors. In addition to Howard’s “Tower of the Elephant,” Jack Vance, C.L. Moore, Fritz Leiber, Charles Saunders, Karl Edward Wagner, David Drake and more writers are represented with some of their best yarns. An original story from Michael Shea rounds out this essential anthology. Edited by David G. Hartwell and Jacob Weisman.

Kamose the Magician – New Tales from Keith Taylor
Keith has just written three “Kamose the Magician” short stories  and is now working on a couple of novels. One is about Kamose and one is a “murder-at-a-tournament” medieval whodunnit set in Salisbury, England, in the year 1352. Looks like he is poised for a big comeback.

From time to time frequent TGR contributor Charles Saunders jumps in his wayback machine and brings back some gems from the heyday of the Howard Boom. One of these gems is his classic article “A Mouthful of Feathers” that appeared in The Chronicler of Cross Plains #1 in 1978. The article compares the similarities and differences between two giants of adventure fiction — Conan and Tarzan, particularly in a similar scene that appears in “A Witch Shall Be Born” and Tarzan the Untamed. Since Howard did read Burroughs, it is possible that he was inspired by the vulture scene in Untamed when he was writing “Witch.” However, while a copy of Tarzan the Untamed does not appear on Rusty Burke’s “The Robert E. Howard Bookshelf” list, he could have checked it out from the library or borrowed a copy from a friend.

Here are the classic scenes comparing the two heroes taking that un-tasty bite out of the vultures menacing them:


In his dulled ears sounded the louder beat of wings. Lifting his head he watched with the burning glare of a wolf the shadows wheeling above him. He knew that his shouts would frighten them away no longer. Conan drew his head back as far as he could, waiting with terrible patience. The vulture swept in with a swift roar of wings. Its beak flashed down, ripping the skin on Conan’s chin as he jerked his head aside; then, before the bird could flash away; Conan’s head lunged forward on his mighty neck muscles, and his teeth, snapping like those of a lion, locked on the bare, wattled neck.

Instantly the vulture exploded into squawking, flapping hysteria. its thrashing limbs blinded the man, and its talons ripped his chest. But grimly he held on, the muscles starting in lumps on his jaws. And the scavenger’s neck bones crunched between those powerful teeth. With a spasmodic flutter the bird hung limp. Conan let go, spat blood from his mouth. The other vultures, terrified by the fate of their companion, were in full flight to a distant tree, where they perched like black demons in conclave.


Ska, filled with suspicions, circled warily. Twice he almost alighted upon the great naked breast only to wheel suddenly away; but the third time his talons touched the brown skin. It was as though the contact closed an electrical circuit that instantaneously vitalized the quite clod that had lain motionless for so long. A brown hand swept downward from the brown forehead and before Ska could raise a wing in flight he was in the clutches of his intended victim.

Ska fought, but he was no match even for a dying Tarzan, and a moment later the ape-man’s teeth closed on the carrion-eater. The flesh was coarse and tough and gave off an unpleasant odor and a worse taste; but it was food and the blood was drink and Tarzan was only an ape at heart and a dying ape into the bargain … dying of hunger and thirst.

Exciting, but appetite suppressing stuff. If you have the stomach for more, mosey on over to Charles’s website and read the entire post and while you are there, check out Charles’ take on a Conan vs. Tarzan match-up in “Fantasy Superfight: Conan vs. Tarzan.”

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It was 30 years this month that Charles Saunders’ first Imaro novel hit the street as a DAW paperback. By then I had been reading Imaro stories for five years, having read my first Imaro yarn in Gene Day’s Dark Fantasy magazine. A number of those early gems from DF were incorporated into this first Imaro volume. We owe the late Gene Day a debt of gratitude for giving Imaro his start. Over on the blog portion of his website, Charles has posted on this monumental occasion:

Imaro and I had come a long way to reach that peak moment. I’d first conceived the character 10 years before, and stories of his adventures had been published in small-press magazines and mainstream-press throughout the second half of the 1970s. DAW publisher Donald A. Wolheim had encouraged me to write an Imaro novel, but that didn’t lessen my anxiety as I awaited his decision on whether or not my novel would be published.

I didn’t know it then, but my Illyassai friend and I had a long way to go after that momentous day at my mailbox. We’ve reached other peaks, but we’ve had the chance to climb out of some deep valleys as well. After all these years, though, we are still standing on a new mountaintop. with the first four Imaro novels in print and another on the way.

A number of folks, including yours truly, Joe Bonadonna, Milton Davis, Valjeanne Jeffers, David C. Smith and others, have contributed our thoughts to Charles’ blog post celebrating this important milestone.

Charles is working on a fifth Imaro novel and has several other projects either in the works or recently published. I you have not read Imaro, you are missing out on a first fate sword and sorcery series that, like Howard’s Conan canon, has stood the test of time.

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This is the third post for 2011 of the online version of Nemedian Dispatches. This feature previously appeared in the print journal, but now relocated here to the blog. On a quarterly basis, Nemedian Dispatches will highlight new and upcoming appearances of Howard’s fiction in print, as well as Howard in other types of media.

In Print:

Conan the Barbarian: The Stories that Inspired the Movie
This is a mass market paperback collection from Del Rey of five of Howard’s Conan yarns that purported inspired the movie script, though I don’t see how. Contents include “The Phoenix on the Sword,” “The People of the Black Circle,” “The Tower of the Elephant,” “Red Nails” and “Rogues in the House.” A slightly different version was published in Britain by Gollancz.

Conan the Barbarian and Solomon Kane Movie Novelizations
Also available, the Conan movie novelization by former REHupan Mike Stackpole and the movie tie-in for Solomon Kane by Ramsey Campbell, who has a long history with Kane having completed several of Howard’s uncompleted Kane stories for previous paperback collections.

This new sword and sorcery anthology is now available. Griots features a brand new Imaro novella by Charles Saunders and 13 other stories by gifted authors set in African or African-inspired backgrounds. Each story has a full page illustration accompanying it, with a stunning cover by Natiq Jalil to complete the package.

Kindle & E-Books:

The Deadly Sword of Cormac and From Dark Corners
Howard fan Steve Miller is working on several little eBooks/PDFs of Howard’s stories in the hopes of showing more people that Howard wrote other stories in addition to Conan and Solomon Kane. Two are currently available: “The Deadly Sword of Cormac” and “From Dark Corners.” Here is the projected schedule of coming Howard fiction projects: “Terror on River Street” and “Fists of Foolishness,” releasing 2nd week of September; “From Dark Corners 2,” releasing 2nd week of October and “Shanghaied Mitts”: TBD. Also of interest is the “ROLF!: The Rollplaying Game of Big Dumb Fighters” line.

Conan the Barbarian
River Drafting has just released nine of ten projected e-books all titled Conan the Barbarian and numbered  1 through 10. “The Hour of the Dragon,” “Shadows in the Moonlight,” “Jewels of Gwahlur,” “The People of the Black Circle,” “Queen of the Black Coast,” “Shadows in Zamboula” and “A Witch Shall Be Born” are some of the stories featured in this collection.

Robert E. Howard’s Ancient Terrors
A collection of 14 tales of nail-biting terror and psychological horror by REH. Formatted for Kindle, with original commentary by the editor, David N. Brown.

Gardens of Fear and Beyond the Black River
Volumes 6 and 7 of Wildside’s The Weird Works of Robert E. Howard are now available for Kindle. Edited by Paul Herman with new covers by Stephan Fabian.

Audio Books:

People of the Dark
This audio book is in CD format and produced in partnership with Wildside Press. The stories are read by Wayne Jane, Brian Holsopple, Gary Kobler, Bob Barnes, and Charles McKibben; the book runs approximately 5.5 hours in length.

Graphic Art:

The Forbidden Kingdom and Army Of The Damned
These are two high quality art prints measuring 16″ x 24″ and printed on 8pt stock by Artist Patrick J. Jones from Girasol Collectibles. Special discount applies when you purchase both. Girasol has also just published a replica of the June 1938 issues of Weird Tales that features the first publication of the REH poem, “The Last Hour.”

Coming Soon:

Conan the Destroyer, Conan the Berserker and Conan the Indomitable
It looks like British publisher Gollancz has come up with yet another way to repackage Howard’s Conan tales for sale. These three paperback volumes are coming out in October, November and December, respectively.

Spicy Adventures
Pre-orders are being accepted for this comprehensive collection of Howard’s “spicy” stories, which includes all six of the Wild Bill Clanton adventures. This hardcover book from the REH Foundation Press runs 211 pages and is due out the end of September with a print run of 200 copies. The book also has a standout cover by Jim and Ruth Keegan.

Lone Scout of Letters: Herbert Klatt
Many consider Herbert Klatt to be the Fourth Musketeer who rounded out the group of friends that included REH, Clyde Smith and Truett Vinson. This collection of rare articles from the pages of the Lone Scout and other Tribe newsletters, along with numerous pieces of correspondence among the foursome, is a must have for any Howard collector. Rob Roehm, who compiled and edited this volume, will be publishing this book through his Roehm’s Room Press. Pricing and ordering details will be posted soon here on the blog.

The Dark Man
Due out any day now is Vol. 6, No. 1 of The Dark Man. Contents include: “Faction and Fiction in Barack the Barbarian” by Jeffrey Kahan, “Gloria” by Rusty Burke and Rob Roehm, “Theosophy and the Thurian Age: Robert E. Howard and the Works of William Scott-Elliot” by Jeff Shanks, plus a letters column. Ordering information should be up soon at the TDM website.

Robert E. Howard’s Savage Sword #3
The third issue of this Dark Horse comic featuring Howard’s heroes in new adventures and restored, re-colored reprints of classic tales. This outing features adventures starring Conan, Kull, Brule, the Sonora Kid and Steve Harrison. Contributors include David Lapham, Paul Tobin, Jeremy Barlow, Joshua Williamson, Wellinton Alves, Patric Reynolds, Cobiaco, Tony Parker and Gerald Parel.

With the recent publication of Damballa, a novel featuring a new African-American pulp hero, Charles Saunders is adding a new title to his resume – pulp fictioneer. Damballa takes his rightful place along side two of Charles’ other well known heroes, Imaro and Dossouye.

The book is illustrated by frequent TGR contributor Clayton Hinkle, whose pulp illustration style greatly complements Charles’ words. Damballa also sports a great cover by Charles Fetherolf.

In Damballa, Charles has created a pulp adventure hero in the tradition of The Shadow and The Spider. He describes his new character from the 1930s as a hero not unlike movie tough guy Shaft. As Charles states, “Damballa, like John Shaft, will risk his neck for his fellow man. The difference is Damballa wears a cloak instead of leather jacket, and uses both ancient African wisdom and modern science in his battle against injustice.” Charles reflects further on the creation of his new hero on his blog.  Here is a brief excerpt:

The waiting is over. My latest novel, Damballa, has been officially released by Airship 27 Productions and Cornerstone Book Publishers. This is a true milestone for me, as Damballa is my first major venture out of the fantasy genre. Over the years, I have written some horror stories, but those were few and far between. Damballa is my maiden effort penning a full-length, non fantasy novel.

You can purchase Damballa here and at and Barnes & Noble’s website.

And look for other projects coming later this year from Charles, including an article in the next issue of TGR.

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Charles Saunders, longtime friend and frequent contributor to TGR, has three new publishing projects coming out this year:

Griots, a sword and sorcery anthology that features a brand new Imaro novella by Saunders. The volume features 14 stories set in African or African-inspired backgrounds. Other contributors include Linda Addison, Milton Davis, Kirk Johnson, Djeli A. Griot and Maurice Broaddus. The book features illustrations for each story, as well as a stunning cover by Natiq Jalil. The publisher of Griots is MVmedia.

Dossouye: The Dancers of Mulukau, a sequel to the first Dossouye volume published three years ago. This new book is a novel rather than a collection of interconnected short stories as was the case with the first volume. The Dancers of Mulukau will be published by Sword & Soul Media, with cover art by Mishindo who did the cover for the first Dossouye book, as well as Imaro: The Trail of Bohu and Imaro: The Naama War.

Damballa is Charles’ first venture into the world of pulp fiction. This genre allows Charles to write in the real world of 1930s New York, which is a departure from his work in alternate fantasy worlds. Damballa utilizes skills and knowledge from two worlds — Western and African culture. Charles is a longtime boxing fan and this first Damballa adventure centers around the hero stopping the sabotage of a fictional boxing match modeled after the real-life fight between Joe Louis and Max Schmeling. This book will be out in a few months from publisher Cornerstone Books.

If you have not read Charles’ work before, these projects make a good starting point – believe me, you won’t be disappointed. More details on the above can be found at Charles’ website.

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This is the first 2011 post of the online version of Nemedian Dispatches. This feature previously appeared in the print journal until I moved it to the website last year. On a quarterly basis, Nemedian Dispatches will highlight new and upcoming appearances of Howard’s fiction in print, as well as Howard in other types of media.

In Print:

Tales of Weird Menace & Steve Harrison’s Casebook
Orders for these two volumes from the REH Foundation press are in the process of being shipped. The first editions of both books are sold out, however second editions are at the printers and will ship at the end of this month or the early part of April. You can order these great collections through the Foundation’s website.

“So Far The Poet…”
Rob Roehm has assembled a comprehensive volume of material by Tevis Clyde Smith.  This volume is an expanded version of Necronomicon Press’ Report on a Writing Man that adds a ton of additional material, including all the known Smith material from The All-Around Magazine, The Junto, The Tattler, plus a few other publications. All of the stories co-authored by Howard and Smith are also included.

Thrilling Mystery – June 1936
This facsimile pulp is now available from Adventure House. The 128 page magazine features Howard’s weird menace story ”Black Wind Blowing,” plus other stories by John H. Knox, Henry Kuttner, Richard Tooker, O.M. Cabral, Arthur J. Burks, Wayne Rogers and Hugh B. Cave.

Sword Woman and Other Historical Adventures
Del Rey’s collection of Robert E. Howard’s historical adventures that features the legendary swordswoman Dark Agnes is now in book stores. In addition to Dark Agnes, Howard’s tales of his grimmest hero, Cormac Fitzgeoffrey are also included in the volume. All the stories in this book have been restored to the earliest, most definitive version available today. Illustrated by John Watkiss.

A new trade paperback edition of the often reprinted REH planetary adventure was recently published by Wildside Press, sporting a cheesy computer generated cover.

Conan’s Brethren
After several delays, this volume finally appeared last month. The collection contains a number of PD stories featuring Howard characters King Kull, Bran Mak Morn Solomon Kane and Cormac Fitzgeoffrey. Available through

Coming Soon:

A Means to Freedom
Due out later this month from Hippocampus Press is a trade paperback edition of the two volume set of correspondence between H. P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard. The hard cover edition, which appeared in August 2009, quickly sold out and is a much sought after collector’s item. This is a limited edition of 1000 copies, edited by Rusty Burke, S. T. Joshi and David E. Schultz.

In the tradition of The Shadow and The Spider, Charles Saunders, author of Imaro has created an African American pulp hero named Damballa. This cloaked avenger stalks the streets of 1930s New York City using both ancient African wisdom and modern science to mete out his own form of justice. Airship 27 Productions is the publisher and the book is due out soon.

The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard
We are still waiting for Subterranean Press to publish this luxury hardcover edition of the Del Rey edition. Purportedly the book is back from the printer, but due to a backlog of books to be shipped, it has been delayed. The Subterranean volume will include a number of previously unpublished color plates by artist Greg Staples.

Robert E. Howard’s Savage Sword #2
The second issue of this comic featuring Howard’s heroes in new adventures and restored, re-colored reprints of classic tales will be available in late May. This issue will feature Conan, El Borak, Dark Agnes, Sailor Steve Costigan, other Howard characters, and Roy Thomas and Gil Kane’s long-out-of-print classic, “The Valley of the Worm.”

Robert E. Howard: The Battle for the Legacy of Conan
This is another volume that has been long delayed, but now slated for July – just in time for the new Conan film.  It covers the fight for the legacy of Howard, who would own Howard’s work and who would profit by divorcing the Texas writer from his most famous creation, Conan the Cimmerian. Featuring a large number of illustrations, the book details the backroom deals, backstabbing, and general skulduggery by de Camp and others.