A Black Wind Blowing: Robert E. Howard and The Weird Menace Horror Pulps
Oct16

A Black Wind Blowing: Robert E. Howard and The Weird Menace Horror Pulps

A Black Wind Blowing: Robert E. Howard and The Weird Menace Horror Pulps by Ryan Harvey Robert E. Howard was a pulp professional, always searching for new markets to sell his fiction. Unlike his friends in the Weird Tales bullpen, H. P. Lovecraft and Clark Ashton Smith, both of whom kept to a narrow fictional style and a handful of magazines, Howard experimented to target different markets. Sometimes the experiments were a bust. He...

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Defining Sword & Sorcery
Oct16

Defining Sword & Sorcery

Defining Sword-and-Sorcery by Howard Andrew Jones At Bride of Cyclops Con—happening right now!—there is an entire track based around sword-and-sorcery. We encourage you to check out the entire schedule and be a part of the con. Before we get to that, though, Tales From The Magician’s Skull editor Howard Andrew Jones takes a minute to define exactly what sword-and-sorcery means… The term “sword-and-sorcery” gets bandied...

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The Cosmic Horror of Sword & Sorcery
Oct09

The Cosmic Horror of Sword & Sorcery

The Cosmic Horror of Sword & Sorcery by Bill Ward The bones of sword & sorcery lie close to the skin, and one sure blade-stroke is enough to lay them bare for all to see. There is plot-driven pulp action there, at the core, but supporting that is a foundation of swashbuckling historical adventure, and expectations of encounters of the picaresque and the exotic kind. To be sure we can also see the unsentimentality of the...

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In Remembrance of Charles Saunders (1946-2020)
Oct04

In Remembrance of Charles Saunders (1946-2020)

by Bill Ward The world of adventure fantasy and sword & sorcery has grown a little dimmer with the passing of Charles Saunders in May of this year at the age of 74. Though best known among genre fans for his Imaro saga, Saunders worked diligently as a journalist and historian, with much of his focus over the years devoted to the Black Canadian experience, most especially as it pertains to Nova Scotia, which Saunders called home...

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Appendix N Archaeology: Harold Lamb
Sep03

Appendix N Archaeology: Harold Lamb

Our Adventures in Fiction series is meant to take a look at the writers and creators behind the genre(s) that helped to forge not only our favorite hobby but our lives. We invite you to explore the entirety of the series on our Adventures In Fiction home page. In the now-famed Appendix N, Gary Gygax lists roughly thirty authors whose works inspired the creation of Dungeons & Dragons. Many luminaries from the fields of both pulp...

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Films of High Adventure: H.P. Lovecraft
Aug21

Films of High Adventure: H.P. Lovecraft

Films of High Adventure: H. P. Lovecraft By Bob Brinkman The Films of High Adventure series examines the impact that the authors of Appendix N have had on the world at large. This time out, we’re continuing the celebration of H.P. Lovecraft’s birthday with an article on all of his works that have made their way to the big (or small) screen. The works of H. P. Lovecraft are among the most frequently adapted of any Appendix...

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Adventures in Fiction: H.P. Lovecraft
Aug20

Adventures in Fiction: H.P. Lovecraft

Our Adventures in Fiction series is meant to take a look at the writers and creators behind the genre(s) that helped to forge not only our favorite hobby but our lives. We invite you to explore the entirety of the series on our Adventures In Fiction home page. Today we celebrate the birthday of HP Lovecraft, one of the most influential authors of the 20th Century. In honor of this day, we re-present the Adventures in Fiction about his...

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Adventures in Fiction: Andrew Offutt
Aug16

Adventures in Fiction: Andrew Offutt

Adventures in Fiction: Andrew J. Offutt By Ngo Vinh-Hoi Our Adventures in Fiction series is meant to take a look at the writers and creators behind the genre(s) that helped to forge not only our favorite hobby but our lives. We invite you to explore the entirety of the series on our Adventures In Fiction home page. August 16th we celebrate the birth of Andrew J. Offutt, whose passion and talent cemented him into the ranks of Appendix...

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Adventures in Fiction: Lin Carter
Jun11

Adventures in Fiction: Lin Carter

Adventures in Fiction: Lin Carter By Ngo Vinh-Hoi Our Adventures in Fiction series is meant to take a look at the writers and creators behind the genre(s) that helped to forge not only our favorite hobby but our lives. We invite you to explore the entirety of the series on our Adventures In Fiction home page. June 9 marks the anniversary of the birth of Lin Carter, a prolific author who contributed to Appendix N. Here...

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Adventures in Fiction: Manly Wade Wellman
May21

Adventures in Fiction: Manly Wade Wellman

Adventures in Fiction: Manly Wade Wellman By Michael Curtis Our Adventures in Fiction series is meant to take a look at the writers and creators behind the genre(s) that helped to forge not only our favorite hobby but our lives. We invite you to explore the entirety of the series on our Adventures In Fiction home page. May 21 marks the anniversary of the birth of Manly Wade Wellman, a unique contributor to Appendix N. Here is some...

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Adventures in Fiction: Gardner Fox
May19

Adventures in Fiction: Gardner Fox

Adventures in Fiction: Gardner Fox By Jeff Goad Our Adventures in Fiction series is meant to take a look at the writers and creators behind the genre(s) that helped to forge not only our favorite hobby but our lives. We invite you to explore the entirety of the series on our Adventures In Fiction home page. May 20th is the birthdate of Gardner F. Fox. Most people know him as the legendary and prolific writer for DC Comics who...

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Adventures in Fiction: Roger Zelazny
May12

Adventures in Fiction: Roger Zelazny

Adventures in Fiction: Roger Zelazny and the Chronicles of Amber By Steve Bean Our Adventures in Fiction series is meant to take a look at the writers and creators behind the genre(s) that helped to forge not only our favorite hobby, but our lives. We invite you to explore the entirety of the series on our Adventures In Fiction home page. The idea of space gods seems somewhat commonplace today, but Roger Zelazny is the reason...

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