Ballantine Adult Fantasy: William Hope Hodgson
Jul26

Ballantine Adult Fantasy: William Hope Hodgson

William Hope Hodgson, godfather to cosmic horror and ghost detectives alike, had two books reprinted in the Ballantine Adult Fantasy line, The Boats of the Glen Carrig and The Night Land. The Night Land was published in two volumes because of its length — more controversially it received heavy editing from series editor Lin Carter to render Hodgson’s deliberately difficult prose more accessible. Both covers from Robert...

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Appendix N Archaeology: The Ballantine Adult Fantasy Series
Jun21

Appendix N Archaeology: The Ballantine Adult Fantasy Series

Our Appendix N Archaeology and Adventures in Fiction series are 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. Appendix N Archaeology: The Ballantine Adult Fantasy Series by Michael Curtis More than a decade before Gary Gygax assembled...

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The Far-Flung Literary Webs of Manly Wade Wellman
May24

The Far-Flung Literary Webs of Manly Wade Wellman

The Far-Flung Literary Webs of Manly Wade Wellman by Brian Murphy I’ve always been interested in the great chain of influence, the through-lines from one writer to the next. And I still get a thrill when I discover them, or better yet, experience them in the texts themselves. One of these great through-lines is Manly Wade Wellman (1903-1986). While he does not seem widely read today, the threads of Manly’s life and work are...

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No Darkness Without Light: Roger Zelazny’s Jack of Shadows
May20

No Darkness Without Light: Roger Zelazny’s Jack of Shadows

No Darkness Without Light: Roger Zelazny’s Jack of Shadows by Bill Ward “I am Jack of Shadows!” he cried out. “Lord of Shadow Guard! I am Shadowjack, the thief who walks in silence and in shadows! I was beheaded in Igles and rose again from the Dung Pits of Glyve. I drank the blood of a vampire and ate a stone. I am the breaker of the Compact. I am he who forged a name in the Red Book of Ells. I am the prisoner in the jewel. I...

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Adventures in Fiction: Roger Zelazny and the Chronicles of Amber
May12

Adventures in Fiction: Roger Zelazny and the Chronicles of Amber

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...

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