Adventures in Fiction: Fritz Leiber, H.P. Lovecraft, and the Origin of Sword-and-Sorcery Stories
Sep14

Adventures in Fiction: Fritz Leiber, H.P. Lovecraft, and the Origin of Sword-and-Sorcery Stories

Fritz Leiber, H.P. Lovecraft, and the Origin of Sword-and-Sorcery Stories by James Maliszewski In the May 1961 issue of the fantasy fanzine Amra, future stalwart of Appendix N, Michael Moorcock, wrote a letter to the editor in which he proposed the term “epic fantasy” for the literary genre pioneered by Robert E. Howard in his stories of Conan the Cimmerian. In the July issue of that same year, however, Fritz Leiber offered another...

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Films of High Adventure: H.P. Lovecraft
Aug22

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
Aug21

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...

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The Great Debate: The Letters of H.P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard
Jan19

The Great Debate: The Letters of H.P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard

The Great Debate: The Letters of H.P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard  by Brian Murphy If you’re interested in taking a look under the hood of sword-and-sorcery and what makes it tick, a great place to start is the letters of Robert E. Howard and H.P. Lovecraft. Today these are readily available in a highly recommended two-volume set published by Hippocampus Press entitled A Means to Freedom: The Letters of H.P. Lovecraft and...

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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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