Under the Spell of Keith Taylor’s Bard Songs
May07

Under the Spell of Keith Taylor’s Bard Songs

Under the Spell of Keith Taylor’s Bard Songs by Brian Murphy Tomorrow all will be known, and you’re not aloneSo don’t be afraid of the dark and coldBecause the Bard’s songs will remain ~ “The Bard’s Song,” Blind Guardian A characteristic of good sword-and-sorcery is earthiness; even if not set in some ancient age of our own earth, sword-and-sorcery nevertheless is typically gritty, even grimy, in its realism. Joseph McCullough once...

Read More
A Profile of Legendary Illustrator Alex Raymond
May05

A Profile of Legendary Illustrator Alex Raymond

A Profile of Alex Raymond by Joshua LH Burnett Few people have influenced American comics as much as Alex Raymond. While “Jungle Jim” and “Rip Carson” may not be household names, Raymond’s most famous creation, Flash Gordon, is so ingrained into American pop culture that simply his name can be used as shorthand for a specific type of heroic, romantic science fiction. Alex Raymond’s career was short, and his death came far too soon,...

Read More
Clark Ashton Smith: The Necromantic Poet of Weird Tales
Apr30

Clark Ashton Smith: The Necromantic Poet of Weird Tales

Clark Ashton Smith: The Necromantic Poet of Weird Tales by Ryan Harvey During the halcyon days of Weird Tales in the 1920s and ‘30s, three writers became so closely linked with the magazine, and so closely linked to each other through their exchange of letters and ideas, that they’re known today as the “Weird Tales Triumvirate”: H. P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, and Clark Ashton Smith. Lovecraft and Howard have achieved posthumous...

Read More
Now Available for Pre-Order: Tales From The Magician’s Skull #6 – Featuring Fafhrd and The Gray Mouser!
Apr28

Now Available for Pre-Order: Tales From The Magician’s Skull #6 – Featuring Fafhrd and The Gray Mouser!

It is time to return to Lankhmar in the pages of Tales From The Magician’s Skull #6! Issue #6 of Tales From The Magician’s Skull is now available for pre-order! This exciting issue is scheduled to ship in June, and contains an amazing array of sword-and-sorcery fiction that will thrill the reader, and begins our new series of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser stories! As we previously announced, we reached an agreement with the...

Read More
The Self-Made Mind: The Art of Clark Ashton Smith
Apr27

The Self-Made Mind: The Art of Clark Ashton Smith

Clark Ashton Smith, an untutored genius self-educated in both poetry and pulp, also turned his restless mind to art. In everything from his simple line sketches and watercolor landscapes, to his carving and sculpture, Smith demonstrates the same characteristics of baroque intricacy, imaginative grotesquery, and dark humor that are a hallmark of his writing. With names like “Venusian Swamp-Man,” “The King of...

Read More
Short Sorcery: C.L. Moore’s “Hellsgarde”
Apr23

Short Sorcery: C.L. Moore’s “Hellsgarde”

Short Sorcery: C.L. Moore’s “Hellsgarde” by Bill Ward C.L. Moore’s Jirel of Joiry is the kind of character a writer can build a series of stories around, sharply defined in ways that make her both immediately compelling and comprehensible to an audience, but with enough nuance to not only keep a reader engaged, but to ground the character in believability. And believing in Jirel – a flame-haired Medieval Lady with a temper...

Read More