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Howie K. Bentley

Howie K. Bentley first encountered sword-and-sorcery in The Savage Sword of Conan magazines when he was a teenager during the early 1980s. This led him to John Milius’s Conan the Barbarian film, and subsequently the Lancer/Ace Conan paperbacks edited by Lin Carter and L. Sprague de Camp.

Bentley is the founder, guitarist, lyricist, and sole composer of two heavy metal bands: Cauldron Born and Briton Rites. He has written a number of novelettes featuring the demon-god Thorn, who is the Cauldron Born mascot and graces the band’s album covers. Thorn, the physical manifestation of the Thorn rune, is a god slayer and a witch maker.

Bentley appears in:
Swords of Steel I
Swords of Steel II
Swords of Steel III
Under a Dim Blue Sun
Scrolls of Legendry #2

 

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Byron A. Roberts

Byron A. Roberts is the vocalist/lyricist and founder of the British symphonic extreme metal band Bal-Sagoth. Originally hailing from Yorkshire, England, Roberts graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with an Honours Degree in English, writing his final year thesis on the genres of pulp fantasy, science fiction and horror, and more specifically the works of H.P. Lovecraft.

Roberts originated Bal-Sagoth's concept and writes all the lyrics for the band, having performed the vocals on all six Bal-Sagoth albums to date as well as the band's 1993 demo.

Roberts appears in:
Swords of Steel I
Swords of Steel II
Swords of Steel III

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E.C. Hellwell

During the recording of Manilla Road's Playground of the Damned, EC Hellwell came to Mark Shelton with a short story he had written, called "Acheronomicon". Shelton read it, and thought the story was so brilliant that he had to put it to music. Shelton had done this before in the early days of Manilla Road. The songs "The Riddle Master," "Cage of Mirrors" and "Time Trap" were all based on Hellwell's stories.

Although Hellwell wrote "The Riddle Master" in the '70s, it went unpublished until 2015 when it appeared in the first Swords of Steel anthology .

Hellwell appears in:
Swords of Steel I
Swords of Steel II
Swords of Steel III

 

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David C. Smith

David C. Smith was born on August 10, 1952, in Youngstown, Ohio. In addition to many essays and short stories, he is the author or coauthor of 22 published novels, primarily in the sword-and-sorcery, horror, and suspense genres.

In addition, Smith is the author of the screenplay Seasons of the Moon, based on his novel; has coauthored the play Coven House; and coauthored the screenplay Magicians, based on the David Trevisan novels. Smith is also author of the postsecondary English grammar textbook Understanding English: How Sentences Work.

Aside from writing fiction, Smith has worked as an advertising copyeditor and English teacher and for more than twenty years as a scholarly medical editor. 

Smith appears in:
Swords of Steel I
Swords of Steel II

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Jeffrey Black

Jeffrey Black is a guitarist and keyboardist currently living in Vancouver, Canada. He has played in several bands including Gatekeeper and Scythia, has appeared on no less than ten physical recordings and makes his living teaching music and performing in bands, musical productions, and as a studio musician. His primary inspirations are Robert E. Howard, Frank Frazetta, Quorthon, Thin Lizzy, and Ayinger Celebrator Dopplebock.

Black appears in:
Swords of Steel I
Swords of Steel II
Swords of Steel III
Scrolls of Legendry #1
Scrolls of Legendry #2