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.
Around the same time that he was getting heavily into Robert E. Howard’s Conan stories, Howie discovered Edgar Rice Burroughs’s John Carter of Mars paperbacks. Howard and Burroughs helped shape his interests in reading early on. Later on when he moved to Georgia, Howie began to comb Atlanta for any sword-and-sorcery books that he could find.
Howie comments, "What the 1950s did with westerns for my father’s generation, I feel as if the 1980s did for sword-and-sorcery to a somewhat comparable but lesser degree for my generation.”
Howie K. Bentley is also 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.