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Derek Riggs turns sixty today and, being a longtime fan, I thought a DMR post was in order. As the exclusive artist for Iron Maiden through the 1980s, Riggs painted some of the most iconic metal album covers ever. They certainly blew me away when I first saw them.
“Thirstily he set it to his lips, and as its cool refreshment began to soothe his throat, he thanked Heaven that in a world of much evil there was still so good a thing as ale.”
“Only he who is without anything is without enemies.”
This novel was first published in 1947. It’s still in print – or at any rate was reprinted by Bridge Works in 2002, and probably again since. There are reasons for that. First, it has all the characteristics of a rip-snortingly readable, fast-moving historical pulp adventure. Next, it has a great cast of characters. Last, it is even quality writing!
“Swords of the Red Brotherhood” appears to take place before “Black Vulmea’s Vengeance.” It’s essentially the same story as the Conan yarn “The Black Stranger”, recycled with a different protagonist.
Terence Vulmea is one of my favourite Robert E. Howard characters, and he’s also one about whom I never wrote a post for “Robert E. Howard: Two Gun Raconteur”, so maybe it’s time.