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This week: A Conan cover artist mystery, Moorcock, de Camp, Poe, HPL, Haggard, Merritt, Vance and more.
Howie K. Bentley has been an important part of DMR Books since the very beginning. When I came up with the concept getting heavy metal musicians to write sword and sorcery stories, he was one of the first people I contacted. I could tell by reading the lyrics of his band Cauldron Born that his love and knowledge of the fantasy genre was not merely superficial. With the Swords of Steel Omnibus Edition coming out next week, I thought it would be a good time to learn more about the man who wrote such impressive tales as “All Will Be Righted on Samhain” and “Thannhausefeer’s Guest.”
ERB’s Amtor and Barsoom. Moorcock’s “Old Mars.” Norman’s Gor. “Alan Burt Akers”/Ken Bulmer’s Kregen/Antares. Artist Richard Hescox—who turns 70 today—has painted them all over the course of five decades, making him one of the preeminent living artists in the Sword and Planet field.
When Edgar Allan Poe died that long-ago night in October, 1849, he likely did not reckon that he would, in the twenty-first century, stand astride American literature like a darksome colossus. Whether it be psychological suspense, proto-cosmic horror, detective mysteries or proto-SFF/Lost World adventure, the Man From Baltimore got there first.
One of the new stories appearing in the Swords of Steel Omnibus is “Return to Stynar Vort” by Joe Minichino, vocalist of the epic metal band DoomSword.