Metallic Mirrors Part One: Michael Whelan

The subject matter of heavy metal lyrics often mirrors that of sword and sorcery fiction. Sometimes the mirror is more than metaphorical, when bands show their dedication to their fantasy concepts by using album artwork identical to images that have appeared on the covers of novels and anthologies.

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Forefathers of Sword and Sorcery: H.P. Lovecraft

H.P. Lovecraft was born one hundred and twenty-eight years ago today and when it comes to the Forefathers of Sword and Sorcery, he is truly a Great Old One. The two co-founders of sword and sorcery fiction both considered HPL to be possibly the greatest living writer and all of the First Generation S&S authors were part of the Lovecraft Circle. All of them.

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