Forefathers of Sword and Sorcery: A. Merritt

A. Merritt passed on seventy-five years ago today. He died a very successful man--albeit, overworked and highly stressed--being at the top of his game in the fields of weekly periodical publishing and in the realm of popular literature. He had also left an indelible mark on the formation of the newborn sword and sorcery genre.

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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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Forefathers of Sword and Sorcery: H. Rider Haggard

Haggard stands at the fountainhead and nexus of what I call "exotic adventure fiction." Such fiction moves beyond the sort of stories told up until that time--adventures of pirates, cowboys, swashbucklers, explorers and whatnot-- and adds something extra, something over the top, something truly exotic.

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