Howie K. Bentley - The DMR Interview

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.”

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The Norse Sagas of Poul Anderson: Hrolf Kraki's Saga and "The Tale of Hauk"

Just like The Broken Sword, Hrolf Kraki’s Saga is another dark Viking tale with many grim themes such as rape, violent betrayal, murdering of kin and incestuous relationships.  Again, there is a degree of witchcraft and sorcery that takes place, as well as quite a bit of great fighting and battle scenes.  

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Metallic Mirrors Part Two: Ken Kelly

Ken Kelly is a titan in the field of fantasy illustration. He’s done original paintings for a few classic metal albums, such as Manowar’s Kings of Metal and Rainbow’s Rising, but a good deal more records feature his work, especially those depicting Conan and other Robert E. Howard characters.

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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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