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Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Friday, December 4, 2020
Whetstone Issue 2 is now available. You can download it HERE. This issue includes several great stories. Thanks to Chuck Clark (Associate Editor), Nicole Emmelhainz (my wife), Luke Dodd, and all the great contributors for helping us release this issue. We hope you enjoy it. Please share widely!
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Sunday, October 18, 2020
Goodman Games: Digital Panel: The Best Sword and Sorcery of the 20th-Century. Six sword-and-sorcery fans and scholars compare notes about the important works in the genre, starting with foundational fiction and moving on to more recent times. This panel will talk details, not just an author’s name, but why a particular story or novel is worthy of note.
Saturday, September 26, 2020
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Book Review: Deep Cuts: The Alluring Art of Margaret Brundage (2013) by Stephen D. Korshak & J. David Spurlock. "The Alluring Art of Margaret Brundage is not quite a biography, however. It is primarily a collection of obscure but critical sources and essays on her life and work: memoirs and interviews normally only found in moldering and expensive fanzines, as well as new essays that expand on her life before and after Weird Tales. On top of that, the book includes a full gallery of her pulp art, and numerous photos of her life and art you won’t find anywhere else, all reproduced without the clipping or muddying of color typical of a lot of pulp art books. It is a gorgeous production from start to finish—and an enlightening one, as Brundage herself is a fascinating subject."
Dungeon Synth Album: Amn: Lands of Intrigue. "The Lord of Murder shall perish, / But in his doom he shall spawn a score of mortal progeny / Chaos will be sewn from their passage / So sayeth the wise Alaundo / So sayeth the wise Alaundo."
Sunday, September 20, 2020
Library Lucre features short reviews of new sword and sorcery (less than 300 words). Contact us if you have a book you want to review or want us to review. -JRC
Gunthar, Warrior of the Lost World, by Steve Dilks (Carnelian Press, 2020), paperback, 300 pages. Reviewed by Jason Ray Carney.
Friday, September 18, 2020
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Blog Post: The Ten Greatest Sword-and-Sorcery Stories by Robert E. Howard, by D.M. Ritzlin. "I asked a panel of wizened experts (disclaimer: said panel consists solely of myself) to select the ten greatest sword-and-sorcery stories by Robert E. Howard. All of Howard’s most notable characters are represented here: Kull, the Atlantean who became King of Valusia, the Puritan avenger Solomon Kane, and of course, Conan the Cimmerian. If you’re mostly familiar with Howard’s work through the Conan the Barbarian films or comic books, this should prove to be a helpful reading guide."
Digital Gaming Convention: Bride of CyclopsCon in October! "Bride of Cyclops Con will be online everywhere October 16-18, 2020. And this convention will feature not only Dungeon Crawl Classics, but also Dungeons and Dragons, and every other game that you can associate with Goodman Games. We’re talking DCC, MCC, XCC, DCC Lankhmar, D&D, and maybe even some of the others that you don’t think about as much—we’re looking at you, Metamorphosis Alpha, DragonMech, Dinosaur Crawl Classics, and others!"
Academic Blog: The Weird Tales Three and Verbal Black Magic, by Chase A. Folmar. "While reading any of the Weird Tales Three, there’s a certain quote by Clark Ashton Smith that always springs to mind: "My own conscious ideal has been to delude the reader into accepting an impossibility, or series of impossibilities, by means of a sort of verbal black magic, in the achievement of which I make use of prose-rhythm, metaphor, simile, tone-color, counter-point, and other stylistic resources, like a sort of incantation."
Thursday, September 10, 2020
Monday, September 7, 2020
Blog Post: The Silvery Key: Masculinity in S&S: It's Complicated. "Make no mistake: I love this stuff. I was drawn to it as a kid, and inspired to pick up weights to try to look like my heroes of the comics and silver screen. Today I continue to champion and defend it. I push back, hard, against censorious critics who want this type of fiction memory-holed. You can pry my sword-and-sorcery from my cold, dead fingers."
Blog Aggregate: The DMRtian Chronicles, 9/6/202. This is DMR Books weekly aggregate of sword and sorcery and pulp-related and blog posts and news articles.
Academic Blog: The Pavilion Blog: Conan the Barbarian and the Collapse of Civil Discourse. "Make no mistake: this is still a very fun movie and its classic soundtrack works with its visuals and campy, committed performances to create a shockingly thrilling experience. But what I want to focus on here is how the film’s politics map so neatly upon our own in 2020."
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Blog Post: Deep Cuts: "Her Letters To Lovecraft: Catherine Lucille Moore." "If C. L. Moore had never received a letter from Howard Phillips Lovecraft, she would still be known and regarded as one of the greatest Weird Talers of the 1930s. Yet they did correspond, from 1935 until Lovecraft’s death in 1937, and in that brief span of time that exchange of letters changed both of their lives."
Podcast: The Cromcast: A Weird Fiction Podcast (Season 5, Episode 12: "An Owl Hoots in the Daytime." his week, we join John the Balladeer in a lonely cabin at the base of a secluded mountain, where possums as big as dogs wander, an ancient treasure lies buried, and Owls Hoot in the Daytime! This story was one of the later John the Balladeer stories that Manly Wade Wellman published, and it certainly has that feeling of a sort of finality that we couldn't quite put our fingers on to describe accurately!
Reddit Community: /r/Cimmeria Robert E. Howard Reading Club "We are reading through all of Robert E. Howard's Conan stories in order of publication [...]. This month we read and discuss: "The Tower of the Elephant"