Blades for France

Dark Agnes de Chastillon (also known as Agnes de Chastillon, Dark Agnes, Agnes de la Fere and The Sword Woman) is a fictional character created by Robert E. Howard and the protagonist of three stories set in 16th Century France, which were not printed until long after the author’s death.

The character of Agnes was beaten by her father and almost forced into an arranged marriage. She avoids this by killing the bridegroom and running away. She meets Etienne Villiers, who at first attempts to sell her to a brothel, and Guiscard de Clisson, a mercenary captain who trains her as a swordswoman. When de Clisson is killed, Agnes heads for Italy with Villiers.

The story in this chapbook is the second where Agnes, still with her sidekick Etienne Villiers, faces international intrigue with Cardinal Thomas Wolsey. 

Oriental Stories Volume 2 number 1

“The Sowers of the Thunder” is a historical fiction short story by American writer Robert E. Howard, originally published in Oriental Stories, Winter 1932. It takes place in Outremer (the Crusader states) in the time of General Baibars and deals with the General’s friendly/adversarial relationship with Cahal Ruadh O’Donnell, an Irish Crusader with a troubled past cut in the Howardian mold. Both the Siege of Jerusalem (1244) and the Battle of La Forbie feature in the plot.

The Complete ORIENTAL STORIES Volume 1

Facsimile copy of Oriental Stories #1 – #3
The first of three massive hardcover facsimile volumes totaling more than 1200 pages with the complete contents from the original run of ORIENTAL STORIES. All the stories & illustrations. All the verse. Plus letters to the editor. Scanned right from the original pulp pages. No editing. No reset text. 
“The Voice of El-Lil” is illustrated by Donald von Gelb
“Red Blades of Black Cathay” is illustrated by Joseph Doolin

The Complete ORIENTAL STORIES Volume 2

Facsimile copy of Oriental Stories #4 – #6
The second of three massive hardcover facsimile volumes totaling more than 1200 pages with the complete contents from the original run of ORIENTAL STORIES. All the stories & illustrations. All the verse. Plus letters to the editor. Scanned right from the original pulp pages. No editing. No reset text. 
“Hawks of Outremer” is illustrated by Joseph Doolin
“The Blood of Bellshazzar” is illustrated
by Joseph Doolin

The Complete ORIENTAL STORIES Volume 3

Facsimile copy of Oriental Stories #7 – #9
The third of three massive hardcover facsimile volumes totaling more than 1200 pages with the complete contents from the original run of ORIENTAL STORIES. All the stories & illustrations. All the verse. Plus letters to the editor. Scanned right from the original pulp pages. No editing. No reset text. 
“The Sowers of the Thunder” is illustrated by Joseph Doolin
“Lord of Samarcand” is illustrated by Joseph Doolin

The Complete MAGIC CARPET Magazine

A massive hardcover facsimile volume with the complete contents from the original run of MAGIC CARPET MAGAZINE. All the stories & illustrations. All the verse. Plus letters to the editor. Scanned right from the original pulp pages. No editing. No reset text.

Facsimile copy of the complete run of Magic Carpet Magazine (5 issues), including front covers (B&W), but not rear covers.

The First edition is limited to 50 numbered copies and includes a frontispiece by Neil Mechem.
Book design by Neil and Leigh Mechem