Echoes of Valor II

The book collects nine classic fantasy short stories by various authors, along with associated commentary by the editor and personages associated with the stories. It is notable for issuing the two original versions of Howard’s Conan story “The Frost-Giant’s Daughter”, one for the first time since its original publication, and the other for the first time in print.

Sword & Fantasy #19

No REH stories or poems in this volume, but a review of the movie The Whole Wide World and artwork featuring Robert E. Howard by Rick McCollum.

Contents include articles by and about H.P. Lovecraft. Sword & Sorcery art. Article on the A. Merritt novel THE FACE IN THE ABYSS, and more. Cover by Margaret Brundage.

Ghor, Kin Slayer: The Saga ogf Genseric’s Fifth-Born Son

Anthology/novel based on an unfinished story by Robert E. Howard, with a different author writing each of the 17 chapters. The first 12 chapters were published in five issues of the fanzine Fantasy Crossroads; the remainder appears here for the first time.

Written by Robert E. Howard, Karl Edward Wagner, Joseph Brennan; Richard L. Tierney; Michael Moorcock; Charles R. Saunders; Andrew J. Offutt; Manly Wade Wellman; Darrell Schweitzer; A. E. Van Vogt; Brian Lumley; Frank Belknap Long; Adrian Cole; Ramsey Campbell; H. Warner Munn; Marion Zimmer Bradley; Richard A. Lupoff

The Road of Kings

Non-Howard material.

The Road of Kings is a fantasy novel by Karl Edward Wagner, featuring Robert E. Howard’s sword and sorcery hero Conan the Barbarian. It was first published in paperback by Bantam Books in October 1979. Later paperback editions were issued by Ace Books (1987) and Tor Books 2001. The first trade paperback edition was published by Warner Books in 1989. The first British edition was published by Sphere Books (1986, reissued 1989). Aside from the Bantam and Tor editions, all other editions were issued under the variant title Conan: The Road of Kings.

The Road of Kings

Non-Howard material.

The Road of Kings is a fantasy novel by Karl Edward Wagner, featuring Robert E. Howard’s sword and sorcery hero Conan the Barbarian. It was first published in paperback by Bantam Books in October 1979. Later paperback editions were issued by Ace Books (1987) and Tor Books 2001. The first trade paperback edition was published by Warner Books in 1989. The first British edition was published by Sphere Books (1986, reissued 1989). Aside from the Bantam and Tor editions, all other editions were issued under the variant title Conan: The Road of Kings.

Legion from the Shadows

Robert E. Howard created the character Bran Mak Morn. Karl Edward Wagner wrote this pastiche, continuing the adventures of the Pictish king, Bran Mak Morn. Called Legion from the Shadows (1976), it starts with the destruction of the Roman IX Legion in second century Caledonia under the blades of the savage Picts. 

Wagner’s novel is a direct sequel to Howard’s own Bran Mak Morn story, “Worms of the Earth.”. To avenge his tribesman, crucified at the behest of the sadistic Roman governor, Bran secures the aid of the titular Worms of the Earth, a monstrous race of degenerate subterranean semi-human creatures. It all ends in bloody death and horror, and Bran realizes some forces are too hideous to use even against one’s most hated enemy.

The People of the Black Circle

The People of the Black Circle is a 1977 collection of four Conan short stories. Based on the second of the three hardcover volumes comprising “The Authorized Edition”. Edited by Karl Edward Wagner. The illustrations by Hugh Rankin are from the original pulp publications. There was also a 1977 Science Fiction Book Club edition, which was retypeset and introduced numerous errors.

The Hour of the Dragon

Based on the Berkley/Putnam hardover edition. “The Authorized Edition” of Conan edited, with “foreword” by Karl Edward Wagner. Follows the text of the five-part serial published in WEIRD TALES, December 1935 through April 1936.

Sword & Fantasy #18

Contents include letters by Glenn Lord, Zarfhaana by Glenn Lord (1974), H.P. Lovecraft: The House and the Shadows by J. Vernon Shea, Cthulhu drawing by J. Cockroft (cover of LIGHT, 1946), Lovecraft on Burroughs, Memories of Quinn by E. Hoffman Price (1969), an intervidw with E. Hoffman Price, art folio by Joseph H. Krucher (1962), an interview with Karl Edward Wagner (1975), and more.