Sword & Fantasy #1

Fanzine published by James Van Hise.

Articles include detailed guides to several classic Robert E. Howard fanzines (CROSS PLAINS, LONE STAR FICTIONEER, etc). Jim also gives a detailed look at the Robert E. Howard story “Valley of the Worm.” There is also the transcript to the Wandering Star Robert E. Howard panel (which I was on) from the 2002 San Diego Comicon. Plus featuring his 7,000 word article on Karl Edward Wagner’s KANE series wherein he reviews and examines every published Kane story Wagner wrote. Jim also takes a detailed look at Gil Kane’s classic sword & sorcery comic BLACKMARK.

This issue also features artwork by Mike Zeck (a vintage Conan illustration he did in the 1970s, which is a real knockout), art by Steve Fabian, Rick McCollum and others. Plus some surprises, like a nice repro of an illo from the WEIRD TALES appearance of “Kings of the Night”.

Oriental Stories Volume 1 number 4

Contains the Howard story ‘Hawks of Outremer’. First published in Oriental Stories (Spring 1931) after being accepted by that magazine in October 1930. “Outremer” (literally, “Oversea”) was how the Crusader states were often called. The story features Howard’s character Cormac Fitzgeoffrey.

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 Collected Letters of Doctor Isaac M. Howard

This volume collects not only Dr. Howard’s letters, but also responses to his letters (and letters to his son, Robert E. Howard) from some of the major players in fantasy fiction at the time: August Derleth, C. L. Moore, Farnsworth Wright, Otis Adelbert Kline, and E. Hoffmann Price. It includes a lengthy Postscript section containing letters from E. Hoffmann Price discussing his acquisition of “The Trunk,” Robert E. Howard’s biography, his travels in Texas, and more. Also includes documents from the Kline Agency, Dr. Howard’s will, and other letters pertaining to the history of Howard publishing. Fully indexed.

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

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