Edited by Leo Grin | Illustrated by Socar Myles | 40 pages
This issue was printed in two editions. The deluxe edition, numbered 1–75, uses a black linen cover with foil-stamped amethyst text. The limited edition, numbered 76–225, uses an amethyst cover with solid black text.
- “Travels Across Time” by Leo Grin (Editorial)
- “In the Middle of the Street” by Rob Roehm
- “Coins of the Cimmerians” by Joseph Linzalone
- “Six Degrees to Cross Plains” by Barbara Barrett
- “Robert E. Howard in The Summit County Journal” by Ed Blohm
- “Requiescat in Pace: John L. Corrinet, 1927-2008”
- “Beled-El-Djinn” by Richard Tierney (poem)
- “The Lion’s Den” by Richard Toogood, Mark Finn, Brian Leno, Gary Romeo, Darrell Schweitzer, Don Herron, Ed Blohm, Morgan Holmes, and Donald Sidney-Fryer (letter column)
|Publisher :||Leo Grin|
|Year :||June 2008|
|Format :||Chapbook ( 6.9 x 8.5, saddle stapled)|
|Cover :||Socar Myles|
|Illustrations :||Socar Myles|
DELUXE COPIES DESTROYED: 12
LIMITED COPIES DESTROYED: 60
Features an article investigating the details of Howard’s 1934 car accident, a piece on the ancient coinage of the historical Cimmerians that breaks new numismatic ground, an interview with one of the last people alive who knew the Howards, a detailed exploration of Howard’s years-long appearances in Colorado’s Summit County Journal, an obituary for one of the world’s premier Howard collectors, plus poetry by Richard L. Tierney, art from Socar Myles, and lots of letters in the Lion’s Den.
The Cimmerians minted coins with a lion’s head in profile, but in a distinctive linear style. Something that may surprise even seasoned collectors is the fact that two series of issues actually were created. The first design (as shown in “Hecte A,” “Hemi-Hecte A,” and “1/24th A” above) depicts the lion’s eyes both together,
crowding the profile, flounder style. But we also see another, previously unknown style (“Trite A,” “Trite B,” and “Hecte B” above) with a single eye in profile. The existence of this second issue — represented in all denominations from trite through fractions — is being proposed here in this article for the very first time..
— from “Coins of the Cimmerians” by Joseph Linzalone
Collectors and scholars should keep in mind that there are several important facts concerning the “Breckenridge” Elkins serials as they appeared in The Summit County Journal. Two of the stories are first appearances….
— from “Robert E. Howard in The Summit County Journal” by Ed Blohm
It was a city of Assyrian kings,
But now from drifted sands its ramparts rise
Like crumbling tombstones dark against bleak skies
Where scornful vultures soar on silent wings.
— from “Beled-el-Djinn” by Richard L. Tierney
If the object of [S. T. Joshi’s essay on REH] was to undermine the Bran series’ artistic merit by disputing Howard’s aptitude for research, then I fear it is only Mr. Joshi’s scholarly credentials which can be judged to have come a cropper here. There is no point in my repeating the essay’s manifold errors with relation to the Celtic tribes, as Morgan has already presented his own compelling argument on this score. What most struck me upon reading the piece was the number of errors it contained concerning Roman history. I stand to be corrected on this point, but I was under the impression that this was a topic Mr. Joshi was equipped to approach with some authority. Whether or not this is the case, the essay was riddled with errors, errors which run the gamut from dubious assertions to blatant inaccuracies.
— Richard Toogood, writing in The Lion’s Den