This issue was printed in two editions. The deluxe edition, numbered 1–75, uses a black linen cover with foil-stamped blood-red text. The limited edition, numbered 76–225, uses a blood-red cover with solid black text.
- “Cross Plains or Bust” by Leo Grin (Editorial)
- “Cross Plains Memories” by Leo Grin, with Bill “Indy” Cavalier, Mark Finn, Chris Gruber, James Reasoner, Gary Romeo, Damon Sasser, and Tom Verhaaren
- “Sacred Ground” by Robert Weinberg
- “Announcements” by Leo Grin
- “A Spirit on the Wind” by Frank Coffman (poem)
- “He Was Deadly” by Don Herron
- “The Lion’s Den” by Darrell Schweitzer, Gary Romeo,
- James Reasoner, Frank Coffman, and Charles Hoffman
- (letter column)
|Publisher :||Leo Grin|
|Year :||October 2004|
|Format :||Chapbook ( 6.9 x 8.5, saddle stapled)|
|Cover :||Jason Castagna|
|Illustrations :||Jason Castagna|
DELUXE COPIES DESTROYED: 0
LIMITED COPIES DESTROYED: 50
Features a comprehensive Howardian interview with noted Howard editor and religious scholar Robert M. Price, conducted by Ben Zoom, an essay on The Whole Wide World and Christianity by Price, a profusely photographed visit to an interesting Howardian landmark, plus announcements, a meaty Letters column, art, poetry, and more.
Howard’s hybrid of modern hard-boiled sensibility and ancient poetic narration, reminiscent of the best of biblical Genesis, remains unparalleled. As a skald of ancient fantastic epic he exceeds Tolkien, for my money, and I say so as one who loves Tolkien.
— Robert M. Price, from “Reverend Bob on Two-Gun Bob” by Ben Zoom
Bob Howard seemed astonished at Novalyne’s subsequent emotional cooling. Later, he could never understand why she had withdrawn from him. His own natural affections had been overruled by the Muse, a harsh taskmistress, a jealous and possessive bitch.
— from “The Last Temptation of Conan” by Robert M. Price
Several Howard fans over the years have attempted to find the exact set of ruins that Howard posed in front of, but so far none have been successful. Looking at the history, it is easy to see why. . . .
— from “The Ghosts of Fort McKavett” by Leo Grin
Black Vultures soared above the mists, the sun rose redly burning
When Simon the Mage to his ancient land returned with a vengeance-yearning.
— from “Vengeance Quest” by Richard Tierney