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thedarkman

Member Since 01 Nov 2010
Offline Last Active Sep 28 2014 03:38 PM

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In Topic: Additions to my bookshelf

27 September 2014 - 03:56 AM

Recently picked-up The Savage Warriors and The Great Captains by Henry Treece. Also got Raven #1-Swordmistress of Chaos by Richard Kirk and The Tritonian Ring by L. Sprague deCamp. I have never read any pure deCamp works before, so I will give this one a try. My to-read bookshelf groans in protest...


In Topic: Which current author could best write pastiche Conan?

20 September 2014 - 03:40 PM

The Kull pastiche "Treason in Zagadar" by Adrian Cole is very well done, and proves that with careful author selection and good editorial work, an excellent anthology could be assembled that would be respectful to Howard's worlds, rather than a series of pale imitations. Not easy to do, but I think the talent and respect is out there...


In Topic: Blood And Thunder Historical Fiction

20 September 2014 - 03:32 PM

I just added Henry Treece's The Great Captains to my bookshelf, and that seems to have a gritty, dark ages feel to it.


In Topic: Which current author could best write pastiche Conan?

20 September 2014 - 03:17 PM

I've been bugging Jay@Paradox for over 2 years about possible new pastiche works on the horizon. Although it has been hinted at, nothing new has stirred from him/CPI for 2 years. I suppose they still feel the burn from the series of Hyborian Age adventures published several years ago that didn't do so well. Can't blame them for being cautious. I think enough time has passed since the Turtledove novel (shudder!) to try something new. Get Howard's most popular characters back in print with at least one (possibly more!) multi-author anthologies of short tales that pay tribute to Howard. I know I would be on board for that project. And I bet there would be a long line of current authors looking to sign up!


In Topic: Blood And Thunder Historical Fiction

20 September 2014 - 03:00 PM

Picked-up an unusual paperback the other day called "Excalibur!" (pub 1980) by John Jakes and Gil Kane. Jakes I have read (Brak and various historical pulps) and Kane illustrated one of my favorite Howard tales-Valley of the Worm- in SSOC. I have never heard of this co-authored novel before, but there seems to be a link with Boorman's Excalibur movie, that was released the following year. Not a lot on the internet about the book, and reviews are few. One reviewer complained about "too many gory battles", and of course I was instantly attracted to the book! Anyone out there read this one? Perhaps the master of all things sword-swinging and blood-letting, docpod, has this one on his shelf?