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#1 El Borak's Li'l Brother

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Posted 08 January 2005 - 02:03 AM

DelRey is releasing this book May 31st.
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Posted 08 January 2005 - 02:33 AM

I am finishing up the hardcover now, great book! I see on the cover of the softcover version it says something about a newly discovered, never published story. Which is that, does anyone know? The material listed as published for the first time in the hardcover is a poem and several drafts of already published stories. Are they trying to pass off a poem as a newly discovered story or is there something new in the softcover?

"Roll on me like a flood, now, if ye dare! Before your viper fangs drink my life I will reap your multitudes like ripened barley - of your severed heads will I build a tower and of your mangled corpses will I rear up a wall!" - Bran Mak Morn in "Worms of the Earth"


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Posted 08 January 2005 - 06:12 PM

I imagine the "new" story is the poem advertised in the hardcover as "first time in print". I think I posted the poem on the REH poems thread awhile back. The hardcover is absolutely beautiful and one of my favorite books in my REH collection. Are the beautiful plates by Gianni going to be in color for the soft cover?

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Posted 08 January 2005 - 07:18 PM

I got an answer on this at Terry Allen's yahoo group. I will just copy it here instead of trying to explain it:

>>>>> Rusty recently posted this over on Innercircle

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" One previously unpublished fragment will be included in the paperback
edition of BRAN MAK MORN: THE LAST KING. In THE LAST CELT, it's
listed as "The Wheel Turns," though in fact it has no title. When
Patrice got a copy of it from Glenn, he quickly realized it was the
"book" Howard mentioned to Clyde Smith in 1923:

"I'm writing a book which doubtless would make you tired and would
sound like a lot of fool stuff to most folks, but as I am writing it
for my own amusement, the opinion of other people about it dont [sic]
interest me, as I know of.

"The book takes in lots of territory and a lot of characters. Some of
the characters are, Ammon the Amalekite who was a famous swordsman,
Swift-Foot the tree-man, Tostig the Mighty, a viking and something of
a villian [sic], Hakon, a Norseman and crafty as a fox, Bran Mak Morn
who was the greatest chief the Picts ever had and many others too
numerous to mention."

In what has come to us, there is no mention of Bran Mak Morn, though
there is one segment about a Pict named "Merak." It's a reincarnation
story, very interesting for the Howard fan and scholar, but also an
example of what you can expect of even the best among the unpublished
stuff: unfinished, flashes of Howardian brilliance alternated with
flawed or cliched or outright lame prose. "

"Roll on me like a flood, now, if ye dare! Before your viper fangs drink my life I will reap your multitudes like ripened barley - of your severed heads will I build a tower and of your mangled corpses will I rear up a wall!" - Bran Mak Morn in "Worms of the Earth"


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Posted 09 January 2005 - 02:33 AM

Good info - I wonder if it will just be added or if something else will be deleted to accommodate the new fragment?

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Posted 09 January 2005 - 10:44 AM

Added .

The WS guys are taking the advantage with the DR's of updating any info. , similarly if there were any typos that appeared in the WS editions they should have changed them in the DR's .

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Posted 10 January 2005 - 12:02 AM

Good info - I wonder if it will just be added or if something else will be deleted to accommodate the new fragment?

My question is whether or not Rusty Burke is going to rewrite his Introduction and apppendecies to the Bran book to include the newly discovered typescript (I hope)? He does great stuff. :-)
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Posted 24 January 2005 - 05:29 PM

Actually, as soon as Rusty told us about the story, which was discovered by Patrice Louinet, we leapt at the opportunity to publish it. It's only a peripheral to the saga of the Picts, but after a bit of discussion we realized, hey! It's something the fans will love, and they won't have to pay anything more for it. So where's the down side?

And we asked Rusty to write a short intro specifically about the story. Together, the intro and story are about 31 pages long.

On top of that, when the book was coming together, we discovered that we had several blank pages in the back, so we decided to run some of the artwork from Gary Gianni's sketchbook--the one Wandering Star did as a small book unto itself. We contacted Wandering Star, then Gary, and everyone agreed. So BRAN MAK MORN is going to be a serious windfall for Howard fans.

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Posted 24 January 2005 - 08:52 PM

Great news indeed . It's nice to see a publisher taking interest in the books rather than just being happy to re-print what came out from WS originally.

Well done

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Posted 26 January 2005 - 08:14 PM

Folks:
Please don't hesitate to spread the word (about the new material in BRAN MAK MORN, for example) to the other Robert E. Howard sites. My editorial duties don't allow me to hit all of the sites as much as I'd like, but I do want Howard fans to know that we have new stuff coming their way. The more readers we pick up, the more books we'll be able to publish.

So I'm grateful for any help you can offer. These books are indeed a labor of love, and it's always wonderful to see them succeed.

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Posted 26 April 2005 - 09:19 PM

Why does the cover of the paperback edition say that it has a newly discovered story? Is this story not in the original Wandering Star book? And why is the cover painting not even in the original hardback at all?

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Posted 26 April 2005 - 09:51 PM

Why does the cover of the paperback edition say that it has a newly discovered story? Is this story not in the original Wandering Star book? And why is the cover painting not even in the original hardback at all?

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The new story was discovered after the Wandering Star book (beautiful book, one of my favorites in my collection and I love the audio version of "Worms of the Earth") and so is only in the softcover version.

"Roll on me like a flood, now, if ye dare! Before your viper fangs drink my life I will reap your multitudes like ripened barley - of your severed heads will I build a tower and of your mangled corpses will I rear up a wall!" - Bran Mak Morn in "Worms of the Earth"


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Posted 26 April 2005 - 10:27 PM

The new story was discovered after the Wandering Star book (beautiful book, one of my favorites in my collection and I love the audio version of "Worms of the Earth") and so is only in the softcover version.

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Darn! Now I'll have to get a new hardback copy from the science fiction book club, and it will not be cloth, either.

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Posted 27 April 2005 - 05:58 AM

hey KORAK, welcome back to these forums! :)

i look forward to more postings of your great passion [for all things REH ], wisdom, + humour.

btw, your posts in 'crom anti-god' + 'death of howard' are very good. thanks for your insightful views.

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Posted 27 April 2005 - 06:14 AM

Hey, BP! Good to see you! I saw some avatars on the site that are very buxom you should use. :rolleyes:

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Posted 27 April 2005 - 03:44 PM

Seems to be being asked _everywhere_ :D

Terry

FromRusty Burke to TheREH Comics Group

The Del Rey edition will also feature the first-time publication of
the "novel" (only three chapters survive, and perhaps only the three
were ever written) which Howard mentioned to his friend Clyde Smith in
an October 1923 letter (p. A2 of THE LAST KING for those following
along): "I'm writing a book which doubtless would make you tired and
would sound like a lot of fool stuff to most folks, but as I am
writing it for my own amusement, the opinion of other people about it
don't interest me, as I know of.
"The book takes in a lot of territory and a lot of characters. Some
of the characters are Ammon the Amalekite, who was a famous swordsman,
Swift-Foot, the tree-man, Tostig the Mighty, a viking and something of
a villian, Hakon, a Norseman and crafty as a fox, Bran Mak Morn, who
was the greatest chief the Picts ever had, and many others too
numerous to mention."

Unfortunately, Bran does not appear in the surviving typescript, but
there is a segment concerning a Pict named Merak whose village is
raided by Norsemen. All the other characters mentioned in the letter
are present in the story. It is a very early precursor to the later
James Allison stories, in which the character remembers previous
incarnations. The story was not "discovered" until after THE LAST
KING had been published. Actually, it is listed in Glenn Lord's THE
LAST CELT, under "Unpublished Fiction," as "The Wheel Turns," but
until Patrice Louinet received the typescript from Glenn and realized
what it was, the connection between this and the 1923 letter to Smith
had never been made.

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Posted 27 April 2005 - 06:23 PM

Thanks, again, Terry, for the third time this morning! :)

I just returned to this board yesterday, so I have been making the rounds! The story sounds really fascinating, I can hardly wait.

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Posted 28 April 2005 - 02:05 AM

Hey, BP! Good to see you! I saw some avatars on the site that are very buxom you should use.  :rolleyes:

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thanks, but i have already worn all those 'buxom' avatars [avs] before [ i created them ], + i will wear some more 'sexy' avs again soon..

nice to see u wearing 1 of my other av faces. [ i made about 16 avs for this site a while ago, + some more are in production ]
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Posted 28 April 2005 - 02:44 AM

Buxom Sorceress writes- thanks, but i have already worn all those 'buxom' avatars [avs] before [ i created them ], + i will wear some more 'sexy' avs again soon..
nice to see u wearing 1 of my other av faces. [ i made about 16 avs for this site a while ago, + some more are in production ]


I really missed you from the Savage World, girl! :)

If you can make a nice King Kull avatar that I can use, I will owe you a big favor and be your loyal buddy for life. Of course, I already am, but that is entirely beside the point....

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Posted 28 April 2005 - 05:16 AM

If you can make a nice King Kull avatar that I can use, I will owe you a big favor and be your loyal buddy for life. Of course, I already am, but that is entirely beside the point....

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i have the pic of the famous king kull model /figure - its him wearing a simple crown with 3 red gems on it, + he carries an axe across his body.
the head with crown close-up would make a good avatar. B)

would u like that 1 ?
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