Its about time for another one of these. The Godsblade was not the only DMR title I purchased. The other one was Necromancy in Nilztiria, by none other then this year’s NAP finalist D.M.Ritzlin! With the mainstream publishing industry suffering a slow, drawn-out collapse as a result of archaic business models, political co-option and assorted … More [Booktalk] Necromancy in Nilztiria by D.M.Ritzlin
There is no genre of fantastical fiction more fundamental to Dungeons & Dragons then that of Sword & Sorcery. It is perhaps ironic that the days of D&D’s ascension also oversaw the near extinction of the genre that inspired it. The genre that was born from the pens of Howard, Lovecraft and Smith and was … More [Booktalk] The Godblade by J. Christopher Tarpey
Last time on Booktalk we tackled C.A. Smith’s most exotic, most refined and most seductive of worlds in the form of the Zothique Cycle. Today we tackle his Hyperborea Cycle, where we approach what is closest for Smith to what would later be Sword & Sorcery. Indeed! Of all the four cycles that bear elements … More [Booktalk] C.A. Smith’s Hyperborea
As I finish reading the exquisite Collected Fantasies of Clark Ashton Smith Vol 5. by Nightshade Books, the time has come to reflect on that most exotic and alluring of his myriad fantastical worlds, the Zothique cycle. Described in a series of short stories, the exotic funereal world of Zothique, with its swollen crimson sun, … More [Booktalk] The Zothique Cycle by Clark Ashton Smith
William Morris is arguably the world’s first fantasy writer. There were stories with elements in them that the author believed was fiction (just look at the Gothic period), but Morris was the first to set his story in an entirely fictional world. Coming out in 1896, Well at the World’s End spans 4 volumes and … More [Booktalk] The Well at the World’s End (William Morris)
T’has been a while since I last posted, a long 17 days, but things needed doing and now the work continues. Carcosa posting will continue of course, and the read-through of DCC continues also. Fear not friends. In the meantime I feel like blathering on about dumb super-awesome sci-fi by the british Fred Durst of … More [Book Review] Science Fiction for REAL MEN(tm); Biohell by Andy Remic.
On this most festive of holidays, your Prince wishes first and foremost to extend gratitude and salutations to his small body of avid commenters, readers and raggamuffins for what is almost a half year of helpful commentary, irreverent mockery, useful linkeage and associated activities. I wish you all a merry christmas (even my occasional reader … More Christmas, brief mention of the new Star wars and a love letter to the Horus Heresy.