The immortal Frank Frazetta's cover to Robert E. Howard's only Conan novel, HOUR OF THE DRAGON. A high mark of sword-and-sorcery, the edition with this cover painting was retitled CONAN THE CONQUEROR.

Over at www.blackgate.com Jason M. Waltz’s extensive-yet-personalized review of the new Eos Books anthology Swords & Dark Magic: The New Sword & Sorcery has begun a lively debate on the genre. Or is it a sub-genre? Nobody seems to know.

On one hand you have the “strict definition,” which is where Jason comes from, and on the other hand there’s a broader interpretation of what can be considered “Sword-and-Sorcery” fiction. My thoughts tend toward the broader definition. MUCH broader.

Although Robert E. Howard started it all, the genre has gone far beyond the paths he trod. Or has it? Is S&S a “dead genre” or is it alive and well?

Check out the dialogue and JOIN the discussion right here:

http://www.blackgate.com/2010/06/23/a-review-of-swords-dark-magic-the-new-sword-sorcery/#more-8360

Peace!

John