Archive for July, 2018


Ever since the great Tanith Lee passed away, I’ve been meaning to make time for going back and 1) reading some of her important works that I may have missed, and 2) re-reading some of my TL favorites. Now that summer is in full swing, my reading season is here at last.

In the past few years DAW has done a terrific job of releasing much of Tanith’s early back catalog, including the 1976 fantasy classic THE STORM LORD, and it’s two sequels. I’m reading that now and really loving it.

Looking at the great covers this book has been blessed with for over forty years, you can see from these images alone what a powerful story this is. A few years back I found and bought a huge paperback called WARS OF VIS that collected the first two books, but these days I’ve grown used to reading on my Kindle (for various reasons), so this gave me the chance to get all three VIS novels as e-books.

I’m glad to see that DAW has plans for even more Tanith Lee reprints, and they have already released new editions of the TALES FROM THE FLAT EARTH series–which many consider to be Tanith’s greatest masterpiece. However, THE STORM LORD was written directly before she started writing the first of the Flat Earth books, so it’s a look at her creative genius still in its formative stages. She was writing at a breakneck pace in the 70s, and that period is my favorite of her long and distinguished career.

 

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The second Magtone story, “Clouds Like Memories, Words Like Stones” is appearing in the pages of WEIRDBOOK #39, on sale now.

Magtone of Karakutas is a poet-thief and a reluctant wizard, the lone survivor of a doomed metropolis. On his trusty flying carpet he soars across a world of lost kingdoms and fading civilizations, ever in search of Odaza, City of Walking Gods. Along the way he meets quite a few interesting folks–in “Clouds” these include a noble tribe of lion-folk and a raging dragon older than mountains.

Each Magtone story is self-contained, but reading them in order will give you the sense of a bigger picture. The first one, “The Veneration of Evil in the Kingdom of Ancient Lies” appeared two issues back in WEIRDBOOK #37.

Table of Contents for WB #39:

•HORROR AROUND THE BEND, by Franklyn Searight
•A TINY CUT, by Samson Stormcrow Hayes
•POSTHUMOUS, by Marlane Quade Cook
•PAGES FROM AN INVISIBLE BOOK, by Darrell Schweitzer
•THAT NAME WAS EVOC, by Lorenzo Crescentini
•MISDIAGNOSED, by Jackie Bee
•DOG DROOL, by Frederick J. Mayer
•THE VENUSIAN MANTIS, by Teege Braune
•THE COLOR OF THE GODS, by Ken Heuler
•SPAWNING GROUND, by Hannah Lackoff
•CURSE OF THE DARK QUEEN, by Lily Luchesi
•MONIKA UNRAVELING, by Rebecca House
•CRAWLING WITH THEM, by Jason Zwiker
•SEVEN SISTERS, by James Machin
•THE HOUSE IN THE MOUNTAINS, by Michael Washburn
•EYES WITHOUT A FACE, by Thomas Vaughn
•CLARTLEY CHOWDER, by Richie Brown
•DOMINION OVER ABBADON, by Richard J. O’Brien
•DIVINE WIND OF THE DARK, by Frank Schildiner
•SKRIK, by Bekki Pate
•THE FERRYMAN’S JOURNAL, by Ed Burkley
•DEMIURGE, by Mark A. Fitch
•AND IN HER EYES THE CITY DROWNED, by Kyla Lee Ward
•CLOUDS LIKE MEMORIES, WORDS LIKE STONES, by John R. Fultz
•UP THE LAZY RIVER, by Adrian Cole

Poetry and Short Stories
•EA CARPE NOCTIS, by Frank Coffman
•THE CURSED, by Julio Toro San Martin and Hank Simmons
•BAD NIGHT, by Lucy Snyder
•SONGS OF THE QUAIL, by Jessica Amanda Salmonson
•SYLVAN SIMALCRUM, by Chad Hensley
•MISTER DORTON’S CATS, by Russ Parkhurst
•MISKATONIC ETUDES, by James P. Roberts
•THE AUTUMN PEOPLE, by Kurt Newton

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