A Robert E. Howard Monday

Flu got a tight hold on me this year and kicked me solidly under my bum. I am on steroids and antibiotics right now because of secondary infection and so I'm constantly irritable. Suffice to say, I have been in a miserable state, both physically and mentally, for the last two weeks. At least until … Continue reading A Robert E. Howard Monday

Black Gate: “Wolves Beyond the Border”

A while ago I mentioned that my good friend Keith West wrote a guest post over at Black Gate as part of the “Hither Came Conan” series that runs every Monday. The series features a different leading Robert E. Howard expert each week, examining one of the original Conan stories, and trying to persuade the reader why the particular story in … Continue reading Black Gate: “Wolves Beyond the Border”

Happy Birthday, Robert E. Howard

I haven't yet dedicated a proper blog post to celebrate the birthday of one of my literary heroes, Robert E. Howard. I'm not sure I can do a better job than what other fans have done and because I'm late, it somehow feels disrespectful to now all of a sudden attempt something grand. I can, … Continue reading Happy Birthday, Robert E. Howard

#Art of Fantasy 99 (Legends): Manuel Sanjulian

Born in 1941 in Barcelona, Manuel Sanjulián started his career illustrating comics for Josep Toutain's art agency Selecciones Ilustrades. During the 1970s Sanjulián illustrated a couple of movie adaptations and a comic serial in Cimoc magazine. His work began to capture the right people's attention and he flourished in the British market, later working for publishers … Continue reading #Art of Fantasy 99 (Legends): Manuel Sanjulian

Skelos – The Journal of Weird Fiction and Dark Fantasy

A few months ago, I supported a Kickstarter campaign for the first issue of Skelos: The Journal of Weird Fiction and Dark Fantasy. The campaign was a massive success, receiving $19,318 from 499 backers after setting a modest goal of only $2,000. Massive success is indeed accurate, but then, it shouldn't come as a surprise. Skelos … Continue reading Skelos – The Journal of Weird Fiction and Dark Fantasy

#Art of Fantasy 18: John Buscema

Today's artist is the award-winning comic book illustrator and penciller, John Buscema. In my humble opinion, his run on Conan the Barbarian was the best there was, and thus, he qualifies to be mentioned here. And because I have so many fond memories from reading Conan and admiring Big John's work, I thought it high … Continue reading #Art of Fantasy 18: John Buscema

#Art of Fantasy 16: Frank Frazetta

I'd say it's about time. I've been so loud on this blog about how much I love Frank Frazetta, how his art inspired me, and yet I have neglected to do an #Art of Fantasy post dedicated to him. I have a good reason, though. As a kid I used to leave the juiciest food for … Continue reading #Art of Fantasy 16: Frank Frazetta