Perilous Momentum

An Iconic Frank Frazetta painting of Conan.

At long last the official web page of the new book imprint I work for has launched, although it’s more of a starter page. There are ambitious plans afoot for what the web site will contain. You can see the beginnings of it here, and if you click around you’ll find a brilliant essay by the brilliant Bill Ward. He’s written a number of essays for the site, and so has the equally brilliant Ryan Harvey, but in its primal form the web site is only showing a few pieces. Nor does it permit comments on the article page, but it will eventually.

You can also see an excerpt from John Chris Hocking’s second Conan novel, Conan and the Living Plague.

While many with the imprint are in Frankfurt this week, I’m editing some more Conan work. And I’m also revisiting some Conan pastiche. I’d never read Conan and the Grim Grey God by Sean Moore all the way through, and you know what, it’s pretty good. I don’t think he quite got some of the feel right, but he comes really, really close. This one of his is definitely going on my best of pastiche list. If the poor fellow hadn’t died so young I’d definitely be pushing to reach out to him for more work.



4 Comments on “Perilous Momentum

  1. I’m pretty pumped about these future Conan projects, and I’m glad that Hocking’s Living Plague will see publication; what I’ve read thus far is excellent. I also got the impression that other REH creations will be featured in various novels, like Belit and Shevatas. Any chance there will be further tales of Bran Mak Morn, El Borak, Cormac Fitzgeoffrey or Cormac Mac Art? Also, I’d love to see the saga of Esau Cairn continued, and there must be more lives of James Allison that need telling…

  2. Hey Troy — sure, send it my way!

    Stan, it’s just a really good book, no question about it. I’m delighted to see it going into print at last.

    I’m not yet sure what the future will hold, because the imprint is still so very new. But it is my sincere hope that only the finest writers with a strong sense of the characters, the world, and the style of REH, are allowed anywhere near his work. It may take us a while to find those people. It’s not just that future writers have to be talented. They have to UNDERSTAND the original work at a very deep level! Some previous writers loved Conan, but just didn’t seem to really understand the character, judging by the resulting work…

    • You hit the nail on the head Howard. Understanding the character. In my somewhat limited exposure to current fantasy/adventure/historical writers, Scott Oden is the first one who jumps into my mind. Of course,Mr Hocking is a no brainer, and Stackpole did wonderful work with the novelization of the disappointing Conan 2011 movie. I understand Ramsey Campbell did a pretty good job of the Solomon Kane movie novelization, not sure if he would be an option. I think David C Smith would be a great contributor, and he’s familiar with the material. Possibly Keith Taylor, a fantastic writer of historical S&S; his Bard tales are truly excellent. I wonder if Charles Saunders would be interested, he’s a living legend in Sword and Soul circles…
      Man, the list is endless, but the same question remains. Can they capture the essence of the character? REH, at his best, was lightning in a bottle. Tough act to follow.

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