The Pledge of the Sword

Today, on the final day of the Kickstarter for Tales From the Magician’s Skull, I poured my heart out to tell you just why I love sword-and-sorcery and why I’m determined to bring the best of it your way.

I hope you enjoy the essay; I hope, also, that you’ll join forces with us and pledge for the magazine, and if you’ve already done THAT then I’ll prevail upon you to help me spread the word one last time!


4 Comments on “The Pledge of the Sword

  1. I will proudly slow clap this entire day for what has been accomplished here. An S&S magazine kickstarter that surpassed the $35,000 mark? That’s exceptional. Heartfelt congratulations for those who dreamed it, designed it, wrote it, pledged it, enabled it, and the proud parents who birthed it. And even a tip of the top for the ol’ Skull himself.
    Magazines have always been essential to me. From perusing the rack at the local 7-11, the comic store or even the long dead newsstand, I was always drawn to magazines. Weird Tales, Eerie, Famous Monsters, The Rampaging Hulk, Circus, Hit Parader, Mad, Cracked, Crazy – and the one that changed it all, The Savage Sword of Conan. Novels, pulps, comics – all have been a huge part of my life, but magazines always had more draw. They were easily digestible in small nibbles or satisfying enough for a long feast.
    But over the years – like mana in Niven’s “The Magic Goes Away” – magazines have faded. They have become smaller. Titles have gone digital or stopped publishing altogether. Yet, S&S is more prevalent than ever due to the Internet, blogs and those keeper of the sacred flame who shall never let it wane.
    Those keepers are at the heart of this new magazine. At the heart of keeping the tales and the delivery of those stories true to their magical, creative and at times, secretive roots. So today, let us celebrate them, welcome a new beginning to an ageless craft and look forward to a bright future fueled by cherished memories from our past.

  2. Troy, thank you for that heartfelt letter. It means an awful lot to me. I’m grateful to you for your support.

  3. Hello HAJ,
    As a lover of all things Conan fiction I have spent quite a bit of time backtracking through your, many splendid posts. Bravo.

    Then I cam across Tales from Magician’s Skull.

    If we (I) missed the Kickstarter how can I purchase this, splendid bit of pulp?

    • Hi Stuart,

      Hey, I’m glad you’ve enjoyed the Conan posts!

      You’re in luck — the issue can be ordered from Goodman Games, right here:

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