Clark Ashton Smith

Interview with Robert MacAnthony, Founder of Long Count Press

Interview with Robert MacAnthony, Founder of Long Count Press

An interview with Robert MacAnthony, founder of the new speculative fiction small press Long Count Press. Read More »

Interview – Jonathan Oliver

Interview – Jonathan Oliver

Gary Dalkin interviews one of the hardest working editors in the UK - Jonathan Oliver Read More »

Book Review: Azieran Adventures Presents Artifacts and Relics

Book Review: Azieran Adventures Presents Artifacts and Relics

A review of the sword and sorcery anthology Read More »

JACK VANCE: VISIONS OF A DYING EARTH

After the last few S&S works of the early 1940s, such as “Dragon Moon” by Henry Kuttner and the short-lived Unknown, Sword & Sorcery lost steam. With Robert E. Howard dead for five or more years, Heroic Fantasy became a thing of t... Read More »

BLUE PENCILS AND BLOODY SWORDS: EDITORS OF S&S

It’s easy to discuss authors for their contributions are evident. You just have to read the stories. The great editors are harder to corral, for the editor’s job is one of selection, guidance, subjective acts that may be hard to understan... Read More »

NOT QUITE SWORD & SORCERY: EARLY FANTASY

NOT QUITE SWORD & SORCERY: EARLY FANTASY

Robert E. Howard may have invented Sword & Sorcery with the first King Kull tale, but he was not the only author working with the raw materials of heroic fantasy. We have already mentioned C. L. Moore and her Jirel of Joiry stories, which were pu... Read More »

Supernatural Horror In Literature

Stefan Grabiński The appeal of the spectrally macabre is generally narrow because it demands from the reader a certain degree of imagination and a capacity for detachment from every-day life. Relatively few are free enough from the spell of the dail... Read More »

Of Shadows and Serpent – The First Sword & Sorcery Tale

When people think of 1929 they usually recall the Great Depression and “Black Tuesday” (October 29th). I prefer to think of it as the year Sword & Sorcery was born. For S&S, like its greatest hero, Conan, was a child of the Great... Read More »