I received an e-mail the other day from longtime TGR contributor Charles Saunders informing me that Night Shade Books had pulled the plug on the Imaro series. The series originally appeared in the 1980’s, published by DAW, but also ended abruptly after publication of three of five planned volumes. Citing poor sales, Night Shade cancelled the series after publishing just two volumes of the series. Needless to say Charles is devastated, but vows to soldier on.
For those of you haven’t read any of the Imaro stories, you are in for a treat. Charles has created one of the greatest heroes in heroic fantasy history and his vision of Imaro’s Africanesque world is every bit as rich and exciting as Howard’s own Hyborian Age. In my mind, Charles comes the closet of any writer of capturing the true spirit of Howard, being a great visionary and storyteller. Imaro is truly first rate fantasy fiction from a first rate author.
So if you haven’t ordered your copies, please do so now and drop Night Shade a line and ask them to reconsider their decision. If all else fails, keep your fingers crossed that Charles can find a new publisher to finally realize his dream of seeing the entire Imaro saga in print.