Nemedian Dispatches 2010 — No. 2

This is the second installment of the online version of Nemedian Dispatches. I’m taking this feature from the print journal and bringing it to the website. Four times a year, Nemedian Dispatches will highlight new and upcoming appearances of Howard’s fiction in print, as well as Howard in other types of media.

In Print:

A Thunder of Trumpets, by Robert E. Howard (Weird Works, Vol. 10)
Just out from Wildside Press is the final volume of The Weird Works of Robert E. Howard. A Thunder of Trumpets is the tenth book in the series and contains mostly fiction and verse published in Weird Tales after Howard’s death.  Contents and ordering information can be found on Wildside’s website. Also, check out this previous post for more information on the history of the series.

Conversations with the Weird Tales Circle
This is a massive volume that details the lives and careers of the notable Weird Tales writers. The Weird Tales authors  profiled include H.P.  Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, Robert E. Howard, Frank Belknap Long, Seabury  Quinn, E. Hoffmann Price, Henry Kuttner, C. L. Moore, Lee Brown Coye, Hannes  Bok, August Derleth, Edmond Hamilton, Manly Wade Wellman, Fritz Leiber,  Ray Bradbury, Robert Bloch, Donald Wandrei, Mary Elizabeth Counselman, and others.

The book has a number of sections that contain letters and essays by the writers, with many interviews and memoirs about the writers, often by other writers from the Circle. With dozens of color and black & white photographs, and many of the articles never before reprinted (several coming from 1930s and 1940s fanzines that are now very difficult to find). The book is on sale at the Centipede Press website for $195.00, which is $30.00 off the cover price.

E-Books:

Robert E. Howard Omnibus (Kindle Edition)
This Halcyon Classics e-book contains 97 Howard short stories and novellas. In addition to a number of Conan stories, this collection includes boxing stories, westerns, detective stories, horror, and tales featuring Solomon Kane, Bran Mak Morn, El Borak, Steve Costigan, Pike Bearfield and King Kull. Available from Amazon.com.

Audio Books:

Bran Mak Morn: The Last King
This audio collection from Tantor Media gathers together all of Howard’s published stories featuring Bran Mak Morn: “Men of the Shadows,” “Kings of the Night,” “A Song of the Race,” “Worms of the Earth,” “The Dark Man,” “The Lost Race,” plus additional material. Narrated by Robertson Dean.

Misc:

New Robert E. Howard Museum T-Shirt
TGR artist David Burton designed the 2010 Robert E. Howard Museum t-shirt, which is now available and can be ordered by mail for $18.00 per shirt (postage included). Shirts come in all Adult sizes from S to 3X and orders ship within 24 hours. You should make checks or money orders payable to: Project Pride and mail your order to: PO Box 534, Cross Plains, TX 76443. 

Coming Soon:

The Dark Man, Volume 5 Number 2 (Whole Number 15)  
Due out soon is the 20th Anniversary issue issue of The Dark Man.  Contents include an editorial by Mark Hall, an interview of Roy Thomas by Jeffrey Kahan and an essay, “Fandom at the Crossroads” by Lee Breakiron, plus a Solomon Kane cover by Bo Hampton. To celebrate this important anniversary, the cover price has been rolled back to 1990 prices, so the issue will sell for $3.50 plus postage and handling. Two book dealers who regularly carry The Dark Man are Mike Chomko and Gavin Smith.

Boris Karloff’s Thriller: The Complete Series on DVD
On August 31st you can experience the complete Thriller series, hailed as the most frightening ever created for television. The legendary Master of Horror Boris Karloff hosts 67 unforgettable episodes of suspense, murder and relentless terror from the minds of such masterful writers as Edgar Allan Poe, Robert Bloch, Robert E. Howard, Jack Vance, and Cornell Woolrich.  Of special interest to Howard fans is the adaptation of “Pigeons from Hell.”  The Thriller website has a complete episode guide. The collection consists of 67 episodes on14 DVDs, with a total running time of 3,354 minutes. The series is presented in full screen black-and-white video with English mono sound and include a Series Promo and Still Galleries as extras.

The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard
This October, Subterranean Press is continuing the series of limited editions, began by Wandering Star with an edition of Horror Stories. This is their third effort, following Kull: Exile of Atlantis and Crimson Shadows: The Best of Robert E. Howard, Volume I. The contents mirror those in the Del Rey edition.

Conan The Barbarian: The Original Unabridged Adventures
This November, Prion will be publishing a softcover U.S. edition of this British volume that collects all the Public Doman Conan stories. The 512 page book will measure 7 x 9 and retail for $29.95.

Conan’s Brethren: The Complete Collection
Paradox Entertainment and Orion have finally settled their rights dispute over the Howard material contained in this volume. That means this title will be placed on the fast track for publication in January 2011. This massive volume (750 pages) will appear under the Gollancz imprint and features a number of Public Domain Howard stories, including the PD Solomon Kane, Kull and Bran Mak Morn yarns, plus a number of historical and fantasy stories.  The book’s contents appear in this previous post.

Sword Woman and Other Historical Adventures
Del Rey’s newest volume of Howard stories will be out in January 25, 2011. Sword Woman and Other Historical Adventures will contain the Dark Agnes stories along with a selection of the best of Howard’s Historicals.  The book will be profusely illustrated by John Watkiss.

More than Human: The Evolutionary Heroes of Robert E. Howard
This critical work by Justin Everett, Ph.D. and Deirdre Pettipiece, Ph.D is due out around the first of next year from The Edwin Mellen Press. Included among the topics covered by the authors are: Why American Literary Studies Need Robert E. Howard; Early Influences and the Little Blue Books; Engaging with Ideas: What Howard Read and Its Impact on Howard’s Emerging Philosophy; Sex and Sinews: Sexual Selection, Secondary Sex Characteristics and Howard ; Howard’s Men and Women and Their Potential Sources in Literature and Life and Isolation and Community, Civilization and Barbarism: Binary Forces in Howard’s Fiction.

Robert E. Howard’s Hawks of Outremer: A Graphic Novel
The four issues of BOOM! Studios’ adaptation of the Cormac Fitzgeoffrey story, “Hawks of Outremer,” will be complied to make up a graphic novel.  Publication is slated for February 2011.

Weird Tales Anthology
This new collection of the best of Weird Tales magazine is coming by year’s end from PS Publishing in both deluxe and trade hardcover editions. It will be edited by Stephen Jones and Peter Crowther.  Only a very few details are currently available, but check in from time to time at Steven’s website for further updates.

Graphic Classics Volume Nineteen: Western Classics
An upcoming volume of Graphics Classics, which is similar to the old Classic Comics, will feature an adaptation of Howard’s humorous western “Knife River Prodigal,” featuring Buckner J. Grimes. This volume is due out in February 2011.

“The Tower of the Elephant” App
Conan of Cimmeria is coming to an iPhone or iPad near you. Paradox Entertainment, through its subsidiary Conan Properties International, has begun development of mobile games based on its library of character properties. First out will a game based on the classic Conan story “The Tower of the Elephant.” Release of this app is expected in fourth quarter 2010.

Other 2010 editions: No. 1No. 3, No. 4