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Bill Thom, Friend of TGR and webmaster of Howard Works and Coming Attractions, has some news of interest from Wildside Press:

The very first issue of Amra — the Hugo Award-winning REH and Sword & Sorcery fanzine — will be included in facsimile in the next issue of Adventure Tales. (Amra had very humble beginnings. Vol. 1, No. 1 was a 2-page mimeographed newsletter.) But this reissue is the start of something very exciting. Wildside Press acquired the assets of Owlswick Press (including Amra) following owner George Scithers’ death, and we will be reviving Amra and reissuing some of the rare early issues in coming months as affordable chapbooks. Not only are they are a fascinating look at the early days of REH fandom, but they contain many great articles by people like Poul Anderson, Fritz Leiber, and many others. Heavily illustrated, too.

Wildside Press will also be resurrecting Amra as a new publication with Vol. 3, No. 1, featuring the best Sword & Sorcery and REH-related fiction and nonfiction. Look for more information in months to come.

For those of you who may not be familiar with Amra, Howard fan and uber-collector Lee Breakiron has an excellent history of the fanzine posted at the online amateur press association REH-e-APA website.

Also, as an update to a previous post, the final volume of The Weird Works of Robert E. Howard has just arrived from the printer and is available to order. This is a 900-copy limited hardcover edition, Smythe-sewn on acid free paper, with an excellent cover by Stephen Fabian.