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NORVELL W. PAGE: WAN TENGRI – PRESTER JOHN

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While Fritz Leiber was creating a boisterous style of Sword & Sorcery based upon E. R. Eddison and James Branch Cabell, Norvell W. Page...

FRITZ LEIBER: SWORD & SORCERY GROWS UP

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In 1939 Farnsworth Wright began a move away from Sword & Sorcery. With Robert E. Howard dead, he no longer championed the dark fantasy...

SWORD & SORCERY BECOMES A SUB-GENRE: HENRY KUTTNER’S ELAK AND PRINCE...

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Henry Kuttner deserves our thanks. If things had been left to Clifford Ball, Sword & Sorcery would have fizzled out in the pages of...

Moonlight and Manners: A Review of Goblin Moon by Teresa Edgerton

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There was already awareness that a new strain of fantasy had developed when Donald G. Keller first labeled it "fantasy of manners" in his...

NOT QUITE SWORD & SORCERY: EARLY FANTASY

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Robert E. Howard may have invented Sword & Sorcery with the first King Kull tale, but he was not the only author working with...

The James Allison Stories: Dreaming of the Past

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Robert E. Howard produced several series: Solomon Kane, Kull of Valusia, Bran Mak Morn, and finally Conan the Cimmerian, all existing more or less...

The History of Fantasy, Part II: Barbarians and Elves and Jesus...

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         The nineteenth century closes with two books that will be imitated constantly for the next hundred years or so: Lewis Carrol’s Alice...

Judging A Book By Its Cover (Art)

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The old axiom about not judging a book by its cover notwithstanding, I am going to judge the merits of various book covers that...

Sword & Sorcery – What’s In A Name?

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Sword & Sorcery has become a term of derision since the 1980s. There are good reasons for this but much of that derision is...