ECHOES OF VALOR II by Karl Edward--Ed. Wagner


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Follow-up to Echoes of Valor (1987, not seen), wherein Wagner rescues obscure, long-lost fantasy stories by well-known authors from rare, moldering pulp magazines: eight tales, 1934-46, a fragment, an autobiographical sketch, plus various forewords and afterwords. So, from Robert E. Howard come two variants of an early Conan the Barbarian yarn. Some C.L. Moore tales add to her established series featuring, respectively, space-outlaw Northwest Smith and medieval swordswoman Jirel of Joiry, with one--unlikely as it seems--where they meet up. ""Lorelei of the Red Mist"" is an unusual sword-and-sorcery collaboration between Leigh Brackett, who wrote the first half, and Ray Bradbury, who simply--seamlessly--picked up where Brackett left off. Rounding out the collection is a long tale from Manly Wade Wellman about Hok, a club-wielding, fur-clad Stone Age hero, sort of a Hercules prototype. Pure pulp. Readers will have to decide for themselves whether Wagner's diligent research has paid off. For certain, only sword-and-sorcery addicts need apply.

Pub Date: Nov. 21st, 1989
Publisher: Tor--dist. by St. Martin's