Category Archives: Old News

Old News – December 2005

December 2005

Happy Holidays! Our January critique group sessions are soon starting. Because of the sessions’ growing popularity and large number of repeat participants, we’ve expanded to two sessions rather than our customary one. Thanks everyone for making http://www.SwordandSorcery’s critique groups successful!
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My four-part Dermanassian novella, Rise of a Necromancer, has been accepted for publication by Flashing Swords, edited by Howard Andrew Jones. It will be available at http://www.SwordandSorcery.org in 2006. Thanks, Howard!
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My book review of Fritz Leiber’s The Second Book of Lankhmar has been published at Fantasy Book Spot, available at http://www.FantasyBookSpot.com.

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Old News – January 2005

January 2005

My latest short story featuring my reoccurring hero, Dermanassian, has appeared in the inaugural issue of Flashing Swords, the quarterly semi-pro e-zine dedicated to sword and sorcery and edited by Howard Andrew Jones. To read “The Burning River,” please visit www.SwordandSorcery.org. Thanks, Howard!
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My essay on Michael Moorcock’s Elric books was accepted by Howard Andrew Jones for publication at
www.SwordandSorcery.org. It should be available shortly. Thanks, Howard!
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At the invitation of
www.SwordandSorcery.org’s Howard Andrew Jones, I am hard at work designing the sword and sorcery, sword and planet, and swashbuckling historicals critique group. Thanks, Howard!

Old News – February 2005

February 2005

“The Elric Saga: Overview” has received positive feedback from readers. The essay is available in the articles section of www.SwordandSorcery.org. Thanks, readers!
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My essay on Michael Moorcock’s Elric books (specifically, readers as the six books that form the core of The Elric Saga:
Elric of Melniboné, The Sailor on the Seas of Fate, The Weird of the White Wolf, The Vanishing Tower, The Bane of the Black Sword, and Stormbringer) has appeared in the articles section of http://www.SwordandSorcery.org. To read “The Elric Saga: Overview,” please visit the articles section of www.SwordandSorcery.org. Thanks, Howard!
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My short story, “The Burning River,” received positive feedback from readers. “The Burning River” is a Dermanassian story available in the inaugural issue of Flashing Swords, the quarterly e-zine of
www.SwordandSorcery.org. Thanks, readers!

Old News – March 2005

March 2005

I’ve been sending out announcements for the sword and sorcery, sword and planet, and swashbuckling historicals critique groups. I designed the semi-pro critique group and will also serve as moderator, so I’m very excited! Each group will run for 15 weeks and consist of 5 participants. Each participant will submit 3 manuscripts to the group. If you’re interested in joining us, please visit the writing pages of www.
SwordandSorcery.org. Special thanks to www.SFReader.com and its webmaster, Dave Felts, for hosting the critique groups in their forum section. Thanks, Dave!

Old News – April 2005

April 2005

Another of my short stories featuring Dermanassian has been accepted for publication. “The Demon War,” is scheduled to appear in Flashing Swords, Vol. 1, Issue 3 edited by Howard Andrew Jones. It should be available at www.SwordandSorcery.org in July. Thanks, Howard!
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My essay on Michael Moorcock’s classic treatise,
Wizardry & Wild Romance: A Study of Epic Fantasy, has been accepted for publication by Howard Andrew Jones at www.SwordandSorcery.org. It should be available shortly. Thanks, Howard!

Old News – May 2005

May 2005

My essay entitled “Why We Should Care About Michael Moorcock’s Wizardry & Wild Romance: A Study of Epic Fantasy,” just published by Howard Andrew Jones at http://www.SwordandSorcery.org, has provoked the ire of Moorcock’s “Number 1 Fan” (as Kathy Bates of Stephen King’s Misery might say). To read the discussion, please visit the discussion forum at http://www.SFSite.com, specifically the topic on the sword and sorcery critique groups. Here’s a link:
http://www.sfsite.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=93. The irked fan even mentioned me in his blog. Thanks for the publicity!!
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The essay has also sparked conversation over at http://www.SFReader.com. Check out the Flashing Swords folder, then the “Moorcock” and “Deeper Meaning” topics. Here’s a link:
http://www.sfreader.com/forum/forum.asp?FORUM_ID=50. Thanks,
readers!
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Great news! Howard Andrew Jones, editor of the quarterly e-zine Flashing Swords and its home website http://www.SwordandSorcery.org, has invited me to become a contributing editor. Of course, I’ve accepted. Thanks, Howard!
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My essay entitled “Why We Should Care About Michael Moorcock’s
Wizardry & Wild Romance: A Study of Epic Fantasy,” has been published by Howard Andrew Jones in the articles section of www.SwordandSorcery.org. Thanks, Howard!
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I’ve just received another invitation to submit. Let’s hope it works out!

Old News – June 2005

June 2005

My article on Michael Moorcock’s first fantasy character, Sojan Shieldbearer, was accepted for publication by Howard Andrew Jones, editor of www.SwordandSorcery. org. The article should be available soon. Thanks, Howard!
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I can’t wait for July! It should be a great month! I’m expecting reprints of two stories to appear. First up is “Cloning Jesus,” scheduled for e-zine Gateway S-F Magazine, edited by John A.M. Darnell and available at
www.gateway-sf-magazine.
com. “Cloning Jesus” was originally printed in the semi-pro print magazine Fantastic
Stories of the Imagination #21 (Spr. 2001), edited by Edward J. McFadden. Thanks, John!
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My first story featuring my reoccurring hero, Dermanassian, is scheduled to be reprinted in e-zine The Sword’s Edge, edited by Fraser Ronald in either July or August. “The Gray Mist” will be available at
www.SwordsEdge.ca. “The Gray Mist” was originally printed in the semi-pro print quarterly Gauntlet! The Magazine of Heroic Tales Vol. 1, #4 (Sum. 2000), edited by George Smith and was also temporarily available at (the now defunct) http://www.GauntletMagazine.com. Thanks, Fraser!
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July will also be the debut for the latest Dermanassian short story.  “The Demon War,” is scheduled to appear inFlashing Swords, Vol. 1, Issue 3 edited by Howard Andrew Jones. It should be available at
www.SwordandSorcery.org. Thanks, Howard!
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Additionally, we will be starting the first critique group at
www.SwordandSorcery.
org. As designer and moderator of the group, I’m keeping my fingers crossed. Again, special thanks to http://www.SFReader.com and its webmaster Dave Felts for hosting the critique groups in their forum section and for working out a few kinks in the system. Thanks, John, Fraser, and Dave!