There is an abundance of weird tales headed our way…
HBO just released a new teaser trailer for True Detective: Night Country, which seems deliciously creepy.
The shade of the mighty Cimmerian keeps looming over my path. I bagged a handful of Conan tales through Cimmerian September (Rogues in the House, People of the Black Circle, and Red Nails ). Now the north wind whispers this:
A series of Robert E. Howard-inspired short stories titled Savage Tales released into e-book format starting September 23 with Lord of the Mount by Stephen Graham Jones. Jones is a highly-regarded writer of horror fiction, tied to his Blackfeet heritage. In a wonderful Texas Monthly tribute, he recalled his youthful connection with Conan of Cimmeria.
I didn’t tell anybody, but in my head, in secret, I was Conan. Like him, my people were from the cold and brutal North. I was just drifting through Texas to hop a few walls, steal a few jewels, maybe fight a giant spider or two.
I guess that if you are bound at the right age by Howard’s spell, you remain spellbound forever. Forty-odd years for me.
Here’s the caper:
Awakening covered in blood, the sole survivor of a doomed raiding party, Conan sets out for the taverns, women, and ale of Trinnecerl. To reach the village, however, he must pass ruins scattered with the shattered helmets, broken blades, and bones of untold victims—as well as the hideous the creature that left them, the Lord of the Mount. Rapid-paced and bloody fantasy action written by Stephen Graham Jones, award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of The Only Good Indians.
That ain’t all. We’ll also get Solomon Kane: The Hound of God by Jonathan Maberry – November 28.
I have become quite enamored of Maberry’s particular brand of pulpy goodness, and I’m looking forward to his take on REH’s Puritan wanderer.
Blood Meridian: The Night Does Not End is rolling out a series of lectures on the ultimate American Weird Tale:
Been enjoying this for mood music…
If it is a spooky historical bedtime story from the wilds of the Canadian North that you seek, turn to Hammerson Peters for some Wendigo tales…