A friend of mine in Chicago named Dave Ritzlin is putting together a paperback anthology series of Sword & Sorcery stories in the tradition of olde. We’re talking Howard, Smith, Wagner, Lovecraft, Leiber, Anderson, Haggard, etc etc. It’s due out early 2015.
Here’s the gimmick: These are stories written by Heavy Metal musicians.
Here’s the lineup thus far. I believe DMR Book is still accepting submissions.
-Varg Vikernes (Burzum)
-E.C. Hellwell (Hellwell, Manilla Road)
-Howie Bentley (Cauldron Born, Briton Rites)
-Byron Roberts (Bal-Sagoth)
-Scott Waldrop (Twisted Tower Dire, Walpyrgus)
-Jean-Pierre Abboud (Funeral Circle, Borrowed Time)
-Jeff Black (Gatekeeper) (Me, woo-hoo!)
-Logon Saton (Demon Bitch)
-Jason Tarpey (Eternal Champion, Graven Rite)
None of these are household names by any stretch, though fans of the underground (specifically in the Epic Metal style) might recognize a handful of these groups. Howie Bentley has written a few articles on Sword & Sorcery for the Cimmerian, if I recall. I’m really hoping that this goes well and the idea takes off. Hopefully in subsequent volumes we will get to see some bigger bands contributing.
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And a recent interview: