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Lin Carter’s Simrana Cycle

Lin Carter’s Simrana Cycle

Edited and with an introduction by Robert M. Price

Lin Carter, enthralled by the “Dreamland” tales of Lord Dunsany and others, contributed to the growing genre with a series of his own stories, dubbed “The Simrana Tales.” Some of them were published in a variety of small-press magazines and other publications, but they were never collected into a book, and many tales have never been published at all.
Until now.

As Carter himself commented in his afterword to Lord Dunsany’s Beyond the Fields We Know (Ballantine), “The most Dunsanian of my fiction is the Simrana series … the name was coined many years ago and lay in my notebooks awaiting the right kind of story to occur to me.” A complete collection of his Simrana tales could hardly be called complete without including the stories that inspired him to write them in the first place: Lord Dunsany’s masterpieces of fantasy.

Thanks to Bob Price, we are proud to be able to bring out, for the first time, the complete Simrana Cycle, accompanied by outstanding stories in the genre including Dunsany’s own “The Sword of Welleran” and others; Henry Kuttner’s 1937 Weird Tales gem “The Jest of Droom-avista,” and new stories by leading authors in the field: Gary Myers, Darrell Schweitzer, Adrian Cole, Charles Garofalo, and Glynn Barrass. Thanks to J. David Spurlock and Barry Klugerman, the book also features a series of six ink drawings by Roy G. Krenkel, originally done for the publication of Carter’s “The Gods of Neol Shendis” in AMRA No. 41.

The fantastic tales of Dunsany and his compatriots were snapped up by avid readers of Weird Tales over half a century ago, taking root in the imaginations of authors and artists who continue to craft new myths and tales today.
Here’s your invitation to a world of fantasy and fable that is as alluring and thriving today as it was in the heyday of Weird Tales!

The book features a commissioned cover by Stephen Hickman, master of delicate and colorful fantasies.

Available now in several editions:

Contents

  • Lin Carter
    Introduction
    The Gods of Nion Parma
    The Whelming of Oom
    Zingazar
    How Sargoth Lay Siege to Zaremm
    The Laughter of Han
    The Benevolence of Yib
    How Ghuth Would Have Hunted the Silth
    The Thievery of Yish
    How Her Doom Came Down at Last on Adrazoon
    How Jal Set Forth on his Journeying
    The Gods of Neol Shendis
  • Lin Carter & Robert M. Price
    How Shand Became King of Thieves
  • Lin Carter & Glynn Owen Barrass
    Caolin the Conjurer (Or, Dzimdazoul)
  • Darrell Schweitzer
    The Philosopher Thief
  • Gary Myers
    The Sorcerer’s Satchel
  • Adrian Cole
    An Unfamiliar Familiar
    The Summoning of a Genie in Error
  • Charles Garofalo
    The Sad but Instructive Fable of Mangroth’s Tomes
    How Frindolf Got his Fill of Revenge
  • Robert M. Price
    The Devil’s Mine
    The Good Simranatan
    How Thongor Conquered Zaremm
  • Lord Dunsany
    The River
    The Fortress Unvanquishable, Save for Sacnoth
    The Sword of Welleran
    Carcassonne
    How Nuth Would Have Practiced His Art Upon the Gnoles
    The Distressing Tale of Thangobrind the Jeweller, and of the Doom That Befel Him
    In Zaccarath
    How the Enemy Came to Thlunrana
  • Henry Kuttner
    The Jest of Droom Avista