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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.

Now printing. Scheduled release date for hardcover, softcover and electronic editions: February 2018


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 Mangorth’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
  • Carcassone
  • 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