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.
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 including Gary Myers, Darrell Schweitzer, Adrian Cole, Charles Garofalo, and Glynn Barrass. Thanks to J. David Spurlock and Barry Klugerman, we will also be featuring 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.
Estimated date of publication in trade paperback and electronic editions: Spring 2018
- The Gods of Neol Shendis
- The Gods of Nion Parma
- How Her Doom Came Down at Last on Adrazoon
- How Ghuth Would Have Hunted the Silth
- The Whelming of Oom
- The Thievery of Yish
- The Laughter of Han
- The Benevolence of Yib
- How Jal Set Forth on his Journeying
- How Sargoth Lay Siege to Zaremm
Lin Carter & Glynn Owen Barrass
- Caolin the Conjurer (Or, Dzimdazoul)
Lin Carter & Robert M. Price
- How Shand Became King of Thieves
- The Fortress Unvanquishable, Save for Sacnoth
- The Sword of Welleran
- The Distressing Tale of Thangobrind the Jeweller, and of the Doom That Befell Him
- How Nuth Would Have Practiced His Art Upon the Gnoles
- In Zaccarath
- How the Enemy Came to Thlunrana
- An Unfamiliar Familiar
- The Summoning of a Genie in Error
- The Sad but Instructive Fable of Mangorth’s Tomes
- How Frindolf Got his Fill of Revenge
- The Jest of Droom Avista
- The Sorcerer’s Satchel
Robert M. Price
- The Good Simranatan
- The Philosopher Thief