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: 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.
- Lin Carter
The Gods of Nion Parma
The Whelming of Oom
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 Fortress Unvanquishable, Save for Sacnoth
The Sword of Welleran
How Nuth Would Have Practiced His Art Upon the Gnoles
The Distressing Tale of Thangobrind the Jeweller, and of the Doom That Befel Him
How the Enemy Came to Thlunrana
- Henry Kuttner
The Jest of Droom Avista
- Lin Carter’s tales herein are not just pastiches of Lord Dunsany’s work. That’s like saying the best of the current weird fiction writers working today are just doing pastiches of Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos. … Simply put, if you are a fan of fantasy that dabbles in the weird, you owe it to yourself to acquaint yourself with Mr. Carter and his stories. Now, thanks to this book, that is easier than ever.
—Brian M. Sammons, Hellnotes
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