The British Fantasy Society reviews EXILES OF KHO

David Brzeski has reviewed my novella Exiles of Kho over at the British Fantasy Society website.
From the review:

Somehow, Christopher Paul Carey manages to perfectly meld the styles of Henry Rider Haggard, Edgar Rice Burroughs and Philip José Farmer. It almost seems as if those three authors were amalgamated into one. It’s very well-written, actually somewhat better than Burroughs might have managed. It invokes the period flavour of Haggard’s prose, yet without seeming in any way dated in style. I’m really not quite sure how Carey does it.

Read the entire review here.

EXILES OF KHO: Kindle edition now available!

Exiles of KhoI’m pleased to announce that my long-out-of-print novella Exiles of Kho has just been released in a Kindle ebook edition. The tale is part of Philip José Farmer’s Khokarsa cycle, and is set eight hundred years before Hadon of Ancient Opar.

Here’s the publisher’s synopsis of Exiles of Kho:

Hundreds of years before the hero Hadon sailed forth from his shining city of gold and jewels upon his legendary adventures, the heroine-priestess Lupoeth set out upon the decree of the oracle to discover a new land upon the untamed shores of ancient Africa’s southern sea. But Lupoeth finds herself little prepared for the trials ahead, as well as those that follow upon her heels—for the jealous queen who wants her rival banished has appointed a worshiper of the sun god with a criminal past as the expedition’s priest, hoping to undermine the mission and seal its doom.

Now, lost in the deep jungle, Lupoeth must fight to keep her ill-equipped band of followers alive in the face of deadly beasts, savage Neanderthals, and conspiring enemies. Soon she finds the most accursed deity of her people’s faith, exiled from the empire by the Great Goddess Kho Herself, may be her only ally in this wild land. But Sahhindar, the god of Time and bronze, has a mysterious agenda of his own—one that Lupoeth fears might spell doom not only for her expedition, but for the entire world…

Exiles of Kho is now available in the Kindle store.

Tales of the Wold Newton Universe

Win Scott Eckert broke the news yesterday about the table of contents for the upcoming anthology Tales of the Wold Newton Universe, due out from Titan Books in October 2013. I’m honored to be collaborating on the book’s introduction with Win, and that the anthology will include “Kwasin and the Bear God,” my 20,000-word novella with Philip José Farmer that’s set between the first two chapters of The Song of Kwasin. I will note that this is the first-ever Wold Newton fiction anthology, so if you like Farmer’s Wold Newton mythos, you’re going to want to pick up this one. The book is now available to preorder at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Here are the full contents:


Introduction by Win Scott Eckert and Christopher Paul Carey

The Great Detective and Others

“The Problem of the Sore Bridge–Among Others” by Harry Manders (Philip José Farmer)
“A Scarletin Study” by Jonathan Swift Somers III (Philip José Farmer)
“The Doge Whose Barque Was Worse Than His Bight” by Jonathan Swift Somers III (Philip José Farmer)

Pulp Inspirations

“Skinburn” by Philip José Farmer
“The Freshman” by Philip José Farmer
“After King Kong Fell” by Philip José Farmer

Wold Newton Prehistory: The Khokarsa Series

“Kwasin and the Bear God” by Philip José Farmer and Christopher Paul Carey

Wold Newton Prehistory: John Gribardsun & Time’s Last Gift

“Into Time’s Abyss” by John Allen Small
“The Last of the Guaranys” by Octavio Aragão & Carlos Orsi

Wold Newton Origins / Secrets of the Nine

“The Wild Huntsman” by Win Scott Eckert

Exiles of Kho is now shipping!

I’m back from having a wonderful time at FarmerCon VII/PulpFest 2012, where my new signed limited edition novella Exiles of Kho debuted. I’m happy to announce that the book is now shipping from Meteor House. It’s almost sold out, though, with only about forty twenty-five or so copies remaining in stock at the publisher, so place your order now if you want a copy.

Exiles of Kho book release and signing at PulpFest (Photo by Jason Aiken)


Signing more copies of Exiles of Kho at the Meteor House table at PulpFest
Cover art by Mike Hoffman


Exiles of Kho: Get your name in the book!

Over the next week I’ll be putting the finishing touches on the manuscript of Exiles of Kho, my signed limited edition novella set in the world of Philip José Farmer’s Khokarsa (i.e., the same world as Gods of Opar) that’s due out later this summer from Meteor House. This is a big-picture continuity story that has ties to the larger Farmerian mythos (dust off your old DAW Books editions of Ironcastle, folks!), so I’m really excited about it.

Meteor House would like for me to remind you that if you preorder the novella by June 30, your name will appear on a special acknowledgments page in the book! Only a few copies of the novella will be printed beyond the number preordered, so it’s expected that it will sell out fast, especially since those few extra copies will be on sale at PulpFest in August. So if you want a copy of Exiles of Kho, the only way to guarantee you’ll get a copy is to preorder it now!

Free fiction: Read the opening scene of “Kwasin and the Bear God”

“Kwasin Exiled” by Roy G. Krenkel

Meteor House has posted the opening 3,300-word scene from “Kwasin and the Bear God.” The novella is set in Philip Jose Farmer’s Khokarsa series and picks up the story of Hadon’s giant, exiled, ax-wielding cousin Kwasin just after the events of Hadon of Ancient Opar. While “Bear God” is a standalone story, Kwasin’s adventures on the island of Khokarsa will continue in The Song of Kwasin, the third novel in the Khokarsa cycle, which will be published next year in an omnibus of the series (stay tuned for details).

In related news, it appears that Titan Books will be putting out a new edition of Time’s Last Gift, which serves as a sort of prequel to the Khokarsa series (it’s little secret that the protagonist of Time’s Last Gift, John Gribardsun, shows up in the series as the god Sahhindar). This is very exciting news indeed for Farmer and Khokarsa fans, and well timed with the upcoming release next year of the Khokarsa omnibus.

Now Available: “Kwasin and the Bear God”by Philip José Farmer & Christopher Paul Carey

The Worlds of Philip José Farmer 2: Of Dust and Soul, edited by Michael Croteau, and with a foreword by Greg Bear, is now shipping from Meteor House. The anthology features a 20,000-word standalone novella—“Kwasin and the Bear God”—which I wrote based on Philip Jose Farmer’s fragmentary alternate outline to The Song of Kwasin, the forthcoming third novel in the Khokarsa series (things are moving forward with the latter, so stay tuned for more details).

Here’s some background on “Kwasin and the Bear God”…

Back in January 2009, after I’d already completed the first draft of The Song of Kwasin based on Phil Farmer’s partial manuscript and a nine-page outline, I was visiting the Farmers in Peoria, Illinois in celebration on Phil’s 91st birthday. Phil’s (and my) friend Paul Spiteri and I were among the last of the celebrants still at the house that weekend, and as we had time before our flights out of town, Phil’s wife, Bette, encouraged us to go downstairs and look through the files for unpublished material by Phil that might be worthy of seeing the light someday. Fatefully, the first filing cabinet drawer I opened contained a folder that I had never seen before labeled “HADON – Khokarsan Lore.”

My heart jumped a bit at this point, because up until that moment I thought I had had access to all of Phil’s fairly extensive extant notes on the Khokarsa series, which Phil and Bette had generously allowed me to photocopy on an earlier visit. But it turned out there were several more gems remaining to be found in this newly uncovered “Khokarsan Lore” folder, including an incomplete alternate outline to The Song of Kwasin. In the end it turned out that the outline was generally unusable for the purposes of the then-already-written third novel, as a large portion either repeated the original outline or broke the established continuity of the two published novels in the series. But there were two very exciting pages of outline detailing a side adventure of Kwasin on the island of Khokarsa.

Phil was too ill at this point to discuss anything to do with the material I’d uncovered, and had really stopped talking much at all in his last few years (although back in 2005 when the original Song of Kwasin outline had turned up he was well enough to give me a few pointers as to how he wanted the novel to wrap up). Bette, however, realized the significance of the new find and told me to take the folder home with me to make copies and study at my leisure. So I did, and sadly I only managed to return the files to Peoria a few days before she passed later that same year, a few short months after Phil’s passing that February.

“Queen of Serpents” illustrated by Charles Berlin

After I got home from the January visit, I used Phil’s detailed, Tolkienesque notes and articles pertaining to the Khokarsan language from the newly found folder to sync up the Khokarsan names, terms, and phrases in The Song of Kwasin with Phil’s syllabary and grammar rules (let’s just say, Phil was quite the linguist, and I was blown away with how much time and thought he’d put into the Khokarsan language). The novel soon sold to Subterranean, and the idea of doing anything with Kwasin’s lost adventure from the fragmentary alternate outline floated in limbo until I was honored to have Meteor House ask me to write a novella based on the material. And that’s the story of how “Kwasin and the Bear God” came to be.

Artist Charles Berlin has done some fantastic illustrations to go along with the novella in The Worlds of Philip José Farmer 2, and I’m really pleased with how the story turned out–I’m told it does a good job of capturing Kwasin’s trickster nature (thanks to Phil’s outline, no doubt!). Anyway, I hope you’ll check out the anthology, which includes a Brobdingnagian assortment of talent, including folks like Spider Robinson, James Sallis, Bradley H. Sinor, Jean-Marc & Randy Lofficier, Mary A. Turzillo, John Small, and more. But most importantly, it contains a bunch of never-before-published stuff by Philip José Farmer! Check out the full table of contents here.