Review: Skelos on HADON, KING OF OPAR

Issue #2 of Skelos: The Journal of Weird Fiction and Dark Fantasy includes an in-depth review by Deuce Richardson of Hadon, King of Opar. Here are a couple excerpts:

The novel begins with the simultaneous kidnapping of Lalila and a revolt within Opar, with Hadon locked out of the city. What follows is a breakneck tale of double-crosses, combat, secret passages and specters from Hadon’s past, all amidst the exotic, barbaric setting of ancient Opar. Readers of the previous Khokarsan novels know that PJF created an incredibly rich and interesting milieu for Hadon and others to adventure in. Christpher Paul Carey has the background down cold, never missing a step.

Carey keeps things rolling with clarity and a deft hand for characterization. The man knows how to write a fast-moving, entertaining book, just like his idols Burroughs and Farmer….

Christopher Paul Carey nails PJF’s style. It’s easy to see why Farmer chose this guy to continue the Opar legacy. We need more novels of flat-out grand adventure like this nowadays. Get out there and grab a copy.

Pick up Skelos Issue #2 to read the full review…and a lot of great fiction and articles!

Review: The British Fantasy Society on BLOOD OF ANCIENT OPAR

Dave Brzeski has reviewed Blood of Ancient Opar over at the British Fantasy Society website. Here are a couple excerpts:

I mentioned in that other review that this series would be well worth consideration as an epic Game of Thrones style TV show and this latest addition only confirms that. Political, religious intrigue, mass battles and downright awe-inspiring female characters. Hadon’s daughter, La is just sixteen years old, but she terrifies me. The author cleverly mixes her powerful presence with just enough inexperience to make her still seem human…

The writing, as always with Christopher Paul Carey is never less than exemplary. I’ve read few authors who can describe a fight, whether between two antagonists, or a mass battle, quite so vividly. He somehow manages to evoke the feel of each of his muses (H. Rider Haggard, Edgar Rice Burroughs and Philip José Farmer) without his style ever seeming archaic. I once described Christopher Paul Carey as the best writer currently working in the classic Heroic Fantasy genre. This book gives me no reason to alter that opinion.

Read the full review here.

Opar, Intégrale: French-language Khokarsa series omnibus

In November 2016, Éditions Mnémos will be publishing Opar, Intégrale, a French-language omnibus encompassing Hadon of Ancient Opar, Flight to Opar, and The Song of Kwasin. This is the first French collection of the original Khokarsa/Ancient Opar trilogy, and also marks the first translation into French of The Song of Kwasin, which I coauthored with Philip Jose Farmer. I don’t yet know who the cover artist is but I love the artwork!*

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Opar, Intégrale is currently available for preorder from Amazon France and direct from the publisher.

Update: According to the Internet Speculative Fiction Database, the cover artist is Grant Regan and the translator of The Song of Kwasin (Le Geste de Kwasin) is Laura Dupra. The translator of Hadon of Ancient Opar (Hadon, fils de l’antique Opar) and Flight to Opar (Fuite à Opar) is George H. Gallet.

HADON, KING OF OPAR is out of print

HKOO-1Both the hardcover and paperback editions of Hadon, King of Opar are now out of print at the publisher. The good news is that it will soon be available for the first time in an ebook edition—stay tuned for details!

Meanwhile, copies of Blood of Ancient Opar are still available from Meteor House at the time of this posting. It’s also a limited edition (like the sold-out Hadon, King of Opar and Exiles of Kho were), so I recommend picking it up now while you still can if you want a print copy.

Burroughs Bibliophiles Dum-Dum Convention 2016

A couple weekends ago, I had the pleasure of attending the 2016 Dum-Dum convention hosted by the Chicago Muckers chapter of The Burroughs Bibliophiles, being asked to give a talk on Philip José Farmer’s Khokarsa/Ancient Opar series. I’d like to thank Joan Bledig and Jim Hadac for inviting me to speak at the con, and everyone else for the warm welcome and fun time. Here are some pictures from the weekend.

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The Dum-Dum 2016 logo by award-wining artist Douglas Klauba.

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My table in the huckster room. (I sold all of my stock but a couple books!) (Photo courtesy of Jason Scott Aiken)

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Cathy Wilbanks (archivist at Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.) and me with copies of my latest books. (Photo courtesy of Cathy Wilbanks)

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Michael A. Hatt speaks about his book, TARZAN SLEPT HERE: EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS AND THE COLDWATER CONNECTION (Mad Kings Publishing)

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Another shot of me in the huckster room. (Photo courtesy of Cathy Wilbanks)

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With Ray Le Beau in the huckster room. (Photo courtesy of Ray Le Beau)

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The audience gathers for my talk on Ancient Opar.

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Giving my talk on Philip José Farmer’s Khokarsa and Ancient Opar. (Photo courtesy of Jason Scott Aiken)

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Kaffeeklatsch with Guest of Honor Mike Resnick.

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Bob Garcia giving his presentation on artists who illustrated the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs.

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Doug Ellis giving a presentation on ERB’s works published in pulp magazine.

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Author Michael A. Sanford speaking on his new novel, TARZAN ON THE PRECIPICE.

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The Dum-Dum banquet on Saturday night gets underway.

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Joan Bledig and Greg Phillips presenting a $500 check to the Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest on behalf of The Muckers (ERB was a resident of Oak Park, Illinois).

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Bob Garcia giving his Guest of Honor speech.

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A panoramic shot of the banquet as Mike Resnick gives his Guest of Honor speech.

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Jim Sullos, president of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., accepting the Golden Lion Award from Joan Bledig.

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Jim Sullos with his Golden Lion Award.

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Mike Resnick accepting his Golden Lion Award.

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“Tarzan Meets the Oparian” by Clyde Caldwell was on display at Bill Kamper’s table in the huckster room. Caldwell, of course, also illustrated the cover of the 1981 DAW Books reprint of HADON OF ANCIENT OPAR, so it was a treat to see this painting in person.

FarmerCon XI/PulpFest 2016 recap

Last week I flew out to Columbus, Ohio to attend my fifth consecutive PulpFest, which also played host to FarmerCon XI, the annual Philip José Farmer convention. As usual, I had a blast reconnecting with old friends and meeting new ones. Here are a few photos from the con:

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The welcoming banner.

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At the Meteor House table signing copies of BLOOD OF ANCIENT OPAR, which was released at the con.

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We sold a lot of copies at the show!

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At the Meteor House table unpacking copies of Sean Lee Levin’s new releases, CROSSOVERS EXPANDED, Volumes 1 and 2. From right to left: Paul Spiteri, Sean Lee Levin, Win Scott Eckert, and Mike Croteau.

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The Thursday night FarmerCon dinner at Max & Irma’s (we also had a much larger FarmerCon pizza party/dinner in the food court area of the hotel, not pictured).

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The FarmerCon panel on Collaborating with Philip José Farmer. Pictured from right to left, with the titles of our collaborations with Phil: Paul Spiteri (“Getting Ready to Write”), me (THE SONG OF KWASIN, “Kwasin and the Bear God”), Win Scott Eckert (THE EVIL IN PEMBERLEY HOUSE), and Danny Adams (THE CITY BEYOND PLAY, DAYWORLD: A HOLE IN WEDNESDAY). Photo courtesy of ThePulp.Net.

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One of the highlights at the con was when Mike Croteau of Meteor House presented me with artist Bob Eggleton’s concept sketch of the cover of BLOOD OF ANCIENT OPAR. Photo courtesy of Danny Adams.

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Another highlight was when Mike ushered me over to a dealer’s table where the original (and uncropped!) cover art for IRONCASTLE by J. H. Rosny (translated and retold by Philip José Farmer) was on display. Sadly, the $10,000 it was going for was out of my price range.

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A panoramic shot of the PulpFest dealer’s hall.