Review: Paperback Perils on BLOOD OF ANCIENT OPAR

TBOAO-cover-small2he first review of Blood of Ancient Opar is here! Check out what Bill Adcock has to say about the book over at Paperback Perils. Here’s a sample:

Blood of Ancient Opar is one part thrilling adventure in the pulp tradition, one part exploration of human nature, and one part solemn family drama worthy of Kurosawa, and if another drop of ink is never expended on Opar, then no better capstone could be asked for than Blood of Ancient Opar.

Read the entire review here.

Blood of Ancient Opar releases from Meteor House in early August (you can pick up a copy a couple weeks before that at PulpFest in Columbus, Ohio) and can be preordered here.

Bob Eggleton’s Ancient Opar

I’ve been very fortunate to have Bob Eggleton illustrate a number of my books. The cover paintings for my duology of novellas set in Philip José Farmer’s Ancient Opar—Hadon, King of Opar and Blood of Ancient Opar—are particularly stunning and define, respectively, Opar and its adjoining valley in my mind. In fact, the artwork inspired scenes that I incorporated into the narrative of both novellas. Bob, of course, also painted a striking, apocalyptic panorama of Khokarsa, the larger empire of which Opar is a part, details of which grace the covers of the Restored Edition of Flight to Opar and The Song of Kwasin.

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Audio: Philip José Farmer announcing the Ancient Opar series, September 1, 1973

hoaoOn September 1, 1973, at the fourteenth annual Dum-Dum convention in honor of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Philip José Farmer made an exciting announcement about a new series he was writing: one set in an ancient civilization of which the lost city of Opar was but one far-flung queendom. The convention was held at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and hosted by the Burroughs Bibliophiles in conjunction with the 31st World Science Fiction Convention (TorCon II). Fortunately, an audio recording exists, which you can listen to below.

Farmer was the banquet speaker at the Burroughs convention. He was introduced by Burroughs Bulletin founding editor (and close friend of Phil and his wife Bette) Vern Coriell, who remarked during his introduction that the only reason Phil hadn’t won a Hugo Award that year is because they didn’t have a category for “Biography.”  The previous year, Doubleday had published Phil’s Tarzan Alive: A Definitive Biography of Lord Greystoke.

As a prelude to this announcement, Farmer discusses Tarzan Alive and his anthology on feral humans, Mother Was a Lovely Beast. The Ancient Opar announcement is at the 10:12 mark.

Listen to Philip José Farmer’s complete banquet address to the Burroughs Bibliophiles below.

 

Some interesting observations about the address:

  • You can hear Phil pronouncing the name “Hadon,” the hero of Hadon of Ancient Opar and Flight to Opar. Just as he indicated in his article “The Khokarsan Language” (available in the Restored Edition of Flight to Opar published by Meteor House in 2015), he pronounces the “a” as “a low central spread vowel (as in Spanish)” and the “o” as “a mid-back rounded vowel (as in Spanish).” On other words: “Hä-dōn.”
  • Phil announces that Richard Corben would illustrate the cover of the first edition of Hadon of Ancient Opar. However, plans must have changed along the way, since Roy G. Krenkel ended up as the final cover artist. Corben later went on to illustrate the 1975 Fokker D-LXIX Press edition of A Feast Unknown.
  • Phil mentions that he envisioned the Ancient Opar series would encompass about ten books. He lived to write only three novels in the series (Hadon of Ancient Opar, Flight to Opar, and The Song of Kwasin), but the tale of Khokarsa continues to unfold in books such as Exiles of Kho, Hadon, King of Opar, and the forthcoming Blood of Ancient Opar.
  • Phil mentions Frank Brueckel and John Harwood’s essay on the history of Opar, which inspired his Ancient Opar series. While the lengthy article was then scheduled to appear in the Burroughs Bulletin, it never did. Many years later, however, the monograph was finally published in the book Heritage of the Flaming God, ed. Alan Hanson and Michael Winger, which is available here.
  • The “Ian” whom Phil calls out to in the audience in regard to the publication of John Flint Roy’s A Guide to Barsoom is publisher Ian Ballantine.
  • My favorite quote from this banquet address is a somewhat prophetic one: “Now I think it’s a measure of a writer’s true importance in the field of literature if the writer generates a tremendous amount of work past his own work.”

BOAO-cover-small2Blood of Ancient Opar is now available for preorder from Meteor House.

Announcing BLOOD OF ANCIENT OPAR

BOAO-cover-small2I’m pleased to announce that Blood of Ancient Opar, the fifth installment in the Khokarsa series, is now available for preorder from Meteor House. Once again, I am pleased to have the stunning artwork of Bob Eggleton grace the cover of one of my books.

Without further ado, here’s the announcement from the publisher:

In 2015, Meteor House published Hadon, King of Opar, a new Khokarsa novella by Christopher Paul Carey—Farmer’s coauthor on The Song of Kwasin, and the author of the Khokarsa series prequel Exiles of Kho—about which the British Fantasy Society said, “This book, the author’s best so far, cements [Carey’s] position as quite possibly the best writer currently working in the classic heroic fantasy genre.”

Philip José Farmer’s Khokarsa series records the history of a lost civilization that thrived in the heart of ancient Africa twelve thousand years ago at the twilight of the last ice age. The novels Hadon of Ancient Opar, Flight to Opar, and The Song of Kwasin told the story of the heroes Hadon of Opar and Kwasin of Dythbeth, as they battled a power-hungry tyrant who sought to overthrow the beneficent order of mother earth goddess Kho and raise up the mandate of baleful sun god Resu in its place.

Now the epic saga of Khokarsa continues in Blood of Ancient Opar, a brand-new sequel novella to Hadon, King of Opar by Christopher Paul Carey, chronicling Hadon’s further adventures in the fallen empire’s last remaining queendom. Using Farmer’s own notes, Carey at last fills in the missing history of a civilization lost to the mists of time…

On the heels of a devastating invasion by a ruthless pirate lord’s army, the destiny of Khokarsa’s last remaining queendom hangs in the balance. Even as King Hadon leads his forces to victory against the raiders, the conniving oracle of Opar and the high priest of the Flaming God conspire to place themselves upon the ivory throne, launching a civil war that rages throughout the city. But deep beneath Opar, a secret message from Sahhindar, the god of Time, has lain buried for centuries, waiting for Hadon and his daughter La to uncover it. Soon Hadon comes to suspect that La conceals her own mysterious plans, but will they save the city of gold and jewels from utter destruction—or shatter the foundation of Time itself?

Blood of Ancient Opar will be published simultaneously in both hardcover and paperback signed limited editions!

  • Buy the Signed Limited Edition Trade Paperback for $16 (+shipping)
  • Buy the the Signed Limited Edition Hardcover for $27 (+shipping)
  • Buy both together for $38—save $5 off the pair (+shipping)

The books are due out in the Summer of 2016, so be sure to preorder early. As with all of our Signed Limited Edition Novellas, your name will appear on the acknowledgments page in the same order you preorder—as long as you preorder by June 15th 2016.

As always, the print run will be determined by the number of preorders received. Not many copies beyond those reserved will be printed, another reason to get your order in today!

Preorder Blood of Ancient Opar now from Meteor House.