Hadon, King of Opar: First draft completed

Since it’s always good to take note of important milestones in one’s life, I will happily announce here that today I completed the first draft of Hadon, King of Opar. I’ll be taking the next few weeks to revise and polish the manuscript, and then it will go to the publisher for editing and layout. I’ll be sure to post the preorder page for the book when it goes live.

Things to Come…

Un trône pour Hadon (Le cycle d'Opar 1)

2006 French edition of Hadon of Ancient Opar by Philip José Farmer.

Happy New Year and welcome to the new website! I have retired the old blog, so this is where you’re going to want to visit for news about what I’m up to and to link to going forward.

And there will be—and is—news. Namely, this summer will see the release from Meteor House of the fourth book in the Khokarsa seres: Hadon, King of Opar. The stars aligned, permissions of the multiple parties required to write and publish books about Opar were sought and graciously granted, two new Ancient Opar books were announced, and I got to work. The news is that I am very nearly finished writing the book! Then I’ll take a few weeks for revisions and off to the publisher it will go. After that, in the months ahead, I’ll be writing Blood of Ancient Opar, which, like the fourth book, will be based on Philip José Farmer’s notes for the series. As many readers of the Khokarsa/Ancient Opar books know, Phil had announced at various times that he had plans to write anywhere from five to twelve books in the series!

There’s more news upcoming. Although contracts haven’t been inked yet, it’s looking like there may be new reprints of the Khokarsa series coming soon. I hope to post more details about that in the future.

I’ve also added a section to the new website about the Khokarsa series (see the drop-down tab in the menu above) New features will be added to the section as time goes on, so keep an eye on it. I’m also hoping to be writing a series of posts about H. Warner Munn, whose work I’ve been collecting and reading a lot of lately.

That’s it for now—I’ve got to get back to writing!

Ancient Opar Returns!

Hadon of Ancient Opar by Philip José Farmer

Artwork by by Roy G. Krenkel for Farmer’s Hadon of Ancient Opar

The following announcement was made this past weekend at FarmerCon IX/PulpFest 2014. I’d like to give my heartfelt thanks to all of the parties involved for allowing this exciting project to go forward. I’ll be sure to post more details as soon as I am able.

Meteor House is pleased to announce Hadon, King of Opar and Blood of Ancient Opar, new authorized novellas in Philip José Farmer’s epic saga of Khokarsa, a civilization lost to the mists of time. Christopher Paul Carey, coauthor of The Song of Kwasin, will be writing the two novellas based on Farmer’s notes.

Twelve thousand years ago, the vast empire of Khokarsa ringed the shores of ancient Africa’s inland seas. In the novels Hadon of Ancient Opar, Flight to Opar, and The Song of Kwasin, the hero Hadon and his giant cousin Kwasin led the battle against the priests of the sun god Resu, who sought to usurp the beneficent rule of the priestesses of Kho. Twenty years have passed since the heroes’ victory, and mighty Khokarsa lies in ruin, victim to a continent-wide earthquake. Of all the cities of the empire, only shining Opar, the city of gold and jewels, remains standing. Now, Hadon must lead his people against a brutal enemy that seeks to pillage Opar’s most precious treasures and slaughter its king.

Hadon, King of Opar and Blood of Ancient Opar will be published in limited edition hardcover and trade paperback editions (both signed by Christopher Paul Carey), with the first volume to be released Summer 2015. Follow along at meteorhousepress.com and on Facebook (facebook.com/MeteorHouse) and Twitter (@MeteorHouse) for all the latest developments.