FarmerCon X/PulpFest 2015 recap

I had a tremendous amount of fun attending FarmerCon X/PulpFest 2015 in Columbus, Ohio last month! I started out my trip on August 4, flying out Atlanta, Georgia and heading over to Meteor House headquarters, where I wore out my hand signing books. Then, on Tuesday the 8th, we were off in a van for Columbus to reunite with friends and set up the Meteor House tables at the Hyatt. Both Hadon, King of Opar and the new hardcover edition of Exiles of Kho debuted at the convention, as did the new Restored Edition of Philip José Farmer’s Flight to Opar (a book I am extremely proud to have edited). It was gratifying to see the stacks of these titles shrink, be replenished, and then shrink again in an ongoing cycle over the weekend! The con went by in a merry blur, with author readings, fascinating panels on sundry pulp topics, the FarmerCon and PulpFest dinners, and much late-night mingling while around us whirled the spectacle of an anime convention that was going on at the same hotel.

Without further ado, here are some photos from my trip and the convention.

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Signing books at Meteor House headquarters.

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Booooooks!

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Banner outside the PulpFest dealers room.

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With Meteor House publisher Michael Croteau (right).

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The new signed limited edition hardcover of EXILES OF KHO is almost sold out!

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Jason Scott Aiken reads from his “The Sword of Lomar.”

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The Weird Tales of Philip José Farmer panel, with Jason Scott Aiken, Frank Schildiner, and Chuck Loridans.

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The Call of Cthulhu: The Development of Lovecraft’s Mythos panel, with Nathan Madison, John Haefele, Don Herron, Rick Lai, and Tom Krabacher.

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The FarmerCon X dinner attendees.

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Lisa Fournier IS Pat Wildman!

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Duane Spurlock reads from his and Jim Beard’s novel AIRSHIP HUNTERS.

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Waiting to get in to the restaurant for the PulpFest dinner. (From left clockwise: Art Sippo, Chuck Loridans, Greg Gick, Win Scott Eckert, and Frank Schildinder.)

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Panoramic shot of the PulpFest dinner.

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Frank Schildiner and Art Sippo deep in a discussion.

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Chuck Loridans makes a point. (From left to right: Frank Schildiner, Kim T., Chuck Loridans and Sean Levin.)

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Win Scott Eckert signing copies of THE EVIL IN PEMBERLEY HOUSE.

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With the giant sign!

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The last day of the con. (From left to right: Michael Croteau, Sean Levin, Win Scott Eckert, Chuck Loridans, Frank Schildiner, and me.)

Review: The British Fantasy Society on HADON, KING OF OPAR

DaveHKOO-200pix Brzeski has reviewed my forthcoming book, Hadon, King of Opar, over at the British Fantasy Society website. From the review:

It struck me, while reading this volume, that it could be a firm contender for the next ‘Game of Thrones’ style TV show, what with all the political and religious intrigue and epic battle scenes. In keeping with the work of Edgar Rice Burroughs and H. Rider Haggard, who were Farmer’s original inspirations for the series, there are abductions, miraculous escapes, betrayals, alliances and everything else one could wish for…

This book, the author’s best so far, cements his position as quite possibly the best writer currently working in the classic Heroic Fantasy genre.

Read the complete review here.

Hadon, King of Opar releases in August 2015. Preorder the book here.

A note on the Restored Edition of FLIGHT TO OPAR

Regarding the Restored Edition of Philip José Farmer’s novel Flight to Opar that I’m editing for Meteor House, my preface will go into detail about the process of how and why the text was restored and show that the excised portions were not a matter of the original copyeditor “trimming unnecessary fat” from the original manuscript. I am not “undoing” the many thousands of generally quite sharp and beneficial line edits made by the copyeditor of the 1976 DAW Books edition. What I’m doing is restoring meaningful passages that were cut to meet an arbitrary page count for the first edition of the novel. I think Farmer fans are going to love reading the new material, which only enhances an already excellent novel. I know I did!

Announcing the Restored Edition of Philip José Farmer’s FLIGHT TO OPAR

Flight to Opar (Restored Edition) by Philip José FarmerI’m very excited to announce that I will be editing the Restored Edition of Philip José Farmer’s Flight to Opar! The book is due out this summer and may be preordered now. Here’s the information from the publisher:

FLIGHT TO OPAR (RESTORED EDITION)

by Philip José Farmer

US $20 tpb/$30 hc
5.5 ×8.5, ??? pages
Unlimited Trade Paperback Edition
Signed Limited Edition Hardcover
(signed by editor Christopher Paul Carey)

Meteor House is excited to announce the never-before-published Restored Edition of Philip José Farmer’s classic novel Flight to Opar, the second volume of his acclaimed Khokarsa series. This new edition—available as both an affordable trade paperback and a collectible limited edition hardcover—features nearly 4,000 words that were cut from Farmer’s original manuscript when the novel was published in 1976. Meteor House’s Restored Edition is the first and only publication of the novel ever to include the excised material, which encompasses long passages of narrative, dialogue, and rich world-building details on Ancient Opar and the civilization of Khokarsa that readers have never previously been able to enjoy—until now.

Meteor House’s Restored Edition of Flight to Opar also features cover art by Hugo Award-winning artist Bob Eggleton as well as rare and previously unpublished bonus material, including:

  • A Preface to the Restored Edition by Christopher Paul Carey (coauthor with Philip José Farmer of The Song of Kwasin, the third novel in the Khokarsa series)*
  • A brand-new introduction by S. M. Stirling (New York Times bestselling author of the Change series)*
  • The Khokarsan Language by Philip José Farmer**
  • Khokarsan Glossary by Philip José Farmer and Christopher Paul Carey
  • A Guide to Khokarsa by Christopher Paul Carey
  • Early Notes on the Khokarsa Series by Philip José Farmer*
  • Original Outline to Flight to Opar by Philip José Farmer*
  • Cross-section Map of Opar by Philip José Farmer*

* Never before published.
** Only previously available in an out-of-print and extremely hard-to-find signed limited edition.

FLIGHT TO OPAR

Volume 2 of the Khokarsa Series

The exciting adventure-filled sequel to Hadon of Ancient Opar!

Hadon of Opar was the winner of the Great Games and the rightful claimant to the throne of Khokarsa, a mighty empire that stretched along the shores of ancient Africa’s great inland seas. But the old king has refused to surrender his power, and Hadon finds himself caught in the middle of a bloody civil war between the zealous priests of the sun god and the beneficent priestesses of  the great mother goddess.

Now a divination of the oracle hurls Hadon on his most dangerous adventure yet. With a tyrant’s armies and warships hot on their heels, Hadon and his companions must set out on a journey through perilous jungles and across storm-wracked seas to reach the city of his birth—for only in far-flung golden Opar can he fulfill the oracle’s prophecy and save the land from utter doom.

Preorder Flight to Opar now from Meteor House.

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!