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.

Video: Philip José Farmer on Tarzan and Opar

Here’s a real treat. I’ve previously posted a YouTube clip from the French documentary “Moi, Tarzan” (“I, Tarzan”), which features an interview with Philip José Farmer, but here’s a much longer excerpt. Phil appears at the following time stamps: 2:40, 4:04, 5:01, and 7:33. Of particular note is the part at 7:33, where Phil shows us a photograph of the submerged ruins of Opar. Also featured in the video is George T. McWhorter, former editor of The Burroughs Bulletin and curator of the Edgar Rice Burroughs Memorial Collection.

‘I,Tarzan’ The True Story (Trailer)2 from sarasotafringefilms on Vimeo.

Paperback Perils on THE SONG OF KWASIN

song-of-kwasin-200pixBill Adcock over at Paperback Perils has posted a review of the new Meteor House edition of The Song of Kwasin. From the review:

The Song of Kwasin is a triumph, a work of literary achievement that stands above your average fantasy novel or adventure tale, delivering a story that feels, if not true, then at least real. Khokarsa is alive in the way Middle-Earth and Westeros are not, with a richness and fullness that extends beyond being backdrop to heroic escapades, and the fact that Christopher Paul Carey has been able to expand upon Farmer’s original work and extend the legacy of Khokarsa is a treat not to be missed.

Read the full review here.

The Song of Kwasin releases this December from Meteor House.

Announcing THE SONG OF KWASIN in Its First-Ever Standalone Edition!

song-of-kwasin-cover1I’m excited to announce that this winter Meteor House will be publishing a brand-new edition of The Song of Kwasin, the Khokarsa novel I coauthored with Philip Jose Farmer.  The novel has been out of print since 2012, having sold out shortly after its publication in an omnibus of the first three books of the Khokarsa series. The novel has never before been available in a standalone edition. Here’s the preorder copy from the publisher:

US $22 tpb/$33 hc
5.5 × 8.5, 400+ pages
Unlimited Trade Paperback Edition
Signed Limited Edition Hardcover
(Signed by Christopher Paul Carey)

Meteor House is pleased to announce the first-ever standalone edition of Philip José Farmer and Christopher Paul Carey’s critically acclaimed novel The Song of Kwasin, the third volume of the Khokarsa series. The Song of Kwasin previously appeared only in an expensive hardcover omnibus collecting the first three novels of the Khokarsa series and it has never been published alone in its own volume! So if you’ve read Hadon of Ancient Opar and Flight to Opar, and have been waiting for the epic climax to Philip Jose Farmer’s original Khokarsa trilogy, this new Meteor House edition—available as both an affordable trade paperback and a collectible limited edition hardcover—is your chance to finally read the thrilling, adventure-packed third book!

Meteor House’s new edition of The Song of Kwasin also features cover art and a frontispiece by Hugo Award-winning artist Bob Eggleton as well as rare and previously unpublished bonus materials, including:

  • A brand-new introduction by noted author and critic Paul Di Filippo*
  • A Preface to the New Edition by Christopher Paul Carey *
  • “Kwasin and the Bear God” by Philip José Farmer and Christopher Paul Carey (a 20,000-word novella featuring a lost adventure of Kwasin)
  • The Khokarsan Calendar by Philip José Farmer**
  • The Plants of Khokarsa by Philip José Farmer**
  • A Guide to Khokarsa by Christopher Paul Carey (expanded from the guide in the
  • Restored Edition of Flight to Opar)
  • Notes on the Khokarsa Series by Philip José Farmer*
  • Philip José Farmer’s Original Outline to The Song of Kwasin**
  • Philip José Farmer’s Alternate Outline to The Song of Kwasin*
  • Correspondence by Philip José Farmer to Frank J. Brueckel and John Harwood, authors of “Heritage of the Flaming God,” the monumental essay that inspired the Khokarsa series*

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

THE SONG OF KWASIN
Volume 3 of the Khokarsa Series
The epic sequel to Flight to Opar!

After years of exile in the Wild Lands, the giant warrior Kwasin of Dythbeth returns to the mighty Khokarsan Empire seeking the oracle’s forgiveness, only to find his native land torn asunder in a bloody civil war. The tyrannical King Minruth has usurped the throne from his daughter Awineth and, allied with the priests of the sun god Resu, overturned the beneficent, centuries-old rule of the priestesses of the goddess Kho. His spoiled cousin Hadon having fled with his companions to far-flung Opar, Kwasin soon finds he will have to take up the cause alone against Minruth the Mad.

Wielding his massive Ax of Victory, forged from the heart of a fallen star, Kwasin sets out to reconquer the throne of Khokarsa. But when he finds himself caught between a vengeful queen who seeks to control him and a conspiring priest who wants him dead, Kwasin must decide between reining in his unruly passions or unleashing them in a fury that could hurl the empire into oblivion. For the high priestess has decreed that unless Kwasin can master his wild nature and stop King Minruth before he attains immortality in an unholy ritual of the sun god, Great Kho will destroy all the land!

Click here to preorder The Song of Kwasin.

EXILES OF KHO almost sold out–Kindle edition available!

This paEOK-1st week Meteor House announced that the new signed limited edition hardcover of Exiles of Kho was all but sold out only a month after the release date (only three copies remained at the time of the post).

But don’t worry. If you missed out on the hardcover, you can now pick up the Kindle edition of Exiles of Kho over at Amazon or the NOOK edition at Barnes & Noble.

There’s other big Khokarsa news coming very soon, so stay tuned!

Paperback Perils on EXILES OF KHO and “Iron and Bronze”

EOK-200pixPaperback Perils has recently reviewed both my novella Exiles of Kho (just released in a signed limited edition hardcover that is nearly sold out) and Win Scott Eckert’s and my short story “Iron and Bronze” (Kindle edition here; also collected in Tales of the Shadowmen: The Vampires of Paris).

From the review of Exiles of Kho:

If Exiles is typical of Christopher Paul Carey’s work, then I cannot wait to devour the rest of the books by him that I picked up at Pulpfest. He writes with a grace of style that carries the reader along as readily as the pulse-pounding adventure of the story itself does.

What jumped out at me most is the almost casual way in which he handles world-building; the world of Exiles is not the world of Hadon of Ancient Opar (though it is related), and Carey recognizes this and guides us into Lupoeth’s world with a turn of phrase here, a descriptor there; we’re not clubbed over the head with travelogue writing, which is something many writers cannot pull off… Here, Carey makes it look easy.

Read the full review here.

Iron and Bronze by Christopher Paul Carey and Win Scott EckertFrom the review of “Iron and Bronze”:

Chris and Win have really outdone themselves here. It’s challenging enough to write a cross over story featuring two preexisting characters and capture both their voices and present it well; Win and Chris have given us four preexisting characters – Ironcastle, Ardan/Savage, Antinea, and Harry Killer, aka Zanigew (as per the research of Rick Lai, readable here) and balanced their roles and presences perfectly, not allowing any one character to dominate the stage, so to speak. This is rather a lot like juggling four running chainsaws and not losing any fingers, and speaks volumes to both Chris and Win’s affection for the characters and combined pool of literary talent.

Read the full review here.

Also be sure to check out Paperback Perils’ reviews of some related works, such as for Philip Jose Farmer’s Time’s Last Gift and Hadon of Ancient Opar, as well as J. H. Rosny’s and Farmer’s Ironcastle.

Pulp Fiction Reviews on HADON, KING OF OPAR

Ron FortiHKOO-1er has reviewed Hadon, King of Opar over at Pulp Fiction Reviews. From the review:

Spinning a non-stop adventure tale, Carey’s pace never lets up and his easy, competent style allows readers to slip into this ancient, magnificent world he has so expertly brought back to life. Burroughs and Farmer would have been proud.

Read the full review here.