Spiral-Con 1 Brings the Weird to VA
The good people at Spiral Tower Press are hosting their first convention this month. Spiral-Con 1 takes place at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia on July 30th and promises to bring together weird fiction and S&S fans for a day of socializing, gaming, panels, and more. Admission is free, though an RSVP is requested.
Rogues Release A Book of Blades
The long-awaited second anthology from the Rogues in the House podcast is here! A Book of Blades features short stories from modern S&S masters like Howard Andrew Jones, John C. Hocking, and Scott Oden, plus numerous up-and-comers. There’s even an art section featuring Sarah Frazetta, Morgan Galen King, Gilead, and more!
Baen Announces Fantasy Adventure Award Finalists
Every year, Baen Books hunts down the best adventure fantasy stories from undiscovered authors. This year’s finalists include Tales from the Magician’s Skull stalwart Greg Mele, and rumor has it some of the other stories are S&S as well. Best of luck to all the authors!
Blood on the Blade Wins Imadjinn Award
Blood on the Blade, the 2021 S&S anthology edited by Jim Beard and John C. Bruening, won the Imadjinn Award for Best Anthology at the Imaginarium Convention in Louisville this weekend. Congrats!
Whetstone Opens for Sixth Issue Subs
In other Spiral Tower news, submissions have opened for issue six of Whetstone, the amateur zine of sword & sorcery. Get your story in by September 12th for the winter edition!
SDCC Conan Panel Promises Clues to the Cimmerian’s Future
A panel celebrating Conan’s ninetieth anniversary looks to be stacked with folks involved in his future: Matt Murray, editor at Heroic Signatures; Titan Books editor Steve Saffel; and comics writer Jim Zub.
Rogues Interview Matt Murray
For more from Matt Murray, including a digression about the Smurfs, check out this interview on the Rogues in the House podcast.
Lost Interviews with REH Contemporaries Uncovered
Will Oliver has hunted down and transcribed three interviews conducted in 1982 with folks from Cross Plains who knew Robert E. Howard. The transcriptions are available at Adventures Fantastic. Kudos to all involved for making these resources available!
StudioCanal Releases Red Sonja 4K Trailer
The totally-not-a-Conan-sequel starring Brigitte Nielsen and Arnold Schwarzenegger comes to 4K Ultra on July 18th. Check out the remastered trailer.
Vault Releases Barbaric: The Harvest Blades #1
Today sees the release of the first issue in Michael Moreci and Robert Wilson IV’s followup to 2021’s Barbaric. Read a review here.