gbsteve (gbsteve) wrote,

Warlocks and Warriors

This is probably the book that is most responsible for my interest in fantasy and roleplaying. It was published in 1971 by Mayflower and cost 25p. I don't know how I came across it but I first remember it when I was about eight or nine. After we moved to France, my Mum gave it to a second hand bookshop because it was so worn that she thought it unloved. Quite the opposite - I made her drive to the shop where I had to pay 7FF to get it back.

It was probably my first introduction to Elric, Conan, and Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser. In chilledchimp's terms it probably has a lot to answer for.

Thanks to this site, here is the list of contents:

9 • Introduction (Warlocks and Warriors) • essay by Douglas Hill
12 • The Sleeping Sorceress • [Elric] • novelette by Michael Moorcock
49 • The Curse of the Monolith • [Conan] • (1968) • short story by L. Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter
62 • The Ogyr of the Snows • short story by Martin Hillman
79 • The Wager Lost By Winning • [Traveller in Black] • (1970) • novelette by John Brunner
113 • The Wreck of the "Kissing Bitch" • (1971) • novelette by Keith Roberts
135 • The Unholy Grail • [Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser] • (1962) • novelette by Fritz Leiber

They are all cracking stories, even the second generation Conan, with Lovecraftian overtones, about how he almost falls into a trap. I've not read anything else by Martin Hillman but the story of fighting an Ogre in the snow with half a halberd stirred my young imagination. It was supposedly part of a longer work but I don't think it was ever published.

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