Friday, January 29, 2010
posted by Miguel Martins
Professor of psychology (and REHupan) Charles Allen Gramlich is also the author of several novels, short stories, as well as non-fiction and poetry. Last December he announced on RAZORED ZEN, his blog, that he was working on an anthology of his Sword-and-Sorcery short tales.
The provisional title of this upcoming volume is Bitter Steel. It will collect stories mostly published in the early ’90s and include both serious and humorous S&S yarns. A third of the anthology will feature the same character, Thal Kyrin. The earliest tales have been revised, some yarns will have alternate endings and notes were added. Charles Gramlich explained that the preface “focuses primarily on Robert E. Howard as the man who created the Sword & Sorcery genre. It doesn’t say too much about the stories in the collection, because I want them to stand on their own.” Then an opening poem written “on the same rhyme scheme and rhythm” as Robert E. Howard’s “Recompense” will follow. Mr Gramlich explains how he put this anthology together in several blogs which can be found here and here. It was very interesting to learn about his working process and I’m really looking forward to reading Bitter Steel.