May 2006 Update!
Volumes 1 and 2 of the complete Cossack adventures are
NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-0RDER!!!
Wolf of the Steppes and Warriors of the Steppes can be ordered from Amazon right now!!!
This is the collection you've been waiting for! Journey now with the unsung grandfather of sword-and-sorcery in search of ancient tombs, gleaming treasure, and thrilling landscapes; match wits with deadly swordsmen, scheming priests, and evil cults; rescue lovely damsels, ride with bold comrades, and hazard everything on your brains, skill, and a little luck.
These four volumes will reprint every single Khlit the Cossack adventure, printed in order. Some have been out of print since the 1930s and some have never been printed between book covers. There's MORE -- the volumes include all the stories of Khlit's allies and fellow Cossacks, as well as more than a half dozen standalone Cossack stories, behind-the-scenes letters, and introductions from leading speculative fiction authors like S.M. Stirling, David Drake, and E.E. Knight. cash installment loans
And that's not all! Pitch-Black's new anthology of heroic fiction features a Lamb rarity, the never-before-reprinted first adventure of Nial O'Gordon. "Keeper of the Gate" is brooding, moody, headlong adventure -- Lamb at the very peak of his game. You can find it at this very link:
Lastly, don't miss the NEW issue 6 reprint at Flashing Swords Ezine! (and check older issues for more reprints!)
For even more details, see the What's New page!
Don't miss the Harold Lamb discussion folder here!
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Harold Lamb authored dozens of respected histories and thousands of pages of historical fiction, published in the finest short story magazines of his day. But despite his contemporary popularity, Lamb is little known today. Most of his fiction is out-of-print or forgotten--a circumstance viewed as mysterious by any familiar with his work.
Lamb created cycles of remarkable historical fiction for the pulp magazine Adventure set in locations as fabulous and unfamiliar to most readers as Burroughs' Mars. Where many adventure tales are predictable from the first word, Lamb's plots were full of unexpected twists. He wrote convincingly of faraway lands and dealt fairly with their inhabitants, relating without bias the viewpoints of Mongols, Moslems, and Hindus. payday loans online
His stories are rarely profound psychological drama, but Lamb nonetheless breathed humanity into his characters, endowing them with realistic hopes and fears. Unlike almost all of his predecessors, his pacing still feels modern - he never stopped for slow exposition. His plots thunder forward as though he envisioned each one for cinema the moment he slid paper into the typewriter.
A fine craftsman and master plotter, his stories of Khlit the Cossack rank among the best adventure tales written last century, and are the template upon which countless stories of heroic fiction are based.
But don't take my word for it:
I think a poll of those following the trail of adventure/historical fiction today will reveal either direct, or most certainly an indirect influence from Lamb on nearly all of the main players.
Harold Lamb knew how to write straight-ahead adventure the way Michaelangelo knew how to paint. Vivid, spare, and real, his writing sucks you through the page and into a world where anything is possible and nothing is dull; his people seem more interesting than your own friends and family.
Harold Lamb was one of the finest adventure fiction writers of the twentieth century. Lamb had two concerns. Writing exciting stories, and keeping them historically accurate. Combine this with a vivid imagination and a knowledge of the period that matched most historians and you have an unbeatable connection. Plus, Lamb had a wonderful sense of the dramatic. His heroes were properly heroic and his leading ladies vivid and desirable. And his secondary characters were oftentimes as fascinating as his leads.
About forty loosely linked novelettes in Adventure narrated the adventures of several Cossack heroes in the early seventeenth century... They are tales of wild adventure, full of swordplay, plots, treachery, startling surprises, mayhem, and massacre, laid in the most exotic setting that one can imagine and still stay in a known historical period on this planet.
--L. Sprague de Camp
What's on This Web Site?
Here you will find an analysis of Lamb's writing techniques, information about the man himself, reviews of some of his work, and indexes of all of it. He is most famous for his scholarly histories and the fiction he wrote during the twenties and thirties, when he was one of the most popular contributors to Adventure magazine. The Adventure era is covered in detail, with indexes by year, title, and subject--which is further subdivided into cycles of stories.
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Where Can I Find Harold Lamb Books?
Bison Books, an imprint of the University of Nebraska Press, is gearing up to publish the complete, four volume set of Harold Lamb's Cossack stories! The first two will be released in spring of 2006, the second in the spring of 2007!
Wildside Press has published the gripping page turner of a novel, The Grand Cham, and other reprints are planned. Stay tuned!
Three of Lamb's novels have been reprinted in recent years by the Donald M. Grant company, with beautiful accompanying illustrations. A fourth, "Rusudan," is slated to appear soon.
One of Lamb's short stories, "An Edge to a Sword," was reprinted in 1996 by Pulpdom.
Additionally, a handful of Lamb's histories and biographies are still in print, including his first biography, Genghis Khan. Most book stores should be able to order them for you, and there's always amazon.com, which has some reviews of Lamb's work by other readers.
If you're looking for unreprinted stories, your best bet is the library, the Internet, or a used book store. If you're looking for fiction he published in Adventure magazine, you may have to search the Internet or show up at pulp magazine conventions. Expect to pay between ten and twenty dollars per magazine, if you're lucky enough to find the one you're looking for.
I am fortunate to own a complete run of Lamb's Adventure fiction, but still seek a number of other items, among them the articles Lamb often contributed to the Campfire section of Adventure magazine when his work was published. I welcome contact from anyone who owns copies of these, and would gladly exchange photocopied or scanned documents from my own collection for such items.
Additionally, I am always interested in tracking down his non-Adventure fiction.
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Without the support of Bill Prather and Thacher School, this Web site and other exciting Lamb projects would not be possible.
A special thanks is due Victor Dreger, for assistance and support beyond the call of duty, and to Bruce Nordstrom who tirelessly tracked down story after story from obscure magazines and found all manner of great Lamb material. I never met Bruce in person, nor had contact information beyond his email address, so when email began bouncing and his Web site disappeared, I feared the worst. I sincerely hope that he is still alive and well!
I also wish to thank all those of you who have written to tell me how much you enjoy Lamb's work, and even provided me with text proofreading!
I am deeply indebted to Richard Bleiler and his Index to Adventure Magazine (Starmont House, 1990). Without his two-volume index I would not have been able to find a large number of Lamb's Adventure stories, nor would they be indexed on this site.
I am likewise indebted to Al Lybeck for his informative Lamb article, "Cossacks and Crusaders" (Pulpdom, July 1996). This entertaining piece is available to any interested parties and details much of Lamb's Adventure fiction. Without it I could never have listed Lamb's early magazine work here.
Thanks also to Caz and Victor A. Berch for their help assembling an index of Lamb's later work, and to my father, the late Dr. Victor H. Jones, for microfilm assistance.
Lastly I owe an extra special thanks to Dr. John Drury Clark, who lovingly preserved almost every Lamb Adventure story. If not for his careful efforts I would not have my collection today, nor would I have been able to scan them so that they may be preserved and read by myself and others. Thanks also to Carol Burnett-Jones for tracking down those final few stories Dr. Clark had saved.
Most of the artwork on this site is taken from pages of Adventure magazine, and due to the nature of my collection (Dr. Clark saved the stories, but not the magazines) I rarely have the artist's names. I will credit them when I learn who they are. Artists: Alan McNab (most of clip art), Boris Artzbasheff (galloping Cossack), Saul Lambert (Khlit), David Berger (Adventure cover).
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