Monday, February 22, 2010

Recently in Strange Horizons . . .

Pieces of note include:

* Robert Howard's work is seeing renewed interest, it seems, at least from filmmakers-being the subject of several films slated to come out or start shooting soon including the animated Conan: Red Nails, a live-action Conan movie, the film based on the Solomon Kane stories (recently released in Britain, as well as a number of other markets), and announced productions of two more film versions of the Bran Mak Morn series and the novella "The Vultures of Wahpeton." (A new film about the character "Red Sonja"-not strictly a Howard creation, but originating in the comics based on Conan, and apparently derived from the Red Sonya character in the historical adventure tale "Shadow of the Vulture"-is also said to be in the works, though I haven't heard much about it lately.)

In line with this, Penguin Modern Classics has recently released a collection of Howard tales in Heroes in the Wind: From Kull to Conan, including pieces not only from the Conan and Kull canons, but pieces from the Kane and Bran Mak Morn universes as well, and a few of the contemporary horror and Western tales as well ("The Vultures of Wahpeton" included), edited by John Clute. William Mingin's review went online today.

Incidentally, Clute also penned the week's column, devoted to Peter Straub's two-volume anthology, American Fantastic Tales: Terror and the Uncanny.

* T.S. Miller's review of Jonathan Strahan's Eclipse Three anthology.

* The Wales-based publisher Seren recently commissioned four Welsh novelists to write updated versions of each of the Four Branches of the Mabinogion. Paul Kincaid reviewed two of these together, namely Russell Celyn Jones's The Ninth Wave and Owen Sheers's White Ravens.

* And finally, in addition to the aforementioned previews of new releases in print, C.B. Harvey's review of the latest television version of The Day of the Triffids.

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