Young Thongor

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Young Thongor
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First edition
Author Lin Carter
Cover artist James Heffron
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Series Thongor series
Genre Fantasy
Published2012 (Wildside Press)
Media typePrint (paperback)
Pages218
ISBN 978-1-4344-4101-0
OCLC 796935665
Followed by Thongor and the Wizard of Lemuria  

Young Thongor is a collection of fantasy short stories by American writer Lin Carter, with additional material by Robert M. Price, edited and with a foreword by Adrian Cole. It was first published in trade paperback by Wildside Press in May, 2012. [1] Most of the pieces were first published in magazines, anthologies or other books by Carter; the remaining pieces are original to the present work. [2]

Fantasy genre of literature, film, television and other artforms

Fantasy is a genre of speculative fiction set in a fictional universe, often without any locations, events, or people referencing the real world. Its roots are in oral traditions, which then became literature and drama. From the twentieth century it has expanded further into various media, including film, television, graphic novels and video games.

Lin Carter American fantasy writer, editor, critic

Linwood Vrooman Carter was an American author of science fiction and fantasy, as well as an editor, poet and critic. He usually wrote as Lin Carter; known pseudonyms include H. P. Lowcraft and Grail Undwin. He is best known for his work in the 1970s as editor of the Ballantine Adult Fantasy series, which introduced readers to many overlooked classics of the fantasy genre.

Robert M. Price American theologian

Robert McNair Price is an American theologian and writer, known for arguing against the existence of a historical Jesus. He taught philosophy and religion at the Johnnie Colemon Theological Seminary. He is a professor of biblical criticism at the Center for Inquiry Institute, and the author of a number of books on theology and the historicity of Jesus.

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Summary

The book collects most of the extant tales about the youth of the author's sword and sorcery hero Thongor of Valkarth. Carter had planned to gather these and other Thongor tales he never lived to write into two projected collections, to be titled Thongor of Lost Lemuria and Thongor in the Land of Peril. [3] Additional Thongor stories written after Carter's death by his literary executor Robert Price were combined with the existing tales to fill out the existing book, though it omits at least one Price Thongor story, "Witch-Queen of Lemuria."

Sword and sorcery genre of fantasy fiction

Sword and sorcery (S&S) is a subgenre of fantasy characterized by sword-wielding heroes engaged in exciting and violent adventures. An element of romance is often present, as is an element of magic and the supernatural. Unlike works of high fantasy, the tales, though dramatic, focus mainly on personal battles rather than world-endangering matters. Sword and sorcery commonly overlaps with heroic fantasy.

Thongor is a character in a series of sword-and-sorcery novels & stories written by Lin Carter, stylized after Conan the Barbarian and set in ancient Lemuria. The character was picked up by Marvel Comics in the 1970s for its series Creatures on the Loose which saw some of Carter's stories adapted, as well as the author himself contributing to later issues.

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<i>Thongor of Lemuria</i> book by Lin Carter

Thongor of Lemuria is a fantasy novel by American writer Lin Carter, the second book of his Thongor series set on the fictional lost continent of Lemuria. It was first published in paperback by Ace Books in 1966. The author afterwards revised and expanded the text, in which form it was reissued as Thongor and the Dragon City, first published in paperback by Berkley Books in 1970. This retitled and revised edition became the standard edition for later reprintings.

<i>Dreams from Rlyeh</i> collection of poems by Lin Carter

Dreams from R'lyeh is a collection of poems by Lin Carter. The book was released in hardcover by Arkham House in 1975 in an edition of 3,152 copies. It was Carter's only book published by Arkham House. The title sequence of sonnet, "Dreams from R'lyeh", has also been reprinted in Robert M. Price's The Xothic Legend Cycle: The Complete Mythos Fiction of Lin Carter.

<i>Fantastic</i> (magazine) magazine

Fantastic was an American digest-size fantasy and science fiction magazine, published from 1952 to 1980. It was founded by the publishing company Ziff Davis as a fantasy companion to Amazing Stories. Early sales were good, and the company quickly decided to switch Amazing from pulp format to digest, and to cease publication of their other science fiction pulp, Fantastic Adventures. Within a few years sales fell, and Howard Browne, the editor, was forced to switch the focus to science fiction rather than fantasy. Browne lost interest in the magazine as a result and the magazine generally ran poor-quality fiction in the mid-1950s, under Browne and his successor, Paul W. Fairman.

Notes

  1. Young Thongor title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
  2. Carter, Lin (2012). Young Thongor. Rockville, MD: Wildside Press. p. [iv].
  3. Carter, Lin (2012). Young Thongor. Rockville, MD: Wildside Press. p. 11.

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