Reh: Lone Star Fictioneer The Howard Fanzine: Folio: Gods of Bal- Sagoth Full

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Reh: Lone Star Fictioneer The Howard Fanzine: Folio: Gods of Bal- Sagoth Full

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"The Gods of Bal-Sagoth" was the first story to appear featuring Robert E. Howard's satantic adven­ turer of the Dark Ages: Black Turlough Dubh, outcast from the Irish clan O'Brien. True, nearly all of Howard's characters were in possession of a melancholy disposition that made them set out -on impossible quests to kill (or in the least, punch silly) an unfortunate who accidentally spat in their direction. But Black Tur1ough had them all beat, hands down, from Conan to Kane, for the honor of being "crazy," as can be described in this excerpt: "...a strange, bitter man, a terrible warrior and a crafty strategist, but one whom sudden bursts of strange madness made a marked man even in that land and age of madmen." Perhaps crazy is too strong a term; why not just mark him down as moody? Very moody.

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The Gods of Bal-Sagoth" was the first story to appear featuring Robert E. Howard's satantic adven­ turer of the Dark Ages: Black Turlough Dubh, outcast from the Irish clan O'Brien. True, nearly all of Howard's characters were in possession of a melancholy disposition that made them set out -on impossible quests to kill (or in the least, punch silly) an unfortunate who accidentally spat in their direction. But Black Tur1ough had them all beat, hands down, from Conan to Kane, for the honor of being "crazy," as can be described in this excerpt: "...a strange, bitter man, a terrible warrior and a crafty strategist, but one whom sudden bursts of strange madness made a marked man even in that land and age of madmen." Perhaps crazy is too strong a term; why not just mark him down as moody? Very moody.
First seeing print in the October, 1931, issue of Weird Tales, the story was enthusiastically greeted by the growing ranks of REH fans and broke the ice for one of his most popular adventures (which also just happened to be another Black Turlough story), "The Dark Man" (Dec., 1931, Weird Tales).

While the name of Marcus Boas may not be very familiar to you, we're sure that many have noticed his work. A long-time fan artist, his illustrations and paintings have appeared in a number of noteworthy publications and through patience, hard work, and sweat he's become a much sought after professional illustrator. Quite deservedly, I might add. As an admirer of REH's fiction ("I often find myself painting a scene involving Conan just for my own pleasure, without any thought of sale."), Marc approached us with an idea for a folio of selected scenes from Howard's first Turlough Dubh tale-and we proudly present the• result to your discriminating gaze.



COVER: "...and black he was to hair, and dark of complexion." PLATE 1: "He sprang between the monster and its prey ..."
PLATE 2: "Turlough was suddenly :: nd fearfully aware that this wasn_o dream ..."
PLATE 3: "I am King Turlough of Bal-Sagoth and my kingdom is fading in the morning sky ..."



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