Lacking Natural Simplicity

Random musings on books, code, and tabletop games.

Karl Edward Wagner's Horror Stories

I primarily know Karl Edward Wagner's work from his “heroic fantasy” 1 novels and stories of Kane which I picked up in paperback in the mid 1980s, but he was equally talented as a writer and editor of horror. I have read his British Fantasy Award-winning story Sticks and it had a considerable effect on me, but I don't remember every reading any of his other horror stories. The ISFDB has what seems a very complete page listing his writings.

I aim to fix that. I've now got copies of the Centipede Press collections Where the Summer Ends (2012) and Walk on the Wild Side (2012) and I'll be reading them soon.

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A term he vastly preferred to “Sword & Sorcery”. Or maybe he preferred (note 1 at the bottom of the post) “epic fantasy” or “dark fantasy”.

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