Monday, July 03, 2006

Cross Plains Universe

Via Chris Roberson--who's publishing the book, so he should know--the upcoming World Fantasy Con anthology now has a name:
This year marks the centenary of the birth of pioneeering Texan pulp writer Robert E. Howard, and in celebration of the event Scott Cupp and Joe R. Lansdale have assembled a collection of original stories by Texas writers inspired by Howard, written in his style, or featuring Howard or his creations as characters.

CROSS PLAINS UNIVERSE: TEXANS CELEBRATE ROBERT E. HOWARD is a co-publication of MonkeyBrain Books and the Fandom Association of Central Texas with the cooperation of Paradox Entertainment, and will be a limited-edition anthology. Each attendee of the 2006 World Fantasy Convention, hosted this year by FACT, will be presented a copy, but at this time there are no plans to make copies commercially available, and no plans for a trade edition.

I'd originally heard that a mass-market edition was to follow later on, but it appears now that isn't the case (or hasn't been finalized yet, at least). Still, this is going to be one sweet collection. I particularly like how the title references the obscure, yet ground-breaking Lone Star Universe anthology edited by Steven Utley and George Proctor waaaaaay back in 1976. I'll have to write more about that one some day. But for now, I find it interesting that only two of the writers in that earlier volume--Howard Waldrop and Neal Barrett Jr.--are appearing in the new book (although to be fair, Robert E. Howard is the subject of CROSS PLAINS UNIVERSE, so I suppose it's safe to say that he's represented as well).

Can. Not. Wait. To. Read. These. Stories.

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