Meteor House is pleased to announce Hadon, King of Opar and Blood of Ancient Opar, new authorized novellas in Philip José Farmer's epic saga of Khokarsa, a civilization lost to the mists of time. Christopher Paul Carey, coauthor of The Song of Kwasin, will be writing the two novellas based on Farmer's notes.
Twelve thousand years ago, the vast empire of Khokarsa ringed the shores of ancient Africa's inland seas. In the novels Hadon of Ancient Opar, Flight to Opar, and The Song of Kwasin, the hero Hadon and his giant cousin Kwasin led the battle against the priests of the sun god Resu, who sought to usurp the beneficent rule of the priestesses of Kho. Twenty years have passed since the heroes' victory, and mighty Khokarsa lies in ruin, victim to a continent-wide earthquake. Of all the cities of the empire, only shining Opar, the city of gold and jewels, remains standing. Now, Hadon must lead his people against a brutal enemy that seeks to pillage Opar's most precious treasures and slaughter its king.
Hadon, King of Opar and Blood of Ancient Opar will be published in limited edition hardcover and trade paperback editions (both signed by Christopher Paul Carey), with the first volume to be released Summer 2015. Follow along at meteorhousepress.com and on Facebook (facebook.com/MeteorHouse) and Twitter (@MeteorHouse) for all the latest developments.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Posted by Christopher Paul Carey at 7:55 PM
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Baconian, I began entertaining the idea of writing a cycle of short stories centered around the idea of a secret guild of women dedicated to investigating the supernatural mysteries surrounding the life of Sir Francis Bacon. This would be based--sometimes loosely and other times with as much unwavering historical accuracy as I could wrangle--on the Ladies' Guild of Francis St. Alban, a mostly forgotten but extremely fascinating society founded in London in 1905 by the devout Baconian Mrs. Henry Pott (aka Constance Mary Pott, not to be confused, as is sometime the case, with her daughter of the same name, who was a noted artist), who had also inspired the formation of the Bacon Society of London in 1886.
|Mrs. Henry Pott (1836-1915)|
"With Dust Their Glittering Towers"--which has just been released in The Many Tortures of Anthony Cardno, a charity anthology for the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life--is the first story I've written for the Fly-Leaves series. It features intrepid Baconian Alicia Amy Leith, whose trip to Highgate takes a turn for the weird as she explores the crumbling ruins that mark the site of Sir Francis Bacon's death. Having been inspired by an article by the real-life Alicia Leith, I spent a lot of time researching the historical details behind this one, and then a heck of a lot of time revising and polishing it. While authors are often blind to which of their works are of merit, I'm not afraid to say I think it's possible this is my best piece of fiction yet--though doubtless I have made some historical blunder somewhere, and I hope the present-day Baconians can forgive the tale's more fantastic elements. Many thanks to David Herter, one of the most brilliant authors I know, and my wife, Laura, a sharp baloney detector, for being my first readers on this story.
|Sir Francis Bacon (1561-????)|
Oh, yes, and an ebook edition of The Many Tortures of Anthony Cardno is coming soon. I'll post the relevant links when it goes live.