Today, December 18th, is the Birthday of Michael Moorcock, creator of Elric of Melnibone, Corum, Hawkmoon, and many other fantasy heroes. Mike (he prefers to be called Mike) is one of my top five fantasy authors of all time. He revolutionized the sword & sorcery genre with his creation of Elric, the weakling albino who is dependant on the black rune sword Stormbringer for his very life.
Never one to rest on his laurels, Mike has gone on to be a major literary writer in the United Kingdom with such critically acclaimed novels as Mother London and King of the City. Yet he has never forgotten his roots and still turns out quality fantasy novels and swashbuckling tales of Sword & Sorcery. So happy Birthday, Mike! Thanks for all the years of great reading.