Monday, November 19, 2012
Queen of the Night
"I was asked to write some Robert E. Howard pastiches by Glenn Lord via my agent, Kirby McCauley. None of us were happy with the sorry state of the then-current crop, and I was brought in as a hired gun to try to sort the matter out. Legion From The Shadows and The Road of Kings were both difficult to write. I wrote in my own style, remaining true to Howard’s characters.
The second Bran Mak Morn novel, Queen of the Night, was held back for various reasons. It will be published in England later this year (1994) as a double volume."
Still, according to friends and colleagues, the book was never written. When I came across this scan, however, I noted that there was copy on the back. Usually this is copy telling the reader what the book is about, so I wondered if perhaps Wagner had at least given a his publisher a synopsis. The text is hard to read in this small scan, (Anyone got a bigger one?) but from what I can make out the plot is pretty general.
So being the intrepid journalist that I am, I decided to email the guy the scan had apparently come from, author David Drake, friend and occasional collaborator of KEW. Drake was kind enough to reply. he said:
"Karl must have told his Zebra editor that he was going to set it in Atlantis, because he was really pissed when the Bran novel by...doggone...I'm blocking on the names...came out, it was set in Atlantis. There was never a synopsis or anything whatever written."
So perhaps Drake was right and an editor at Zebra cobbled together some back cover copy based on a conversation with KEW. Interesting stuff.