Friday, December 18, 2009

Swords & Dark Magic - Cover

This has already broken elsewhere, but I've been given the go ahead to show off the cover to my upcoming anthology, Swords & Dark Magic: The New Sword and Sorcery, co-edited with Jonathan Strahan. Cover art is by Benjamin Carre.

And once again, the amazing Table of Contents:
Check Your Dark Lord at the Door" — Lou Anders & Jonathan Strahan
Goats of Glory — Steven Erikson
Tides Elba: A Tale of the Black Company — Glen Cook
Bloodsport — Gene Wolfe
The Singing Spear — James Enge
A Wizard of Wiscezan — C.J. Cherryh
A Rich Full Week — K. J. Parker
A Suitable Present for a Sorcerous Puppet — Garth Nix
Red Pearls: An Elric Story — Michael Moorcock
The Deification of Dal Bamore — Tim Lebbon
Dark Times at the Midnight Market — Robert Silverberg
The Undefiled — Greg Keyes
Dapple Hew the Tint Master — Michael Shea
In the Stacks — Scott Lynch
Two Lions, A Witch, and the War-Robe — Tanith Lee
The Sea Troll's Daughter — Caitlin R Kiernan
Thieves of Daring — Bill Willingham
The Fool Jobs — Joe Abercrombie


Steve the Bookstore Guy said...

Is this the cover for the EOS edition, the Sub Press Edition, or both?

Lou Anders said...

The Eos edition. The Sub Press edition will have a cover by Dominic Harman.

Greg said...

Wait, hold the phone, is that a Black Company story? Well, Mr. Anders you will have my money, and have it joyfully.
Of course that is a fantastic list of talent on the book though, really, really good choices. I am really looking forward to this.

Lou Anders said...

Yup, a Black Company story, an Elric story, a Majipoor story...

Greg said...

Awesome. Now my question is, do you think this would be a good book to introduce people to sword and sorcery, or whatever we may call it? I have friends who flirt with the genre and like fantasy in general, but I'm never sure they know what I'm talking about when I tell them what I like. Answer carefully, the purchase of multiple copies rides upon your answer.... Kidding. A little.

Lou Anders said...

Obviously I'm biased, but our goal in doing this was to be definitive, and I think our TOC is a very good mix of the older masters of the form and the new guard. I honestly don't see how you could get a better introduction, and then, from this, newcomers could go off to explore the various books from these authors. And this is Cook writing Black Company, Moorcock writing Elric, etc... so it really is a good lead-in.

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