News & Items of Note Archive

Apr 11, 2019  "It's fascinating how the paths we take in life shape who we'll become and what we'll leave behind, when--on that fateful day--we're blasted by the emerald lightnings of The Emperor's Guard at the Pit of the Metal Monster.... "

 

In answer to the call to write an article on The Metal Monster by A. Merritt, I dove into the Hippocampus Press restored edition.  I'd never read this version, so this was going to be a real treat... 

As with my article on collecting Merritt, I took a lot of photos, this time with a focus on Monster.  In pure enthusiasm at rereading this classic of Merritt's, I purchased a couple editions I didn't yet have so this article has plenty of imagery! 

 

Click on the image to check out the article, and be sure to visit the other pages on DMR Books.

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Apr 3, 2019  When Gil Stack asked me for help in putting together a small, but crucial, map of the system of bridges and towns along the Rio Rocoso, a river in his Legionnaire series, I quickly dived into action.  This map will be used in his Bridges of Morganita, available now for pre-order, and with a release date of April 25, 2019.

Click the image to visit Gil's Legionnaire page

Click to visit the book page on Amazon

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Feb 01, 2019  Submitted, for publication, my latest, completed fantasy oil painting -- an homage to Fred Arting's cover art for the 1914 A. C. McClurg First Edition of Tarzan of the Apes

 

This was an historic edition.  Using the cover as a model, I painted my own take of Arting's now famous piece.  Originally, I intended to simply hang it on my wall after I finished it. 

 

But, after showing an image of the finished painting to Henry Franke - editor of The Burroughs Bibliophiles which sponsor the annual Edgar Rice Burroughs convention, The Dum-Dum Henry did me the great honor of expressing interest in the painting for an upcoming issue of The Burroughs Bulletin upon its completion.  After the issue is published, I look forward to adding the painting to the Fantasy Art page.

Jan 29, 2019  I was asked by Jason Hardy, Editor-in-Chief of The Minunian--a fanart fanzine dedicated to Edgar Rice Burroughs, to submit a piece based on Tarzan the Terrible.  Submitted the poem Tarzan Jad-Guru.  Jason also hosts the ERBf.a.n. (fan artist network) on Facebook--check it out by clicking here.

Jan 20, 2019  "...it constantly surprises me that there are still many today who have never heard of <A. Merritt>.  Actually - let me walk that back a bit.  It used to surprise me... "

 

In remembrance of his birthday, I was asked to write an article on collecting A. Merritt.  I've collected Merritt for years - actually, my current collection is my second such of him, as  my first was destroyed in a house fire.  

 

To make it visually appealing, I took a boat load of photos of my Merritt material, a cross section of what the Merritt collector will come across.  

 

Click on the image to check out the article, and be sure to visit the other pages on DMR Books.

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Jan 15, 2019  In the last week of September, 2018, I began painting a fantasy map for author Gilbert M. Stack for his upcoming Winterhaven series.  At the time I started painting, I had no idea it would stretch into a 3+ month long project.  I paint glacially, and Gil's world he created is full of topographical features.  After I finished the painting, I then spent a further couple of weeks in digital editing.  The map was in landscape, so we split into an East and a West for better viewing on readers.  Check out Gil's first Winterhaven novel on Amazon.

Dec 31, 2018  I am happy to note that on this day I mailed the 50 requisite copies of my first ERB-APA No 140 (the Edgar Rice Burroughs Amateur Press Association) submission to Scott Tracy Griffin - the current ERB-APA Official Editor (OE) . 

 

This initial, introductory piece, includes a bio and my short story, Tarzan and the Behemoth - an un-circulated tale of the much beloved ape-man. 

 

For more about the Edgar Rice Burroughs Amateur Press Association, visit the official site on ERB-Zine.com.

ERB-APA Issue #140 Cover by Kevin "Raz" Rasel; Includes Tarzan and the Behemoth by Chris L Adams

Item of Note:  John Guidry  I had the great good fortune to meet the founder of the ERB-APA at the 2018 Dum-Dum in Morgan City, Louisiana - John Guidry (special thanks to Scott Tracy Griffin for bringing John to the ERB meetings).  

 

I took this picture only moments after John was awarded a Burroughs Bibliophiles Outstanding Achievement Award.  This was a heart-felt moment for John; he had tears in his eyes while he spoke to me and my wife. I was fortunate to speak with him several times that week, finding him a genteel, knowledgeable, fascinating and gentle soul; it was a high honor to meet him; he invited us to come back to New Orleans and go to Mardi Gras with him. 

 

As we were discussing various authors one night, John whipped a small photo album out of his pocket , flipped through it, and showed me a picture of him with Edmond Hamilton and Leigh Brackett. I about died.  I am a huge fan of Hamilton, so yeah- that was momentous.  I would easily compare that moment to standing there looking a guy in the eye who'd met Burroughs or Howard. 

 

Another interesting bit about John - he and Patrick Adkins formed the publishing company, Guidry & Adkins, which brought Burroughs fans the now-coveted Forgotten Tales of Love and Murder.  I certainly wished I had my copy with me to ask John for his signature.

John Guidry - founder of ERB-APA
Edmond Hamilton, with Leigh Bracket and John Guidry

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