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March 2023  ***The Valley of Despair comes to audio!*** 

 

Bizarre Tales has teamed with author/narrator William L. Hahn to bring another BT title to audio. The Valley of Despair has reached most retail distribution sites as of this month.  The title saw limited audio release back in December but I wished to wait until it had reached most major retailers before announcing.  

I have a limited number of Spotify codes available;  feel free to ping me from my Contact page for  a link to a free copy, or send a message on Facebook to ChrisLAdams BizarreTales.  Really, holler at me.

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January 2023  Mailed ERB-APA No #156 (the Edgar Rice Burroughs Amateur Press Association) to Bob McGeeney - the ERB-APA Official Editor (OE). 

 

This submission consists of my article, Collecting ERB: 2022 in Review, a look back at the ERB books I added to my collection in 2022.  For more about the Edgar Rice Burroughs Amateur Press Association, visit the official site on ERB-Zine.com.

Did you know you can purchase back copies of ERB-APA? These fan-produced publications are an amazing source of Edgar Rice Burroughs ephemera.  Follow the link to email the OE for more info.

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October 2022  Mailed ERB-APA No #155 (the Edgar Rice Burroughs Amateur Press Association) to Bob McGeeney - the ERB-APA Official Editor (OE). 

 

This submission consists of my article, Jetan: The Martian Chess of Edgar Rice Burroughs, an ERB Book Review of the book written by ERB-APA member Fredrik Ekman.  For more about the Edgar Rice Burroughs Amateur Press Association, visit the official site on ERB-Zine.com.

Did you know you can purchase back copies of ERB-APA? These fan-produced publications are an amazing source of Edgar Rice Burroughs ephemera.  Follow the link to email the OE for more info.

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July 2022  Mailed ERB-APA No #154 (the Edgar Rice Burroughs Amateur Press Association) to Bob McGeeney - the ERB-APA Official Editor (OE). 

 

This submission consists of my article, Chessmen and Headless Men, based on Burrough's novel, The Chessmen of Mars.  For more about the Edgar Rice Burroughs Amateur Press Association, visit the official site on ERB-Zine.com.

Did you know you can purchase back copies of ERB-APA? These fan-produced publications are an amazing source of Edgar Rice Burroughs ephemera.  Follow the link to email the OE for more info.

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April 2022  Mailed ERB-APA No #153 (the Edgar Rice Burroughs Amateur Press Association) to Bob McGeeney - the ERB-APA Official Editor (OE). 

 

This submission consists of my article, A Soldier of Poloda, an ERB Book Review of the novel by Lee Strong.  For more about the Edgar Rice Burroughs Amateur Press Association, visit the official site on ERB-Zine.com.

Did you know you can purchase back copies of ERB-APA? These fan-produced publications are an amazing source of Edgar Rice Burroughs ephemera.  Follow the link to email the OE for more info.

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Januray 2022  Mailed ERB-APA No #152 (the Edgar Rice Burroughs Amateur Press Association) to Bob McGeeney - the ERB-APA Official Editor (OE). 

 

This submission consists of my article, Beyond the Farthest Star: Restored Edition, an ERB Book Review of the restored text recently released by ERB Inc.  For more about the Edgar Rice Burroughs Amateur Press Association, visit the official site on ERB-Zine.com.

Did you know you can purchase back copies of ERB-APA? These fan-produced publications are an amazing source of Edgar Rice Burroughs ephemera.  Follow the link to email the OE for more info.

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October 2021  Mailed ERB-APA No #151 (note I skipped 150) (the Edgar Rice Burroughs Amateur Press Association) to Bob McGeeney - the ERB-APA Official Editor (OE). 

 

This submission consists of my article, Five Themes to Conquer, a look at five literary themes utilized by Burroughs in his storytelling.  For more about the Edgar Rice Burroughs Amateur Press Association, visit the official site on ERB-Zine.com.

Did you know you can purchase back copies of ERB-APA? These fan-produced publications are an amazing source of Edgar Rice Burroughs ephemera.  Follow the link to email the OE for more info.

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August 2021   

Back in August of this year Gary Buckingham asked me to paint an image to be used in his new novel, Tarzan and the Lion of Judah.

Click the image to read more on the Fantasy Art page about the project.

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April 2021  Mailed ERB-APA No #149 (the Edgar Rice Burroughs Amateur Press Association) to Bob McGeeney - the ERB-APA Official Editor (OE). 

 

This submission consists of my article, Firepower of The Legend of Tarzan, a closer look at the firearms used in the movie.  For more about the Edgar Rice Burroughs Amateur Press Association, visit the official site on ERB-Zine.com.

Did you know you can purchase back copies of ERB-APA? These fan-produced publications are an amazing source of Edgar Rice Burroughs ephemera.  Follow the link to email the OE for more info.

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February 2021   The Blonde Goddess of Tikka-Tikka now available in Paperback!

For years, my Bizarre Tales were only available in eBook format.  When  I released The Hunter and the Sorcerer  I made a concerted effort to come out with a bound book edition.  This can be more difficult than one might imagine.

With the success of Hunter/Sorcerer, I've gone on to convert the remaining Bizarre Tales titles that can be published in book form.

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January 2021   “I have seldom been able to resist the allurement of a bookstore…”

—Clark Ashton Smith, The Hunters from Beyond (1932)

Deuce Richardson of DMR Books Blog asked me for an article to mark the birthday of Clark Ashton Smith.  CAS is one of my favorite authors and one I collect, so I couldn't resist.

Click the image to check out the article.

Red Worlds of Polaris by Clark Ashton Smith

January 2021  Mailed ERB-APA No #148 (the Edgar Rice Burroughs Amateur Press Association) to Bob McGeeney - the ERB-APA Official Editor (OE). 

 

This submission consists of my short story, Tarzan and the Saboteur, a sequel to ERB-APA 141's Tarzan and the Forest of Stone.  For more about the Edgar Rice Burroughs Amateur Press Association, visit the official site on ERB-Zine.com.

Did you know you can purchase back copies of ERB-APA? These fan-produced publications are an amazing source of Edgar Rice Burroughs ephemera.  Follow the link to email the OE for more info.

ERB-APA #148, Cover art by  James W. McGurk; Includes Tarzan and the Saboteur by Chris L Adams
December 2020  *** New Bizarre Tales Release! ***
This novel has literally taken me years to finish because of interruptions. I've paused so many times to write and paint other things that I can't recall now what brought about all of these cessations regarding The Banshee of the Atacama . . . Volume 2 in The Tales of the Tomahawk series.  But at long last, it is available, and I'm quite proud of it.  Banshee is available in both eBook and paperback editions on Amazon.
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Tales of the Tomahawk Vol II

He had the heart of a Viking and the spirit of an Arapaho warrior...

After being evicted from his parents' village Ansen Grost ends up in a small coastal town in the Shetlands.  In the aftermath of a dust-up in the pub where he is staying, Ansen is befriended by an old man who--once he sees the Norseman fight--offers him an interesting job.  

 

To make it tempting, the pay is better than just right and down-on-his-luck Ansen can hardly refuse.  After all, a guy has to earn a living, and fighting cosmic entities and supernatural bad guys don't put ale in a glass or food in a belly.

But this job involves finding a Scottish lass lost in Peru.  And she's not like other girls.  This one has a centuries-old banshee as a familiar who can be slightly over-protective.

This might get hairy.

October 2020  Mailed the 50 requisite copies for ERB-APA No 147 (the Edgar Rice Burroughs Amateur Press Association) to Bob McGeeney - the ERB-APA Official Editor (OE). 

 

This submission consists of my article ECOF:  Fort Atkinson, WI
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, the historic pandemic ECOF with only 12 attendees.  For more about the Edgar Rice Burroughs Amateur Press Association, visit the official site on ERB-Zine.com.

Did you know you can purchase back copies of ERB-APA? These fan-produced publications are an amazing source of Edgar Rice Burroughs ephemera.  Follow the link to email the OE for more info.

ERB-APA #147, Cover art by James W. McGurk,  Includes ECOF:  Fort Atkinson, WI 2020 by Chris L Adams

Sep 04, 2020  Author/pal Gilbert M. Stack asked me to make him a banner for his month-long Occultober event which is coming up soon!  Be sure to check out Gil's Occultober posts where he will host a different novel each day . . . similar to March to Other Worlds, but with a focus on horror!

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Aug 30, 2020  "As will most when forced to fight for their way of life, the Apaches of The War Chief utilized any weapon to which they might lay hand..."

Deuce Richardson of The Swords of REH and DMR Books Blog asked me if I had any articles to post to mark the birthday of Edgar Rice Burroughs.  Two came to mind, both of which examine the small arms of two different novels written by ERB.

Frontier Partisans was kind enough to host my ERBAPA article, The Guns Of The War Chief. 

Click the image to check out the article.

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Aug 30, 2020  "I love movie props; it seems like I have always had a fascination with the bits and bobs utilized by film crews to create that aura of reality on the business end of a camera..."

Deuce Richardson of The Swords of REH and DMR Books Blog asked me if I had any articles to post to mark the birthday of Edgar Rice Burroughs.  Two came to mind, both of which examine the small arms of two different novels written by ERB.

Castalia House was kind enough to host my ERBAPA article, The Guns Of The Land That Time Forgot. 

 

Click the image to check out the article.

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Apr 27, 2020  Mailed the 50 requisite copies for ERB-APA No 145 (the Edgar Rice Burroughs Amateur Press Association) to Bob McGeeney - the newly elected ERB-APA Official Editor (OE). 

 

This submission consists of an article called, Guns of The Land that Time Forgotwhich discusses the props used in the filming of the movie adaptation of ERB's first Caspak novel.  For more about the Edgar Rice Burroughs Amateur Press Association, visit the official site on ERB-Zine.com.

Did you know you can purchase back copies of ERB-APA? These fan-produced publications are an amazing source of Edgar Rice Burroughs ephemera.  Follow the link to email the OE for more info.

ERB-APA #145; cover by David K. Barrett; Includes the article Guns of The Land that Time Forgot by Chris L Adams

Feb 21, 2020  Asked by author/pal Gilbert M. Stack to come up with a banner for his March to Other Worlds, this is the piece I came up with.  Check out Gil's March posts where he hosts a different novel each day.

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Feb 11, 2020  UK Author Richard Dee was generous to extend an offer to host me on his Indie Showcase where he hosts a new Indie Author each week.  Check out the article on Richard's site, and be sure to sign up for his Welcome to My Worlds newsletter.  Richard posts some fascinating blogs.

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Feb 10, 2020  Mailed the 50 requisite copies for ERB-APA No 144 (the Edgar Rice Burroughs Amateur Press Association) to Henry Franke - his last issue as ERB-APA Official Editor (OE) .

 

This submission consists of my article, One Year in the ERBAPA, comments to all current members, and any members who have submitted to the APA since I joined in #140.  For more about the Edgar Rice Burroughs Amateur Press Association, visit the official site on ERB-Zine.com.

Did you know you can purchase back copies of ERB-APA? These fan-produced publications are an amazing source of Edgar Rice Burroughs ephemera.  Follow the link to email the OE for more info.

ERB-APA #144, COVER: Front: Michael Whelan Sketch - commissioned by Ballantine in 1978 for a new ERB Mars series. Back: Gino D'Achille preliminary painting for Ballantine; Includes the article One Year in the ERB-APA by Chris L Adams

Jan 14, 2020  "There have been many various collections over the years of the works of Virgil Finlay… but none, my friends, precisely like this one..." 

When I was asked by DMR Books to write up a review of my copy of The Collectors' Book of Virgil Finlay, I was more than happy to.  This is a museum quality book that has the distinction of displaying original pieces by Finlay by a group of collectors, with many of the illustrations being reproduced in 1:1 scale which might be a true first. 

To read more and see several photos of these amazing pieces, hop over to DMR Books and read, The Collectors' Book of Virgil Finlay.

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Jan 14, 2020  "When Merritt hit the scene in Frank Munsey's All-Story Weekly in 1917 with his short story Through the Dragon Glass, he took to the field like a knight tossing a gauntlet to the ground at a tourney.  He swiftly became a force to be reckoned with in the writing field and publishers took notice..."

 

And no where is this more apparent than in the pulps!

Check out the latest installment in my Collecting Merritt series on DMR Books, titled, Collecting Merritt: Famous Fantastic Mysteries and Other Cool Mags.

Fantastic Novels - The Snake Mother

Dec 30, 2019  Back at the end of October fellow author and pen-pal Gilbert M. Stack asked me to come up with a idea for a monster he needed for a book cover.  With only a snatch of description to go by I came up with this gnarly beast.

Gil's full-time cover artist blended the monster onto a background to be used for Gil's novel, Blood, Volume 2 in his new Preternatural series.  Check it out on Amazon!

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Nov 8, 2019  Mailed the 50 requisite copies for ERB-APA No 143 to Henry Franke, ERB-APA Official Editor (OE). 

 

The submission consisted of an article based on ERB's Caspak novels, titled,  A Message in a . . . bottle?   For more about the Edgar Rice Burroughs Amateur Press Association, visit the official site on ERB-Zine.com.

Did you know you can purchase back copies of ERB-APA? These fan-produced publications are an amazing source of Edgar Rice Burroughs ephemera.  Follow the link to email the OE for more info.

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Sep 13, 2019  "It would take a fleet, six-man Barsoomian flyer full of two-headed aliens to wear as many hats as Mike Tierney, and keep a mad, Kaldane hatter in business to do so....”

It's Black Friday and we have more Mike Tierney!  I wouldn't call that unlucky at all.   Click on the image to check out Part II of the interview, and be sure to visit the other pages on DMR Books.

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Sep 5, 2019  "Restoring the 5000 images and gathering the books represented in the Edgar Rice Burroughs 100 Year Art Chronology was a labor of love...”

Recently I was asked to interview Mike Tierney, author of The Edgar Rice Burroughs 100 Year Art Chronology for DMR Books. in celebration of ERB's birthday.

Click on the image to check out Part 1 of the interview (Part 2 is coming soon), and be sure to visit the other pages on DMR Books.

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Aug 11, 2019  Mailed the 50 requisite copies for ERB-APA No 142 (the Edgar Rice Burroughs Amateur Press Association) to Henry Franke, ERB-APA Official Editor (OE). 

 

This submission consisted of an article based on ERB's The War Chief, titled,  The Guns of Geronimo.  For more about the Edgar Rice Burroughs Amateur Press Association, visit the official site on ERB-Zine.com.

Did you know you can purchase back copies of ERB-APA? These fan-produced publications are an amazing source of Edgar Rice Burroughs ephemera.  Follow the link to email the OE for more info.

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July 13, 2019  I was asked to create a piece based on The Jungle Tales of Tarzan to celebrate its 100th anniversary.  This painting was based on the story Tarzan Rescues the Moon!

Click on the image to read more, and view the full-size image.

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Apr 30, 2019  On this day I mailed the 50 requisite copies for ERB-APA No 141 (the Edgar Rice Burroughs Amateur Press Association) to Henry Franke - the new acting ERB-APA Official Editor (OE) .

 

This submission consists of my short story, Tarzan and the Forest of Stone.  For more about the Edgar Rice Burroughs Amateur Press Association, visit the official site on ERB-Zine.com.

Did you know you can purchase back copies of ERB-APA? These fan-produced publications are an amazing source of Edgar Rice Burroughs ephemera.  Follow the link to email the OE for more info.

ERB-APA Issue #141 Cover by Richard Hescox; Includes Tarzan and the Forest of Stone by Chris L Adams

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.  After showing an image of it to Henry Franke - editor of The Burroughs Bibliophiles and the ERBAPA Henry did me the honor of expressing interest in the painting for possible use in an upcoming issue of The Burroughs Bulletin.  Until then, check it out  on the Fantasy Art page!

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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 images of the finished maps on the Fantasy Art Page, and visit Gil's first Winterhaven novel on Amazon.

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Dec 31, 2018  Mailed the 50 requisite copies of my first ERB-APA No 140 submission to Scott Tracy Griffin -  ERB-APA Official Editor (OE). 

 

This initial, introductory piece, includes a bio and the short story, Tarzan and the Behemoth.  For more about the Edgar Rice Burroughs Amateur Press Association, visit the official site on ERB-Zine.com.

Did you know you can purchase back copies of ERB-APA? These fan-produced publications are an amazing source of Edgar Rice Burroughs ephemera.  Follow the link to email the OE for more info.

ERB-APA #140

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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