Sunday, 10 June 2012
Warhammer Novels: 'No Gold in the Grey Mountains' and 'The Magician's Son' Short Stories!
A few days ago I posted on the publication history (for Warhammer anyway) of Games Workshop books 1989-1991. I was surprised by the response of the post and heard from a number of other bloggers who were had very fond memories of these books and others who had missed them entirely.
I was reminded of the existence of two short stories by a mysterious blogger only known as G.S.Shaw. A quick delve into my White Dwarf magazine archive quickly located the issues (WD117 and WD136) and I was pleasantly surprised!
The first story was 'No Gold in the Grey Mountains' by Jack Yeovil a.k.a Kim Newman. Newman is now a well known and respected author and critic of all things fantasy and horror. He even pops up on those '100 greatest/worst/most memorable' TV shows that are on occasionally. Check out his wikipedia entry here if you're interested in finding out more about his work.
As some of you of you will know, 'No Gold in the Grey Mountains' was one of the stories first published in Wolf Riders and has been republished by the Black Library since. It was also used as a 'taster' story presented in White Dwarf issue 117 just before Ignorant Armies was published. I present that here in its original form.
The second story was published much later as is by the late Barrington J. Bayley. This tale, called the Magician's Son, was also intended to be a taster for a new (and unpublished) anthology. Sadly, this book and its short stories never saw the light of day; though there are a few clues here and there about what this anthology may have included. Kim Newman has mentioned both 'Warhawk' and 'Ibby the Fish Factor' were both written during this period (though were rejected, apparently) as were the remaining three short stories from Troll Slayer; The Mark of Slaanesh, Blood and Darkness and the Mutant Master if I remember correctly.
If any other bloggers out there have any further information about short stories and novels of this period I (and I am sure many others, considering the popularity of the Warhammer Novels post) would love to know more.
Anyway, I am presenting the short stories on my Scribd account. Here are the links. So why not do yourself a favour, if you've never read these stories before (or even if you have) download to your tablet, print out on paper or whatever and experience the Warhammer world as it used to be...
Enjoy your reading, Orlygg!