Check Out My New Edgar Rice Burroughs Article


Hello there, 2019! I had hoped to get something posted a bit earlier, possibly filled with definitive statements about the year to come (i.e. making stuff up), but it’s already been an extraordinarily busy year for me so far. Perilous Worlds is starting to ramp up, and soon you can expect around an article a week from me on the site.

My newest article for Perilous Worlds is up now, the first one they’ve posted since the site opened in October: it’s a short examination of the history of the pulps using Edgar Rice Burroughs as a focus. (Update: the original Perilous Worlds site has sunken into the Styx, along with my articles. I’ll repost them here and update the link.)

ERB was one of the reasons the pulp medium grew the way it did. I’m pleased with how the article came out, since it is no simple task to compress the history of the pulps into under a thousand words. Perilous Worlds is teaching me important lessons on concision! Two more articles are finished and waiting in the wings, and I’m finishing up a new one this weekend, a little visit to The Worm Ouroboros. I also recently delivered an article on The Hour of the Dragon to Black Gate as part of a round-robin project on all of the Conan stories by Robert E. Howard. That won’t end up posted for a few months, however.

Dream Tower Media Interview About Edgar Rice Burroughs

A few years ago, my friend Robert Zoltan started an ambitious project: The Literary Wonder & Adventure Podcast, an interview program where fantasy and science-fiction authors discussed great figures of the genre. John O’Neill described it as “no typical podcast, but an imaginatively designed (and frequently hilarious) radio show set in the windswept Dream Tower (with a talking raven).”

For his first interview, Robert chose to speak to … me. (Hey, I was available and only a thirty-minute drive away.) The subject was Edgar Rice Burroughs, a writer I have some familiarity with. You can hear the results above. I plan to say much more about Edgar Rice Burroughs later—he’s one of my essential authors—but if you want a good ERB primer, not to mention a fun and slickly-edited conversation between two fans and old friends, this video will take good care of you. I also talk about my Ahn-Tarqa stories and the inspiration behind them.