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Elric the Stealer of Soulsby Michael Moorcock
Synopses & Reviews
“The stories here are the raw heart of Michael Moorcock. They are the spells that first drew me and all the numerous admirers of his work with whom I am acquainted into Moorcock’s luminous and captivating web.”
–from the Foreword by Alan Moore, creator of V for Vendetta
When Michael Moorcock began chronicling the adventures of the albino sorcerer Elric, last king of decadent Melniboné, and his sentient vampiric sword, Stormbringer, he set out to create a new kind of fantasy adventure, one that broke with tradition and reflected a more up-to-date sophistication of theme and style. The result was a bold and unique hero–weak in body, subtle in mind, dependent on drugs for the vitality to sustain himself–with great crimes behind him and a greater destiny ahead: a rock-and-roll antihero who would channel all the violent excesses of the sixties into one enduring archetype.
Now, with a major film in development, here is the first volume of a dazzling collection of stories containing the seminal appearances of Elric and lavishly illustrated by award-winning artist John Picacio–plus essays, letters, maps, and other material. Adventures include “The Dreaming City,” “While the Gods Laugh,” “Kings in Darkness,” “Dead God’s Homecoming,” “Black Sword’s Brothers,” and “Sad Giant’s Shield.”
An indispensable addition to any fantasy collection, Elric: The Stealer of Souls is an unmatched introduction to a brilliant writer and his most famous–or infamous–creation.
“The most significant UK author of sword and sorcery, a form he has both borrowed from and transformed.”
–The Encyclopedia of Fantasy
The first of six omnibus editions containing the long out-of-print adventures of Elric, the last ruler of the decadent empire of Melnibon, an albino drug addict in possession of a soul-drinking sword, features "The Stealer of Souls," "Stormbringer," essays on the character by the author, and other features. Original. 25,000 first printing.
A volume of fantasy short stories about Elric, the king of Melinbon
Table of Contents
At the beginning : Putting a tag on it. The stealer of souls : The dreaming city — While the gods laugh — The stealer of souls — Kings in darkness (with James Cawthorn) — The caravan of forgotten dreams (originally titled The flame bringers). Mission to Asno! Origins : Early artwork associated with Elric's first appearances in magazines and books. Stormbringer : Dead god's homecoming — Black sword's brothers — Sad giant's shield — Doomed lord's passing. Letters and miscellany : Elric — The secret life of Elric of Melnibon
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