In this week’s episode I’m going to be discussing a story that’s not pulp and not written by a pulp author, but the author is clearly a fan of H.P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, Robert E. Howard, and Fritz Leiber, as he recommended them to his readers on a blog post a few years back. He’s even put in references to Lovecraft’s and Howard’s work into his own, but Lovecraft especially.
The story that I’m discussing this week is “In the Lost Lands” a dark fantasy short story written by George R.R. Martin. It was first published in Amazons II edited by Jessica Amanda Salmonson, published by DAW Books in June 1982.
“In the Lost Lands” predates A Game of Thrones (the first book in the A Song of Ice and Fire) series by 16 years, but elements of his future fantasy epic can be found within this enjoyable fantasy short story.
The opening lines of the short story read:
“You can buy anything you might desire from Gray Alys. But it is better not to.”
Read it in Fantasy For Good: A Charitabel Anthology: http://tinyurl.com/charityantho
Read it in Dreamsongs: Volume1: http://tinyurl.com/dreamsongs1
“In the Lost Lands” Bibliography: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/title.cgi?45182
GRRM’s Recommended Reading: http://grrm.livejournal.com/316785.html
Lovecraft & Howard homages in Martin’s work (May contain SPOILERS): http://iceandfire.wikia.com/wiki/Tributes_and_homages