Jeffrey Shanks & Mark Finn: Skelos – The Journal of Weird Fiction and Dark Fantasy

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Skelos Press is proud to announce the launch of its new flagship journal. SKELOS: THE JOURNAL OF WEIRD FICTION AND DARK FANTASY features a never-before-published fantasy piece by Robert E. Howard (Conan, Kull, Solomon Kane) illustrated by the legendary Mark Schultz (Xenozoic Tales, Coming of Conan, Prince Valiant). Also featured is a new sword and sorcery novelette by Keith Taylor (Bard series, Cormac Mac Art), a long-awaited sequel to his classic tale “Men from the Plain of Lir” originally published in WEIRD TALES. This story is illustrated by the fantastic Tom├ís Giorello (Dark Horse King Conan). Another highlight of the issue will be a tale of dark fantasy from World Fantasy Award nominee and John W. Campbell Award nominee Scott A. Cupp. SKELOS is edited by Mark Finn, author of the World Fantasy Award-nominated BLOOD AND THUNDER; Chris Gruber, editor of Robert E. Howard’s BOXING STORIES from the University of Nebraska Press; and Jeffrey Shanks, co-editor of the Bram Stoker Award-nominated UNIQUE LEGACY OF WEIRD TALES. The first issue contains short fiction from such talented writers as Charles Gramlich, Dave Hardy, Jason Ray Carney, Ethan Nahte, Scott Hannan, and Matt Sullivan; a fully illustrated adaptation of Grettir and the Draugr from the Icelandic sagas by Samuel Dillon; weird verse by K. A. Opperman, Ashley Dioses, Frank Coffman, Pat Calhoun, Kenneth Bykerk, and Jason Hardy; Insightful essays by Nicole Emmelhainz, Karen Kohoutek, and Jeffrey Shanks; reviews by Charles Hoffman, Bobby Derie, Keith West, Todd Vick, Paul McNamee, James McNew, Brian Murphy, Deuce Richardson, and Josh Adkins.

Jeffrey Shanks is an archaeologist and cultural historian specializing in early 20th century popular culture and speculative fiction. He is the co-editor of The Unique Legacy of Weird Tales, which was nominated for a 2016 Bram Stoker Award. He is also a managing editor of Skelos: The Journal of Weird Fiction and Dark Fantasy. He currently serves as co-chair of Pulp Studies for the Popular Culture Association and he has published a number of popular and academic articles on comics history and on pulp writers such as H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and Robert E. Howard. He has received five Robert E. Howard Foundation Awards for his scholarship on Howard.

He lives in Tallahassee, Florida with his two children and incredibly patient wife.

Mark Finn is an author, actor, essayist, pop culture critic, and movie reviewer. He is a nationally-recognized authority on the Texas author Robert E. Howard and has written extensively about him. His biography, Blood and Thunder: The Life and Art of Robert E. Howard, was nominated for a World Fantasy award in 2007 and is currently available in an updated and expanded second edition.

His articles, essays, reviews, short stories and comics have been published by,, Dark Horse Comics, DC/Vertigo Comics, Monkeybrain Books, The University of Texas press, Greenwood Press, Scarecrow Press, F.A.C.T. Publications, Tachyon Press and others. For the past three years, Finn was named one of the top movie critics in Texas by the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors awards. He lives in North Texas, over an old movie theater that he owns and operations, along with his long-suffering wife, far too many books, and an affable pit bull named Sonya.

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