For those who have never read the wondrous adventures of the First Lady of Sword-and-Sorcery … oh, gods, how I envy the dark pleasures before them.
Catherine Lucille Moore (1911–1987), an influential science fiction and fantasy writer, was one of the first women to write in either genre. Her acclaimed Jirel of Joiry stories first appeared in pulp magazines in the 1930s. She and fellow author Henry Kuttner married in 1940, and collaborated on numerous projects together.
Kuttner was the author of Fury, Mutant, the Baldy series, and the Hogpen series, among numerous other novels and short stories. Moore was the author of Beyond Earth’s Gates and Black God’s Kiss, among others. Two of the greatest writers of the first half of the 20th century, they published under their own names and three joint pseudonyms: C. H. Liddell, Lawrence O’Donnell, and Lewis Padgett. Ray Bradbury dedicated his first collection (Dark Carnival) to Kuttner. Richard Matheson (The Incredible Shrinking Man) dedicated his novel, I Am Legend, to Kuttner. Moore was inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 1998.
First published in the pages of Weird Tales in 1934, C. L. Moore’s Jirel of Joiry is the first significant female sword-and-sorcery protagonist and one of the most exciting and evocative characters the genre has ever known. Published alongside seminal works by H. P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard, the five classic fantasy tales included in this volume easily stand the test of time and often overshadow the storytelling power and emotional impact of stories by Moore’s more famous contemporaries. –downpour.com
And in the spirit of partnership, Skyboat’s Gabrielle de Cuir narrated this seminal work from one of fantasy’s most important authors, while Stefan Rudnicki took on Kuttner’s FURY. So, there you have it: two outstanding fantasy and science fiction novels from two gifted authors brought to life by two outstanding narrators. Purchase your copy today.