The Shadow of Vengeance, or A Dream Fulfilled

My friend and fellow author, Scott Oden has a story published in the back of the new Savage Sword of Conan issue #1 comic book, out now in stores. Check out his blog post about how he made a life long dream of publishing a Conan story come true. He is an excellent writer, and I’ve been fortunate to get to know him as a person and through his novels and short stories.

Scott Oden

Today, some of you will make the journey to your Friendly Local Comic Shop to purchase this week’s new offerings.  For some of you, that will include issue #1 of the new Savage Sword of Conan series from Marvel Comics.  You might buy it for the art, for the writing, for the hint of nostalgia . . . whatever your reasons, I thank you.  Not that I had anything at all to do with the primary story, the art, the production.  None at all.  No, my contribution fill three pages at the back of the issue (and the next eleven besides): a prose novella called “The Shadow of Vengeance.”

SSoC #!

The story is a sequel to Robert E. Howard’s own “The Devil in Iron”, from the August 1934 issue of Weird Tales.  If you’re familiar with Conan canon, then you’ll recognize a few characters besides the stalwart Cimmerian.  I used…

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The Final ConDFW

This will be the last year that ConDFW will be held. It makes me quite sad to think about that fact. ConDFW was my first ever fan convention for science fiction, fantasy, and horror that I ever attended. It was also the first convention in Texas where I was a guest author and on discussion panels. It has been my local fan convention since 2011. But has been so much more than just a convention. It is an annual gathering of many of my friends who are also authors, as well as fans of science fiction, fantasy and horror, artists, editors, and owners of small publishing companies.

I only see these people at conventions typically and this one has always been that kind of small convention where you can really hang out and get to know your peers in a very relaxed and down to earth setting. Writers really are only understood by other writers or artists. Creative people are a kind of breed all their own. A sort of esoteric tribe, if you will. The Tribe of Scribes.

I invite all of you who can make it this weekend, to come to ConDFW whether it’s your first time or if you are a con veteran. I guarantee you will have fun and have many interesting conversations with the authors, artists, and fans there.

Here’s my schedule for my panels, reading, and book signing for ConDFW for this weekend:
Programming 2, 3 PM – New Tropes For Old
Panelists: Mel White (M), Larry Atchley Jr., Julia S. Mandala, Patricia Burroughs
We all know the Hero’s Journey. The Hero must find the Magic MacGuffin™ that will save the world, but
only after he/she finds his/her scrappy companions who compass every nationality in the area… It is

easy to dismiss a trope. But these masters take the trope and make it look fresh again. Our panelists
talk about authors and methods to take the trope and make it fresh and new again.

Autographs, 5 PM – Larry Atchley Jr., Seth Skorkowsky

Programming 2, 6 PM – Dystopian Utopia
Panelists: William C. Seigler (M), Larry Atchley Jr., Jimmy Misfit, Ethan Nahté, John DeLaughter
An interesting description of Dystopia versus Utopia is this: Utopia portrays the setting that agrees with
the author’s ethos, but Dystopia portrays the setting that complete disagrees with the author’s ethos.
Note that neither dystopia nor utopia have any basis in fact or moral code – an author can portray
current society as a dystopia, but others who LIKE that society would portray it as utopia. Both can be
correct. Our panelists debate this and other topics.

Reading, 1 PM – Barbara Ann Wright, Larry Atchley Jr., Chris Donahue

Programming 3, 3 PM –
Ia, Ia! Cthulhu Mythos Retrospective
Panelists: Larry Atchley Jr.(M), David Doub, Michelle Muenzler, S. Boyd Taylor
There are some creatures Man was not meant to know about. But H.P. Lovecraft came up with a lot of
them, and created an entire subculture around Elder Gods with his stories of the weird. Our
Lovecraftian experts go into the madness of Cthulhu and try to guide you to sanity. Fthagn!

Programming 2, 4 PM –
Fairy Tales Coming to Life!
Panelists: Melanie Fletcher (M), Ethan Nahté, Larry Atchley Jr., Bret McCormick
One of the recent Hollywood trends of the past couple of years is to take animated movies of yore and
redo them with live action versions. Beauty & the Beast, Cinderella and now Aladdin have been or are
being made into live action, with more to come. Our movie enthusiasts explore this trend and the
reasons for it.

Programming 2, 6 PM –
Apocalypse Soon: Practical World Building
Panelists: Chris Donahue (M), Larry Atchley Jr., Paul Black, Jimmy Misfit, William C. Seigler
Yes, yes, we’ve all heard it. The end of the world is nigh! Again. But what dies first? Who will turn the
lights off when the world goes dark? Are utilities the first thing to go, or the last? We look at practical
considerations for bringing destruction to a society as the world goes mad.

Programming 4, 8 PM –
Fun Ways to Present Your Poetry
Panelists: Stephen Sanders (M), Michelle Muenzler, Larry Atchley Jr., Patricia Ferguson
Bring instruments! Bring an open mind! Bring whatever you think might be fun and strange, because
this is an experimental idea with people committing poetry in whatever fashion that might be eye-
catching or funny.

Programming 3, 1 PM –
Creating Heroes From Reality
Panelists: Ethan Nahté (M), Trakena Prevost, Ava Morgan, Larry Atchley Jr.
We don’t need superpowers to be a hero, and history has plenty of examples of every day heroes that
we can use. From Martin Luther King Jr. to Mahatma Gandhi, stories can be written if only we know
where to look. Our panelists give examples of heroes to use in your stories that don’t need to be
fictionalized to be amazing.

Main Programming, 3 PM –
Blending Steampunk
Panelists: Tex Thompson (M), Larry Atchley Jr., Gloria Oliver
Using two or more genres together can make something really pop in the imagination. Whether it’s
combining with Japanese culture in Jay Kristoff’s Lotus War series or combining with WWI era noir with
Larry Correia’s Grimnoir series, blending steampunk with another genre can be very effective. Our
panelists debate this and other topics.

Published in: on February 11, 2019 at 9:45 pm  Leave a Comment