Waiting on Wednesday is a meme designed to highlight future releases that was formerly hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. But with Jill away and no enforcement mechanism I am free to run wild and piss all over the social contract. In all seriousness, I am going to start participating in Waiting on Wednesday* in the future. Today? Today, though, is C.L. Moore’s birthday, and I am not going to let that pass by without flagging her work.
C.L. Moore was the grande dame of Weird Tales. H.P. Lovecraft placed Moore into his top tier of Weird Tales contributors along with Robert E. Howard, Clark Ashton Smith, E. Hoffman Price, and Henry S. Whitehead (and, presumably, himself). Along with Leigh Brackett and Andre Norton, C.L. Moore was one of three female writers of pulpy adventure SF that I signaled I wanted to highlight when I launched Throwback SF Thursday. Even though Shambleau was my favorite story from the Women of Futures Past anthology, I still haven’t read a full complement of Moore.
That needs to change, and soon. I have copies of the two collections pictured above, Northwest Smith and Jirel of Joiry (the cover art for the Northwest Smith collection depicts Shambleau). With Northwest Smith and Jirel of Joiry, Moore created two of the most iconic characters in raygun romance and sword and sorcery, respectively.
Keith West has a post up today on C.L. Moore.
Stephen H. Silver reviews Moore’s Lost Paradise at Black Gate.
*Which is really Can’t Wait Wednesday now, and which doesn’t even say you have to highlight yet-to-be-released books. But I enjoy flouting convention. Speaking of Waiting of Wednesday, this anthology looks great.