Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Fully Illustrated 70th Anniversary Edition of Leigh Brackett’s Stark Trilogy

One of my greatest discoveries since I started reading vintage SF was Leigh Brackett’s The Secret of the Sinharat and People of the Talisman.  I’m thrilled to help announce that Cirsova Publishing, the team behind Cirsova Magazine, is publishing a fully illustrated edition of Leigh Brackett’s Stark trilogy.

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Wishful Endings.

The press release is after the jump.

Cirsova Publishing Announces Fully Illustrated 70th Anniversary Edition of Leigh Brackett’s Stark Trilogy

Little Rock, AR, 4/1/2019— Cirsova Publishing has teamed up with StarTwo to create an all-new, fully illustrated 70th Anniversary Edition of Leigh Brackett’s original Eric John Stark Trilogy. Cirsova Publishing aims to bring the action, adventure and romance of Leigh Brackett to a new generation of readers.

First published in the Summer of 1949, Queen of the Martian Catacombs introduced the world to Eric John Stark, the black mercenary swordsman. Stark’s adventures continued on Venus in 1949’s The Enchantress of Venus, and the swordsman returned to the Red Planet in 1951’s Black Amazon of Mars. While Brackett would revisit the character in 1970s with the Skaith trilogy, the original novellas are significant as one of the last iconic Sword & Planet cycles of the pulp era.

These stories will be presented like never before, featuring all new original artwork, including new covers paying homage to Allen Anderson’s originals for Planet Stories and 33 interior illustrations. Each has been checked and corrected against the original texts as they appeared in Planet Stories magazine and will feature introductions by Nathan Housley, aka the Pulp Archivist, Jeffro Johnson, the author of the critically acclaimed Appendix N: The Literary History of Dungeons & Dragons, and culture commentator, critic, and pulp enthusiast Liana Kerzner.

The 70th Anniversary Illustrated Stark will be released as individual volumes, in a softcover omnibus, and in a coffee-table hardcover art edition.

  • Queen of the Martian Catacombs + Illustrated Stark (Hardcover) – 4/30/2019
  • The Enchantress of Venus – 5/31/2019
  • Black Amazon of Mars – 6/28/2019
  • The Complete Illustrated Stark (Paperback) – 7/31/2019

Our end-goal is to put these classic works of science fiction back in the hands of readers, young and old.

Little Rock, Arkansas based Cirsova Publishing was founded in 2015. Its flagship publication Cirsova Heroic Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine was a 2017 Hugo Award finalist for Best Semi-Pro Zine.

For More Information, visit http://cirsova.wordpress.com/Illustrated-Stark

StarTwo: http://www.startwo.net/

About H.P.

Blogs on books at Every Day Should Be Tuesday (speculative fiction) and Hillbilly Highways (country noir and nonfiction). https://everydayshouldbetuesday.wordpress.com/ https://hillbillyhighways.wordpress.com/
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3 Responses to Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Fully Illustrated 70th Anniversary Edition of Leigh Brackett’s Stark Trilogy

  1. Those illustrations are awesome!

    Liked by 2 people

  2. John Boyle says:

    I never thought I’d see these stories published again, let alone with illustrations like this!
    More of the good stuff from Cirsova!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Holy guacamole!

    This is awesome!

    Liked by 1 person

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