Skelos is Funded in Under Four Hours!
We are fully funded in just under four hours! Thank you all so much for your support. But the campaign isn't over yet! Now we need to fund issue 2. Please share this link with all your friends and get them on board too! We are very excited to finally bring this project to fruition. Our goal is to publish the kind of great fiction that we ourselves love to read: sword and sorcery, cosmic horror, dark fantasy, sword and planet, new weird, and similar genres. This is truly a labor of love and we are trying to do more than just publish a magazine -- we want to build a community of like-minded writers, artists, scholars, and fans who share the same passion for this material that we do!
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ROBERT E. HOWARD DAYS LIMITED EDITION
In order to celebrate the previously unpublished Robert E. Howard piece in this first issue, we are creating a special signed/numbered limited edition of the journal -- already sold out. There will be only thirty copies of this edition and we will have it at the Skelos launch party at the Robert E. Howard Days celebration in June in Cross Plains, Texas. Nearly a dozen of the contributors to the journal are scheduled to be there and we will have a signing of these 30 copies in the shadow of Howard's own house, just a few feet away from where he typed his yarns of Conan, Kull, Bran Mak Morn, and Solomon Kane.
The REH piece in this first issue is a fictional essay in the form of three drafts written in early 1926. It's much like a prototype for Howard's later essay "The Hyborian Age" written as backstory for his Conan tales. This early essay tells the story of the rise of the Lemurians, Atlanteans, and the prehistoric Picts. It represents one of Howard's earliest attempts at true world-building and is the very beginning of the fictional prehistoric setting of the later Kull and Conan stories. The final version of this essay would eventually be inserted into the Bran Mak Morn story "Men of the Shadows" where it was narrated by the Pictish shaman Gonar.
This untitled piece, which we are calling "The Nameless Tribe Drafts," is accompanied by a gorgeous Mark Schultz illustration, as well as an explanatory essay by Howard scholar Jeffrey Shanks, who was the first to transcribe the drafts from their original typescripts last year. More updates and info soon!