This Kickstarter is meant to let future generations enjoy Robert E. Howard's first forays into the genre of sword and sorcery, the precursor to the famous Conan the Barbarian. Although Solomon Kane and Conan, his more famous works, are still in print, Kull of Atlantis has fallen through the cracks. With your help, we will be able to print a paperback containing the first Kull stories, plus The Phoenix on the Sword, featuring all new artwork by professional illustrator Stefan Poag. This will finally allow anyone, not just collectors, to enjoy these tales in print.
Who is Kull of Atlantis?
Kull of Atlantis is a character featured in three of Robert E. Howard's earliest sword and sorcery tales: The Shadow Kingdom, The Mirrors of Tuzun Thune, and Kings of the Night, originally published in the pulp magazine, Weird Tales. Also known as Kull the Conqueror, Kull of Atlantis is the king of Valusia and possesses many traits and attributes similar to those of Conan. In fact, the first Conan story, The Phoenix on the Sword, was actually a rewritten Kull story, showing exactly how much of an influence Kull had on the entire sword and sorcery genre.
This anthology will contain The Shadow Kingdom, The Mirrors of Tuzun Thune, and The Phoenix on the Sword (the Kull story rewritten to feature Conan instead).
What is Apollyon Press?
Apollyon Press is my personal publishing imprint that I use to produce projects that I personally believe in. My first product under Apollyon Press was On the Shoulders of Giants, a setting supplement for the Lamentations of the Flame Princess role-playing game funded through Kickstarter. This Kickstarter will be my second major publishing project. In the past, I have freelanced for an assortment of tabletop role-playing game publishing companies and will use what I have learned while working on this project.
Who are We?
Chance Phillips - I am a hobbyist publisher with a particular interest in pulp literature and old school role-playing games. I've worked for several role-playing game companies, as well as having several projects in the works, and self-published several role-playing games and supplements before starting Apollyon Press.
Stefan Poag - Stefan Poag is a professional illustrator and artist who has worked for Goodman Games, Kenzer & Company, and many other companies. You may view his work and learn more about him at his website. Stefan Poag will be creating the interior illustrations for this anthology.
Marcio Moraga ("NRG") - Marcio Moraga created the cover artwork for this anthology. He worked on animation for Malevolent, the first animated horror movie from the USA, and The Art of 88 art book from Heavy Metal Magazine. You can check out Marcio's previous works here.
Glynn Seal - Glynn has been professionally involved in the production of technical drawings for 29 years, and now works full time as a professional freelance artist providing cartography, artwork, design elements and layout at MonkeyBlood Design (www.monkeyblooddesign.co.uk). He will be behind the cover design for this product. I previously worked with Glynn on my On the Shoulders of Giants project.
How Will This Be Printed?
In order to actually print this anthology, we will be using Gorham Printing, a smaller printer based out of Centralia, Washington. This will allow us to get a great product at the lowest possible price and to not have to deal with international shipping driving up the price you will have to pay.
KULL, KULL OF ATLANTIS and all related characters, images, and likenesses are trademarks or registered trademarks of Robert E Howard Properties LLC. “Phoenix on the Sword” is reprinted with permission from Conan Properties International LLC.
Risks and challenges
This is a major undertaking and will be the largest publishing project I've headed. However, no new writing will be needed and the work that needs to be done on this project, besides actually printing it, will all just be done by one artist. But Stefan Poag is an astounding artist with a great track record and I have no fears that he won't be able to deliver.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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