One of my first literary loves as a kid was Robert E. Howard’s Conan stories. I’ve talked about it before on this blog and it’s still true to this day – nobody writes action prose like Howard. I’ve read nearly all the pastiches, as well, but those are real hit or miss in quality – still, they’re better than nothing, and I’ve gotten a lot of enjoyment out of the many comic adaptations, as well.
Recently, I wrapped up the thirteenth volume of Lazarus Gray and wanted to do something different… eventually I decided to revive a character I created for a long out-of-print book published for Wild Cat Books: Grimarr the Viking.
I’m in the midst of writing a collection of short stories starring Grimarr, whose name and backstory have appeared in various Peregrine stories over the years. This time around, though, our Norseman hero will face evil wizards, monstrous beasts, and seductive beauties as he voyages far and wide. For those that don’t know anything about him, he was a proud warrior that was denied entrance into Valhalla by an inglorious death… but the goddess of death gave him the opportunity to return to the world of the living as her agent on Earth. He would become her Sword of Hel and would have the opportunity to build up his resume for another shot at the warrior’s paradise.
I’m not 100% sure when the collection will arrive from Pro Se but hopefully it will be sometime in the next year or two. Until then, enjoy this GORGEOUS Chris Batista image of Grimarr!