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Publication Order of Bran Mak Morn Books

Bran Mak Morn (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Legion from the Shadows (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Echoes of Valor Books

Echoes of Valor (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Echoes of Valor II (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Echoes of Valor III (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Kane Books

Darkness Weaves (1970)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death Angel's Shadow (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bloodstone (1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dark Crusade (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Night Winds (1978)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Book of Kane (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Exorcisms and Ecstasies (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Gods in Darkness (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Midnight Sun (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of The Best Horror Stories Books

Walk on the Wild Side (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Where the Summer Ends (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Killer (With: David Drake) (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tell Me, Dark (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

In the Pines (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sticks (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Fourth Seal (1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Undertow (1977)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Two Suns Setting (1978)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The River of Night's Dreaming (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Beyond Any Measure (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Into Whose Hands (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
More Sinned Against (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Old Loves (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shrapnel (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blue Lady, Come Back (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Endless Night (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
At First Just Ghostly (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
But You\'ll Never Follow Me (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Did They Get You to Trade? (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Deep in the Depths of the Acme Warehouse (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
I've Come to Talk with You Again (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Plan 10 from Inner Space (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Neither Brute Nor Human (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

In a Lonely Place (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Why Not You And I? (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Masters of the Weird Tale: Karl Edward Wagner (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Collections

Red Harvest (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Author's Choice Monthly Books

Daily Voices (By: Lisa Goldstein) (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Swatting at the Cosmos (By: James K. Morrow) (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Neon Twilight (By: Edward Bryant) (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
True Minds (By: Spider Robinson) (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hedgework & Guessery (By: Charles de Lint) (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stories by Mama Lansdales Youngest Boy (By: Joe R. Lansdale) (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Unthreatened by the Morning Light (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Nine Hard Questions About the Nature of the Universe (By: Lewis Shiner) (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
It's Been Fun (By: Esther M. Friesner) (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Conan (Lancer/Ace) Books

The Return of Conan (By: L. Sprague de Camp) (1957)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Conan the Adventurer (By: Robert E. Howard) (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Conan the Warrior (By: Robert E. Howard) (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Conan the Usurper (By: Robert E. Howard) (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Conan the Conqueror (By: Robert E. Howard) (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Conan the Avenger (By: Robert E. Howard) (1968)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Conan of the Isles (By: L. Sprague de Camp,Lin Carter) (1968)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Conan (By: Robert E. Howard) (1968)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Conan the Freebooter (By: Robert E. Howard) (1968)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Conan the Wanderer (By: Lin Carter) (1968)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Conan of Cimmeria (By: Robert E. Howard,Lin Carter) (1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Conan the Buccaneer (By: L. Sprague de Camp,Lin Carter) (1971)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Conan of Aquilonia (By: L. Sprague de Camp,Lin Carter) (1977)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Conan the Swordsman (By: L. Sprague de Camp,Lin Carter) (1978)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Conan and the Sorcerer (By: Andrew J. Offutt) (1978)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Conan the Liberator (By: L. Sprague de Camp,Lin Carter) (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Conan: The Road of Kings (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Conan: The Sword of Skelos (By: Andrew J. Offutt) (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Conan and the Spider God (By: L. Sprague de Camp) (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Conan the Rebel (By: Poul Anderson) (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Conan the Mercenary (By: Andrew J. Offutt) (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Little Book II Books

A Little Blue Book of Bibliomancy (By: Chet Williamson) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Little Ochre Book of Occult Stories (With: ) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Year's Best Horror 01(1972)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Year's Best Horror 02(1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Whispers, Vol. 2, No. 2-3, June 1975(1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Year's Best Horror 03(1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Night Chills(1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Whispers(1977)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Year's Best Horror Stories: Series V(1977)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Year's Best Fantasy Stories 3(1977)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Year's Best Horror Stories: Series VI(1978)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
New Terrors Vol. 1(1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Year's Best Horror Stories Series VIII(1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Year's Best Horror 08(1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Whispers Three(1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Year's Best Horror IX(1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Year's Best Horror Stories: Series XI(1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Year's Best Fantasy Stories 10(1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Year's Best Horror Stories: Series XII(1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Whispers V(1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Year's Best Horror Stories(1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Years Best Horror Stories XIV(1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Barbarians(1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Masters of Darkness(1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Year's Best Horror Stories XV(1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Gaslight & Ghosts(1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Barbarians 2(1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Robert Adams' Book of Soldiers(1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ripper!(1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Year's Best Horror Stories XVI(1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Horrorstory, Volume 5(1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Intensive Scare(1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Borderlands 1(1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
HorrorStory Volume Four(1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Year's Best Horror Stories XVIII(1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Best New Horror 1(1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Best New Horror(1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hotter Blood: More Tales of Erotic Horror(1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Best New Horror 2(1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Horrorstory(1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Year's Best Horror Stories XIX(1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Walls of Fear(1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Whisper of Blood: Stories of Vampirism(1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Best New Horror 3(1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mammoth Book of Vampires(1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
MetaHorror(1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fifth Annual Collection(1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Year's Best Horror Stories XX(1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Giant Book of Zombies(1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Giant Book of Best New Horror(1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Best New Horror 4(1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Splatterpunks II(1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Ultimate Witch(1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Year's Best Horror Stories XXI(1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mammoth Book of Zombies(1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hastur Cycle(1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Giant Book of Terror(1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mammoth Book of Wolf Men / The Mammoth Book of Werewolves(1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Year's Best Horror Stories XXII(1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Best New Horror 5(1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
100 Vicious Little Vampire Stories(1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Best New Horror 6(1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dark Terrors(1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The New Lovecraft Circle(1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Vampire Hunters' Casebook(1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Cthulhu Mythos(1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Secret City(1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Vampires(1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 8(1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
100 Twisted Little Tales of Torment(1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Quest-Lover's Treasury of the Fantastic(2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mammoth Book of New Terror(2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Black Prometheus: A Critical Study of Karl Edward Wagner(2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Summer Chills(2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mammoth Book of Monsters(2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Haunts: Reliquaries of the Dead(2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sword & Sorcery Anthology(2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Book of Cthulhu II(2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Flotsam Fantastique: The Souvenir Book of World Fantasy Convention 2013(2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Darker Terrors 7(2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
In the Shadow of Frankenstein(2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mammoth Book of Folk Horror(2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Karl Edward Wagner was an author, poet, editor, and a publisher known for publishing works of science fiction, horror, and fantasy.

Born on December 12, 1945, in Knoxville, Tennessee, he was born to his mother Dorothea and his father Aubrey J. Wagner. He was one of four children and the youngest. His father served as an official for the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Wagner graduated in 1967 from Kenyon College with his history degree. He then attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated with a psychiatry degree. He attempted to practice but did not like the medical profession and left it behind once he got started and settled in as a writer.

Wagner did well as a writer and then an editor. He published two of Manly Wade Wellman’s collections with his Carcosa publishing post. In the course of his career, he wrote several horror and dark fantasy stories. While working as =an editor, he restored a three-volume set of Conan the Barbarian by Robert E. Howard. He also edited The Year’s Best Horror Stories for DAW Books. The Carcosa publishing company also put out four volumes of stories by big authors of pulp magazines. He also put out stories with the character of Kane the Mystic Swordsman.

You can see his lack of enthusiasm with the medical profession in his stories “The Fourth Seal” and “Into Whose Hands”. He has described his philosophy as a cross between absurdist, anarchistic, and nihilistic. He also claimed to be related to Richard, an opera composer. He also had a fondness for Sam Peckinpah’s cinema.

Wagner passed away on October 14, 1994, due to heart failure and liver failure, according to a newsletter from the Horror Writers of America. He died at home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. A collection of stories and more called Exorcisms and Ecstasies was published posthumously by Fedogan & Bremer, a small press publisher, in 1997.

Some of his writing is set in the universe established by Robert E. Howard. These feature Conan the Barbarian as well as Bran Mak Morn. He has served as editor for three volumes of the Conan stories by Howard. He also put out three volumes called Echoes of Valor that contained a variety of pulp fantasy stories by various authors. He himself wrote a Bran Morn novel that ended up going unpublished called Queen of the Night.

Perhaps inspired by Conan the Barbarian, Wagner came up with his own protagonist called Kane. The immortal and mystical character had the name based on Cain from the Bible. The character has blue eyes and red hair. is left-handed. and is a powerful force. The author described the character as being one that could rise to the top of any situation and physically dominate (‘rip heads off’) if needed. The immortal character also has elements of the character Solomon Kane from Robert E. Howard. Kane has to wander the Earth as a result of a curse. He is a fighter. but sells his abilities to those who will pay the most. He is intelligent and smart and is able to talk about many topics. But at the end of the day, the sword and sorcery character does not have morals and is a killer. One of the anti-hero’s enemies is the albino Elric.

It was while attending medical school that he came up with his own fantasy character. He also published a dirty novel with a small publishing company in New York. It was then that he decided to give up on being a doctor and to write on a full-time basis. His novel Death Angel’s Shadow was published by Warner Paperback Library in 1973, which brought together the three first Kane tales. which included a novella, a novelette, and a short story.

Wagner also started getting some of his poems and his stories published for money. Some of his stories were published in a magazine called Midnight Sunn, which had once been dedicated to Kane and new fantasy writers. Soon in 1974 the first Kane book came out, called Bloodstone. A cover painting was commissioned by Conan artist Frank Frazetta.

Another book came out in the Kane series in 1976, Dark Crusade. Another Kane story published “Two Suns Setting” won a British Fantasy Award and was nominated of a World Fantasy Award. Other Kane stories were published in magazines during the same time period. Kane stories were also reprinted in Night Winds. Six more published Kane stories came out later in a collection. The publisher also reissued Kane books and a new edition of the story Darkness Weaves.

The last published story of Kane to come out was The Book of Kane in 1985. It was followed by an omnibus of books and short stories from Night Shade Books. There was a novel planned that was never finished and an excerpt came out later in a World Fantasy Convention souvenir book in 1981 and it would later appear in the Midnight Sun collection in 2003.

In 2004, Death Angel’s Shadow was acquired, and plans developed to make a movie based on the first of three short stories in the book. The two other short stories are waiting to possibly be developed into a Kane franchise for Tonic Films.

He won the World Fantasy Award in 1983 for his novella “Beyond Any Measure”. He also won the British Fantasy Award for his story “Neither Brute Nor Human” in 1984. Wagner created the Carcosa publishing house in 1973 in North Carolina with the intent of preserving some of the great work published in pulp magazines and novel form by horror writers. They published four volumes of horror stories, all edited by Wagner. A fifth collection was in the works but Lee Brown Cove passed away while working on the illustrations. The book was abandoned but later came out from Fedogan & Bremer.

He also collaborated on a sci-fi horror novel called Killer with Drake. He also wrote a story called “Sticks”, which won a British Fantasy Award. He edited many more horror anthologies and fantasy anthologies, including fourteen years of The Year’s Best Horror stories. Once he passed away, the series was canceled.

Many of his stories were also adapted into recordings of audio cassettes over the years as well. His story “The River of Night’s Dreaming” was also adapted in 1998 to the television series The Hunger.

Night Winds is the first novel in the Kane series by Karl Edward Wagner. If you like innovative fantasy, check this book out!

Kane is a swordsman who is immortal and walks the Earth alone. Wherever he goes, people remember him. Now he is traveling again to a city’s ruins, where the only people living there are half-men and their queen.

He also goes to the half-burned tavern where a woman he knew many years go holds his kid in keeping for the Devil. He wronged her, but can he get back his child? He goes many places, to giants and their cave kingdom to a house of death.

Get a copy of this novel to follow along on his adventures through the centuries!

Bloodstone is the second novel in the Kane series by Karl Edward Wagner. Kane is back in yet another establishment about the immortal figure.

In this story, the swordsman becomes a living link with a super race gone missing’s power. There’s an old relic from the times when star creatures saw over the Earth.

From the treasure found during a raid, Kane finds a bloodstone ring. The ring may be the key to inactive power that is buried somewhere in the forest. Now Kane can plan to finally rule himself. Will he be able to? Read this novel to find out!

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