I have been adding many new books to my collection recently. My interest in reading has shifted to older books and authors. So I thought instead of just a simple book haul post I would do more of a spotlight/introduction post as well. So in the post below you will not only find the usual book haul photo’s, but book and author info as well. I hope you will take the time to look it over and maybe take a chance at checking out books and authors that you may have forgot about or discover in these post!

I found this copy at my local used book store! Yes a REH collector must have sold their collection and I have been trying to get as much of it as I can.

More REH to add to my collection!

Very happy to find this treasure!

Today we have:

AMRA Vol. 2 no. 47

Swordplay and Sorcery/A magazine about Conan the Cimmerian and his Hyborean age.

(First printing 1968)







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An important fanzine publication, discussing largely Robert E. Howard’s Conan the Barbarian, but also includes other swashbuckle-fantasy adventures, swordplay and sorcery, etc. Winner of two Hugo awards in 1964 and 1968. George Scithers with L. Sprague de Camp published two anthologies from it, Conan Swordbook (1969) and Conan Grimoire (1972). Earlier, de Camp alone was responsible for AMRA derived The Conan Reader (1968). Literary contributions by: Robert E. Howard, Lin Carter, L. Sprague de Camp, Fritz Leiber, The Art of Robert E. Howard by Poul Anderson, John Brunner, Ray Capella, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Harry Harrison, Frank Herbert, Leight Brackett, August Derleth, John W. Campbell, Jr., P. Schuyler Miller, Anthony Boucher, Michael Moorcock, etc. Articles include: An Informal Biography of Conan the Cimmerian; John Carter: Sword of Theosophy by Fritz Leiber; Conan’s Great Grandfather by de Camp; etc. Illustrations by Frank Frazetta, Roy Krenkel, Eddie Jones, Gerald V. Woods, George Barr, Larry Ivie, Dan Adkins, etc.

Amra was a fanzine than began publication in 1959, created by L. Sprague de Camp and George Scithers, and grew to attract material from many famous authors and artists. Named after one of Conan’s alter egos, it covered the subjects of Conan, Robert E. Howard and the sword and sorcery genre in general. It continued publication for thirty-three years.


Info from Wikipedia





Amra Volume 2 Number 47
Terminus, Owlswick &
Ft Mudge Electrick Street Railway Gazette
Year : August 1968
Book No. : None
Edition : 1st
Format : Periodical (7 x 10 inches) 
Pages : 20  (including covers)
Cover art : Roy G. Krenkel 
Illustrations : Roy G. Krenkel, George Barr, Johnny Chambers, Tim Kirk, James Cawthorn
“Something About Eve”
Non-REH Content
“Thuds”  by anonymous (editorial)
“Ghost Ships” by L. Sprague de Camp (poem)
“lower case request” by Steven Johnson 
“Dreams from R’Lyeh” Part IV  by Lin Carter (poem)
“Beyond” by Lin Carter (poem)
“The Peaks Beyond Throk” by Lin Carter (poem)
“Spawn of the Black Goat” by Lin Carter (poem)
“The Elder Age” by Lin Carter (poem)
“The Book of Eibon” by Lin Carter (poem)
“Hyperborea” by Lin Carter (poem)
“The Accursed” by Lin Carter (poem)
“The Million Favored Ones” by Lin Carter (poem)
“More Scrollery” by L. Sprague de Camp (essay)
Review of nongenre nonfiction title
“The Year of the Horsetails” by R. F. Tapsell
by L. Sprague de Camp 
Review of the nongenre nonfiction title
“The Winter Serpent” by M. H. Davis
by L. Sprague de Camp
“Scrollish Sherds” by anonymous (essay)
“What Really Happened” by C. C. Hebron (poem)
Editor: George Scithers 
First appearance of  “Something About Eve”
Lithographed in B&W 
Amra is named after Conan, who called himself by that name when he was a pirate. 
Amra is about various heroes, mostly of sword & sorcery stories set in fantasy worlds. Amra was started as the organ of the Hyborian Legion, a group of Conan admirers who met annually at the World Science Fiction Convention; Legion membership was open to all interested parties who showed up. 
  Amra Volume 2 Number 47

Other editions: None


Info from Howard Works.

The Online Robert E. Howard Bibliography


A great resource!