PAUL BENJAMIN: Writer, Editor, Supermodel

40 Years of D&D

Among my many panels at this year’s (always) fantastic ArmadilloCon literary convention was my 40 Years of D&D panel. The room was packed thanks to the high charisma stats of my fellow panelists (listed in standard marching order): Mark Finn, Marshall Maresca, Barbara Ann Wright, and Patrice Sarath.

D&DPanel

Mark Finn, friend, author, and Robert E. Howard scholar (that’s the guy who created Conan, for those not in the know), published his own brilliant blog post on the 40th anniversary of D&D. In it, he mentions the list of recommended reading in Appendix N of the 1st edition Dungeon Master’s Guide. Oh, how I wish I could go back in time and get my teenage self to just flip past all those awesome magic item charts and use that list as a guidebook of required reading.

And for those who don’t want to click over to read Finn’s brilliance, I’ve posted the list below. It’s a veritable who’s who of authors whose work I wished I’d discovered as a teen. Of course, I’ve read plenty of these books, like Lord of the Rings, Elric, Hawkmoon, Conan, Fafhrd & the Gray Mouser, etc., but there are plenty I still haven’t read. Looks like my reading list just got that much bigger!

Anderson, Poul: THREE HEARTS AND THREE LIONS; THE HIGH CRUSADE; THE BROKEN
SWORD
Bellairs, John: THE FACE IN THE FROST
Brackett, Leigh
Brown, Frederic
Burroughs, Edgar Rice: “Pellucidar” series; Mars series; Venus series
Carter, Lin: “World’s End” series
de Camp, L. Sprague: LEST DARKNESS FALL; THE FALLIBLE FIEND; et al
de Camp & Pratt: “Harold Shea” series; THE CARNELIAN CUBE
Derleth, August
Dunsany, Lord
Farmer, P. J.: “The World of the Tiers” series; et al
Fox, Gardner: “Kothar” series; “Kyrik” series; et al
Howard, R. E.: “Conan” series
Lanier, Sterling: HIERO’S JOURNEY
Leiber, Fritz: “Fafhrd & Gray Mouser” series; et al
Lovecraft, H. P.
Merritt, A.: CREEP, SHADOW, CREEP; MOON POOL; DWELLERS IN THE MIRAGE; et al
Moorcock, Michael: STORMBRINGER; STEALER OF SOULS; “Hawkmoon” series (esp. the
first three books)
Norton, Andre
Offutt, Andrew J.: editor of SWORDS AGAINST DARKNESS III
Pratt, Fletcher: BLUE STAR; et al
Saberhagen, Fred: CHANGELING EARTH; et al
St. Clair, Margaret: THE SHADOW PEOPLE; SIGN OF THE LABRYS
Tolkien, J. R. R.: THE HOBBIT; “Ring trilogy”
Vance, Jack: THE EYES OF THE OVERWORLD; THE DYING EARTH; et al
Weinbaum, Stanley
Wellman, Manley Wade
Williamson, Jack
Zelazny, Roger: JACK OF SHADOWS; “Amber” series; et al

 

The Mythical Pantheon High vol. 3 is finally available!

Did you enjoy reading Pantheon High 1 and 2? Have you wondered what happened to Griffin, son of Hades or Grace, daughter of Tyr and all their friends? Your wait is over! All three volumes of Pantheon High are now available on Comixology.com! It was way back in 2011 that Tokyopop announced it was shuttingContinue Reading

Come see me at Staple! – Austin’s Indy Media Expo

Want to hang out with a supermodel this weekend? I’ll be rocking a table at Staple! It’s the tenth anniversary of Austin’s #1 independent media convention, where awesome people sell their awesome comics and other awesome stuff. When my pal Chris Nicholas started this show, it was just a small, single day event. Now it’sContinue Reading

(Not so) Wonder Twins

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Jim Alexander on Metal Hurlant and an amazing career

I just came across this recent (and awesome) interview with Jim Alexander about his work, including some of the stories he wrote for me when I edited Metal Hurlant for Humanoids. He’s a cool guy and fantastic storyteller. Check it out! http://blogs.birminghammail.co.uk/speechballoon/2013/09/jim-alexander-interviewed.htmlContinue Reading

How to be a Project Management Superhero

My 1st blog post is up on the Four Kitchens site. Learn how to be a project management superhero! http://fourkitchens.com/blog/2013/11/21/how-be-project-management-superhero  Continue Reading

Austin Comic Con is here!

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Publishing Perspectives’ piece on my book “Two Legends of Uzbekistan”

Publishing Perspectives, an online magazine of international book publishing news, has posted an interview and article about my picture book, Two Legends of Uzbekistan. Check it out! http://publishingperspectives.com/2013/08/graphic-novel-collaboration-targets-a-geopolitical-conundrum/Continue Reading

My LoneStarCon Schedule

Next week, I’ll be presenting at the 71st Annual World Science Fiction Convention, also known as LoneStarCon3. If you’re a Sci-Fi/Fantasy geek near San Antonio, it’s worth checking out. Here’s a schedule of the panels and events in which I’ll be presenting: Deus Ex Graphica: The Role of Mythology in Comics Thursday 20:00 – 21:00Continue Reading

My latest book: Two Legends of Uzbekistan

My newest book is out… in Uzbekistan! Two Legends of Uzbekistan is a mythology book featuring two well-known legends of the region. Special thanks to my artist collaborators, Husan Sadykov and Shavkat Muzaffar who brought the stories to life with brilliance. Chargé d’affaires Philip Kosnett presented the book during a special ceremony at the U.S. Embassy inContinue Reading