jirel of joiry

Esteban Maroto’s take on C.L. Moore’s Jirel of Joiry.

I love Robert E. Howard (clearly) but it always bothered me that he (and Lovecraft) seem to be the only two guys from Weird Tales anyone reads today. I’m sure that would bother them, too, since they were such good friends with the rest. Clark Ashton Smith’s Poseidonis, Zothique, and Hyperborea haven’t been reprinted in 20+ years.

fic rec: The Lord of Joiry

Teenage Jirel meets magic for the very first time.

Okay, this is one of the Yuletide stories I received this year, and I realized that I am going to be heartbroken if nobody except me reads it.  GO AND SEE HOW AWESOME IT IS. 

You don’t even need to know the source material to appreciate it!  Sixteen-year-old Jirel challenges her uncle for the right to rule Castle Joiry and finds herself up against more than she bargained for.  If you like pulp fiction, sword and sorcery, fantasy, or generally kind of creepy imagery, it is a story worth checking out.


It never ceases to amaze me to discover that some of my own fans have never heard of all the great fantasists who came before me, without whom A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE could never have been written… without whom, in truth, there might not be a fantasy genre at all,“ Martin said. "If you have enjoyed my own fantasy novels, you owe it to yourself to read J.R.R. Tolkien (LORD OF THE RINGS), Robert E. Howard (Conan the Cimmerian, Kull of Atlantis, Solomon Kane), C.L. Moore (Jirel of Joiry), Jack Vance (THE DYING EARTH, Lyonesse, Cugel the Clever, and so much more), Fritz Leiber (Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser), Richard Adams (WATERSHIP DOWN, SHARDIK, MAIA), Ursula K. Le Guin (Earthsea, the original trilogy), Mervyn Peake (GORMENGHAST), T.H. White (THE ONCE AND FUTURE KING), Rosemary Sutcliffe, Alan Garner, H.P. Lovecraft (more horror than fantasy, admittedly), Clark Ashton Smith, and… well, the list is long. But those writers should keep you busy for quite a while.
—  George R.R. Martin