Sorcery Against Caesar: The Complete Simon of Gitta Short Stories

· Simon of Gitta Chronicles Book 1 · Pickman's Press
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Simon of Gitta, an escaped slave turned magician, roves the Roman Empire battling dark magic and demons, all the while pursued by Caesar’s soldiers. Join Simon as he flees across the ancient world evading cultists and Legionaries, outwitting sorcerers and Centurions, and fighting gladiators and gods, even the deities of the Cthulhu Mythos. Yet all these foes cannot prepare him for his greatest challenge: the pursuit of his lost soul-mate Helen, a love so deep even death can’t stand in its way for long.

These stories were one of the inspirations for the Cthulhu Invictus campaign for the Call of Cthulhu role playing game by Chaosium.

Enjoy sixteen stories combining superbly researched historical fiction with sword & sorcery and Lovecraftian horror, including:

The Sword of Spartacus

The Fire of Mazda

The Seed of the Star-God

The Blade of the Slayer

The Throne of Achamoth

The Emerald Tablet

The Soul of Kephri

The Ring of Set

The Worm of Urakhu

The Curse of the Crocodile

The Treasure of Horemkhu

The Secret of Nephren-Ka

The Scroll of Thoth

The Dragons of Mons Fractus

The Wedding of Sheila-Na-Gog

The Pillars of Melkarth

Vengence Quest (poetry)

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About the author

Richard L. Tierney (1936 - ) is a poet, author, and editor of adventure fiction, mainly in the realm of dark fantasy. Since his mid-teens, he has been both a fan and scholar of H.P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, Clark Ashton Smith, and other great names from the pulp fiction era. In 2010, he was nominated for the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s Grandmaster Award.

In 1961, Tierney earned a degree in Entomology (Iowa State College) and served for many years with the U.S. Forest Service in several of the western states and Alaska. A haunter of archaeological ruins by instinct, he has traveled widely, especially in Mexico, Central, and South America. Many of the ideas and images that he has employed in his stories have been inspired by his extensive travels.

Richard is currently enjoying his retirement in his house, “the hermitage,” in the Corn Steppes of northern Iowa.

Robert M. Price is an American theologian and writer, and the author of a number of books on theology and the historicity of Jesus. As editor of the journal Crypt of Cthulhu and of a series of Cthulhu Mythos anthologies, Price has been a major figure in H. P. Lovecraft scholarship and fandom for many years. In essays that introduce the anthologies and the individual stories, Price traces the origins of Lovecraft’s entities, motifs, and literary style. Price’s religious background often informs his Mythos criticism, seeing gnostic themes in Lovecraft’s fictional god Azathoth and interpreting “The Shadow Over Innsmouth” as a kind of initiation ritual.

Glenn A. Rahman, in the ’70s and ’80s, was a frequent per-computer era contributor to the semi-pro scene, such as Fantasy Crosswinds, Eldritch Tales, and Crypt of Cthulhu. His first professional publication came with the release of the fantasy board game Divine Right, published by TSR, Inc. in 1979. This was followed by Knights of Camelot (1980, TSR), the Trojan War (1980, Metagaming), and Down with the King (1980, Avalon Hill). During this time, Glenn Rahman and his brother Philip (founder of the still-extant Fedogan and Bremer book company, specializing in Cthulhu Mythos and supernaturally-themed literature) created a two-part article for Sorcerer’s Apprentice, the Lovecraft Variant and the Monsters of the Cthulhu Mythos which amounted to the first successful transference of H.P. Lovecraft’s style of supernatural literature into a modern role-playing format. In addition, Mr. Rahman has continued to publish board gaming and fantasy role-playing articles and supplements widely. His first book-length fictional work was serialized in Dragon Magazine (beginning in 1980), entitled The Minarian Legends, which keyed off his original Divine Right universe. In 1989, Mr. Rahman’s HPL-inspired novel Heir of Darkness was released from New Infinities Productions, Inc., followed in 2001 when Sidecar Books of Minneapolis, MN published his Gardens of Lucullus, a Cthulhu Mythos novel in collaboration with Richard L. Tierney. Currently, a new edition of Divine Right is slated for release in 2020, to be followed soon by a second original board game, Scarlet Empire.

Edward Stasheff is wanted in thirteen states for armchair anarchy, contributing to the delinquency of everyone, and criminally bad jokes. He runs Pickman’s Press, a publisher of Lovecraftian Horror, Weird Fiction, and Dark Fantasy, starting in 2018 with Corporate Cthulhu: Mythos Tales of Bureaucratic Nightmare. Despite his growing notoriety and infamy, he remains a big nerd.

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