In 1935, Fantasy Magazine was approaching its 3rd Anniversary and editor Julius Schwartz wanted to do something special. He conceived of the idea of a “composite story” (round-robin story) called “The Challenge from Beyond” to commemorate the event.
“Shambleau! Shambleau!” the wild mob cried with loathing and disgust, but Northwest Smith drove them off with his blaster and took the exhausted girl to his rooms. There was no hair upon her face — neither brows nor lashes; but what lay hidden beneath the tight scarlet turban bound around her head?
Elak of Atlantis and Jirel of Joiry are, in a way, a matched pair. Elak,written by Henry Kuttner, and Jirel, written by C.L. (Catherine Lucille) Moore, are heroes of the Swords and Sorcery sub-genre of fantasy fiction. What better way to be introduced to these two superb authors, from before they married, than through two of their acclaimed series.
The complete tales of Jirel of Joiry, flame haired warrior maiden of medieval France. Jirel is the proud, tough, beautiful, flame haired, warrior ruler of Joiry — located somewhere in medieval France about 1500. Her adventures pit her against witches, sorcerers and supernatural beings, as well as much more easily dispatched men.