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A Brief History of Gnolls: Anthropophagy and Emeralds from Wales to Wisconsin and Beyond (revised and expanded 2nd edition)

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A Brief History of Gnolls: Anthropophagy and Emeralds from Wales to Wisconsin and Beyond traces the history of the title fantasy creatures in literature and gaming, from when they were first introduced nearly a century ago up through the present.

Features of this unique and entertaining volume include two entertaining quasi-academic essays by writer Paul Haynie that examine the literary history of Gnolls; an appendix containing the 1912 Lord Dunsany short story that first introduces the creatures in question; and illustrations by artists Jon Kaufman and Sidney Sime.

A Brief History of Gnolls is the first in a series of similar books that will be devoted to other sorts of fantasy creatures with origins in folklore and literature, such as Orcs, Ogres, Goblins, and Trolls.


Inspired by the works of classic swords-and-sorcery authors like Fritz Lieber, Jack Vance, and Robert E. Howard, Swords of Kos: Hekaton is the second entry in Skirmisher Publishing LLC’s fantasy fiction series and follows Swords of Kos: Necropolis. In this anthology, the island and city of Kos and the lands around it are explored through the stories of eleven authors and original illustrations and cartography by nine artists. All are set during the Hekaton, centennial observance of the great volcanic cataclysm that reawakened magic, the elder races, and all manner of fell monsters, in a fantasy world that draws upon the myths, legends, and history of the Mediterranean, Europe, and the Middle East.

Stories in this compilation include “Bloodsuckers” by Michael O. Varhola, “Rogue’s Nightmare” by R.M. Aislin, “Chasing Shadows” by Richard T. Balsley, “The Misadventures of Bjoric” by Brendan Cass, “The Rite” by Christopher Van Deelen, “To the Dragon Apeiron” by Lissanne Lake, “Unfamiliar Ground” by Sharon Daugherty, “The Day Pateon Fnordseeker Gave Up Drinking” by Eric Lis, M.D., “Nithernons the Ale’er” by John Giddens, and “The Price of Land” by D.M. Fitzgerald. Join us in our adventures through the dark and fascinating swords-and-sorcery world of Kos! 

You can get Swords of Kos: Hekaton today for just $5.99!  

 
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April 29th, 2014
Having always liked Gnolls for some odd reason, I eagerly delved into this publication! I found this most excellent and to quote another reviewer.. fun as well! Kudos to the author for this. Well done! [...]
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March 13th, 2010
Gnolls are one of my favorite fantasy bad guys, and this PDF traces their origins from a parody of a 19th century Welsh rugby team to OD&D gnome/troll hybrids to fungoid ghouls to cannibalistic hyena-men. That's right, gnolls aren't based on any known [...]
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February 6th, 2009
I found this to be very informative in regards to the origins of Gnolls. It was very clear in writing style and I found myself able to dip in and out very easily (since I was following the better half around on a shopping spree and was reading it on my [...]
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June 13th, 2008
I expected A Brief History of Gnolls to be an interesting read, and it is. But more than that it's FUN. Much more than just a brief review of the creature itself, this piece takes a close look at references to gnolls in fiction and the gaming world and [...]
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