Veteran sword and sorcery author Keith Taylor headlines our debut issue with the return of one of his most popular characters, Nasach the Firbolg, The new story will be illustrated by the spectacular Tomas Giorello, who has been blowing away fans of the Dark Horse Conan comics for years.
Keith Taylor was born in Tasmania in December 1946, after his father Jack came back from Hitler’s War and married Fay Gourlay. Keith grew up at the foot of Mount Wellington with his three sisters, Ruth, Julie and Megan. A voracious reader from an early age (what writer wasn’t?) he began writing his own stories at nine. He suspects he might have been illiterate if television had existed in Tasmania then.
He also discovered science fiction and fantasy early. At fourteen he found the Ace Double Novel, CONAN THE CONQUEROR back to back with Leigh Brackett’s SWORD OF RHIANNON. That settled his fate permanently. After six years in the Australian army and Vietnam service, he began writing again, and got his start in Ted White’s FANTASTIC STORIES with his yarns of the Irish bard Felimid -- stories that eventually grew into the best-selling five-novel BARD series. His other series characters include Nasach, a fisherman’s son and tough escaped slave, and Kamose the Archpriest of Anubis, whose sorcerous exploits take place in ancient Egypt circa 1180 BCE.
He coauthored several CORMAC MAC ART novels with Andrew J. Offutt and his work has appeared in SWORDS AGAINST DARKNESS V, DISTANT WORLDS, and in THE CHRONICLES OF THE ROUND TABLE, Mike Ashley’s anthologie of fantasy, Arthurian fiction, and historical mystery. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s he was a regular contributor to WEIRD TALES. Keith now lives in Melbourne with his wife Anna and son Francis.
Keith's new Nasach story for Skelos - "The Drowned Dead Shape" - immediately follows the Irish warrior's last appearance in the Fall 1988 issue of WEIRD TALES. Here's a look at Tomas Giorello's illustration for the story -- a prime example of the amazing art we will be bringing you in every issue!