Here's exciting news for fans of Boinger and Zereth. I've been authorized to share a teaser for a compilation of their stories to be released in a few months:
BLACK BLADE PUBLISHING’S NEW PRODUCT LINEUP
Tales of Peril - The Complete Boinger and Zereth Stories of John Eric Holmes - edited by Allan T. Grohe Jr.
Tales of Peril is Black Blade’s first foray into publishing fiction, and collects all of the Boinger and Zereth dungeon adventure stories written by John Eric Holmes (best known for editing the first Basic Set in 1977). Featuring the novella The Maze of Peril, eight other short stories, and Holmes’ seminal article “Confessions of a Dungeon Master”. Allan Grohe, Chris Holmes, and Zach Howard contribute introductions and the annotated Holmes bibliography. Coming in June 2015.
(From the back cover of Black Blade Publishing's reprint of Rob Kuntz's module CAS2 Tower of Blood)
Can't wait ... will be interesting to see if there will be any editing (such as changing "Xereth" to "Zereth"). I hope there will also be an ebook! Although I actually have one for all the short stories already because I typed them up myself.
Last Edit: May 3, 2015 3:32:40 GMT -6 by Vile: Let's not exaggerate!
Post by roaktheunknowable on May 2, 2015 22:51:20 GMT -6
This keeps getting better! A new story? That is great news. I think I have read the ones I have over and over but they never fail to bring a smile to my face. Thanks again Allan for doing this. It is a great Tribute to J Eric Holmes and Chris! Much thanks to them as well. Cheers
Any updates on this? I know it comes out in June but I can't wait! Thanks in advance. Cheers
We slowed down the production process when it became clear that we wouldn't make it to print in time for NTX, roaktheunknowable. That'll allow us to complete the book properly, instead of risking its quality by rushing the book to press for the con.
We knew that trying to get it for early June would be pushing it (and it was), so I'll let you know when we have a more definite timeframe.
Here's some more info about the book, for those who haven't seen the previews on my blog @ grodog.blogspot.com/
Front Cover artwork by Ian Baggley:
Tales of Peril: The Complete Boinger and Zereth Stories of John Eric Holmes
Published by Black Blade Publishing Printed in the USA
334 pages Signed and Numbered Limited Edition Hardcover with Dustjacket 200 copies signed by Chris Holmes, Zach Howard, Allan Grohe 46 signed, non-numbered copies (comp and contributor copies, spares for losses in the mail, etc.)
ISBN 978-0-9842870-7-9 BP5000 $35
Table of Contents List of Illustrations and Artwork Introduction by Allan T. Grohe Jr.
Preface to The Maze of Peril by Chris Holmes The Maze of Peril Entrances Dark Water Green Cloak Centaurs and Clerics Theft and Pursuit An Unusual Ride The Second Descent Battles in the Dark Visible and Invisible Breakout Resolutions
Alarums & Excursions Campaign Materials “Warrior for Hire” “Were-Shark” “The Adventure of the Giant Chameleon” by John Eric Holmes and Chris Holmes “Adventure of the Lost City, Part One” “Adventure of the Lost City, Part Two”
Dragon Magazine Stories
Preface to “Trollshead” “Trollshead”
Preface to “The Sorcerer's Jewel” “The Sorcerer's Jewel” Preface to “In the Bag” “In the Bag”
Unpublished Short Story Preface to “Witch Doctor” “Witch Doctor”
“Confessions of a Dungeon Master” “Boinger & Zereth Player Character Summaries and Character Card Scans” by Chris Holmes “My Time as Murray” by Eric M. Frasier “The Writings of Dr. J. Eric Holmes” by Zach Howard “Annotated Bibliography for J. Eric Holmes, 1930-2010” by Zach Howard “Afterword” by Chris Holmes Contributor Biographies
Black Blade Publishing received shipping confirmation from our printer for _Tales of Peril_, and it will arrive at the North Texas RPG Con the day before the convention opens! =)
roaktheunknowable: We'll post when the book is available for sale after we return from the NTX RPG Con (1-4 June). So, Jon or I will make an announcement through the usual social media channels sometime after 6 June, or so.
Yes, unfortunately the web site is still hosed, and will likely remain so for the near term. We'll post details on ordering Tales of Peril both here in the forums, and on G+ and FB, and likely in my blog too.