SORCERY AGAINST CAESAR
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 pantheon. 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. That RPG includes many elements from the Simon of Gitta tales, including the occult tomes Sapientia Magorum and the Scroll of Thoth-Amon, cults like the Followers of Urakhu and the Priests of Melkarth, more than a few demons and monsters, and even player stats for Simon himself!
Enjoy sixteen stories combining superbly researched historical fiction with sword & sorcery and Lovecraftian horror.
• Introduction by Robert M. Price
• The Sword of Spartacus by Richard L. Tierney
• The Fire of Mazda by Richard L. Tierney
• The Seed of the Star-God by Richard L. Tierney
• The Blade of the Slayer by Richard L. Tierney
• The Throne of Achamoth by Richard L. Tierney & Robert M. Price
• The Emerald Tablet by Robert M. Price
• The Soul of Kephri by Richard L. Tierney
• The Ring of Set by Richard L. Tierney
• The Worm of Urakhu by Richard L. Tierney
• The Curse of the Crocodile by Richard L. Tierney
• The Treasure of Horemkhu by Richard L. Tierney
• The Secret of Nephren-Ka by Robert M. Price
• The Scroll of Thoth by Richard L. Tierney
• The Dragons of Mons Fractus by Richard L. Tierney
• The Wedding of Sheila-Na-Gog by Richard L. Tierney & Glenn A. Rahman
• The Pillars of Melkarth by Richard L. Tierney
• Richard Tierney was born in north central Iowa. Beginning in his 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 1961, he earned a degree in entomological science (Iowa State College) and served for many years with the U.S. Forest Service in the West of the United States and Alaska. An archaeological tourist 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. In the literary field, Mr. Tierney has frequently been both an editor and a writer of adventure fiction, mainly in the realm of dark fantasy. He has coauthored the Red Sonja series for Ace Books (early 1980’s) and created the popular hero-adventurer, Simon of Gitta, a fictionalized version of Simon Magus. His major works include Collected Poems (1981, Arkham House), The House of the Toad (1993, Fedogan and Bremer), The Drums of Chaos (2008, Mythos Books), and Savage Menace and Other Poems of Horror (2010, reprint 2021, P’rea Press).
• 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.
Steven C. Gilberts is known for his dark, macabre, and bizarre artwork. No stranger to Lovecraftian Horror, he’s done cover art before for Chaosium, Cemetery Dance, Elder Sign Press, and Space & Time Magazine. Steven and his lovely wife now live in a spooky Queen Ann cottage within a small Dunwich-esk village of southern Indiana. While hiding from the townsfolk, Steven concocts odd illustrations for the small press industry. You can check out his artwork at his website, www.stevengilberts.com.