2008 has been a banner year for British science fiction and fantasy author Michael Moorcock: the Times Online named him as one of the 50 greatest British writers after 1945, a list that includes such luminaries as J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, George Orwell, Ian Fleming, Iris Murdoch and Kingsley Amis. He was also named a Grand Master by SFWA, which is their highest honor.
Del Rey books just published a brand new omnibus titled Elric: The Stealer of Souls, collecting the stories of Moorcock’s two most famous creations, Elric the albino sorcerer and his demonic rune sword, Stormbringer.
Rumors of an Elric movie have been circulating for years, and if it ever makes it to the big screen it already has an incredible heavy metal soundtrack. In 1980 Moorcock directly collaborated with Blue Öyster Cult on “Black Blade,” writing the lyrics to this song from Cultösaurus Erectus. The psychedelic metal band Hawkwind crafted an entire concept album around Elric and the stories of Melniboné with The Chronicles of the Black Sword, and then again with Live Chronicles.
Other hard rock and heavy metal bands that have been inspired by Elric include: Deep Purple, Diamond Head, Domine, Cirith Ungol and the Tygers of Pan Tang.
Finally, please check out From the Mind of Manxom Vroom where I’m currently blogging about “The Art of Heavy Metal,” discussing the work of artists such as H.R. Giger, Ken Kelly, Derek Riggs, Simon Bisley, Michael Whelan and more.Manxom Vroom is the internet alias of Jeffrey Valka, a writer who lives in the metro Detroit area. His own blog can be found at the following address: http://jvalka.blogspot.com/ . In addition to blogging, he also writes genre fiction..