Lamb, Harold

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(1892-1962) US author, active from 1917 in Pulp magazines, often in early years writing as H A Lamb; he began publishing action stories in Adventure, beginning with "Khlit", the first of his long Cossack sequence, starring the aged but redoubtable warrior Khlit who featured in many of them; the sequence – comprised of fantastic tales technically nonfantastic solely because Lamb did not set them in an imaginary world, or evoke the supernatural directly – was a strong and acknowledged influence upon Robert E Howard in his creation of fully-fledged Sword and Sorcery, and has been assembled in various volumes beginning with Wolf of the Steppes: The Complete Cossack Adventures, Volume One (coll 2006). Lamb is of specific sf interest for his Lost Race novels: Marching Sands (1920), in which descendants of Crusaders are found inhabiting a city named Sungun in the Gobi Desert in Central Asia; The House of the Falcon (1921), which, though not a sequel, features a race of sun worshippers in a similar venue; and A Garden to the Eastward (1947), set atop a volcanic cone in Kurdistan whose preternaturally wise inhabitants turn out to be direct exemplars of the Origin of Man. Durandal: A Crusader in the Horde (23 September 1926 Adventure; cut 1931) is fantasy [for details, see Checklist]. [JC]

Harold Albert Lamb

born Alpine, New Jersey: 1 September 1892

died Englewood, New Jersey: 9 April 1962

works

series

Complete Cossack Adventures

individual titles

  • Marching Sands (New York: D Appleton and Co, 1920) [hb/]
  • The House of the Falcon (New York: D Appleton and Co, 1921) [hb/]
  • Durandal: A Crusader in the Horde (Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Doran and Company, 1931) [rev of Part One of the original text: first appeared 23 September 1926 Adventure: hb/Allan McNab]
    • Durandal (West Kingston, Rhode Island: Donald M Grant, 1981) [rev of the above: original version of Part One of the original text: hb/George Barr and Alicia Austin]
    • The Sea of the Ravens (West Kingston, Rhode Island: Donald M Grant, 1983) [exp of the above: comprising Part Two of the original text, first appeared 23 September 1926 Adventure: hb/George Barr and Alicia Austin]
  • A Garden to the Eastward (Garden City, New York: Doubleday and Company, 1947) [hb/uncredited]
  • The Three Palladins (West Kingston, Rhode Island: Donald M Grant, 1977) [first appeared 20 July-20 August 1923 Adventure: "Palladins" is spelt thus: hb/Kathy Hill]

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