Weird Tales, July 1938

As an added inspiration to one and all, I will present a monthly selection of classic pulps, featuring sci-fi, action, and fantasy stories. Each of these posts will be from the public domain, but will be taken down if the proper owners give notice. Please know that these stories come from another era, and may contain some rough language and other content. Please enjoy Weird Tales, Vol. 32 from 1938.

 

 

This month’s feature is hosted at archive.org.

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Steragos: An Intro

For anybody new and curious about Legends of Steragos , welcome!  Pull up a chair , lemme talk atcha.  Allow me to give you the skinny about LOS.

LOS is a book series , which is a bit difficult to say since the series currently consists of one book.  However , I’m working on the second one currently , aiming for a September release. By the looks of things , it’s shaping up to be a humdinger.  There’ll be a snow goddess, a train crash, bandits,  dangerous quests, a venture into an otherworldly realm, and one character even uses an intercom!

I like intercoms.  That’s … that’s why that’s there.  I like ‘em.

The stories of LoS  take place in the enchanted realm of Steragos, during the technological revolution of that world’s 1920s, and center around three heroic princesses – Zariah, the stalwart leader and future queen of the land, Ayomi, a brilliant pilot and inventor from Savgali-Mesada, and Ballista, an eccentric, gunslinging bookworm adventurer.  Brought together by similar tragedies, these three women fight with their backs together to keep their realm safe, prosperous and free.

I first published Legends of Steragos: Damsels of Distress back in August of 2013 as a gift for my students (I currently teach English in South Korea).

I wanted to share something with all of the class that showed superheroines in a positive, dignified light (superheroes were really big at the time).  Then, one day, I was trying explain Wonder Woman to a much younger student.  I used the phrase “Princess superhero”, and was inspired:  A story about the adventures of a superheroic princess who fought to protect her kingdom.  I resolved to make the story into a book, and give it to my students upon graduation.

There were a couple of different resources I needed to pull this together, all of which came together for me in ways I could never have dreamed of. I had started a kickstarter account to fund the book, and I cannot thank my donors enough.  We finished at nearly $200 past the goal.  This wasn’t merely a monetary success, it was an act of  kindness and a boost to my confidence that I’ll never forget.  Even those who couldn’t donate, but did offer encouragement, really helped me see the project through to the end.  Again, thank you all.

I needed illustrations for the book, and turned to the awesomely-talented Ewelina Mrockowska, who brought the story alive with her dazzling work.

Oh, and hey – While you’re here, why don’t you check out my good friend Mae’s work at onetrackmuse.com?  She’s taught me a lot about blogging, and she’s forgotten more about great literature than I’ll ever know (I’m exaggerating, of course.  She doesn’t forget anything about great literature.  Or silent cinema.  Or The Clash).

There’s a long journey ahead of the Princesses and their upcoming adventures.  I’m hoping that you and I can share that trip with them.  Thanks for checking out the site, and make sure to bookmark it!  I’ll be making new updates every week.

– KM Scott

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