Inspirational Source Material




Some additional authors of fantasy fiction (Audio)

Carter, Lin (ed.) — The Year's Best Fantasy Stories 

1975 - The Year's Best Fantasy Stories
  • "The Jewel of Arwen" (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
  • "The Sword Dyrnwyn" (Lloyd Alexander)
  • "The Temple of Abomination" (Robert E. Howard)
  • "The Double Tower" (Clark Ashton Smith and Lin Carter)
  • "Trapped in the Shadowland" (Fritz Leiber)
  • "Black Hawk of Valkarth" (Lin Carter)
  • "Jewel Quest" (Hannes Bok)
  • "The Emperor's Fan" (L. Sprague de Camp)
  • "Falcon's Mate" (Pat McIntosh)
  • "The City of Madness" (Charles R. Saunders)
  • "The Seventeen Virgins" (Jack Vance)

1976 - The Year's Best Fantasy Stories 2
  • "The Demoness" (Tanith Lee)
  • "The Night of the Unicorn" (Thomas Burnett Swann)
  • "Cry Wolf" (Pat McIntosh)
  • "Under the Thumbs of the Gods" (Fritz Leiber)
  • "The Guardian of the Vault" (Paul Spencer)
  • "The Lamp from Atlantis" (L. Sprague de Camp)
  • "Xiurhn" (Gary Myers)
  • "The City in the Jewel" (Lin Carter)
  • "In 'Ygiroth" (Walter C. DeBill, Jr.)
  • "The Scroll of Morloc" (Clark Ashton Smith and Lin Carter)
  • "Payment in Kind" (Caradoc A. Cador)
  • "Milord Sir Smiht, the English Wizard" (Avram Davidson)

1977 - The Year's Best Fantasy Stories 3
  • "Eudoric's Unicorn" (L. Sprague de Camp)
  • "Shadow of a Demon" (Gardner F. Fox)
  • "Ring of Black Stone" (Pat McIntosh)
  • "The Lonely Songs of Laren Dorr" (George R. R. Martin)
  • "Two Suns Setting" (Karl Edward Wagner)
  • "The Stairs in the Crypt" (Clark Ashton Smith and Lin Carter)
  • "The Goblin Blade" (Raul Garcia Capella)
  • "The Dark King" (C. J. Cherryh)
  • "Black Moonlight" (Lin Carter)
  • "The Snout in the Alcove" (Gary Myers)
  • "The Pool of the Moon" (Charles R. Saunders)

1978 - The Year's Best Fantasy Stories 4
  • "The Tale of Hauk" (Poul Anderson)
  • "A Farmer on the Clyde" (Grail Undwin)
  • "Prince Alcouz and the Magician" (Clark Ashton Smith)
  • "Nekht Semerkeht" (Robert E. Howard and Andrew J. Offutt)
  • "The Pillars of Hell" (Lin Carter)
  • "Lok the Depressor" (Philip Coakley)
  • "'Hark! Was That the Squeal of an Angry Thoat?'" (Avram Davidson)
  • "The Cloak of Dreams" (Pat McIntosh)
  • "The Land of Sorrow" (Phyllis Eisenstein)
  • "Odds Against the Gods" (Tanith Lee)
  • "The Changer of Names" (Ramsey Campbell)

1980 - The Year's Best Fantasy Stories 5
  • "The Troll" (T. H. White)
  • "In the Balance" (Tanith Lee)
  • "The Gem in the Tower" (L. Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter)
  • "Above Ker-Is" (Evangeline Walton)
  • "Ms. Lipshutz and the Goblin" (Marvin Kaye)
  • "Rhian and Garanhir" (Grail Undwin)
  • "Lord of the Dead" (Robert E. Howard)
  • "Child of Air" (Pat McIntosh)
  • "A Malady of Magicks" (Craig Shaw Gardner)
  • "St. George" (David Mallory)
  • "Astral Stray" (Adrian Cole)
  • "Demon and Demoiselle" (Janet Fox)

1980 - The Year's Best Fantasy Stories 6
  • "Garden of Blood" (Roger Zelazny)
  • "The Character Assassin" (Paul H. Cook)
  • "The Things That Are Gods" (John Brunner)
  • "Zurvan's Saint" (Grail Undwin)
  • "Perfidious Amber" (Tanith Lee)
  • "The Mer She" (Fritz Leiber)
  • "Demon of the Snows" (Lin Carter)
  • "The Pavilion Where All Times Meet" (Jayge Carr)
  • "Cryptically Yours" (Brian Lumley)
  • "Red as Blood" (Tanith Lee)
  • "Sandmagic" (Orson Scott Card)
Carter, Lin (ed.) — Flashing Swords!

  • "The Sadness of the Executioner" (Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser) by Fritz Leiber
  • "Morreion" (Dying Earth) by Jack Vance
  • "The Merman's Children" by Poul Anderson
  • "The Higher Heresies of Oolimar" (Amalric the Mangod) by Lin Carter

1973 - Flashing Swords! #2
  • "The Rug and the Bull" (Pusad) by L. Sprague de Camp
  • "The Jade Man’s Eyes" (Elric of Melniboné) by Michael Moorcock
  • "Toads of Grimmerdale" (Witch World) by Andre Norton
  • "Ghoul’s Garden" (Brak the Barbarian) by John Jakes

1976 - Flashing Swords! #3: Warriors and Wizards
  • "Two Yards of Dragon" (Eudoric Dambertson) by L. Sprague de Camp
  • "The Frost Monstreme" (Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser) by Fritz Leiber
  • "Spider Silk" (Witch World) by Andre Norton
  • "The Curious Custom of the Turjan Seraad" (Amalrik the Mangod) by Lin Carter
  • "Caravan to Illiel" by Avram Davidson

1977 - Flashing Swords! #4: Barbarians and Black Magicians 
  • "The Bagful of Dreams" (Dying Earth) by Jack Vance
  • "The Tupilak" by Poul Anderson
  • "Storm in a Bottle" (Brak the Barbarian) by John Jakes
  • "Swords Against the Marluk" (Deryni) by Katherine Kurtz
  • "The Lands Beyond the World" (Elric of Melniboné) by Michael Moorcock

1981 - Flashing Swords! #5: Demons and Daggers 
  • "Tower of Ice" (Dilvish) by Roger Zelazny
  • "A Thief in Korianth" by C. J. Cherryh
  • "Parting Gifts" by Diane Duane
  • "A Dealing with Demons" (Ebenezum) by Craig Shaw Gardner
  • "The Dry Season" by Tanith Lee

Offutt, Andrew (ed.) — Swords Against Darkness (in several volumes)