Monday, March 13, 2017

Appendix N Madness Day 13: Dunsany vs Campbell

Jack Vance won Day 12 of Appendix N Madness and goes on to face Roger Zelazny in Round 2.

Day 13 is the last match-up from the Weird region: Lord Dunsany vs Ramsey Campbell.

Edward Plunkett (Lord Dunsany)
Lived: 1878-1957
Notable Works: The Gods of Pegāna, The Sword of Welleran, The King of Elfland's Daughter

Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, the 18th Baron of Dunsany, was an Anglo-Irish lord, writer, and dramatist. He was a noteworthy writer, and published several cycles of invented mythology beginning with The Gods of Pegāna. Dunsany's writing had a deliberate fairy-tale quality and a strange richness to it, and he was a hugely influential fantasy writer. The major Weird Tales authors were directly influenced by him, and his King of Elfland's Daughter was the first official volume of the Ballantine Adult Fantasy series. The latter is a particular masterwork and is breathed through with the sense of wonder that Dunsany was able to create without peer.

Ramsey Campbell
Lived: 1946 - present (Currently Living)
Notable Works: "Cold Print", Demons by Daylight, The Face That Must Die

Ramsey Campbell is one of the premier authors of horror fiction of the late 20th century. He is in this tournament because he was the backbone of the Swords Against Darkness series, which featured the adventures of a mercenary swordsman Ryre in a grim and hostile world. It was Campbell's main foray into sword & sorcery, and his performance was admirable. Campbell began as a devout Lovecraftian, publishing his own anthology of Lovecraft pastiche, before making a 180 degree turn toward his own style of horror with Demons by Daylight, crisp and modern in tone. Campbell is a highly decorated author, including a Grand Master award from the World Horror Convention.

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