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The Throne of Bones
Brian McNaughton
Imagine earthy Tolkienesque characters in a setting full of cemeteries, graverobbers, necromancers, corpse-eaters--even a huge labyrinthine necropolis. Imagine mephitic gardens where the sarcophage, selenotrope, and necrophilium bloom. Then throw in star-crossed lovers, crazed zealots, stalwart heroes, bloodthirsty renegade armies, hideous monsters, and likeable misfits. You've got just a hint of the wondrous and original visions in the dark fantasy world of Brian McNaughton.

Horror scholar S. T. Joshi, in the afterword to this collection of stories, notes the strong influence of Clark Ashton Smith, Lord Dunsany, H. P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, and Greco-Roman decadent works such as Petronius's Satyricon. "McNaughton seems to have mastered one of the most difficult of literary arts: to draw upon the classics of the field without losing his own voice.... The world that McNaughton has created in this book is the world of the ghoul; and who knows but that The Throne of Bones will become the standard textbook for the care and feeding of ghouls just as Dracula has become that for vampires?"

Ringard and Dendra (1996)
The Throne of Bones (1997)
The Vendren Worm (1990)
Meryphillia (1990)
Reunion in Cephalune (1997)
The Art of Tiphytsorn Glocque (1997)
A Scholar from Sythiphore (1995)
Vendriel and Vendreela (1988)
The Retrograde Necromancer (1993)
The Return of Liron Wolfbaiter (1997)

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