Dust jacket illustration by Doug Potter
Edited by George R. R. Martin and Bradley Denton
World Fantasy Life Achievement Award winner Howard Waldrop’s career highlights include classic stories like “Night of the Cooters,” “Mary Margaret Road-Grader,” “Heirs of the Perisphere,” the Nebula-winning “The Ugly Chickens,” and dozens of other fantastic tales that have delighted readers for over fifty years.
But where did he come from? Did Howard Waldrop spring forth fully formed, as if from the forehead of Zeus, with his first professional story in 1972? Or were his origins more arcane, and perhaps messier?
H’ard Starts: The Early Waldrop answers these questions with over 100,000 words that reveal the genesis of an author now considered a National Treasure—including six fanzine stories and five professional stories that have never appeared in any other collection.
Here you’ll find long-lost Waldroppian gems such as:
Each of these four sections is introduced by part of a new 20,000-word interview in which Howard reveals every secret (well, most of them) about how his career began, and spills the beans about the writers, editors, fans, and other real-or-imagined characters who were there at the start.
In short: If you’ve ever wondered how a legendary, one-of-a-kind author like Howard Waldrop emerged from the primordial soup—
H’ard Starts: The Early Waldrop is the prequel you’ve been waiting for.
Table of Contents:
The Four-Color Fanboy
The Filthy Pro
The Lost Waldrop
Limited: 750 numbered hardcover copies, signed by Howard Waldrop, George R. R. Martin, and Bradley Denton