The Stealer of Souls

By Michael Moorcock; John Picacio (Illustrator)

Del Rey Books, Paperback, 9780345498625, 458pp.

Publication Date: February 19, 2008

The stories here are the raw heart of Michael Moorcock. They are the spells that first drew me and all the numerous admirers of his work with whom I am acquainted into Moorcock's luminous and captivating web.
from the Foreword by Alan Moore, creator of V for Vendetta
When Michael Moorcock began chronicling the adventures of the albino sorcerer Elric, last king of decadent Melnibone, and his sentient vampiric sword, Stormbringer, he set out to create a new kind of fantasy adventure, one that broke with tradition and reflected a more up-to-date sophistication of theme and style. The result was a bold and unique hero weak in body, subtle in mind, dependent on drugs for the vitality to sustain himself with great crimes behind him and a greater destiny ahead: a rock-and-roll antihero who would channel all the violent excesses of the sixties into one enduring archetype.
Now, with a major film in development, here is the first volume of a dazzling collection of stories containing the seminal appearances of Elric and lavishly illustrated by award-winning artist John Picacio plus essays, letters, maps, and other material. Adventures include The Dreaming City, While the Gods Laugh, Kings in Darkness, Dead God's Homecoming, Black Sword's Brothers, and Sad Giant's Shield.
An indispensable addition to any fantasy collection, Elric: The Stealer of Souls is an unmatched introduction to a brilliant writer and his most famous or infamous creation.
The most significant UK author of sword and sorcery, a form he has both borrowed from and transformed.
The Encyclopedia of Fantasy.

About the Author
Michael Moorcock has published more than seventy novels, and there are more than twenty million copies of his books in print worldwide. Among the major literary prizes Moorcock has received are the Guardian Fiction Prize and the Nebula Award. He and his wife divide their time between homes in London, Texas, and Spain.