Happy with having found these obscure bits of pop culture flotsam, I returned upstairs and began to browse through some of the boxes of old pulp magazines. I hadn't gotten very far when I spotted a mint condition copy of Weirdbook 23-24. Wow, was that ever a surprise. One of my first professional sales of artwork was to W. Paul Ganley, publisher of Weirdbook. I sold several pieces to Ganley and it was through corresponding with him that I learned about the Small Press Writer's and Artists Organization (SPWAO), which led to my involvement with a number of small press 'zines like Scream Factory (I did the cover for #2), Scavenger's Newsletter, and others. I really enjoyed doing illustrations for small press 'zines all through the Eighties and early Nineties. Of course the Internet pretty much killed off the 'zines, though there are a few signs that 'zines might be making something of a comeback of sorts. But that's a detour for another time.
It was in Weirdbook 14 that I read my first Adrian Cole story Thief of Thieves, a Voidal Tale, and one of my all-time favorites. I actually prefer the version in Weirdbook 14 to the revised and polished version that is in the Wildside Press collections, but that's a minor quibble. Weirdbook 23-24 has another Voidal story in it Weaver of Wars, which is quite good. So on the same day that I lucked into finding a copy of an Adrian Cole novel I'd been hunting after for a long while, I also re-discover a copy of Weirdbook. One with three of my old illustrations in it. Serendipitous, huh? I hope it finds a good home soon. I really miss Weirdbook. If I ever did start-up my own 'zine, I'd love to call it Weirdbook...but apparently the name is taken. Oh well. So it goes.
When we got back home, I pulled out my own copy of Weirdbook 23-24 and some loose papers fell out. When I picked them up I realized they were the three illustrations I had done for that issue.
What an interesting chain of events and odd-ball connections. It was really nice seeing that copy of Weirdbook and now I just need to track down the remaining two books in the Dreamlords series.