Paperback book by Cauldron Born songwriter and guitarist, Howie K. Bentley. Featuring sword-and-sorcery stories with Cauldron Born mascot,Thorn. 146 pages. Cover artwork by Lionel Baker II.
When Vegtam the Wanderer came to Herod-Thaar he was expecting good coin to play his lute and sing. Instead he kills a snake-man and has to go on the run with Tawna, the beautiful tavern wench. Their only possible escape from the reptilian-ruled city is a path through the demon-haunted ruins of Nephasth. Will Vegtam and Tawna escape the horrors closing in on them, let alone those that lie ahead? Find out in this collection of six savage sword-and-sorcery tales from the pen of Howie K. Bentley... The Snake-Man's Bane!
Rousing! All the guts and gusto of Robert E. Howard and the surreal sorcery of Clark Ashton Smith.
- Richard L. Tierney
His series reminds me of 1970s sword and sorcery along the lines of Karl Edward Wagner or in Swords Against Darkness. There is a very memorable plot and secondary characters. I will remember this story in the future, which is one of the highest compliments I can give.
- Morgan Holmes (Castalia House)
Bentley's prose is good, and his sense of pacing on target. He's done a good job here, successfully melding mystery, creepy atmospherics, and bloodletting, creating a tale that would be right at home in one of Lin Carter’s or Andrew Offutt's anthologies. I can't give a story a better commendation than that.
- Fletcher Vredenburgh (Black Gate)
…Where There Is No Sanctuary by Howie K. Bentley is next and it is a real punch in the face. This might be my favorite story in the issue. A werewolf warrior cuts his way through a demonic tower that has fallen out of time. Lots of action, horror, and imagination. This is the type of material that I read Cirsova for.
Pretty sure it gave me nightmares.