I had heard that Matthew Stover (Caine’s Law) was a fan of old school sword and sorcery fiction. Driven by an inexplicably impish impulse, I emailed him and asked what might happen if his hero Caine ran into Michael Moorcock’s melancholy swordsman Elric of Melniboné and Robert E. Howard’s Conan one night in a bar. It sounds like the set-up to a joke, I know. I really didn’t expect a response, but I should have known better: one does not challenge the likes of Matthew Stover. Guys like him–hardcore ink-slingers–take things like that as a challenge. He wrote me back. In the form of a short story.
Without further ado, here’s “So, Conan and Elric Walk Into a Bar.’ Enjoy!