Swords and Sorcery

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For the combination table-top and role-playing game by SPI, see Swords & Sorcery (SPI).
Swords and Sorcery
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Cover of Swords and Sorcery
Author edited by L. Sprague de Camp
Illustrator Virgil Finlay
Cover artist Virgil Finlay
Country United States
Language English
Genre Fantasy short stories
Publisher Pyramid Books
Publication date
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 186 pp
Followed by The Spell of Seven

Swords and Sorcery is an anthology of fantasy short stories in the sword and sorcery subgenre, edited by L. Sprague de Camp and illustrated by Virgil Finlay. It was first published in paperback by Pyramid Books in 1963.[1][2] It has the distinction of being the first sword and sorcery anthology ever assembled, and paved the way for three additional such anthologies edited by de Camp and many more produced by other editors and publishers.[1] It has also been translated into German.[1][2]

The book collects eight sword and sorcery tales by various authors, with an overall introduction by de Camp. The piece by Poul Anderson introduced his Cappen Varra character, later one of the foundational characters of the Thieves' World shared world anthologies edited by Robert Asprin and Lynn Abbey.



  1. ^ a b c Laughlin, Charlotte; Daniel J. H. Levack (1983). De Camp: An L. Sprague de Camp Bibliography. San Francisco: Underwood/Miller. p. 114. 
  2. ^ a b Swords and Sorcery title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database