The Spell of Seven

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The Spell of Seven
The Spell of Seven.jpg
Cover of The Spell of Seven
Author edited by L. Sprague de Camp
Illustrator Virgil Finlay
Cover artist Virgil Finlay
Country United States
Language English
Genre Fantasy
Publisher Pyramid Books
Publication date
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 192 pp
Preceded by Swords and Sorcery
Followed by The Fantastic Swordsmen

The Spell of Seven 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 June 1965, and reprinted in December 1969.[1][2] It was the second such anthology assembled by de Camp, following his Swords and Sorcery (1963).

The book collects seven sword and sorcery tales by various authors, with an overall introduction by de Camp.

Four of the seven authors represented were members of the Swordsmen and Sorcerers' Guild of America (SAGA), a somewhat informal literary group of fantasy authors active from the 1960s to the 1980s, making the book a precursor of the five Flashing Swords! anthologies of SAGA-member works edited by Lin Carter from 1973 to 1981.



  1. ^ Laughlin, Charlotte; Daniel J. H. Levack (1983). De Camp: An L. Sprague de Camp Bibliography. San Francisco: Underwood/Miller. pp. 113–114. 
  2. ^ The Spell of Seven title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database