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Richard Kirk’s Raven

2096217It was back in 1985, I think, that I discovered the art of Chris Achilleos in a book called Beauty and the Beast, originally published in the late ‘70s.
As a graphically inept individual, I was always fascinated by art, and fantasy art in particular.
The cover of that volume was graced by a picture that, I found out reading the book, was the cover for a series of novels about a character called Raven.
I was rather curious about the whole thing – based on the covers, it seemed the series was some kind of sex & violence fantasy filled with weird monsters and scantly-clad women. Cautious inquiries about the books revealed the author to be one Richard Kirk. In the end, I decided the series was not worth the expense of ordering in those pre-Internet days.
But I was still curious. Continue reading