Sunday, October 24, 2010

Blackstone Audio producing two more Barsoom novels

Coming Attractions, a website devoted to the latest pulp-related news, reports that Blackstone Audio is producing two more unabridged audiobooks in the famous Barsoom series of science fiction / fantasy novels penned by pulp author Edgar Rice Burroughs in the early 20th century.

The Gods of Mars, read by William Dufris (8 hours; CD, MP3-CD, Tape), is scheduled to be released February 1, 2011. Here’s the Blackstone description:

This is the extraordinary story of John Carter, who returns to the Red Planet in search of his beloved, Dejah Thoris. John lands in the Valley Dor, which is populated by vicious plant men, and discovers the Lost Sea of Korus, guarded by the great white apes and horrifying lions of Barsoom. It is here that he finds the princess Thuvia, who is a captive of the Holy Therns, high priests who eat only human flesh slain by their plant men. But this is only the beginning of John Carter’s adventures under the double moons of Mars before he fights his way back to his own people as the Prince of the House of Tardos Mors.

The Warlord of Mars, read by William Dufris (7 hours; CD, MP3-CD, Tape), is scheduled to be released March 1, 2011. Here’s the Blackstone description:

In this continuation of the saga of the amazing world of Barsoom, the love story of Carter and Dejah Thoris -- the red-skinned, oviparous princess -- unfolds. Like all the tales in the series, fantasy and adventure combine in a style as malleable as dreams, exotic and dangerous and unending. For six long Martian months, John Carter, Prince of Helium, has haunted the terrifying Temple of the Sun. Inside the walls of this mysterious revolving tower is his beloved wife, Dejah Thoris, the beautiful princess of Barsoom. Worse yet, his wife is trapped there with the lovely but wicked Phaidor, who has sworn to make John Carter her own -- even if it means murder. How can Carter gain access to the temple, whose doors swing open only once a year? And when he does find his way inside, will he find Dejah Thoris' welcoming embrace -- or her corpse?

Blackstone Audio has already produced several other novels in the Barsoom series.

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