J. Eric Holmes - Bibliography [ongoing research]
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Post Posted: Sat Jan 28, 2006 2:06 am 
 

For the most recent version of the J. Eric Holmes Bibliography, see this thread on Dragonsfoot:

http://www.dragonsfoot.org/forums/viewt ... 33&start=0


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Post Posted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 2:23 am 
 

I'm pretty sure the A&E stuff that JEH sent me didn't ID the issues numbers that they were from; I'll dig around tomorrow and see, zhowar1.


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Post Posted: Thu Feb 02, 2006 8:56 am 
 

zhowar1 wrote:Need more information:
-One or more published in Alarums and Excursions APAzine (mentioned in Maze of Peril blurb).
-One or more unpublished story rejected by Dragon -- grodog has copies from JEH


OK, here's what I've got copies of:

  • The Adventure of the Lost City: Part One (by Eric Holmes; Illustrated by Chris Holmes; 8 typed pages with illos)
  • The Adventure of the Lost City: Part Two (by Eric Holmes and Chris Holmes; 8 pages with illos)
  • 2 pages of illos of The Sorcerer's Tower signed by Chris Holmes


It looks like he didn't send me the unpublished Dragon story, unless it was one of the above three (which look, again, like A&E content).

Although the pages look like A&E-style content, I don't know which issues they were from. To find that out, your best bet would be to contact Lee Gold and to ask her: http://thestarport.org/xeno/aande.html and http://thestarport.org/xeno/leegold.html

I've been meaning to write back to JEH again for awhile now, and will drop him a note today; if I hear anything back I'll let you know.


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Post Posted: Sun Apr 02, 2006 2:17 pm 
 

I made some edits to the bibliography today, most notably the titles of the Alarums and Excursions stories (thanks to grodog for those!) - still need the issue numbers though. I also linked Gygax' post where he confirmed that Holmes designed the Sample Dungeon in the first Basic Set.

I still need title and issue info for the articles in Gameplay, Spacegamer and Beyond magazines, and the story in Bluebook magazine. If anyone could help, I would appreciate it. If I can find the issue number, I will track down a copy of that issue.

If any one has "The Maverick's Space & Fantasy Gamer's Guide", I believe it has an index for the Spacegamer (Space Gamer?) magazine...could you look him up in the author index? Thanks!

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Post Posted: Mon May 29, 2006 12:43 pm 
 

I've updated the Bibliography to include information from Sieg regarding Holmes' article in Spacegamer #26.

I'm also still looking for the following if anyone can help. I'm interested in the issue number/title of article and/or a copy of the magazine or article:

Stories:
Alarums and Excursions APAzine short story (published in two parts in two issues). Grodog has given me the titles, but we don't know the issue numbers. Presumably a low number issue.
Bluebook magazine short story

Gaming Articles:
Beyond magazine
Gameplay magazine
I've posted some information on Gameplay magazine contents here on The Acaeum, but its incomplete and I can't tell which issue has the Holmes article. If I had to guess, it might be the article in issue #1 (Ethics in Gaming).

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Post Posted: Mon May 29, 2006 3:23 pm 
 

zhowar---

No word in response to my letter from February, I'll send another one after I'm back from Italy (a PM reminder would be a good idea...).


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Post Posted: Thu Jun 01, 2006 10:51 am 
 

grodog wrote:zhowar---

No word in response to my letter from February, I'll send another one after I'm back from Italy (a PM reminder would be a good idea...).


That's too bad. He did have a stroke in 2004, so perhaps he isn't healthy enough to respond.

"SAD NEWS John Eric Holmes has suffered a stroke and will not be able to appear as Guest of Honour at this year's ECOF Convention in Sacramento"


http://www.erbzine.com/mag/ez040730.html

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Post Posted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 11:39 pm 
 

Found two interesting tidbits in the Gen Con XIV (1981) Program:

D&D in Pellucidar, 1087  Pellucidar is Edgar Rice Burrough's prehistoric world of primitive men and monsters in the center of the earth. Players will be assigned roles as cavemen, Sagoths, Mahars, Korsairs, et al. 4 hours. Judges: J. Eric Holmes and Chris Holmes. Saturday 4:00 P.M. Experience Level 5. 8 Players. Comm-Arts L-132.


This was a very appropriate event for Holmes to run. He wrote a sequel to the Pellucidar series, Mahars of Pellucidar, that was authorized by the Burroughs estate and published in 1976.

Terror Comes to Dry Gulch, 1088  Dry Gulch, Arizona, is a rich silver mining town, but it is more dangerous by far than your average BOOT HILL community. Find out, if you dare! Players will be assigned gun-slinging characters. 4 hours. Judges: J. Eric Holmes and Chris Holmes. Saturday 10:00 A.M. 8 Players. Comm-Arts L-132.


1981 was also the same year his book on Fantasy RPGs was published.

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Post Posted: Wed Apr 25, 2007 5:05 pm 
 

FYI, Zach, I'm sending another letter to JEH today, to try to pick up the pieces of our 5-year-old correspondence (I can't believe it's been that long, but our first [and only] exchange was in the spring of 2002).

edit:  it's going out in the mail tomorrow morning! :D


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Post Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2008 12:37 am 
 

*bump*

I finally contacted Lee Gold (as suggested by grodog above) regarding the Boinger/Zereth story published in Alarums & Excursions. She was very helpful, providing information on this two-part story as well as five other (shorter) contributions he made to the zine. I'll be updating the bibliography with this information soon.

In the meantime, I realized that I posted a more recent version of the bibliography on Dragonsfoot last year, but not here. So, I've deleted the bibliography posted here and linked to that one. The June 2007 update includes the Gen Con tournaments posted above, as well as a list of all his mentions in Dragon magazine, and other minor additions and formatting revisions to improve readability.

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Post Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2008 8:43 pm 
 

Glad to hear that you were able to dig up the info on A&E, zhowar!  I may try to track down JEH's phone number and see if he's still around or not.  Perhaps we can get him to attend LGGC this year :D


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Post Posted: Thu Oct 22, 2009 10:27 pm 
 

*bump*

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I've recently finished the latest revision to this bibliography (the last revision was more than a year ago). Numerous edits throughout, the most significant being the addition of all of his Alarums & Excursions articles:

Boinger & Zereth-related "fiction":
...these submissions pre-date the short stories in DRAGON, and read more as descriptions of campaign encounters
  • "Warrior-For-Hire", ALARUMS & EXCURSIONS #11, May 1976, 1 page (unnumbered)
    • hybrid narrative/OD&D variant rule suggestion; see here for a short review
    • features Ajax the warrior, who appears in MAZE OF PERIL
  • "Were-shark", by Eric and Chris Holmes, ALARUMS & EXCURSIONS #13, July 1976, 2 pages (unnumbered)
    • early version of chapter 2 ("Dark Water") of MAZE OF PERIL
    • mentions Boinger but not Zereth
    • 1 illustration by Chris Holmes
  • "The Adventure of the Giant Chameleon", by Eric and Chris Holmes, ALARUMS & EXCURSIONS #14, August 1976, 4 pages (unnumbered)
    • mentions a hobbit and elf, but not by name; there is a Murray the M-U as in MAZE OF PERIL
    • 2 illustrations, presumably by Chris Holmes
  • "The Adventure of the Lost City: Part One, ALARUMS & EXCURSIONS #17, November 1976, 6 pages (unnumbered)
    • Boinger the Halfling and "Xoreth" the Elf
  • "The Adventure of the Lost City: Part Two, ALARUMS & EXCURSIONS #19, January 1977, 5 pages (unnumbered)


Other submissions to A&E:
"Letter", article, ALARUMS & EXCURSIONS #18, Jan 1977, 1.5 pages (unnumbered)
  • thanks Lee Gold for mentioning MAHARS OF PELLUCIDAR in A&E #17
  • describes use of Pellucidar creatures in OD&D, including stats for Mahars, Sagoths and Thipdars

"Untitled", letter, ALARUMS & EXCURSIONS #24, Aug 1977, 15 lines of text
  • mentions that Red Axe sequel "is never going to be released by ERB, Inc" and that the envisioned third novel would have been "Swordsman of Pellucidar"

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Post Posted: Sat Sep 25, 2010 11:40 pm 
 

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Added the following new entries/info:



"Martian Twilight", short story published as stand alone fanzine, 1991
   * 28-page illustrated fanzine with grey cardstock covers, copyright 1991, text copyright 1990, $2 cover price; 7 illustrations total
   * back cover features shorts bios of Holmes and the illustrator, David Barker (also an author)
   * published by Running Dinosaur Press, c/o Ralph E. Vaughan (also an author; see bibliography here

This is a significant new addition: a short story previously unknown to me, published in 1991 as a stand-alone zine. It's the latest (datewise) fiction that I've found that Holmes published (barring a very limited printing of Red Axe of Pellucidar in 1993). It's set in a futuristic Mars but there are a few allusions to a Mars of the past, perhaps Burroughs'. The back cover has a bio of Holmes. I found this on Ebay; see pics here:  
** expired eBay auction **


"Science Fiction and Fantasy Games", article, LOCUS #251, December 1981 (Vol. 14, No. 11), pages 9, 24, 26 and 28
   * introduction to role-playing games; not a direct excerpt from his book; includes some newer 1981 releases not mentioned in his FRPG book
   * Page 21 of the same issue lists Holmes' FRPG book in the "November 1981" section of new releases

I had this article listed before based on a mention in an on-line index, but I finally got a copy of it, so I've added some notes. It was published around the same time his FRPG book came out, and reads as a very condensed version of the book, though it has information on more recent games (presumably the book manuscript was submitted well in advance of publication).

Untitled Letter, SCIENCE magazine, 8 November 1974 (Vol. 186, No. 1463, page 480)
   * letter in response to an editorial titled "Pseudoscience" by Philip Abelson (21 June 1974, page 1233)
   * suggests that beliefs in pseudoscience are a part of normal mental development; he mentions a "childhood enthusiasm for the works of Charles Fort and a brief but passionate affair with dianetics as a college student"

This is a new entry; a letter to Science magazine that is interesting because it mentions some influences on him when he was younger.

Short story, BLUEBOOK magazine, title/year/issue unknown (mentioned in Maze of Peril blurb)
Possibly "Beachhead on the Moon" under the pseudonym Sidney Leland in Blue Book February 1951 (Vol 92, No. 4); See this index; needs confirmation

I added a note that an on-line index is now showing a possible match for this article. If it is by him, it's very early compared to his other publications.

the cover of DRAGON #58 features a skull-faced castle reminiscent of the "Great Stone Skull" from the Holmes-edited D&D Basic rulebook

This note was added to the "In the Bag" short story (Dragon #58) entry.

At GenCon 1977, [Holmes] met briefly with Rob Kuntz ... to talk about ideas for a revision of the old "Gods Demigods & Heroes" D&D supplement [and] agreed to do a brief summary of the gods presented in the works of H.P. Lovecraft, for use in the upcoming book "Deities &  Demigods"

This quotation (from a Frank Mentzer GenCon forums post) was added to the "Lovecraftian Mythos in D&D" article entry.

In his 1981 FANTASY ROLE-PLAYING GAMES book, Holmes mention Krier as a member of the press (along with Jim Mitchell of Channel 2 (CBS)) who "showed a genuine interest in understanding the game and in presenting it in an informational and entertaining fashion" (pg 67).


This note was added to the "Fantasy Life in a Game Without End" by Beth Ann Krier (LA Times article) that interviewed Holmes.



Also added two mentions in early Polyhedron magazine issues, plus a link to a compilation of Gygax quotes about Holmes that I compiled.

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