Zine DAW Books Slogan The Fifth Novel of Elric of Melniboné • Issue No. 254 • Journalist Michael Moorcock (author), Michael Whelan (cover art)">Michael Moorcock (author), Michael Whelan (cover art) • Published Sun 16 Oct 1977
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These are the seven The Books of Elric on DAW Books:

  1. Elric of Melniboné (edited version of The Dreaming City) ★ (Oct 1976)
  2. The Sailor on the Seas of Fate ★★ (Dec 1976)
  3. The Weird of the White Wolf (partial version of The Stealer Of Souls) ★★★ (Mar 1977)
  4. The Vanishing Tower (earlier version of The Sleeping Sorceress) ★★★★ (Jun 1977)
  5. The Bane of the Black Sword ★★★★★ (Oct 1977)
  6. Stormbringer ★★★★★★ (Nov 1977)
  7. Elric at the End of Time (May 1985)

Addition there are:


The Elric Saga 5. The Bane of the Black Sword

  • Novel: The Bane of the Black Sword
  • Number: The Fifth Novel of Elric of Melniboné
  • Author by Michael Moorcock.
  • Cover art by Michael Whelan.
  • Map and illustration by John Collier and Walter Romanski.
  • No. 254
  • Pages: 157
  • Sun 16 Oct 1977
  • Fix-up novel
Original price Cat. ID ISBN 10
1a: $1.25 UY1316 0-87997-316-1
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2: $1.50 UW1421 0-87997-421-4
Year: Nov 1978
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Author’s note

Part of this book originally appeared in a volume entitled The Stealer of Souls published in the U.S. by Lancer Books in 1967. This revised version contains a section never previously published in chronological sequence but which appeared out of context in a collection The Singing Citadel published in the U.S. by Berkley Medallion Books in 1970. This is the first time this revised edition has been published in any country.

  1. BOOK ONE: The Stealer Of Souls (p. 10) (Section ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, FIVE)
  2. BOOK TWO: Kings in Darkness (includes ‘Song Of Veerkad’ by James Cawthorn) (p. 55) (Section ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR)
  3. BOOK THREE: The Flamebringers (p. 89) (Section ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR)
    • Original book: The Flame Bringers (Oct 1962)
    • retitled later: The Caravan of Forgotten Dreams
  4. EPILOGUE: To Rescue Tanelorn… (p. 125)
Back side

High in the wintry sky climbed the dragons as Elric urged
his charges westwards. Thoughts of love, of peace,
of vengeance even were lost in that reckless sweeping
across glowering skies which hung over that ancient
Age of the Young Kingdoms. Elric, proud and disdainful
in his knowledge that even his deficient blood was the
blood of Sorcerer Kings of Melnibone,
became detached.

He had no loyalties then, no friends, and if evil possessed
him, then it was a pure and brilliant evil, untainted
by human drivings.

High soared the dragons until below them was the
heaving black mass, marring the landscape, the fear-
driven horde of barbarians who, in their ignorance,
had sought to conquer the lands beloved of Elric
of Melnibone.

“Ho, dragon brothers-loose your venom-burn, burn!
And in the burning cleanse the world!”

THE BANE OF THE BLACK SWORD is the fifth epic
novel of Elric, complete in itself.

by Michael Moorcock
ELRIC OF MELNIBONÉ (Elric 1)  UY1259―$1.25
THE SAILOR ON THE SEAS OF FATE (Elric 2)  UY1270―$1.25
THE WEIRD OF THE WHITE WOLF (Elric 3)  UY1286―$1.25
THE VANISHING TOWER (Elric 4)  UY1304―$1.25

STORMBRINGER (Elric 6)  To be published soon

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