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"The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown." - H.P. Lovecraft

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Richard L. Tierney (born 1936) is an American writer and poet. Tierney, a scholar of H. P. Lovecraft, has written Cthulhu Mythos novels and is the coauthor (with David C. Smith) of a series of Red Sonja novels, featuring cover art by Boris Vallejo.

Tierney was one of the first to challenge August Derleth's interpretation of Lovecraft's creations in his notable article "The Derleth Mythos", published in Meade and Penny Frierson's fanzine H.P.L. (1973). In an interview for Sword & Sorcery magazine Tierney said, however that he considers his own mythos work to be in the Derlethian vein:

"I don't feel my writing has taken up "the line of Lovecraft's development." Rather, I appear to have taken up and developed Derleth's vision of the Mythos"[1]


Red Sonja series (with David C. Smith):

  • #1 The Ring of Ikribu (Ace 1981) (Adapted to comics by Roy Thomas and Esteban Maroto in The Savage Sword of Conan issues 230-3)
  • #2 Demon Night (Ace 1982)
  • #3 When Hell Laughs (Ace 1982)
  • #4 Endithor's Daughter (Ace 1982)
  • #5 Against the Prince of Hell (Ace 1983)
  • #6 Star of Doom (Ace 1983)

Short StoriesEdit

Simon Magus series:

  • Scroll of Thoth: Simon Magus and the Great Old Ones (Chaosium, 1997) collects all 12 Simon Magus stories solely written by Richard L. Tierney. A partial list of original publication locations and dates is on-line at the Crypt of Cthulhu archive [1].

Not included in this collection are:

  • The Wedding of Sheila-Na-Gog (Crypt Of Cthulhu #29, 1985), with Glenn Rahman.

John Taggart series:

  • Countdown for Kalara (Space and Time, Jul 1980)
  • The Last Decision (Eldritch Tales #15 1988)