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Richard L. Tierney

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Richard L. Tierney

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Full Name: Richard Louis Tierney
Born: August 7, 1936
Spencer, Iowa, USA
Occupation: Writer, Poet, Scholar of Lovecraft
Nationality: American


Richard Tierney is an American writer, poet and scholar of H. P. Lovecraft. He is the coauthor (with David C. Smith) of a series of Red Sonja novels, featuring cover art by Boris Vallejo. Some of his standalone novels utilize the mythology of Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos.

Tierney moved to Mason City in 1942 where he went through the public school system until completing high school.

Tierney's first novel, The Winds of Zarr, which combined H. P. Lovecraft (including a Lovecraft-style deity named Zathog - see List of Great Old Ones), Robert E. Howard, time travel and ancient astronauts, and is set in Egypt during the New Kingdom, was penned in 1959 when Tierney was aged 17, but did not see print until 1975.

Tierney graduated from Iowa State College in Ames in 1961 with a bachelor's degree in entomology and worked for many years (1958-71) for the U.S. Forest Service in several western states and Alaska.

Tierney lived in the San Francisco Bay area in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

In 1972, he moved to Minneapolis to take up writing as a vocation. He made his mark in Lovecraft studies at this time by authoring the essay "The Derleth Mythos".

Tierney has completed several story fragments left by Robert E. Howard. In the seventies Tierney edited two volumes of Howard's works for publisher Donald M. Grant - Tigers of the Sea (1973) and Hawks of Outremer (1979).

Tierney was nominated for the Science Fiction Poetry Association's Grandmaster Award for 2010.

Works in the WWEnd Database

 Call of Cthulhu

 3. (1997)

 Red Sonja

 1. (1981)
 2. (1982)
 3. (1982)
 4. (1982)
 5. (1983)
 6. (1983)


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