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Richard L. Tierney (born August 7, 1936) 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.
Life and work
Tierney was born in Spencer, Iowa. His family moved to Mason City in the summer of 1942 where he went through the public school system until completing high school. Tierney read two of H.P. Lovecraft's stories (The Rats in the Walls and The Dunwich Horror) in the anthology Great Tales of Horror and the Supernatural edited by Wise and Frazer (1949) at the age of eleven, but was not especially impressed by them since there were no conventional ghosts in the stories. A few years later, aged 15, he read Lovecraft's The Shadow Out of Time in Donald A. Wollheim's Viking Portable Novels of Science and was hooked. At around the same age (15 or 16), he was inspired to write poetry by August Derleth's fantasy verse anthology Poems of Fantasy and the Macabre which he read several times in the Mason City Public Library. While he had been a devotee of the poems of Edgar Allan Poe before that, he was especially inspired by the H.P. Lovecraft poems in the anthology (particularly the Fungi from Yuggoth and also the poems by Donald Wandrei, Robert E. Howard, Frank Belknap Long and others).
Tierney's first novel, The Winds of Zarr, which combined Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, time travel and ancient astronauts, and is set in Egypt during the New Kingdom, was penned in 1959 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.August Derleth published some of Tierney's weird sonnets in The Arkham Collector and Tierney also began to submit to fantasy/horror markets such as Nyctalops. This ultimately led to the publication of his Collected Poems (Arkham House, 1981), a volume which critic S.T. Joshi has said "established Tierney as one of the leading weird poets of his generation." Joshi has commented that some of the poems feature the misanthropic bitterness of Ambrose Bierce.
Tierney made his mark in Lovecraft studies by authoring the essay "The Derleth Mythos", first published in 1972 in Meade and Penny Frierson's HPL (Birmingham, Al: The Editors, 1972, 1975) and reprinted in 1976 in Darrell Schweitzer's Essays Lovecraftian (Baltimore, MD: TK Graphics). The essay famously separates the ideas of Lovecraft from the later elaborations by August Derleth. Essentially, Tierney argues (correctly) that Lovecraft's cosmic outlook in his fiction was not intended to convey a "good vs evil" approach. Thus Derleth's version of the Cthulhu Mythos, which promotes the "good vs evil" concept, is untrue to Lovecraft's fictional philosophies.
Tierney has completed fragments left by Robert E. Howard and for Ace Books, with his frequent collaborator David C. Smith, co-authored a series of seven novels based on Howard's characters Red Sonja and Bran Mak Morn. In the late seventies Tierney edited two volumes of Howard's works for publisher Donald M. Grant -- Hawks of Outremer and Tigers of the Sea. In Tigers of the Sea the title story and The Temple of Abomination are posthumous collaborations of Tierney with Howard. In Hawks of Outremer, the story The Slave Princess is the sole posthumous collaboration by Tierney with Howard.
Tierney lived in the San Francisco Bay area in the late 1960s and early 1970s and was good friends with the pulp writer E. Hoffman Price with whom he corresponded extensively. Later in the 1970s he lived for nearly nine years in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis and St Paul), which brought him in frequent contact with horror/fantasy writers such as Carl Jacobi and Donald Wandrei.In 1972, he had moved to Minneapolis to take up writing as a vocation. He and a friend collaborated on a series of “Red Sonia” novels, a female super-heroine warring against the Turks in 17th century Eastern Europe. They were paid $1,000 per book to set the Red Sonia heroine in the era of Conan the Barbarian, 15,000 years ago.
In the late 1970s Tierney was contacted by editor Philip Rahman (publisher of the Fedogan and Bremer line) who had read Tierney's tale "From Beyond the Stars" in Kirby McCauley's anthology NIGHT CHILLS (1975), which takes place in NE Iowa. The two became friends and eventually he published Tierney's novel THE HOUSE OF THE TOAD. His brother, Glenn Rahman urged Tierney to collaborate with him on THE GARDENS OF LUCULLUS.
In 1981, he returned to Mason City to take care of his mother, Margaret, now deceased. The same year Arkham House published his volume of weird verse, Collected Poems. Tienrey has continued to publish weird verse, with the volume Savage Menace and Other Poems of Horror (2010) collecting all his verse susequent to Collected Poems. He has also collaborated on verse with Leigh Blackmore.
Tierney has written widely on a variety of esoteric topics, such as the legends concerning Mount Shasta and Amne Machin. Well versed in Meso-American archaeology, during his time working for the Forest Service he spent four winters in Mexico, Central and South America visiting ancient Amerind ruins, (1962—66) photographing many of the most remote mountain and jungle sites - a background he uses in his Cthulhu Mythos novel The House of the Toad (1993).
A long-running series of stories featuring Simon of Gitta, a character based on the Gnostic heresiarch Simon Magus is collected in The Scroll of Thoth. The Biblical figure of Simon Magus is a great figure in the Western occult tradition. A meticulous researcher, Tierney studied the Roman era and Gnosticism for this series featuring the magician-warrior. Simon of Gitta also features in Tierney's novels The Gardens of Lucullus (with Glenn Rahman) and The Drums of Chaos. Simon is a Samaritan ex-gladiator whose sorceress abilities allow him to survive encounters with an array of evil priests, emperors and hideous creatures. His quest for his true love Helen drives Simon and plays an instrumental part in the tales. Some of the stories pay tribute to H.P. Lovecraft, while a story such as "The Blade of the Slayer" is a tribute to Karl Edward Wagner's tales of the swordsman Kane.
The Drums of Chaos (2008) is the author's magnum opus: an epic alternate history dark fantasy Cthulhu Mythos novel that features Tierney's most famous characters, Simon of Gitta and John Taggart. Set in the Holy Land during the time of the ministry of Jesus of Nazareth, Simon of Gitta is on mission to avenge the deaths of his parents, seeking revenge in blood against the Roman officials who committed the murders. As he travels the Holy Lands with his mentor Dositheus, and their student Menander, they become entangled in a complex plot designed to call down a monstrous alien entity to herald a new aeon on Earth. John Taggart, the time traveler from Tierney's The Winds of Zarr becomes involved with Simon of Gitta, as their separate quests converge toward a common goal of saving the very Earth.
Tierney is a member of the Unitarians. He finds writing a chore but is sometimes inspired by listening to classical music or film scores.
Tierney was nominated for the Science Fiction Poetry Association's Grandmaster Award for 2010. 
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