The famed CLJII discusses the childhood events that led to his fascination with comic books and old movie serials and inspired his character, The Emperor, a 1960s adventurer and crusader for good. Smart, swift, capable of amazing feats, all but indestructible, well-dressed, able to charm beautiful women with a single smile, he leads the fight for law and justice against all odds. A FuturesPast Editions/Deerstalker Editons podcast interview. Buy the Emperor books at Amazon for Kindle.
In this second installment of this historic phone interview, Byrne provides behind-the-scenes insights into incidents involving Richard S. Shaver that are described in his book, Saved by an Angel & Other Strange, True and Untold Tales from the Life of a Maverick Science Fiction Writer. Byrne recounts a meeting with Shaver and the famous dero "Max" in the 1940s, at the height of the Shaver Mystery in Amazing Stories and Fantastic Adventures, and subsequent talks with Ray Palmer that seemed to offer substantiation of some of Shaver's claims. For further insights into Byrne, read The Music of the Spheres, the only complete collection of his short stories and novlettes, most unavailable for over fifty years. Both books just $3.99 in Kindle.