The Jewel in the Skull

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The first novel in the The History of the Runestaff series.

Publishing History (UK)

  • Mass Market Paperback, Mayflower, 160pp., ISBN:0-583-11368-0, Jan 1969, Cover by Bob Haberfield
  • Mass Market Paperback, Mayflower, 160pp., ISBN:0-583-11368-0, 1972, Cover by Bob Haberfield
  • Hardcover, White Lion, 160pp., ISBN:0-85617-474-2, 23 Jul 1973, Cover by James Cawthorn
  • Mass Market Paperback, Granada, 160pp., ISBN:0-583-11368-0, 1981, Cover by Bob Haberfield
  • Mass Market Paperback, Grafton, 160pp., ISBN:0-586-21172-1, 28 Mar 1990, Cover by Richard Clifton-Dey
  • eBook, Gollancz, ISBN: 978-0575109704, 19 Dec 20132013

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Omnibus Publication (UK)

Publication History (US)

  • Mass Market Paperback, Lancer, ISBN:0-447-73688-4, 1967, Cover by Gray Morrow
  • Mass Market Paperback, Lodestone, B-5015, 1967, Cover by Gray Morrow (Unauthorised edition)
  • Mass Market Paperback, Lancer, 1973, Cover by Gray Morrow
  • Mass Market Paperback, DAW, ISBN:0-87997-276-9, 1977, Cover by Richard Clifton-Dey (Revised edition)
  • Mass Market Paperback, DAW, ISBN:0-88677-043-2, 7th printing, Cover by Richard Clifton-Dey (Revised edition)
  • Mass Market Paperback, DAW, ISBN:0-88677-175-7, 9th printing (c. 1985), Cover by Richard Clifton-Dey (Revised edition)
  • Mass Market Paperback, Ace, ISBN:0-441-31847-9, April 1990, Cover by Jill Bauman (Revised edition)
  • Trade Paperback, Tor, 224pp., ISBN: 978-0-7653-2473-3, 5 January 2010, Cover by Vance Kovacs (as 'Hawkmoon: The Jewel in the Skull')

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Omnibus Publication (US)

Outline (Differences to final novel)

According to Moorcock[1], the novel that he finally wrote changed somewhat from the outline he originally presented to Lancer Books. However, it was this outline was used by Lancer as the cover blurb for the first edition, which read:

THE RUNESTAFF
It was a mysterious lost artifact said to
contain all the secrets of destiny. And
on an ancient and strangely alien Earth
it influenced the destines of...
DORIAN HAWKMOON, who sold his
sword to anyone who would pay the
price and despised all who needed
his services-but who found himself
trapped by the evilly sentient black
jewel in his skull
KING HUON, ruler of the sinister,
implacable Dark Empire
BARON MELIADUS, the king's right-
hand man, motivated entirely by
vengeance
COUNT BRASS, Protector of the peo-
ple of Kamarg, the last corner of the
world to hold out against the Dark
Empire's merciless advance
ISEULTE, the count's daughter, as
soft and as strong as silk
and many others, in a stirring new saga
of swords and sorcery by a brilliant
writer, the first of a series destined to
rank with the Conan series and the
Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Mike Says

  • "...it took me three days to write the Hawkmoon books. I used to say that I COULD do the job in two days, but it needed a third day for that extra polish... I used to spend a few days in bed thinking over the story, get up to write it, then go back to bed for another day or so. It was to do with best use of energy."[2]
  • "I have yet to read [the Hawkmoon novels] myself. I know them better from the comic versions! But I know I had sketched out the basic images and written an opening (later used in a subsequent chapter) then set it aside. I doubt if I would have written them had it not been for the fact that I'd burned out on doing comics for Fleetway and wanted fiction which was owned by me rather than owned outright by the publisher. Economically I could earn in three days what those books made me ($1000 a book) from Lancer so I gave myself three days to do them in. This doesn't mean I could make $350 a day, day in and day out, of course, because I would have burned out totally within a month working at that intensity, but it enabled me to finance NW and keep myself and family while I wrote less immediately commercial work. I was fascinated by masks, including social masks, and that, oddly enough, was the initial inspiration. Few people got the jokes then and few do now. They weren't really meant to be anything but an optional extra, as it were! Incidentally, the Corum books wouldn't have been written, either, had not my wife, Hilary, announced she was pregnant! So I got a wonderful son and the world got Corum..."[3]
  • "The Iseulte name and storyline (you'll notice, I suspect, that that's different too) were taken from the outline I gave the publisher. The publisher had to have an outline in order to pay me my advance. I had no intention of following it (cf Borem of Purile as the original for Corum!) but did it for bureaucratic reasons."[4]
  • "The Hawkmoon books were written for money and took three days each to do. But I still tried to make them the best I could do of their kind. In the end it's the public who pay me and I feel I owe readers the best value for their money I can produce, irrespective of genre or level of ambition."[5]

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