So, I was over at Steve's last night explaining that I needed some books for "research."
"I need some Conan, Elric, John Carter and Kain stuff. You know, know, those old stories."
"What kind of research are you doing?" Steve inquired with not a little hint of sarcasm.
"Oh you know, the writing kind."
He allowed me to take a few books. So I sat down with the first book of Elric and started reading. What a good book. I had forgotten that the Elric series is such a great tale. I sat up half the night reading. Good gaming fodder.
Elric, Conan and Kain did more to inform my gaming than any other piece of fiction.