News that Elric is soon to be filmed has produced a flurry of excitement amongst his fans and I must say it's time we saw the old albino brought to the big screen. He has all the right elements to be a huge hit -- the epic qualities of Lord of the Rings combined with a personality which makes him a role model for every teenage boy and a heart-throb for every romantic female. And this particular book, which contains only the very first Elric stories, written between 1961 and 1963, when Moorcock himself was scarcely out of short pants, is the one to read if you want the pure essence of the doom-haunted, self-questioning, soul-feeding weakling who gets his strength from
those he kills and yet somehow remains attractive and likeable.
These are all the marks of a top class Byronic hero and my guess is that Elric is going to run and run, especially now that the movie is in the offing. I can't wait. Meanwhile, this is the volume to get first. If you like it, there are the two omnibuses also available, plus his mature and excellent The Dreamthief's Daughter and The Skrayling Tree which develop the series in ways that are both relevant to the original stories and remain exciting, original fantasies in their own right.