Erik Mona

Erik Mona is the publisher and chief creative officer of Paizo Inc., creators of the Pathfinder RPG. He is a past editor-in-chief of Dragon, Dungeon, and Polyhedron magazines, and co-launched the Living Greyhawk and Pathfinder Society organized play campaigns. He also writes comics, including the upcoming Pathfinder Worldscape for Dynamite. Mona has won more than a dozen major game industry awards and his writing has been published by Paizo, Wizards of the Coast, Green Ronin Publishing, and The MIT Press. He lives in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, Washington.

He lives in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, Washington.



  1. Great blog!

    I love reading the old stories as well, and I even collected my share of old sword & sorcery (and sci-fi) paperbacks back in the day. I read most of them, but there was lots of really bad reading experiences hidden between the good, and now most of the books are hidden in the basement. If you need a particular book, there is a small chance that I have it, so just ask… I love to trade books.

    Will you cover any books from Theodore Stugeon at some point, or is he too sci-fi for your liking? I’m a great Sturgeon fan… lots of mad stories to be read there!

  2. I will probably get to Sturgeon eventually, but right now he is not one of the authors I actively collect. Off the top of my head, that list incluides:

    Leigh Brackett
    John Brunner
    Lin Carter
    Ray Cummings
    L. Sprague de Camp
    Homer Eon Flint
    Gardner F. Fox
    Robert E. Howard
    John Jakes
    Henry Kuttner
    A. Merritt
    Michael Moorcock
    C. L. Moore
    Robert Silverberg

    Beyond that list, I tend to snag the trashiest stuff I can find, barbarian or series sword & sorcery characters I’ve never before heard of, lurid covers in general, some sexy stuff, and random books that make me laugh for one reason or another.

    I tend not to buy much of any modern fantasy or science fiction. I probably will get to it eventually, but as I have not yet read even a single book by writers like Ted Sturgeon, Arthur C. Clarke, C.M. Kornbluth, and others of their ilk, it’ll be a good long while.

    Thanks for your kind offer to trade books. I am not on the hunt for a specific book at the moment, but rather pick them up as they come to me. I’ll keep your offer in mind, though, should a given volume prove very difficult to obtain.

    Thanks for reading the blog!

  3. Recently I came across this site,, which is a very good source of information!

    Like when you have a cover with no name… or when you want to find all the shortstories relating to a certain series.

  4. Oh, I’m very familiar with the isfdb. It’s one of my bookmark bar links, and I’d guess I visit several times a week, if not every single day.

  5. “Paperback Flash, Mona’s Musings on the Pulp Underground ” –you do realize paperbacks aren’t pulp, right? In fact paperbacks helped kill the pulps.

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