This was the story out of which God Stalk grew. My idea at the time was to put Jame in a Fritz Leiber-esque setting and see what happened. For the Gray Mouser, see Jame; for Fahrd, see Marc. For the gods, well, see them for themselves, whatever the hell they are. It was supposed to be a five-finger exercise, to see if I could write a novel. I wrote the first draft at Clarion, the workshop for would-be science fiction and/or fantasy writers, and Kate Wilhelm bought it. That was my first professional sale.
P. C. Hodgell, Blood and Ivory: A Tapestry,
"A Matter of Honor"

"A Matter of Honor" is the third short story involving Jame that P.C. Hodgell wrote, and the first from inside Jame's head. It introduced Tai-tastigon[2] and was the basis for Chapter 9 of God Stalk (which bears the same title).[3]


  1., "A Matter of Honor" Clarion SF; ed. Kate Wilhelm; artist unknown; Berkley 1977
  2. Blood and Ivory: A Tapestry, "A Matter of Honor"
  3. God Stalk, Book II: Crown of Nights, "Chapter 9: A Matter of Honor"
Short stories
"A Matter of Honor"
"Child of Darkness"
"Stranger Blood"
"Hearts of Woven Shadow"
"Lost Knots"
"Among the Dead"
"The Talisman's Trinket"
"Songs of Waste and Wood"

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