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Siege of Tarr-Hostigos*
by John F. Carr

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This picture was taken from John F. Carr's website Hostigos, illustrated by Alan Gutierrez.

Siege of Tarr-Hostigos is the third sequel to Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen written by John F. Carr

About the Book: 

In this, the fourth volume of the Kalvan Saga, former Pennsylvania State Trooper, King Kalvan and Great Queen Rylla face the full weight of Styphon’s House’s military and political might as the corrupt theocracy marshals the Grand Host to destroy the new kingdom of Hos-Hostigos.  

Kalvan has awakened the sleeping tiger of Styphon’s House and Siege of Tarr-Hostigos brings the full-fledged religious war to Hos-Hostigos and the Five Kingdoms that Kalvan has always feared. This is a campaign that, win or lose, will cost Kalvan some of his good friends, part of his family and possibly the Kingship of Hos-Hostigos.

The Grand Host of Styphon’s House has invaded Hos-Hostigos, not just to drive Kalvan out of Hostigos, but to put all his subjects under the inquisition of Holy Investigator Roxthar, the Torquemada of Aryan-Transpacific, Styphon’s House Subsector. Will the Paratime Police and Chief, Verkan Vall come to the aid of their friends on Kalvan’s Timeline with First Level troops and supplies? Or will Kalvan have to fight this one by himself?

Join Prince Ptosphes and Captain-General Harmakros as they make a final stand at Tarr-Hostigos in the face of the greatest army ever assembled on Aryan-Transpacific, Styphon’s House Subsector.  This small band of heroes and their small force are all that stand between their Great King and rolling thunder of the Gunpowder Theocracy! (From

* Part of the Friedsam Library Collection

Archival Holdings:

Siege of Tarr-Hostigos [hardcover-book]

468 pages


Physical Description:  

This is a First edition copy of the novel, which was limited to 1,000 copies.  Pequod Press published this novel in 2003.  The artist for the dust jacket artwork is Alan Gutierrez.  No visible damage or markings to the pages or dust jacket.  This novel was added to the Carr Collection by the Friedsam Memorial Library.


Siege of Tarr-Hostigos and Kalvan Kingmaker [dust jackets]

2 dust jackets


 Physical Description:  

These two book covers are in oversized folders housed separately from the Carr Collection boxes.  Siege of Tarr-Hostigos and Kalvan Kingmaker are both authored by John F. Carr.  The cover artist for these two dust jackets is Alan Gutierrez.  The actual books are currently in circulation at the Friedsam Memorial Library at St. Bonaventure University.  These dust jackets were added to the Carr Collection by the Friedsam Memorial Library.  The call #’s for these two books at the Friedsam Library are: 

            -Kalvan Kingmaker: Call # PS3553.A7632 K35 2000

            -Siege of Tarr-Hostigos: Call #: PS3553.A7632 S43 2003


Siege of Tarr-Hostigos 2nd Edition Corrected [typescript]

88 leaves


Physical Description:

A partial printed copy of Carr’s Siege of Tarr-Hostigos. In a note dated 1/29/2012, Carr writes, “Partial printout of revised Siege of Tarr-Hostigos for the 2nd edition…”


Siege of Tarr-Hostigos: 1st Edition Reference Copy [monograph]

468 pages


Physical Description:

A hardcover, 1st edition copy of Carr’s Siege of Tarr-Hostigos. In a signed note dated 1/30/2012, Carr writes, “This copy of Siege of Tarr-Hostigos was my reference copy. All noted errors & typos were included as well as those noted by readers.” The volume’s text bears editing marks in black ink. Many of the edited pages are marked with blue or green flags. Several documents were found stored in the volume, folded in half. These documents included correspondence between Carr and his editing team, as well as a printed checklist of corrections to be made to the text.

Note: The book is shelved with other novels in the Carr Collection. The documents found in the book are filed in Carr-18-01.


Siege of Tarr-Hostigos: Sample Typesetting and Dust Jacket Text [typescript]


Physical Description:

A sample set of pages illustrating the typesetting for Siege of Tarr-Hostigos. Included is a copy of the text to be used in the dust jacket of the novel, with corrections.


Siege of Tarr-Hostigos: Corrections [typescript]


Physical Description:

Three lists of corrections to be made on Siege of Tarr-Hostigos. One list is noted as being from Jim Landau. Each list bears check marks written in ink next to each item.


Landau “Siege” [typescript]


Physical Description:

A letter written to John Carr by Jim Landau, discussing concerns and corrections to Siege of Tarr-Hostigos. The letter was stored in a file folder labeled “Landau ‘Siege’”.


Siege at Tarr-Hostigos [typescript]


Physical Description:

A collection of documents related to Siege at Tarr-Hostigos, by John F. Carr and Roland Green. The file contains a partial manuscript of the novel, in addition of a set of typed comments by Jim Landau.


Siege at Tarr-Hostigos [typescript]


Physical Description:

A partial photocopy of a manuscript of Siege at Tarr-Hostigos, by John F. Carr and Roland Green. The manuscript bears multiple editing marks.


Siege of Tarr-Hostigos: There Will be War: Armageddon [typescript]

275 leaves


Physical Description:

This document is dated between 1985 and 1988, it is the second half of the original "Gunpowder God" that was to be the sequel to Great Kings War. This became the basis for the "Siege at Tarr-Hostigos" in There Will be War: Armageddon. This was later rewritten and expanded to become, the Siege of Tarr-Hostigos.


Siege at Tarr-Hostigos: There Will Be War Armageddon Novella [typescript]

88 leaves


Physical Description:

The final draft of "Siege at Tarr-Hostigos" novella for There Will be War: Armageddon. This novella by Roland Green and John Carr is dated circa 1988.


Siege at Tarr-Hostigos: There Will be War Armageddon Published Version [Photocopy]


Physical Description:

Photocopy of a "Siege at Tarr-Hostigos". This is the version that appeared in There Will Be War: Armageddon


Siege of Tarr-Hostigos: Corrected [typescript]


Physical Description:

This undated document contains a random assortment of pages from the Siege of Tarr-Hostigos. Corrections have been made in both red and blue ink.


Siege of Tarr-Hostigos: Corley and Del Lemond Edits [typescript]

3 Leaves


Physical Description:

This folder contains emails between John Carr, copy editor Christian Corley and Del Lemond. Emails include suggested changes to elements of the story.


Siege of Tarr-Hostigos Artwork [typescript]


Physical Description:

This folder contains emails between John Carr, Elisa Mitchell, Cyndi Monticrief, and Merald Clarke. These emails contain information on pricing for maps to be put in Siege of Tarr-Hostigos. Also contained are discussions of other artwork to appear in the novel.


Siege of Tarr-Hostigos: Early Corley Copyedit [typescript]


Physical Description:

Early copyedited version of part of the Siege of Tarr-Hostigos copyedited by Christian J Corley. All of Corley's corrections appear in red.


Siege of Tarr-Hostigos: Early Drafts and Outtakes [typescript]


Physical Description:

This folder contains early drafts and outtakes of a Siege of Tarr-Hostigos dated between 2002 and 2003. Corrections have been made in red and blue by unknown editors.


Siege of Tarr-Hostigos: David Johnson 2002 Edits [typescript]


Physical Description:

The final working copy of the Siege of Tarr-Hostigos that was sent to David Johnson for comments and corrections. All notations are made by him with an approximate date of 2002.


Siege of Tarr-Hostigos: "Fall" [typescript]


Physical Description:

Entitled, "Fall" this is a draft of the Siege of Tarr-Hostigos with edits made by an unknown person. Some pages are missing in this draft edition.


Siege of Tarr-Hostigos [typescript]


Physical Description:

Another edited version of the Siege of Tarr-Hostigos with both pages missing and the editorship unknown. This starts on page 395 and ends on page 539.


Siege of Tarr-Hostigos [typescript]


Physical Description:

Edited version of the Siege of Tarr-Hostigos beginning on page 261 and ending on 611. Pages are missing and various red editorial marks are shown with an unknown editor.


Siege of Tarr-Hostigos: Victoria and John Carr Copyedits [typescript]

Approx 483 leaves


Physical Description:

This is a copyedited version of the Siege of Tarr-Hostigos edited by John and Victoria Carr. Red corrections have been made while black checks mean that they have been fixed in the next draft.


Siege of Tarr-Hostigos: Dramatis Personae and Third Galley Corrections [typescript]


Physical Description:

Dramatis Personae for the Siege of Tarr-Hostigos and the final corrections on the third galley.


Siege of Tarr-Hostigos: Late Draft [typescript]


Physical Description:

This is a late draft the Siege of Tarr-Hostigos edited by Victoria Carr. All marks are done by her.


Siege of Tarr-Hostigos: Final Copy [typescript]


Physical Description:

This is the final copy of a Siege of Tarr-Hostigos with some pages missing. Also included is the printing contract for the novel.


Siege of Tarr-Hostigos: Unknown Editor [typescript]

126 leaves


Physical Description:

An edited version of the Siege of Tarr-Hostigos with an unknown editor. This version starts on page 160 and ends on page 286.


Siege of Tarr-Hostigos: Unedited [typescript]


Physical Description:

An unedited version of the Siege of Tarr-Hostigos starting on page 287 and ending a on page labeled 611.


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