Kalki, Studies in James Branch Cabell (1965-1993) began as a mimeographed fanzine in June 1965 created by The Fellowship of the Silver Stallion, a club “whose purpose would be to promote the reading and appreciation of the works of James Branch Cabell.” (Kalki vol. 1, no. 4, February 1, 1967, p. 5). James N. Hall was the founder and editor. Kalki was distributed to all members of the Fellowship, and made available to non-members for 75 cents per issue.
The magazine’s title was taken from Cabell’s writing. According to editors James Hall and Paul Spencer, in Hindu mythology Kalki is the name of the tenth incarnation of Vishnu, which is yet to come. In 1967-1968 The Fellowship of the Silver Stallion was renamed The James Branch Cabell Society (as distinguished from “The Cabell Society” that published The Cabellian). A total of 37 issues of Kalki were published between 1965 and 1993, with no issues published in 1972 or 1979. Learn more about the publication here.
Print copies of Kalki are available in Special Collections and Archives at James Branch Cabell Library. For additional information about Cabell, see VCU Libraries' James Branch Cabell: Literary Life and Legacy.
VCU Libraries digitized this collection in 2023. Katie Condon supervised student employees, digitization, and quality control. Student employees Naomy Cardoso, Susan Grube, and Cynthia Blaise assisted with digitization. Metadata Librarian Mary Anne Dyer created the metadata for this digital collection. Digital Outreach and Special Projects Librarian Alice Campbell provided historical research for this project, including information on this landing page.