"The Conjure Man" first appeared in After the King, edited by Martin H. Greenberg; Tor Books, 1992. Copyright (c) 1992 by Charles de Lint.
"I do not think it had any friends, or mourners, except myself and a pair of owls."
-J.R.R. Tolkien, from the introductory note to Tree and Leaf
"You only see the tree by the light of the lamp. I wonder when you would ever see the lamp by the light of the tree."
-G.K. Chesterton, from The Man Who Was Thursday