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  1. Weird Yuletide Tales, Past and Present
    By Deuce Richardson. Posted on 23-Dec-09. Filed in Fantasy Films, Motifs in REH's Work, OTHER AUTHORS. Comments Off on Weird Yuletide Tales, Past and Present
    Yukon versus the Bumble Those who hunger for Yultide fables with a different spin can find such here in the archives of The Cimmerian.
  2. Remembering Poul Anderson
    By Deuce Richardson. Posted on 25-Nov-09. Filed in Anderson, Poul, Motifs in REH's Work. Comments Off on Remembering Poul Anderson
      Poul Anderson would be eighty-three years old today. That means I’ve been reading his fiction for about thirty years now. The realization of that would be even more twinge-inducing if I didn’t constantly remind myself that I was a mere thirteen years old when I started. My love for Poul’s writing began when I bought a […]
  3. Ghor, Kin-Slayer: A Look Back
    By Deuce Richardson. Posted on 13-May-09. Filed in Literary Reputation of REH, OTHER AUTHORS, Pre-Cataclysmic & Hyborian Ages of REH, Saunders, Charles R., Wagner, Karl Edward. Comments Off on Ghor, Kin-Slayer: A Look Back
    Sometime in the late 1970s, the Rev. Jonathan Bacon (a one-time member of REHupa) came up with a fairly cool idea. Bacon was the editor of Fantasy Crossroads, a Howard-centric fanzine. Through Glenn Lord, Bacon had acquired the Robert E. Howard fragment, “Genseric’s Fifth-Born Son” (the title derives from Lord, as far as I can […]
  4. Anima Crackers
    By Steve Trout. Posted on 24-Mar-09. Filed in Motifs in REH's Work. Comments Off on Anima Crackers
    From the very beginning of his career, up to the very end, Robert E. Howard wrote stories that involved a man and a woman and a third force that had to be overcome before they could be together. The man, strong and often dark, was Howard’s projection of his self to some extent, and the […]
  5. An Early, Albeit Pagan, Christmas in the Old North
    By Steve Tompkins. Posted on 15-Dec-08. Filed in Anderson, Poul, Legendarium of JRRT, Motifs in REH's Work. Comments Off on An Early, Albeit Pagan, Christmas in the Old North
    During the weapon’s dark nativity the clangor of coerced swordsmith-toil masked the muttering of murder-curses: Sigrlami was the name of a king who ruled over Gardaríki; his daughter was Eyfura, most beautiful of all women. This king had obtained from dwarfs the sword called Tyrfing, the keenest of all blades; every time it was drawn […]
  6. An Irish Bard at King Hrothgar’s Court
    By Steve Tompkins. Posted on 11-Nov-07. Filed in OTHER AUTHORS. Comments Off on An Irish Bard at King Hrothgar’s Court
    Nothing in Robert Zemeckis’ Marty McFly-and-Roger Rabbit-ridden career kindles much optimism on the part of the heroic fantasy enthusiast that the November 16 release Beowulf will be aught but a Polar Express to embarrassment. In as startling a makeover as has occurred since Stanley Kubrick chose to present Stephen King’s woman in Room 217 to […]
  7. Snakes On A Comparatively Mundane Plane
    By Steve Tompkins. Posted on 10-Sep-07. Filed in Motifs in REH's Work. Comments Off on Snakes On A Comparatively Mundane Plane
    Having enjoyed [redacted]’s recent “Thoth-Amon, Lord Voldemort. Voldemort, Thoth-Amon” post, I’d like to follow up on Mark’s references to ophidians as “an eternal symbol of menace, ” and “a symbol of ultimate evil.” They aren’t invariably the ultimate evil in Howard’s work, and therein lies a tale, or two tales, “The Scarlet Citadel” and “The […]
  8. More Star Roving
    By Leo Grin. Posted on 28-Apr-07. Filed in de Camp, L. Sprague, London, Jack, Motifs in REH's Work, OTHER AUTHORS. Comments Off on More Star Roving
    Guest Blogger Fred Blosser adds his two cents to Steve’s recent post on The Star Rover. FRED: I appreciate Steve’s tip of the hat in his posting today. The other guy who should be mentioned in regard to connecting the dots between The Star Rover and Howard was de Camp. I believe he was the […]
  9. London Calling: The Ragnar Lodbrog Chapter of The Star-Rover
    By Steve Tompkins. Posted on 27-Apr-07. Filed in London, Jack, Motifs in REH's Work. Comments Off on London Calling: The Ragnar Lodbrog Chapter of The Star-Rover
    [redacted] and I seem to have at least a desultory Jack London thread going, so I’d like to crack open The Star Rover for this post. The novel has long had a reputation among Howardists as James Allison’s home away from home, and Fred Blosser planted a Howard studies banner in London’s text a decade […]
  10. Who would survive must learn a savage tongue….
    By Leo Grin. Posted on 22-Aug-06. Filed in HISTORY, History and REH, Motifs in REH's Work, Poetry of REH. Comments Off on Who would survive must learn a savage tongue….
    The poetry of Robert E. Howard has long been known for its martial splendor and potent battle imagery, but what is most striking to me is how successfully he managed to get into the heads of soldiers and warriors, and how completely he was able to immerse himself (and hence the reader) into the real-life […]