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Blood, Thunder, & WTM

Erstwhile Neatorama author WTM went on a road trip, a pilgrimage you might call it, to the home of fantasy author Robert E. Howard. If you don't recognize the name, you will recognize his creations.

In a nutshell, Robert E. Howard was one of the greatest, if not the greatest, of the ‘pulp’ magazine writers/authors of the 1920’s and 1930’s. ‘Pulp’ magazines were so-called because they were printed on cheap pulp paper, paper that was not intended to last for any length of time. That, plus wartime paper drives of the 1940’s, are the main reasons why original Weird Tales and other of the famous pulp magazines such as Doc Savage Magazine are today so rare and valuable.

Robert created far more characters, and more diverse characters, in multiple genres, than any of the other pulp writers, and his most famous character creation is Conan the Cimmerian, or, for the pop culturists among us, Conan the Barbarian.

Take a trip, not only to a different place, but a different time to see where Howard came up with his fantasy worlds at Miss Cellania.

(Image credit: ©WTM)


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Took me a while to digest all of this. Appreciate the effort and like WTM's previous work on Thriller, this one will get bookmarked for future reference. I can also say that my Conan comic collection is pretty extensive and continues to grow. If it wasn't for Marvel, De Camp, and Roy Thomas, I might never have heard of Howard. Red Nails has been adapted quite a few times in the comic world. I will now have to fine the time to read the original and then compare. Thanks.
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I know he is a friend of yours, but don't you think he may have included a lot of extraneous material which diluted what he had to say? Instead of cutting it into smaller pieces, perhaps he should have edited it down. I get that the house/museum does not remain as Mr Howard and his mother lived in it. Here is a table like the one he had, but it is not the real one; here is a typewriter like he used, but it is not the real one. And did we really need to wonder if REH sat on that particular toilet in the remodeled bathroom?
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