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Hi, Matt. I'm not gonna take the time to unearth the original link, but fellow CRK Phorum alum blubeagle copied this article about Cross Plains, TX's close call where REH's home was NEARLY (but not) damaged by fire.

Iiiiiiiii'm guessing she also appreciates REH. (By the way, I've been having an eye-widening experience reading Lord of Samarcand and Other Adventure Tales of the Orient -- especially dark and intense, even for him. I didn't bring it with me on the trip because I wanted lighter reading -- I'm reading the Star Trek III novelization at the moment -- but Howard's waiting for me when I get home. And I still remember your suggestion of The Black Stranger and other American Tales by the same publisher. Is that the right title?)

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chris_walsh
Jun. 24th, 2006 11:28 am (UTC)
Thanks for postin' it. I'm slowly working through Howard's work; man, that guy wrote like a fiend, so I won't run out anytime soon. I haven't even touched the Conan, Bran Mak Morn and American stuff, though I have read the recent comprehensive Soloman Kane collection and had a blast with his Sailor Steve Costigan stories. And when the Kull stories finally get back in print, which they aren't for some unknown-to-me idiotic reason, there'll be another burst of Howard words for me to read!
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happyspector
Jun. 24th, 2006 08:25 pm (UTC)
Conan is certainly Howard's most vividly realized and complex protagonist (due greatly to the advantage of having the most prolific and varied stories through which to grow), though I wouldn't say the Conan stories solidly make up his best work... I'd say almost all the longer Conan stories and a few of the shorter ones are among Howard's best stuff. For a comprehensive "Best of the Best," you'd have to pull a little Conan here, a little Kull and Solomon Kane there, then "Worms of the Earth" from Bran Mak Morne, then some wild-card stories like "Pigeons from Hell" and "Valley of the Worm," etc.
happyspector
Jun. 24th, 2006 09:13 pm (UTC)
Yep, that's the one!

I haven't gotten to LoS yet... Some fresh Howard in that dark, intense sword-slinging mode would probably be good for me to absorb, now with a third Deschemb book underway.

Cait has actually never said whether she's read Howard, though Dancy is DEFINITELY a character in the spirit of the Solomon Kane tales.
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