Tuesday, October 07, 2008

R.E. Howard's Horror Fiction

How could I help but to become a dabbler in the work of Robert E. Howard after reading so many 'Howard posts' by my friend Charles. I've read just a few Kane stories from a Wordsworth Edition I found at Half Price books and a few others from a collection titled "People of the Dark". As an aside, those of you who live in states without Half Price books are missing out.

Interestingly I'm finding I seem particularly fond of Howard's horror fiction. I picked up another Wordsworth Edition just published this year which contains 21 Howard stories, most of them suspense and horror related. I already have a few of these in another volume, but oh well, what can you do?

I got a dark chuckle the other night at the conclusion of "The Fearsome Touch of Death". It's the shortest of the stories and just perfect for reading right before bed. You'll either chuckle at the end and go to sleep with a smile on your lips as I did, or... you may have trouble dismissing the 'empty' darkness around you and finding your night's rest.

Sweet dreams...


Blogger Charles R. Rutledge said...

Glad you're enjoying Howard's writing, man. I really do think his horror fiction is underrated. I'd be interested in what you think of Pigeons From Hell when you get around to that one.

October 08, 2008 5:17 PM  
Blogger Lanny said...

Will do!

October 08, 2008 8:18 PM  

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