Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Reading: Part de ONE
Sometimes I actually get to read things! Actually I read a lot and much more than I post of here, but these are some of my favorites right now, and all that I can do in chapters or sections, strung out over weeks. Part de Two, later...
The Conan Grimoire (The Mirage Press) is top notch, with an introduction by Lin Carter, letters from REH to Clark Ashton Smith, and various articles from AMRA, including one by John Boardman (of Diplomacy fame). Edited by DeCamp and George Scithers, so far so good. The book is a combination of many articles with great range, that is why I dug it out after so many years being stored away. It has observations on Howard's style, an essay on Eddison, and so many others. Worth more than a glimpse. One of the essays actually gave me an idea for an REH-type adventure (Kullish), so Andy Taylor, so very busy working on some projects for me, will get another illustration list for this... HB. 262 printed pages. 1972. OOP.
Book of the Dead - Friends of Yesteryear: Fictioneers & Others (Arkham House). Personal memories of the pulp fiction authors and editors (primarily those who wrote/worked for Weird Tales) by the famous fictioneer and pulp story historian, E. Hoffman Price. Price met and knew all of the "Big Three" (Howard, Smith and Lovecraft) and just about everyone else from that era (Kuttner, Williamson, Bloch, Derleth, etc). Each author gets a chapter devoted to them wherein EHP (yep that's right, he was the Evil High Priest, no, he was Buddhist, actually) delivers detailed and moving remembrances of his fellow fictioneers. Extensive bibliography and index. A treat, especially his noting CAS as being the best writer of the aforementioned trio (nice to know that Lovecraft and myself heartily agreed with him...). HB. 424 printed pages. 2001. Introduction by Jack Williamson. Edited by Peter Ruber. $34.95.