Category Archives: L. Sprague de Camp

Southwestern Discomfit: An Analysis of Gary Romeo’s Controversial Article on Robert E. Howard and Racism

by Mark Finn Author’s Note: I am indebted to fellow scholars Jess Nevins, Rob Roehm, and Barbara Barrett for their comments and also in the sharing of their research with me in the rewriting of this paper. MF Introduction REHupa #173 was a watershed mailing, way back in February 2002, for a number of reasons. […]

A New REH Manifesto

Mark Finn, familiar to Howard fans all over the world for his marvelous REH biography, Blood and Thunder: The Life and Art of Robert E. Howard, has a number of words for all the recent internet misinformation regarding Ol’ Two-Gun. If you would like to read the entire Manifesto, just click on the CRITICISM tab […]

Remembering a Fantasy Giant

It is hard to believe that Karl Edward Wagner has been dead for sixteen years. He died alone in his home from complications related to cancer and liver disease on October 13, 1994. Halloween was Karl’s favorite holiday – too bad he did not make it for one last scary night of celebration. Karl was […]

In Defense of Gary Romeo

All right, let’s everyone take a pill. I said I wasn’t going to get into this, but I can’t help myself. The Howard Community at large has recently been thrown into blazing-pistolas-brandishing-Bowie mode by some minor-league blogging by some woman who doesn’t have one freaking clue what she’s writing about: http://fandomania.com/was-conan-really-a-fictional-character/ Maggie Van Ostrand wrote her […]

The Hairless Ones Come

One of my purchases at Windy City Pulp & Paperback Show was a replica of the pulp, Golden Fleece, January 1939. For years I had wanted to read Ralph Milne Farley’s “Eric of Aztalan” (Norsemen on the Great Lakes find far flung Mayan colony in Wisconsin). The story is about a B- grade. I worked […]

L. Sprague de Camp Fiction Manifesto

L. Sprague de Camp wrote an introduction to his story “The Hibited Man” in the anthology My Best Science Fiction Story (edited by Leo Margulies and Oscar J. Friend, Merlin Press, 1949). The introduction to the story is interesting in that it provides a short manifesto on what L. Sprague de Camp thought on fiction. “Although […]

Concerning Consonantal Conformity

I was reading Steve Tompkins’ latest enthusings about JRR Tolkien over at The Cimmerian and went on high alert when I ran across this sentence:  “My own most cherished version of this material is likely to remain Rhinegold, because of Stephan Grundy’s fleshing-out of the fates of Sigmund, Signy, her hateful husband Siggeir, and the […]

The de Camp Controversy: Part 16- Conclusion

L. Sprague de Camp is a polarizing figure today. Gone for eight years, his fiction is fading away rapidly. Recently, Mark Olson of NESFA asked one discussion group if there were any de Camp series worth reprinting. I suggested the Pusad cycle of stories. He asked if they were worth reprinting. My honest answer was […]

Mamajambo’s Blues

Glenn Lord has quite a sense of humor. For the August 1996 mailing of REHupa (#140), he sent in a review of Conan of Aquilonia by Adrian Cole. Adrian Cole is a writer from Solomon Kane country, Devon in Britain. He is one of the better writers of sword and sorcery fiction to come out […]

The de Camp Controversy: Part 15

The 1980s was the decade that L. Sprague de Camp’s de-Howardization of Conan got into full gear.  Ace continued to publish the Lancer Conans to diminishing returns. I had written to Susan Allison, editor of Ace Books urging a collection of Henry Kuttner’s sword and sorcery. She replied that sword and sorcery fiction was not […]