Category Archives: Marginalia

You’re So Vain or How to Become a World Renown Author in Five Easy Steps

First, collect 16 Public Domain stories by some of the world’s most famous fantasy and horror authors, including Robert E. Howard and H. P. Lovecraft. Second, mix in some of your own inferior fanboy fiction that Mommy helped you write. Third, stir in insipid introductions, sprinkle on a ridiculous title (one from of your own stories, […]

The Ship From Atlantis

I have lately been rereading some favorite past novels. One that I have been meaning to return to for years was H. Warner Munn’s King of the World’s Edge. Munn was one of those solid second stringers for Weird Tales magazine. He had a total of eleven stories in WT including one 3 part serial and […]

The Issue at Hand

There is no accounting for taste but I am still surprised by reviews and critical essays. I recently bought The Issue at Hand and More Issues at Hand by James Blish. Both of these books are collections of reviews-critical essays written under the pseudonym “William Atheling, Jr.” One essay called “Negative Judgement: Swashbungling, Series and […]

Robot Chicken asks: “Conan, what is best in life?”

Great to be back amongst the Rehupan Brethern. Virtually anyway. Here’s a video that’s somehow missed posting so far, I put it on my webspace at work cause its a bit weighty: Cheers, BreckenRich Jervis ps: this is a test, feel free to ignore

Adventures in Library Book Sales

Last Sunday started the annual Great American Book Sale by the Erie County Library. I have been going the past 15 years always on the first day. For some reason, it is always the first really hot day of the summer and this was no exception with 90 degree weather. To make it worse, the […]

The Winds of Zarr

The Winds of Zarr by Richard L. Tierney is a novel that combines H. P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, time travel, and the Bible all in one. It is one of those kitchen sink novels that succeds beyond any others I have read. Far better than Brian Lumley novels such as Spawn of the Winds […]

Meet Cap’n Kidd

In The Cross Plains Review for May 5, 1922, I ran across the following article about a “Spanish Jack” (a donkey) that exhibited some personality characteristics similar to those Howard would later ascribe to Breck Elkins’ horse, Cap’n Kidd. The story apparently originally appeared in the Baird Star. MAD JACK DRAGS OWNER FROM HORSE (Baird […]

Gibbets I have known

Leo Grin, over at The Cimmerian, has been running a regular feature which I heartily applaud, the “REH Word of the Week,” featuring a word that may be unfamiliar to many modern readers. (Those of us who have spent the better part of our lives enrapt in the sort of 19th and early 20th century […]

A Reprint of Interest

There is a reprint of a book that may be of interest to fans of Robert E. Howard. Last year, Dover Publications brought out an inexpensive edition of The Prose Edda: Tales from Norse Mythology by Snorri Sturluson. What makes this book of interest is the translator: Arthur Gilchrist Brodeur, PhD. Who the hell is […]

“In the quiet churchyard by the sea”

I’ve recently been interested in the “internal chronology” of the Solomon Kane stories, and one of the repeated assumptions I keep bumping up against is the notion that the poem “Solomon Kane’s Homecoming” should be dated to 1610, based on the fact that Elizabeth I, “Good Queen Bess,” died in 1603. There are a couple […]