Robert E. Howard’s correspondence with H.P. Lovecraft inspired the two-fisted creator of Conan the Barbarian to pit his square-jawed modern heroes against cosmic horrors, colossal beasts, and cannibalistic children of the night, in a short-lived effort to open new markets for his fiction.

In this book, the first in the “Informal Guide to Robert E. Howard” series, Howard scholar Fred Blosser analyzes each of REH’s Cthulhu Mythos stories, unpacking their plots, their themes, and their unexpected linkages to Howard’s other works.

Along with his stories set in the Cthulhu Mythos, REH also wrote tales inspired by Lovecraftian themes, but not part of the Mythos itself. Blosser looks at each of these stories as well.

Though Howard couldn’t match Lovecraft’s dreamy, sinuous prose, nor did he much care for the timid Lovecraftian “hero”, his small canon of Cthulhu fiction expanded the Mythos and gave us men (and sometimes women) not afraid to challenge the cosmic terrors that threatened their sanity and their souls.

Contents

  • ix • Introduction (Ar-I-E’ch and the Spell of Cthulhu: An Informal Guide to Robert E. Howard’s Lovecraftian Fiction) • (2018) • essay by Fred Blosser
  • 111 • About the Author (Ar-I-E’ch and the Spell of Cthulhu: An Informal Guide to Robert E. Howard’s Lovecraftian Fiction) • (2018) • essay by uncredited

Notes

Written by Fred Blosser
Editor: Bob McLain
This is a second, expanded edition of the eBook published by Black Stone Press (Fred Blosser) in 2017.
Kindle utilizes the mobi format.

Cover art : Maria Novillo Saravia
Publisher: Pulp Hero Press
Year : May 2018 (Trade paperback)
May 2018 (eBook)
Book No. : ISBN-13: 9781683901440
ASIN: B07D5MJ3F5 (eBook)
Edition : 1st
Format : Trade paperback (5.5 x 8.5 inches)
eBook (Kindle)
Pages : 124
Cover art : Maria Novillo Saravia
Illustrations : None
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Robert E. Howard’s correspondence with H.P. Lovecraft inspired the two-fisted creator of Conan the Barbarian to pit his square-jawed modern heroes against cosmic horrors, colossal beasts, and cannibalistic children of the night, in a short-lived effort to open new markets for his fiction.

In this book, the first in the “Informal Guide to Robert E. Howard” series, Howard scholar Fred Blosser analyzes each of REH’s Cthulhu Mythos stories, unpacking their plots, their themes, and their unexpected linkages to Howard’s other works.

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