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Re: Robert E. Howard story question

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You should go, Mr. Veech, if circumstances permit. I traveled to Swan Point in the early 70's and immediately walked to Lovecraft's grave without a map! Great memories are made from such journeys.

"Pigeons From Hell" is a 20th century Classic of horror fiction. And Howard wrote a lot more...a lot of fine tales.
I'll read "Pigeons From Hell" next. I just finished "The Black Stone," which was fantastic.

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Re: Robert E. Howard story question

A fine if less horrific version of Howard's tale. Man, I loved Thriller...they did so much Arkham House material.

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Re: Robert E. Howard story question

I really liked "Pigeons From Hell," but the title is extremely misleading. It should've been called "The Blassenville Manor." Aside from that, it's a classic Southern Gothic tale.

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Re: Robert E. Howard story question

The laughable title has probably put many people off reading it.

'I believe in what the Germans term Ehrfurcht: reverence for things one cannot understand.'
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Re: Robert E. Howard story question

Chrissy Hynde liked the title well enough lol. She used it in "Back on the Chain Gang." Personally, I like it very much.
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Re: Robert E. Howard story question

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Chrissy Hynde liked the title well enough lol. She used it in "Back on the Chain Gang." Personally, I like it very much.
I wonder if Howard himself was not responsible for the title. After all, it was published after his death, not to mention the fact that a lot of his work has been modified since the 1960s, I believe.

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The title was Howard's. He heard of the old legend from a black maid or cook at the Howard home (I forget which) and it fascinated him.

I always loved the title.
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Re: Robert E. Howard story question

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The title was Howard's. He heard of the old legend from a black maid or cook at the Howard home (I forget which) and it fascinated him.

I always loved the title.
The story actually made me think of our family farm, which was located 20 minutes from the Howard residence. I'd heard about Howard from my grandfather, but I had no ambitions to become a writer at that time, so I didn't appreciate the happenstance. All controversy aside, the South has a rich and interesting history. It would be a shame not to write about it in the future. Other books, after all, can only take one so far.

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Re: Robert E. Howard story question

"The Black Stone" is featured on this week's Pseudopod episode.

Looks like it's read by one of the folks from the HPLHS.

PseudoPod 569: The Black Stone - Pseudopod
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