Re: RARA-AVIS: Hard-boiled politics (Was: Short administrative
Tue, 14 Jul 1998 08:19:30 -0400 <<Good to see you hear. Howard's mysteries were, as you mentioned, not
labors of love for him. They were mostly of the 'weird menace' type,
written specifically for the pulps that featured this type of story.
Plenty of action and fast-paced, but the characters didn't ring true.

I was thinking more along the lines of Cormac Mac Art, Conan, or
Cormac Fitzgeoffrey. These guys are pretty hard-boiled characters.>>

Most of Howard's characters have some bit of hard-boiled about them. Bran
Mac Morn is one. Solomon Kane is another, a dour hard-boiled Puritan
obsessed with hunting down supernatural evils. It's been awhile since I
last read Howard's "Gordon of the Desert" stories -- the character is based
loosely on a Lawrence of Arabia figure, but also has elements of Talbot
Mundy's JimGrim novels -- but I think you'd find some hard-boiled elements
there, as well.

I'm not familiar with Cormac Fitzgeoffrey. Who's he? -- Duane

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