From: Mark Hall (
Date: 26 Jul 2003

> I've read most of Howard. I wouldn't call his books hard boiled, but a lot
> might qualify as noir.
> Mark

The essay that argues that REH was a hard-boiled writer is George Knight's "Robert E. Howard: Hard-Boiled Fantasist," in Herron's THE DARK BARBARIAN. In a nutshell, he sees the violence in the Conan stories being similar to that of Hammett's; the realism and violence in REH's boxing stories akin to that in Jim Tully's and Hammett's works.

On the Gollancz/Millennium (FANTASY MASTERWORKS) editions, "Queen of the Black Coast," is in THE CONAN CHRONICLES, VOL. 1: PEOPLE OF THE BLACK CIRCLE.

Best, MEH

 Mark Hall Niigata Prefectural Museum of History


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