22 January 2011

Son of Crom

Today is the birthday of Robert Ervin Howard (1906), creator of Conan, Kull, Bran Mak Morn, and Solomon Kane.

"Hither came Conan, the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand, a thief, a reaver, a slayer, with gigantic melancholies and gigantic mirth, to tread the jeweled thrones of the Earth under his sandalled feet."

(From The Phoenix on the Sword.)

A pity that the upcoming Conan film will not be based on any of Howard's original tales. But at least we now have the original stories in print, thanks to Wandering Star and Ballantine Books. (See: The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian, The Bloody Crown of Conan, and The Conquering Sword of Conan.)

1 comment:

  1. The greatest thing we can hope for in regards to the film is that it's a good Sword-and-Sorcery film, and that it will turn a new generation onto Howard.


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