FROM Robert E. Howard
TO H. P. Lovecraft
December 1930


Praise for "Supernatural in Literature" in The Recluse, and looking forward to "The Picture in the House" in The National Amateur; on "Red Thunder" and modern poetry; on San Antonio and the Buckhorn Saloon; foreign immigrants in southern Texas; on bull-fighting, seguing into discussion of prize-fighting and cockfighting; more thoughts on immigration (with parallels to the fall of Rome to barbarians); on Assyrians, Turanians, Carthaginians, Jews, and other racial matters (with a brief mention of Jewish boxers); on Oriental Stories (with mention of E. Hoffmann Price, Adelbert Kline, Owens and "The Voice of El-Lil") and the dispute delaying Strange Stories; on writing convincingly about the East (and how the Arabian Nights was one of Howard's first books); on a civilization on the east coast of Africa; racialist speculations on various black peoples; the Irish legend of the bleeding rock; Howard not having read Gorman, and the fictional possibilities of the witch-cult; reality, the senses, and the Celtic nature, where Howard recalls a dream he had as a child; Howard glad Lovecraft liked "Reuben's Brethren" and the South; on Lovecraft's comments on genealogy; on Albert Martin of Rhode Island, a defender of the Alamo; a line on Stonehenge; on class consciousness and standardization in America, particularly with regards to oil, agriculture, cattle in Texas with regards to Wall Street and New York (and a brief fantasy of a divided America with a Southwest empire stretching down to Panama, with mention of the Republic of Texas), seguing into a discussion of economics (between fascism and communism), and civilization falling back into barbarism; on Texas (and Howard's fury at the idea of dividing it into several states), going on at length about its geography and peoples (with an extended aside on cattle-ranching, stories of outlaw cowpunchers, range tramps), seguing at last to range songs with several examples given, then to Howard's ancestor Squire James Henry and his migration to Texas via Arkansas (with an aside on "sheep saffron," the lumber industry, and Squire Henry's treatment of his slaves); the tale of Kelly the "conjer man"; fighting men of Arkansas; on moonshine and economics; on oil booms; on how Howard would like to write a chronicle of the Southwest - and his ancestors that had a hand in making it, leading into talk of his grandfather Colonel George Ervin (and the legend of the whippoorwills); having received The National Amateur, praises Lovecraft's story "The Picture in the House" and article "Idealism and Materialism: A Reflection", going on into a discussion of civilization, materialism, Howard's disbelief in the superman, and freedom and resignation, leading into an anecdote of a boxing match Howard got the worst of; thanks on the tip regarding Wilfred B. Talman, and on Lovecraft's early environs shaping him. Postscript on receiving a letter from Talman, glad Lovecraft liked "Kings of the Night," and Howard looking forward to Lovecraft's "Whisperer in Darkness."

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