FROM Robert E. Howard
TO H. P. Lovecraft
June 1931


Howard's trip to Fort Worth, Waco, and Marlin Texas; thanks for the material from Lovecraft's trip down through Charleston, SC to Florida (with notes on the architecture); on his eyes; on Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness and hope Lovecraft will publish a book; Howard's conception of the eastern states and their population (with reference to immigration and Rome); on American architecture; on John A. Murrell; on rejections from Argosy; thanks again for the tip regarding Talman, The Texaco Star, and "The Ghost of Camp Colorado"; on Street & Smith and boxing stories; on Frank Belknap Long's "The Horror from the Hills" and Editor magazine; on Boskops and continental drift; on race-memory (touching on "The Blood of Belshazzar" for Oriental Stories); on history, particularly Biblical history and Howard's idea of an "Aryan phase," and his aversion to all things Roman and identification with barbarians (and of Lovecraft's possible Roman ancestry); on Howard's kinship with Scandinavians, and the first story he wrote about a viking; on "Children of the Night" and Lovecraft's comments about the aborigines of Britain; on the three foremost weird writers (Edgar Allan Poe, Arthur Machen, and H. P. Lovecraft); Howard receives Lovecraft's letter from Saint Augustine, FL (with mention of Frank Belknap Long and Bernard Austin Dwyer), and thanks for the cuttings; the address of Hary Bates, editor of Clayton Publications; on farming in Texas; the "Trade's Day" tradition, seguing into Prohibition and fruit extracts, flowing in to an anecdote, and from there to bootlegging, and another anecdote involving Jamaica Ginger; on the Gulf of Mexico; on Henry S. Whitehead; on the enthusiasm in the Eyrie for "The Whisperer in Darkness"; on the rumor that Howard is a professor at the University of Southern California (and how he almost might have been a Californian); more on Texas agriculture (leading into gloomy forecasts of Wall Street and Bolsheviks ruining the market); Howard's belief that Anglo-Americans deteriorate in cities (with talk of giants), moving on to oil field workers, and from there to anecdotes of knife-fighting, and from there to shotguns; warm weather affecting his writing, and thanks again for all the material Lovecraft had sent. Postscript includes the poem "The Grim Land."

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