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


Apologies for delay in answering the letter, and thanks for Lovecraft's kind letter to Street & Smith on "College Socks"; on At the Mountains of Madness and "The Strange High House in the Mist," with a question on Weird Tales artists Joseph Doolin and Hugh Rankin; on Bohemians; on Mrs. Crawford, a Texas woman and medium, with anecdotes including a Comanche raid on her ranch-house; on ghosts of Native Americans; stories of Bigfoot Wallace; on the fascination of historical research; on the differences between Saxon and Scandinavian languages; on economics; on extreme weather; on the height and racial make-up of Americans (leading in to Howard's height compared to his ancestors, a brief aside on his grandfather George Ervin who served with Nathan Bedford Forrest, and fancies what his own stunted descendants will lament their lost tallness); on Howard's poetry; on the fascination of meteors, and the earthquake mentioned in "The Call of Cthulhu"; more on the rights of states and individuality; on past ages Howard would prefer to live in, leading by degrees into talk of Romans, then Sicilians, then Germans in Texas during the Civil War and World War I; on Mexicans refusal to speak English, leading into an anecdote; asking for M. R. James' address, sending Lovecraft some issues of Adventure, glad to hear Lovecraft sold "Pickman's Model" to the Not at Night series, and Price and Mashburn still working on their weird tales anthology; on Howard's eyes; another invitation to Texas; on the savagery and strife of folkways and traditions, with lyrics from folksongs to make the point; on Lovecraft's card from Plymouth; on Lovecraft ("The Music of Erich Zann") and Frank Belknap Long ("A Visitor from Egypt") appearing in Creeps By Night; on "The Gods of Bal-Sagoth" (and Lovecraft's influence on the same); Howard in correspondence with Bernard Austin Dwyer. Postscript on Talman's manuscript, and football.

Cited By


Included In

Preceded By 033-0160 Letters of Robert E. Howard and H. P. Lovecraft Followed By 033-0164
Preceded By 033-0160 A Means to Freedom Followed By 033-0164
Preceded By 033-0161 Collected Letters of Robert E. Howard Followed By 033-0163
Unless otherwise stated, the content of this page is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License