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Howardo-Lovecraftian?

Howardo-Lovecraftian (adj.)
Resembling Robert E. Howard's Hyborian Age setting and tropes (e.g. barbarians, fantasy Medievalism, evil sorcerers, hack-and-slash) mingled with H. P. Lovecraft's mythopoeic obsessions (e.g. alien gods, psychic disturbances, esoteric lore, rituals, grimoires, grotesquery).

Howardo-Lovecraftian (Bruce Timm)

7 comments:

  1. Love that picture of Red Sonja. Bruce Timm has style.

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  2. So far as I can tell, from reading Howard and Lovecraft, and from their correspondence, Robert E. Howard's Hyborian Age setting included H. P. Lovecraft's mythopoeic obsessions as one of its tropes.

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    1. Absolutely. Though I think Lovecraft's influence on Howard lingered in the background -- at least as far as the Conan and Kull stories are concerned.

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  3. oy oy, no love for Clark Ashton Smith? Hyperboriaaaaaaa

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    1. Don't get it twisted: We have much love for CAS :)

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  4. When I first read Howard, I thought, "This reads like a collaboration between ERB and HPL! From "The Servants of Bit-Yakim":

    It was some shambling horror spawned in the mysterious, nameless jungles of the south, where strange life teemed in the reeking rot without the dominance of man, and drums thundered in temples that had never known the tread of a human foot.

    That passage has stayed with me for years.

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