Thursday, September 15, 2005
Mystery Words from My Teen Years
My guess is I picked up most of these from the books of Robert E. Howard, best known as the literary creator of Conan the Barbarian. He was a prolific pulp writer of fantasy in the 1920s and 1930s.
I went through a phase of reading almost everything written by everyone who contributed to the so-called Cthulhu Mythos started by H.P. Lovecraft and his circle of friends. Clark Ashton Smith was another author I was reading at the time.
I was not always the dour and serious blogger you see here (mostly). I read books with covers by Frank Frazetta like the one at left. Frazetta's paintings were full of brave, brawny hunks with small brains and women dressed in scraps of leather and metal which defied physics and gravity. Creatures of various types also inhabited the paintings. Note the gator plus tentacles and winged imps in the background.
I'm embarrassed by this history of my frivolous reading and the visual aid I've provided but them's the breaks. I've got a confessional mojo on at the moment.