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thedarkman

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In Topic: What Are You Reading Right Now?

24 June 2015 - 07:46 PM

Well into a re-read of Scott Oden's Men of Bronze. Better the second time around; I am really picking up on all the little "Howardisms" Scott inserted here and there. A truly great blood 'n' thunder historical adventure!

In Topic: H. Rider Haggard: Fantasy Pioneer (and Major REH Influence)

23 June 2015 - 07:13 PM

Been reading Eric Brighteyes, had it on my radar for awhile now. He uses a "King James English" style that works well for what he was trying to do--create a new Norse Saga. Enjoying the book. Haggard was a natural storyteller.

 
That novel is an absolute classic. Glad you're enjoying it! :D   In most ways, it was the first "proto-sword-and-sorcery" novel.
 
As far as the language, it's not really KJV-style (not the original 1611 version) English. It's actually quite close to the English translations of Icelandic sagas done at that time.  The thing to remember is that (despite what some might try to say) people of earlier times not only spoke a different language, they thought differently.  Their experiences were different and they had a different outlook. That is always reflected in language. It's not possible to capture all of that, of course, but "translating" something like that into very idiomatic, hyper-modern English certainly isn't the solution. 
 
BTW, I recently read Eric Brighteyes#2: A Witch's Welcome by Sigfriour Skaldaspillir (Mildred Downey Broxon). I'd had it around forever and decided I should read it or get rid of it.  It's actually a pretty good pastiche. Set before,"between" and slightly after the events of HRH's novel, the style is very similar and the violence, sex and magic is amped up somewhat. I feel it's been unfairly neglected.
 
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Wow! I just found out about the sequel to Eric Brighteyes this morning while doing a little on-line research into the original. I found almost nothing about this book, and now you answer my question before I can even ask it-wild! I will try and find a copy soon...

In Topic: Swords against Cthulhu - S&S meets the Mythos

21 June 2015 - 04:09 AM

Sword and sorcery came into its own when Robert E. Howard incorporated Lovecraftian cosmic horror elements within his action stories. Before that, you had a gothic tale with some swords and action but nothing that was palpably that unique. The cosmic horror is critical in the evolution of the genre.
 
Morgan


What he said...😜

In Topic: Swords against Cthulhu - S&S meets the Mythos

21 June 2015 - 01:09 AM

I like the concept. I always felt S&S was best when it mixed in some dark, elder horror from beyond...

In Topic: Tarzan: ERB's Savage, Iconic Hero

20 June 2015 - 06:30 PM

 
http://www.altuspres...w-tarzan-novel/
Check this out, Tarzan fans! PUMPED!
 

 
 
Cool!  I've always enjoyed Will Murray's fiction.  I have a feeling that this'll be better than either Lansdale's or Farmer's Tarzan novels.

I did like Leiber's Tarzan and the Valley of Gold. A novelizaton of the movie. An adaption of a pastiche, so to speak...