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In Topic: So how DO you write a good Conan pastiche?

22 February 2015 - 08:09 PM

 

Make out your will. Conan writers have a way of dying untimely.

 

If you don't mind my asking, how did you go about writing your Conan pastiches, getting the flavor right, etc.?

 

http://www.conan.com...?showtopic=2796Check out 'John Maddox Roberts checking in' to get a whole pile of JMR insight concerning the Conan titles he wrote for Tor!


In Topic: So how DO you write a good Conan pastiche?

22 February 2015 - 02:57 PM

Make out your will. Conan writers have a way of dying untimely.

Hmm...dare I tempt the gods?
Does this apply to other REH characters?
What sort of bargain must I strike with the powers of darkness to avoid an early trip to Vallha?

In Topic: What Are You Listening To Right Now?

20 February 2015 - 11:22 PM

AC/DC; Rock or Bust. The boys are back, and sounding good. A short album, but every song just seems to work, a great return to form for the best hard rock band ever!

In Topic: So how DO you write a good Conan pastiche?

20 February 2015 - 08:04 PM

Paul’s advice is probably the best default position.

It’s sobering to reflect that REH himself wrote the following of Conan:
 

But the time will probably come when I will suddenly find myself unable to write convincingly of him at all. That has happened in the past with nearly all my rather numerous characters; suddenly I find myself out of contact with the conception, as if the man himself had been standing at my shoulder directing my efforts, and had suddenly turned and gone away, leaving me to search for another character.

 

 

If REH can say that of his own character, where does that leave a pasticher?

I’d say regarding pastiche in general - love the author. Love what he wrote. Read as much of it as you can find. Drink it in like wine ‘till it sings in your blood and brain. Read what he loved to read. Read what others who admire the author have written about aspects of the author's life and art..

All else will flow from that as much as it’s ever going to.

Just my 2c.
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Well said VonKalmbach! I may just try my hand at a short pastiche, but I am not sure it will be Conan; Howard created so many great characters! Maybe Bran, or Cormac, or even Esau Cairn...But first, I gotta hammer out the end of my latest Gunnolf adventure, if I can get my lazy butt moving!


In Topic: Robert E. Howard's CONAN - Adventures in an Age Undreamed OF - New

09 February 2015 - 06:05 PM

Well, I'm not a gamer, so the announcement of another RPG board game did not lift my kilt, so to speak. But as I looked closer, I was amazed at the names mentioned- a lot of great talent and expertise attached to this one. I might look a little closer at this one; possible closet gamer here?