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Posted 13 April 2012 - 12:04 AM

I read it about 30 years ago when I got the brief 1970s revival of WEIRD TALES. Moskowitz reprinted it. The story is a pastiche of Paul L. Anderson's caveman stories that had been in ARGOSY in the early 20s. Howard's take is faster and to the point. WEIRD TALES had a run of cave man stories in the middle 1920s. Farnsworth Wright said he rejected a fair number of stories with cavemen and dinosaurs together. Guess he would have rejected A. Conan Doyle's THE LOST WORLD had it been submitted to WT.

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 01:35 AM

I read it about 30 years ago when I got the brief 1970s revival of WEIRD TALES. Moskowitz reprinted it. The story is a pastiche of Paul L. Anderson's caveman stories that had been in ARGOSY in the early 20s. Howard's take is faster and to the point. WEIRD TALES had a run of cave man stories in the middle 1920s. Farnsworth Wright said he rejected a fair number of stories with cavemen and dinosaurs together. Guess he would have rejected A. Conan Doyle's THE LOST WORLD had it been submitted to WT.

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True but i find a lot oif the Cave men with dinosaur style stories to be really awesome.


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Posted 17 April 2012 - 05:58 PM

The Lancer Wolfshead - I remember that one. Some of Howard's greatest stories that did not feature Conan, Solomon Kane, and other of his more well-known heroes.
Especially remember Horror from the Mound, Howard's take on vampires- and how some critics complained because he did not follow "accepted" vampire lore. For that matter, he did the same with Wolfshead and werewolves.

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 10:03 PM

I read it about 30 years ago when I got the brief 1970s revival of WEIRD TALES. Moskowitz reprinted it. The story is a pastiche of Paul L. Anderson's caveman stories that had been in ARGOSY in the early 20s. Howard's take is faster and to the point. WEIRD TALES had a run of cave man stories in the middle 1920s. Farnsworth Wright said he rejected a fair number of stories with cavemen and dinosaurs together. Guess he would have rejected A. Conan Doyle's THE LOST WORLD had it been submitted to WT.

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For those who haven't read Paul Anderson's cave man stories that inspired Spear & Fang, here is "The Cave that Swims on Water." Just scroll down to Anderson.

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Posted 24 January 2014 - 11:34 AM

 

Seemed like the right thing to do with REH's birthday this week.


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Posted 25 January 2014 - 01:38 PM

 

Seemed like the right thing to do with REH's birthday this week.

 

 

Cool on you, JA.  B)  

 

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Posted 25 January 2014 - 08:08 PM

 

 

Seemed like the right thing to do with REH's birthday this week.

 

 

Cool on you, JA.   B)

 

The yarn is worth looking at. A lot to discern about REH and his influences therein.

 

 

 

This got me hooked on REH. While the first REH story I listened to was "Cairn on the Headland", thanks to David Dredge's (sp) awesome Dial P For Pulp Podcast, Spear & Fang is the first story I actually read.

 

Looking at this from a historical perspective, I'm surprised Weird Tales accepted it due to it being historical fiction more or less. There isn't anything really weird about it, save the time period I guess. Perhaps they were impressed enough with Howard's writing to accept it, even though it wasn't a typical weird tale. Just looking at this from a pulp perspective Spear & Fang would have been more at home in an action or possibly even a jungle pulp.

 

I'm glad it ended up in Weird Tales though. This and a story called "Tiger Cat" are the only two Weird Tales I've read that do not contain supernatural elements.

 

I guess they were weird enough without them.


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Posted 25 January 2014 - 09:43 PM

WEIRD TALES had all sorts of fiction that was not necessarily fantastic or supernatural. There is a three part Murray Leinster serial about people from Daghestan in the Caucasus Mountains moving to upstate New York. A favorite little story of mine is an animal story about a brown bat. It reminded me of F. St. Mars animal stories that ran in ARGOSY and ADVENTURE.

 There were other caveman stories in WEIRD TALES. Lovecraft's friend Clifford Eddy had two cavemen stories that predated "Spear and Fang."

 

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Posted 25 January 2014 - 11:32 PM

WEIRD TALES had all sorts of fiction that was not necessarily fantastic or supernatural. There is a three part Murray Leinster serial about people from Daghestan in the Caucasus Mountains moving to upstate New York. A favorite little story of mine is an animal story about a brown bat. It reminded me of F. St. Mars animal stories that ran in ARGOSY and ADVENTURE.

 There were other caveman stories in WEIRD TALES. Lovecraft's friend Clifford Eddy had two cavemen stories that predated "Spear and Fang."

 

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Cool, thanks I'll have to check those out. Especially the one about the bat. I like stories with animal protagonists.


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