James Reasoner offers a review of Conan & the Emerald Lotus.
Reasoner is a pulp fiction authority, a former member of REHupa, and the accomplished author of dozens of mystery, western and historical novels.
The guy seems to me to be one of the very few modern authors who would have been at home writing during the golden age of the pulp magazines.
He noticed the pulp roots of my little pastiche, which pretty much made my day.
Wow. Good review (as I expected). Wish it'd been longer, though.
Mr. Reasoner is the real deal. A pulp throwback. He mentions his own El Borak pastiche, "Wolves of the Hills", which I thought was cool. Like many REH fans (whether they know it or not), he's a "Burkean Purist".
In other words, REH pastiches are fine, just keep them in line with Howardian lore and spirit (and don't put them on the same "canonical" level as REH's own yarns). Oh yeah, and they should be well-written.
"Lotus" succeeds on all counts, IMO.
I was surprised by the commentors who didn't know about/hadn't read "Lotus" or who didn't know that Conan had been considered a "hardboiled" character for several decades.
Actually, I shouldn't have been. Despite the easy access to knowledge nowadays, many seem to remain willfully ignorant.
Cool to see the "Lotus Renaissance" rollin'!