Stuff Made Up by De Camp & Carter
Posted 26 February 2013 - 04:45 AM
Posted 26 February 2013 - 09:31 AM
Actually, I'm happy with deCamp's coining of the name Kambuja. He described a jumped up little kingdom with a jumped up little king, not the mighty empire of Khitai.
Robert E. Howard mentioned that area quite a bit. He called it "Khitai". "Kambuja" was made up (unneccesarily) by LSdC/LC.
Edited by Ironhand, 26 February 2013 - 09:32 AM.
"... you speak of Venarium familiarly. Perhaps you were there?"
"I was," grunted [Conan]. "I was one of the horde that swarmed over the hills. I hadn't yet seen fifteen snows, but already my name was repeated about the council fires." - "Beyond the Black River", by Robert E. Howard
Read my Conan screenplays at The Scrolls of Ironhand (in particular my transcription of THE FROST GIANT'S DAUGHTER in Act II of "The Snow Devil") at
http://www.scrollsof...d.us/index.html or at
Posted 26 February 2013 - 03:16 PM
Look, people, I'd find it so difficult to defend Mr. de Camp and Mr. Carter on ANY of their bastardizations of REH's Conan stories that I wouldn't even try. I admit to liking "The Treasure of Tranicos" and thinking it was quite a neat tie-in with Thoth-Amon and the revolution against Numedides in Aquilonia ... but that was still at least 90 per cent Howard anyway. I believe they made a mistake and should have stuck to what they did best themselves; in Carter's case, editing. We owe him a big debt for the Ballantine Adult Fantasy series. I loved L. Sprague de Camp's work when he was doing his own kind of thing ... his historicals like THE DRAGON OF THE ISHTAR GATE, and his Viagens Interplanetarias stories like, in particular, TOWER OF ZANID. I liked his erudition and his satirical sense of humour. His trilogy THE UNBEHEADED KING and his INCOMPLETE ENCHANTER stories with Fletcher Pratt, again, I'm a complete fan of. I loved his articles on archaeology and ancient history. His dealings with REH and Conan showed him at his worst; I don't question that. I'd say he was just treading on the wrong kind of turf with Conan. Didn't even remotely have a feel for the character.
I chuckled when I read that post. It reminded me of the Lovecraftians attitude towards August Derleth's Mythos works..
Posted 26 February 2013 - 06:57 PM