Spectres In The Dark
Posted 30 May 2010 - 03:59 AM
I found it to be different from the other horror stories in the way that 'the bad stuff' (Haha, no spoilers from me) seemed to be affecting the whole town, rather than several isolated individuals. It's also note worthy, I think, that the main character didn't enter some kind of haunted house, the 'bad stuff' was trespassing was on his own turf, rather than the opposite.
I really enjoyed reading it, and couldn't believe when I turned the page and saw the text end short. It's got me so curious of how it could have gone. Did Howard ever leave any notes behind for this story, or write any letters concerning the plot? Or perhaps anyone have any theory of how it would have went? It didn't seem like the type to be a 'evil sorcerer' behind it all story.
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Pain is weakness leaving the body
Posted 30 May 2010 - 06:43 PM
This story starts off really well, and in the hands of a lesser author like James Herbert, it could easily be the beginning of a doorstopper. Certainly there's enough material for an REH novella or longer short story.
I personally have lots of theories regarding the spectres themselves, and I think it had enormous implications in understanding Howard's Cthulhoid horrors, from the Heart of Ahriman to St Brandon's Cross, Thog, Thaug and the Scarlet Citadel, the Worms of the Earth and more. This story might give as a clue to a very unusual element in Howard's treatment of the eldritch dark: it all hinges on the interplay between light and shadow in a very physical manner.
I'll expand later, for I'm pressed for time, but I'll just say that the recently release Xbox360 game Alan Wake has a lot in common with "Spectres in the Dark."
Robert E. Howard, 1906 - 2006
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Posted 22 August 2011 - 04:06 AM