Hi Keny from Prague,
Greetings from California....
I think Hawkbrother is right about the different facets of REH. I think this quote from Rusty Burke's "A Short Biography of Robert E. Howard" explains it really well:
"After Howard’s death, H.P. Lovecraft said that the secret to the vividness of Howard’s stories was “that he himself is in every one of them.” Less perceptive critics have suggested that Howard’s heroes were all essentially cut from the same cloth, but if this were true, Howard should have had no problem continuing to write stories about Kull, Solomon Kane, Bran Mak Morn and the like. Howard scholar Patrice Louinet has proposed what seems the best explanation for this: that the characters represent new stages of the writer’s own emotional growth. As a person matures, his basic nature or personality does not change dramatically (thus the similarities among the characters), but many of his ideas and his emotional responses to the world do change (and thus the contemplative and sometimes tentative Kull comes to be replaced by the more carefree and decisive Conan, to use one example). Howard sometimes lost touch with his characters, then, because he had psychologically outgrown them, and could therefore no longer write convincingly from their point of view."
Here is the link to read the whole "Short Bio." http://www.rehupa.com/?page_id=162
Of course in 1934, REH, the teller of tall tales, brought forth Breckenridge Elkins. The Short Bio says this about Breck:
"It’s a Steve Costigan yarn transplanted to a Western frontier town with dialogue that crackles with wit and an uncanny ear for local dialects. The story’s ["Mountain Man"] delightful, earthy sense of humor shows another side of Howard, and one with which most readers, who are inclined to think of him as dark and brooding, are sadly unfamiliar."
Of course along with Breck Elkins came Cap'n Kidd, who is one of my favorite REH characters. The only horse worthy of such a "bigger than life" character. The description of Breck's first ride on Cap'n Kidd still keeps me laughing out loud.
Fun question, Keny...
Edited by BarB, 19 August 2012 - 09:03 PM.