I can so relate. When I became a Howard fan, I was like a bottomless pit when it came to reading his stories and poems. I read everything and whatever I could get my hands on starting with the Del Reys. Then I learned how to use eBay and became a member so I could buy up whatever I didn't have. This was after the big shock when I found out the bookstores such as Barnes and Noble didn't carry any of his poetry books. Now I sort of envy people who haven't read most of his stories. I often re-read favorites but that initial impact was so awesome.
During this time I didn't read any critical essays or articles about REH. I'm a purist about his words and also wanted to view his writings without any preconceived ideas or prejudice. I'm getting caught up on those now.
I think whatever works for you is the way to go. The books you just ordered look like lots of enjoyment for you. That's for sure. Have fun!
Its a both a blessing and a curse that he was so prolific and he is so easy buy books in print these days. Being REH fans post 2000 means there is alot of options. I have a plan to read these books because the danger is i will only read the S&S,horror,serious westerns,historicals which i have read alot of because they are my fav genres. I need to read humorous boxning,humor westerns to see what Howard is like.
I want to read the Mark Finn biography but not to interested in critical writing,letter books etc at the moment. I have read many essays that came with Del Rey books which is a bonus. Im focusing on Howard himself right now.
Then there is also Foundations books like poetry collections,other books that are not in print and available in bookstores.
Its wonderful times to be a fan when you can buy 4 brand new collections for 130 dollars. No need for old second hands that cost alot online.
Edited by Libaax, 13 September 2012 - 03:49 PM.