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  1. This is so cool... It's kinda drivin' me nuts!
  2. Been away for a while. Still plan on ordering up an El Borak giclee as soon as finances allow. Just got a gig as a regular blogger at The Cimmerian (www.thecimmerian.com). I'll be on regularly on Fridays. My first post (March 5) was on pan-Turanian movements c. 1918, based on Son of the White Wolf. My focus will be on REH Westerns and Oriental adventure.
  3. Been following the development of this project for years. Glad to hear that it's still simmering.
  4. Tim: I'll be in touch about giclee prints from El Borak. It'll be after the end of the month; have to wait till the eagle screams. Some thoughts on the book: 1. The artwork more closely matches the text than in any previous Del Rey with the exception of Gianni's work in SK and the Bloody Crown of Conan. This matters. Being forced to burn a good image because Kirby O'Donnell is shown with a pistol when he has none in the story may be frustrating to the artist, but it keeps faith with the integrity of REH and with the the reader. 2. You know the period and it shows. The images feel authentic and real. 3. The Daughter of Erlik Khan may have the most breakneck pacing of any Howard story. Serious drive. 4. One thing that is consistently overlooked by superficial readers of Howard's characters is that they really suffer. Yes, their savage vitality sees them through where other men would fall, but they are not superhuman. El Borak in particular takes a hell of a beating in these stories, reeling with exhaustion, getting his head near stove in. This lends his characters — admittedly superior specimens that they are a greater "realism." And there are historical antecedents among similar types of men: Hugh Glass surviving a mauling by a grizzly and crawling for a hundred miles to seek revenge. The frontiersman Simon Kenton surviving a tomahawk blow to the head and being tied naked and backwards on a horse and turned loose to bash through the Ohio Valley forest... the list goes on. I think the secret of REH's ongoing appeal (besides sheer storytelling prowess) is that even if one cannot match Conan's physique or El Borak's preternatural swiftness, we can all aspire to that never-say-die grit that is much more fundamental to the characters than their pure physical prowess. 5. I find it interesting — and a bit amusing — the lengths Howard goes to to relieve Gordon of his firearms so that he is forced to go blade-to-blade with his foes. Part of me wants to see him pull an Indiana Jones and bring a gun to a sword fight. I am not one to consider REH the greatest writer who ever lived. He's not, by a long shot. Others are his match as storytellers. But Howard is the man who inspired me to write and thus set my feet on the path that I have followed for the past 20 years. Lovecraft knew his secret: that Howard is in every one of his stories. There is no substitute for passion and Howard's leaps off the page. Art that matches that and lives up to it is remarkable, so you oughta be proud of yourself. P.S. The folks at the conan.com forum seem to really like the work as well. Long post, but you asked for it...
  5. VERY interested in the giclee. What's the procedure? Order through your web site?
  6. I have the book and all I can say is WOW. Both you and the Keegans outdid yourselves on this. Thank you. It is a treasure.
  7. I really hope you do publish a portfolio of this work — and "a hundred more of these fuckers." I'm getting the book of course, but you have a buyer for the portfolio here as well.
  8. Netflix may be your answer. Got it, watched it, enjoyed it, returned it. No fuss, no muss.
  9. That's me to a T. The early 20th century is my favorite historical epoch. For one thing, it shaped the world we live in today. So much for the "serious" reason. The truth is, it's just got the coolest iconography imaginable. You've got T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt (obviously wonderfully visual); the Mexican Revolution with all those bandoliers, sombreros and machine guns; the African safari when it was tough and gritty; the Boer War and Breaker Morant; the freak show of the Russian Revolution and Civil War; the wierd dieselpunk vibe of the Great War. You've got the pinnacle of Western Civilization interacting with cultures of the Stone Age. And the Lee-Enfield and the Mauser, the greatest battle rifles ever. (Well, the M-1 Garand is actually superior, but I LOVE those bolt-action war-dogs). I have a passion for those bad old days. Having these stories collected together and illustrated by an artist whose skill and passion matches Howard's own is a dream come true for me. It's my consolation prize for being here in 2010 instead of 1910... there's a Revolution brewing South of the Border, and the Balkans are simmering...
  10. Is it just me or does Yasmeena bear a resemblance to Tera Patrick?
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