Oct. 22nd, 2007


Oct. 22nd, 2007 11:54 am
This morning I watched The Whole Wide World. It's a movie about the relationship between a woman named Novalyne Price & Robert E. Howard the creator of Conan and reputed to be one of the most prolific pulp writers of all time.

I watched the Conan movies, but I never had been terribly interested in reading the books, so I really had no idea who this guy was. In fact the reason I picked out the movie (yay netflix) was because I've become a bit of a Vincent D'Onofrio fan and he plays Howard in the film.

After seeing it, and especially after finding out it was true, I want to know more. It was inspiring. Even though it was sad. This man could have been a titan if he was born in a different time &/or place. He really lived through his work.

I can relate.

My parents always thought I lived in a fantasy world. I didn't think so, but now I think maybe I do, just not as much as they thought I did. I suppose it's always been there, so it didn't seem strange or out of place. Now I don't care what people think of it. If I do live in a fantasy, it's because the real world is so crappy sometimes. I don't cut myself off so completely, but I do tend to forget about some of the day to day grind items, and sometimes I don't feel like talking to other people. I know what it's like to be awkward and not understand why exactly. To see the world through a different view than most people and not have anyone who really gets it, who will feel the same.

So I recalled an actual pulp magazine that was being published when I was in high school. I think my stepdad subscribed to it, but I read it too. I wondered if it was still being published and it is. Then I wondered: if this somewhat lesser known magazine was still in print, was the grandaddy of them all still being published?

Yup. Weird Tales is going to celebrate 85 years of publication next year.

I was so overjoyed at finding they were still in print. I don't know exactly why but I feel it's so important that it is. It's like a root, stretching back into the past, showing us the path that was traveled to bring us to now, and it's still alive, growing into the future.

Bob Howard - Thanks for my b-day present. I will try to look into my own creations with the same kind of depth and fearlessness that you did yours. And maybe I can make a semi-decent something out of myself in the process.



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