Protecting Project Pulp No 5: Robert E. Howard

Main Fiction: “Gods of the North” by Robert E. Howard, first published in Fantasy Fan, March 1934.

Narrator: Scott Couchman.

Across the red drifts and mail-clad forms, two figures glared at each other. In that utter desolation only they moved. The frosty sky was over them, the white illimitable plain around them, the dead men at their feet. Slowly through the corpses they came, as ghosts might come to a tryst through the shambles of a dead world. In the brooding silence they stood face to face.

6 thoughts on “Protecting Project Pulp No 5: Robert E. Howard”

  1. This was odd. I have read a few Conans — unfortunately don’t recall which ones and by which authors — and have been gripped by those. This … not so much. The problem might have been that I was listening while driving my daily commute, so was perhaps not able to immerse myself in the atmospherics. Am not deleting the file quite yet, might give it another listen with more attention.

  2. By Crom… this is pulp. I read it a long time ago, but, it always keep its appeal. It’s the energy of an atom bomb in a short fiction. Robert E. Howard was a nature born poet, there’s no question about it.

  3. Poetry! I think you are right there. When I was able to give the text more of my attention, it sung in my head. Was worth a second listen, certainly.

  4. aloha Pulp Tribe!
    Conan! By Grom, Conan! Now THIS is the REAL SHITE! What an amazing golden age that such wonders as Conan and Cthulhu were birth upon the world! And how blessed by the Northern horned gods are we that the “internet” can bring these legends back to us afresh! Can it get better? … I have a feeling we are just getting started! We live in a technological golden age.
    A LO HA!

  5. Again… thanks so much for the Howard story. Yes, Robert’s western and american folklore tales are wonderful, and often have a weird Lovecraftian flavor. (He might have written the first Mexican Vampire Western short story!) This tale, the “Gods of the North”, always makes me recall that AMAZING Frank Frazetta painting that was the cover to “Conan of Cimmeria”. Great stuff! Pulp at it’s best, and I really enjoy a little literary history along with a good story. Keep it up!

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