Derpy Derp…lulz….wait….wut?


Hey look at that; Robert E Howard gave his Black Pirates of Barsoom wings.

“But they spoke of strange unhuman beings or survivals. They told me of the Yagas, a terrible race of winged black men. dwelling far to the south, within sight of the Girdle, in the grim city of Yugga, on the rock Yuthla, by the river Yogh, in the land of Yagg, where living man had never set foot. The Yagas, the Guras said, were not true men, but devils in a human form”

Hmm that looks like a Lovecraft thing. Howard put a Cthulhu heavy in his Barsoom Pastiche! I know I will look up some Lovecraft lingo to drop in an ever so clever gab post.

“The thing that had emerged from the dome was bigger then an elephant, and in shape something like a giantic slug, except that it had a fringe of tentacles all about its body. And from these writhing tentacles crackled sparks and flashes of blue flame.”

Howard’s Yagas are Lovecraft’s Nightgaunts. Lulz.

Nightgaunts have a vaguely human shape, but are thin, black, and faceless. Their skin is slick and rubbery. They sport a pair of inward-facing horns on their heads, a long barbed tail, and prehensile paws which are used to “tickle” their victims into submission. They can fly using a set of membranous wings. They make no sound.”



“The Statement of Randolph Carter”

“Randolph Carter”



“I remember how I shuddered at his facial expression on the night before the awful happening, when he talked so incessantly of his theory, why certain corpses never decay, but rest firm and fat in their tombs for a thousand years.”



The story begins by describing how the modern world has been stripped of imagination and belief in magic. The protagonist is an unnamed man who lives in a dull and ugly city. Every night for many years the man gazes from his window upon the stars, until he comes over time to observe secret vistas unsuspected by normal humanity. One night the gulf between his world and the stars is bridged, and his mind ascends from his body out unto the boundless cosmos.”




“While the influence of the fantasies of Lord Dunsany on Lovecraft’s Dream Cycle is often mentioned, Robert M. Price argues that a more direct model for The Dream-Quest is provided by the six Mars (“Barsoom”) novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs that had been published by 1927.”



Note: Both “Almuric” and “The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath” were published after their respective authors were dead….

Howard and Lovecraft were Barsoom fan-fic penpals.

5 thoughts on “Derpy Derp…lulz….wait….wut?”

  1. Makes sense to me.

    I believe that many of the writers of the 20s and 30s were thinking “Adventure” where we tend to think “Horror”, “SF” or “Fantasy”.

    Adventure could be anything to them, and ERB really was a huge influence on generations of writers.

    Now, where did I put my copy of Almuric?


    1. “Now, where did I put my copy of Almuric?”

      Oh man.
      That book.

      I think I took two months reading it cuz I did not want it to end.

      I even read a couple of Tubb novels while reading it.

      I don’t know if it is any good by itself. It is certainly one of the most fun novels I have read.

      But yeah the timing of me reading it and where I am in my head right now and while I was reading it…
      After reading a pile of Conan stories and a couple of Barsoom books…
      yeah If by that yard stick it makes it one of the greatest novels I have ever read.

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  2. Robert E Howard was big into Alt-History. I can’t recall the correct term, but I mean he believed, studied and wrote from the perspective of Terrance McKenna and Graham Hancock would speak of history today with the lost civilizations of man before the Ice Age, etc. That’s the angle I see him writing from in your WHAT?!? and WHAT THE F?!?! sections. It’s that same perspective that H.P. Lovecraft intersects Robert E Howard and Clark Ashton Smith with his writings. I need to dig up all the proper terms and do a proper write up on my blog, cause I think that would be an interesting read…where I actually explain it accurately and source it as opposed to the vagueness I’ve offered you.

    But I’m happy to have discovered your space here.

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    1. “Robert E Howard was big into Alt-History.”

      Yeah! I hear ya. From Howard’s “The Hyborian Age” essay which was published after his death demonstrates this big time. It is my understanding that while he lived he passed that essay around in letters to fellow writers Lovecraft I know is one of them and I would not be surprised if Clark Ashton Smith was another.

      One thing about my reading through the Pulps and Jeffros Appendix N is the seemingly unending references to Atlantis. Edgar Rice Burroughs does it with Opar Leigh Breckett does it the Jewel of Bas A Merrit sort of does it in his Moon Pool novel though that lost civilization is in the Pacific and if that is included then Lovecraft who used that same thing in Call of the Cthulhu did as well Tolkien does it in the Silmarillion though he gives it a different name oh yeah and Robert E Howard does it. Conan being an descendant of Atlantis and Kull of course was a Pict barbarian who conquered Atlantis and ruled it as its King.


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