351: Weird Tales and Paltry Paychecks

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S.T. Joshi

S.T. Joshi

KMO welcoms S.T. Joshi, the author of the definitive biography of H.P. Lovecraft, to the C-Realm Podcast. Chances are you’ve heard of some of the products of H.P. Lovecraft’s imagination, like dread Cthulhu who lies dead but dreaming beneath the waves, or that tome of forbidden knowledge the Necronomicon. Robert E. Howard is best remembered as the creator of the character Conan the barbarian. The third master of the weird tale is Clark Ashton Smith. Smith, who was both self-taught and erudite, wrote poetry, painted, carved sculpture, and, seemingly in a time of desperate financial need, wrote fantasy stories for the same publications which featured the weird tales of H.P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard. The racist attitudes that were prevalent in the early decades of the 20th Century took different forms in the fiction of Lovecraft and Howard. In place of the usual musical interlude, KMO reads an excerpt from Black Canaan, a story by Robert E. Howard in which a voodoo priest leads a black uprising against the white residents of a region of Louisiana¬†swampland called Canaan.

Atmospheric music by Gallery Six.