I've wondered if the book of Cabell's that Novalyne Price Ellis mentions was Jurgen or another of his books. REH had a copy of Cabell’s The Cream of the Jest; A Comedy of Evasions (1917) in his library at the time of his death.
Hard to say for sure but Deuce considers it quite likely that REH had read Jurgen.
On the old message board a few of us were discussing Cabell's potential influence on REH. Deuce mentioned back then that the Hyborian Age's Poitain was almost certainly a nod to Cabell's Poictesme. That's one of a number of potential Cabellian influences on REH that Deuce has never elaborated on in full.
"...I want to know where I came from and why and what relation I hold to the rest of the universe."
- Robert E. Howard to Tevis Clyde Smith, week of 20 Feb 1928, CL1.170
Robert Price will be following up THE MIGHTY WARRIORS with THE MIGHTY ADVENTURERS. With the unfortunate death of Ulthar Press publisher Sam Gafford , Bob has arranged a new publisher. Pulp Hero Press will be publishing THE MIGHTY ADVENTURERS.
Of all the heroes of the legendary land of Atlantis, none were greater than Kardios, warrior and bard! In his travels he encounters creatures from the stars, self-proclaimed gods, nefarious wizards, and untrustworthy lascivious queens. For years fans of sword-and-sorcery fiction have demanded a collection containing all of Manly Wade Wellman’s tales of Kardios. Their demands had not been met—until now! In addition, this book contains all of Frederick Arnold Kummer, Jr.’s Lemurian adventure stories (also never collected before) and a hard-to-find Leigh Brackett story set in Mu. Join the heroes of Atlantis and Lemuria on their fantastic adventures!
Stories included: ”Straggler From Atlantis” by Manly Wade Wellman ”The Dweller in the Temple” by Manly Wade Wellman ”The Guest of Dzinganji” by Manly Wade Wellman ”The Seeker in the Fortress” by Manly Wade Wellman ”The Edge of the World” by Manly Wade Wellman ”Adventure in Lemuria” by Frederick Arnold Kummer, Jr. ”Intrigue in Lemuria” by Frederick Arnold Kummer, Jr. ”Volcano Slaves of Mu” by Frederick Arnold Kummer, Jr.
”Lord of the Earthquake” by Leigh Brackett
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Talbot Mundy's Tros of Samothrace novels are borderline S&S. The presence of the supernatural is real, just offstage. The Purple Pirate is the final Tros novel and the best of the bunch. It's absolutely packed with action and treachery. Check out this review:
Mundy's casting of Julius Caesar as the arch-villain was an inspiration, and Tros is an excellent hero. His henchman Conops (drawn recently by Zarono) is a fine scoundrelly sidekick to the clever but sometimes over-honourable Tros. Mundy was a Celtophile who tried to whitewash the Gauls and Britons of human sacrifice in the style of The Wicker Man, calling that a slander of Caesar's, and REH endorsed that in one of his Cormac mac Art yarns (The Temple of Abomination) having Cormac declare it "a lie spread by Caesar and believed by fools!"
Without much doubt (or any, in my view) it was no slander. Human sacrifice is just too common in savage and barbarian societies for it to tenable that the Celts were a noble exception. It's my impression that kings and chiefs rather than Druids carried out the sacrifices, and the Druids' main field was magic, law, divination, prophecy by the stars, and theology -- for which read superstition.
Caesar's pretended disgust at the Celts' sacrifices was plainly hypocrisy, though. As Tros says, "Caesar … has slain his hecatombs. To gain power - ha! - he sometimes pretends to be magnanimous. To keep it - "
It's fact, not fiction, that Caesar staged funeral games in honour of his father in 65 BCE. Three hundred and twenty pairs of gladiators fought in silver armour. If a rising star wanted the Roman mob to support him, extravagance like that was required, and one had to gouge and grift for the money. It was a case of leave your scruples at the door or lose. Caesar had no time for losers or amateurs and was one harsh, ice-cold SOB. As Tros observed, he would sometimes pretend to be magnanimous, but that too was calculated. When Mundy, through his creation, calls Caesar " … a self-worshipper, a brainy rascal, the meanest cynic and boldest thief alive," I find little to dispute in the description.