Post by charleshelm on Jan 31, 2019 21:34:25 GMT -5
For those interested in what life was like when Howard was writing, or in Texas in the 20s-30s, I recommend A.C. Greene's book about the Santa Claus bank robbery in Cisco, Texas, in 1927 - The Santa Clause Bank Robbery. It shows up in the index of Howard's letters a few times so I know he was aware of it. It also shows the violence and lawlessness that were features of his life. People he knew, good and bad, inspired the characters he created, and their vitality is drawn in part from people like these outlaws who faced....well read it and see. I read it at the urging of a friend who loaned his copy to me, then later bought a signed one for my collection.
If this is the wrong place for this thread please move it to General. It does show how little value was placed on life then, and it takes place near where he lived. I need to look up the references in his letters when they (hopefully) reissue the Collected Letters.
Post by linefacedscrivener on Aug 25, 2019 17:48:53 GMT -5
This is a fascinating story that Howard wrote about in a letter to Lovecraft and A.C. Greene's book is excellent (though now out of print from UNT Press). I wrote about the bank robbery in a piece for REHupa, which perhaps I should post here. Meanwhile, this morning, while looking around for a post on Kid Dula, I spotted an article about Manuel "Lone Wolf" Gonzullas on the old REH Two Gun Raconteur website using the Wayback Machine. It is by Damon Sasser and was excellent (better than mine).