Lovecraft and Howard are giants of fantasy literature. Howard’s conan is the prototype for every barbarian in every fantasy story written since 1932. Lovecraft created a pantheon of twisted, madness-inducing deities so memorable that games, books and movies still reference their dark names. There is almost no fantasy or horror author that does not list one or both as influences in their work.
It occurred to me, one dark night to ask this question; what influenced them? I ambled through the web and found a reference to a once notable, but seemingly forgotten English fantasy writer named Lord Dunsany .
With that tidbit of information I tracked down a book of his and ordered it from Amazon . Surprisingly, it is still in print. Did everyone (by that I mean the fantasy/horror fans) know about this guy? How did I miss him? Did I not get the memo?
Anyway, I should get the book in a few days and I will let you know what I think.
The book I ordered is called “In the Land of Time: And Other Fantasy Tales .”
Trask, The Last Tyromancer