A Howard Story Makes it into a Penguin Classics Volume Essay

Howard has finally managed to shoehorn his way into one of the Penguin Classics books by having “Old Garfield’s Heart” appear in the S. T. Joshi edited American Supernatural Tales. While this writer believes “Pigeons From Hell” would have been a better choice, I’ll settle for what I can get at this juncture. The volume also features a number of big name masters of horror including Steven King, H. P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith and Karl Edward Wagner.

The editor, Lovecraft scholar S. T. Joshi, has made no friends in Howard fandom with his derogatory remarks about Howard’s fiction, and while he has recently made a few back-handed compliments regarding REH, he is still clueless about the greatness of Howard’s writings.

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