Post by vladtolenkov on Nov 20, 2008 16:19:30 GMT -6
There seem to be a fair number of Lovecraft, Howard, and Smith readers on the board so I was wondering what your fave stories of the above mentioned gentlemen were. Which stories are the one that stayed with you?
My answer is highly changeable but I'd say:
Lovecraft: Dreams in the Witch House
Howard: The Shadow Kingdom (the first full-on S&S tale)
Good questions! Lovecraft: I don't really have a favorite, but I generally prefer his Dreamlands stories. Since The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath is the centerpiece of that cycle, that's my answer. Smith: I haven't read all his work, but so far my favorites are The Seven Geases and Empire of the Necromancers Howard: Hard to say, probably either The Shadow Kingdom or Red Nails.
Last Edit: Nov 21, 2008 17:19:47 GMT -6 by gnombient
Probably not well enough versed to have a favorite by REH ("The one where Conan kills a giant snake!"), but Xuthal of the Dusk and Tower of the Elephant are both great.
I'm assuming you mean Clark-Ashton Smith. Haven't read him, yet. (My favorite *Cordwainer* Smith is Scanners Live in Vain). So instead I'll mention that my favorite Leiber stories, if I'm pinned down and forced to choose, are Bazaar of the Bizarre and Lean Times in Lankhmar.
Howard: Tough call, but The Hills of the Dead ( Solomon Kane) or The Frost Giant's daughter. Lovecraft: Dreams in the Witch House, Dagon, or The Dreamquest of Unknown Kadath. Smith: All of the Averoigne stories, and the name escapes me, but the story is in the Zothique cycle and it involves the black wizard Namirrah. Dunsany: The Castle Unvanquished, Save for Sacnoth, and a reprint that appeared in Weird Tales twice called The Dwarf Holobolos and the Sword Hogbiter.
I like a lot of Lovecraft's writing, but The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath is the real ultimate amazing "wow" head-and-shoulders-above-the-rest moment for me. Though it must be said that its full greatness can only be experienced in the context of the larger cycle of Lovecraft's imagination (preferably read in the order written).
No such standouts amongst Howard or Smith, though if pressed I would choose The Hour of the Dragon and "The Voyage of King Euvoran," respectively, as my favorites. Regards.
Lovecraft: The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, though it's a close race with The Dunwich Horror and The Shadow Over Innsmouth. It was the first Lovecraft I ever read; a friend gave a copy of it to me on my 14th birthday, and it left a lasting impression.
Howard: I love Conan like a swordbrother, but if I have to pick my favorite work, it's hands-down the collected stories of King Kull. Howard at his most brooding and philosophic.
I picked "Dreams in the Witch House" because it scared the piss out of me when I first read it. Two words: Brown Jenkin.
Quite right. What a creepy creature Brown Jenkin was. Yes, Dreams in the Witch House is among HPL's greatest stories, and it so happens that I re-read it just last week. I've been reading and re-reading HPL all my life. I simply can't get enough, and every experience is different, even for tales I've read 3 or more times.