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Has civilization taught us to be subtly cruel

His skin was burned brown as by the suns of the wastelands and Arus glanced nervously at his broad shoulders, massive chest and heavy arms, A single look at the moody, broad-browed features told the watchman the man was no Nemedian. From under a mop of unruly black hair smoldered a pair of dangerous blue eyes. A long sword hung in a leather scabbard at his girdle. Arus the watchman grasped his crossbow with shaky hands, and he felt beads of clammy perspiration on his skin as he stared at the unlovely corpse sprawling on the polished floor before him.

It is not pleasant to come upon Death in a lonely place at midnight. Hide from me and I'll tear apart the mountains to find you! I'll follow you to hell! The bleak pale sun that glittered so blindingly from the ice-fields and the snow-covered plains struck sheens of silver from rent corselet and broken blade, where the dead lay as they had fallen. The nerveless hand yet gripped the broken hilt; helmeted heads back-drawn in the death-throes, tilted red beards and golden beards grimly upward, as if in last invocation to Ymir the frost-giant, god of a warrior-race.

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Then the king laughed and set his back against a column, gripping his sword hilt until the muscles stood out on his right arm in great ridges. The slopes were softened by verdue and foliage, the vales deepening into shadowy realms of magic, the hills standing out bold and clear in the silver of the moon. The hills of Zalgara has always held a fascination for Kull. They brought to his mind the mountains of Atlantis whose snowy heights he had scaled as a youth, ere he fared forth into the great world to write his name across the stars and make an ancient throne his seat.

Kane wrenched his dirk clear and a trickle of seeping blood followed sluggishly, then ceased. The Puritan mechanically swished the blade through the air to shake off the red drops which clung to the steel, and as it flashed in the lanthorn light, it seemed to Jack Hollinster to glitter like a blue flame--a flame which had been quenched in scarlet.

No true honest seamen, these, with their strange contrast of finery and ruffianism.

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Tarry breeks and seamen's shirts, yet silken sashes lapped their waists; no stockings to their legs, yet many had on silver-buckled shoes and heavy gold rings to their fingers. Great gems dangled from many a heavy gold hoop serving as an ear ring. Not an honest sailorman's knife among them, but costly Spanish and Italian daggers. Their gauds, their ferocious faces, their wild and blasphemous bearing stamped them with the mark of their red trade.

I cannot believe in a paradise Glorious, undefiled, For gates all scrolled and streets of gold Are tales for a dreaming child. There is quenching of thirst on the grey paths of the winds, and the flying clouds to still the sting of lost dreams.

My wings are spread on the outbound gales And the paths that are long and free. I'll say one thing about an oil boom; it will teach a kid that Life's a pretty rotten thing as quick as anything I can think of.

But whatever my failure, I have this thing to remember — that I was a pioneer in my profession, just as my grandfathers were in theirs, in that I was the first man in this section to earn his living as a writer.

Civilized nations never, never have selfish motives for butchering, raping and looting; only horrid barbarians have those. One objection I have heard voiced to works of this kind—dealing with Texas—is the amount of gore spilled across the pages. Has civilization taught us to be subtly cruel can not be otherwise. When a nation forgets her skill in war, when her religion becomes a mockery, when the whole nation becomes a nation of money-grabbers, then the wild tribes, the barbarians drive in.

Who will our invaders be? From whence will they come? From a letter to Tevis Clyde Smith July 1923 If men are to meet steel with steel, they should be adequately armed. Long spears and short swords to meet a charge of long swords. If you dont believe that, read the chronicles of Rome and Macedonia.

Not an overly pleasant occupation but I like it all right. Man about forty and a girl about five. They didnt hang him. A guy can get away with nearly anything in this part of the country.

From a letter to Tevis Clyde Smith April 21, 1924 Coming, as I do, from mountain folk on one side and sea followers on the other, there are few old songs of the hills or the sea with which I am not familiar. From a letter to Robert W. Gordon February 4, 1925 I heard from Truett that you fellows are forbidden the company of the girl you were going with.

Thats a dirty shame. I suppose has civilization taught us to be subtly cruel because you tried to act like gentlemen. An orthodox hell could hardly be more torture than my life has been. From a letter to Tevis Clyde Smith July 1925 My body seems a mere encumbrance to me; an imbecillic wagon, hitched to the horse of desire, which is the soul.

From a letter to Tevis Clyde Smith January 14, 1926 In the hill country, civilization steals in last, and the people retain much of the crude but vigorous mode of expression of the colonial days and earlier. Gordon February 15, 1926 I have a faculty of memorizing any song or poem as I hear it, many, especially the old Scotch and Irish ballads I heard my grandmother sing when I was but a child. Gordon February 15, 1926 My feet are set on the outward trails And the call of the roistering sea.

From a letter to Tevis Clyde Smith June 23, 1926 Now I gazed upon him, no longer in a passionate frenzy, but in a cold contempt. I visualized long days and nights of vengeance, of fiendish ingenuity and complete consumation. My enemy was at my mercy; he lived; all the plans of hate and torture I had concieved through the long years of wrong and insult I would wreak upon him. My plans were carefully laid; I knew exactly what tortures I would use, how long I could inflict them without causing death, until my enemy at last went forth, a man ruined of soul and body.

I was at peace, and content. A lot of narrow minded, musty old ideas despensed by uninterested teachers to pupils who have come to college for athletics, because they considered it the stylish thing or to keep from going to work. Gordon January 2, 1926 I reckon if I ever marry, she will have to be a strong woman in a circus or something. From a letter to Harold Preece c. January or February 1928 I mean my characters are more like men than these real men are, see. They hate and they lust; break the skin of civilization and you find the ape, roaring and red-handed.

Men are swine and most women are fools. A mere tangle of barren words, only words. From a letter to Tevis Clyde Smith c. June 1928 I'm not going to vote. I won't vote for a Catholic and I won't vote for a damned Republican. Maybe I've said that before. My ancestors were all Catholic and not very far back.

And I have reason to hate the church. I feel a curious kinship, though, with the Middle Ages.

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I have been more successful in selling tales laid in that period of time, than in any other. Truth it was an epoch for strange writers. Witches and werewolves, alchemists and necromancers, haunted the brains of those strange savage people, barbaric children that they were, and the only thing which was never believed was the truth. Those sons of the old pagan tribes were wrought upon by priest and monk, and they brought all their demons from their mythology and accepted all the demons of the new creed also, turning their old gods into devils.

The slight knowledge which filtered through the monastaries from the ancient sources of decayed Greece and fallen Rome, was so distorted and perverted that by the time it reached the people, it resembled some monstrous legend. And the vague minded savages further garbed it in heathen garments. Oh, a brave time, by Satan! Any smooth rogue could swindle his way through life, as he can today, but then there was pageantry and high illusion and vanity, and the beloved tinsel of glory without which life is not worth living.

I hate the devotees of great wealth but I enjoy seeing the splendor that wealth can buy. And if I were wealthy, I'd live in a place with marble walls and marble floors, lapis lazulis ceilings and cloth-of-gold and I would have silver fountains in the courts, flinging an everlasting sheen of sparkling water in the air.

Soft low music should breathe forever through the rooms and slim tigerish girls should glide through on softly falling feet, serving all the wants of me and my guests; girls with white bare limbs like molten gold and soft dreamy eyes. Especially the second part went to my brain like has civilization taught us to be subtly cruel flaming liquor of insanity. No one else besides Jack London has the power to move me just that way.

November 1928 But who is this who rides in silver white Attire that shames the stars across the night? Helmet and shield and corselet all a-gleam, Like some crusader from a drifting dream Upon a prancing jackass shod with flame— Rise, heralds of the past, bray forth his name From a letter to Tevis Clyde Smith c. November-December 1928 I could name all day, those women I deem great in Greece alone and the records would scarcely be complete.

And what of Joan of Arc and Emma Goldman?

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Katherine the Great and Elizabeth Barrett Browning? Isibella of Spain who pawned her gems that Columbus might sail, and Edna St.

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And that queen, Marie, I think her name was, of some small province - Hungary I believe - who fought Prussia and Russia so long and so bitterly. And Rome — oh, the list is endless there, also - most of them were glorified harlots but better be a glorified harlot than a drab and moral drone, such as the text books teach us woman should be.

Woman have always been the inspiration of men, and just as there are thousands of unknown great ones among men, there have been countless women whose names have never been blazoned across the stars, but who have inspired men on to glory. And as for their fickleness — as long as men write the literature of the world, they will rant about the unfaithfulness of the fair sex, forgetting their own infidelities.

Men are as fickle as women. Women have been kept in servitude so long that if they lack in discernment and intellect it is scarcely their fault. December 1928 I'm not worrying about my Irish past. What has my Celtic blood ever done for me but give me a restless and unstable mind that gives me no rest in anything I do?

Damn the Shan Van Vocht, and the ancestors that went to Sassenach gallows for her, and damn the Irish and damn the black Milesian blood in my veins that makes me like drift-wood fighting the waves and gives me no peace or rest waking or sleeping or riding or dreaming or traveling or wooing, drunken or sober, with hunger or slumber on me.

Robert E. Howard

From a letter to Harold Preece 1929 I believe, like you, that civilization is a natural and inevitable consequence, whether good or evil I am not prepared to state. From a letter to H. August 1930 If I was wealthy I'd never do anything but poke around in ruined cities all over the world - and probably get snake-bit.

Lovecraft 1931 I'll say one thing about an oil boom; it will teach a kid that Life's a pretty rotten thing as quick as anything I can think of.