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APED: "for reh and hbp"

February 22nd, 2009 (01:40 pm)

The oil boom's long since busted
and the Cross Plains sands are bare
and you're looking for the writer but the writer isn't there
and in the house an aging man still mourns his wife and son,
and on the Packard's front seat there's a gun.

The bottle's rim is crusted,
resting by the empty chair
and you're looking for the writer but the writer isn't there
and on the windowsill the pigeons frolic in the sun,
and on the empty table there's a gun.

He should have adjusted,
but he can't. she isn't there.
If you're looking for the writer then you'll find him in despair
The drawer must have a pencil -- he's lost her, lost everyone --
...that's odd. He can't remember buying a gun.

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Posted by: Sara LaKali (sara_lakali)
Posted at: February 22nd, 2009 07:13 pm (UTC)

Have you read Shadow's Bend by David Barbour and Richard Raleigh? It's not a great book, but it's interesting for the character studies.

But about your poem, it does seem, doesn't it, that so many creative people are damaged in some way. Do you think the creative process acts as a form of therapy? Given, not very successful therapy, but a means of confronting or perhaps temporarily containing the artist's demons?

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: February 22nd, 2009 07:35 pm (UTC)

No, I haven't. Might have to look it up.

The creative process certainly acts as a form of therapy for me, I'll say that. Also therapeutic: target shooting!

Posted by: Vvalkyri (vvalkyri)
Posted at: February 22nd, 2009 07:58 pm (UTC)

and yet again, :shudder:

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: February 22nd, 2009 08:33 pm (UTC)
han

It's wholly fabrication, of course, and doesn't hang together if you know anything about the history: both Robert E. Howard and H. Beam Piper shot themselves with .38s, but Piper used a Colt Marshal revolver in .38 Special while Howard used a borrowed semi-automatic. My guess is that REH's fatal bullet would've most likely been .38 ACP, from a Colt Model 1900, 1902, or 1903. It could also be .38 Super, I suppose, but those were less common. Both went out as Colt men, either way.

Posted by: Caius (caiusmajor)
Posted at: February 22nd, 2009 11:04 pm (UTC)
Nick is (about to be) well-fucked

You're amazing.

Posted by: stalkere (stalkere)
Posted at: February 22nd, 2009 10:28 pm (UTC)
I agree, another shudder

Never was much of a fan of REH, but I've tried to track down everything HBP ever wrote.

On one of the writer's forums I frequent, there was a discussion of AH where the indoeuropean migrations went differently.

Somebody posted something along the lines of "There was a book called Lord Calvin of something-or-other where..."
and I wanted to jump through the screen and strangle the little twerp. He thinks he's an expert on alternate history stories, but he doesn't know H.Beam Piper. AARGH!

Posted by: DarkMark (darkmark)
Posted at: February 25th, 2009 12:55 pm (UTC)

Yeah, this is about REH. Sometimes I think I knew how he felt.

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: February 27th, 2009 05:43 am (UTC)
doc savage bust

One foot in front of the other, man. All you can do.

I wish like hell Howard had stuck around, and Beam Piper had had some viable means of support.

Posted by: DarkMark (darkmark)
Posted at: February 27th, 2009 05:46 am (UTC)

I honestly think if Howard had concentrated more on his humor, like Breck Elkins or Dennis Dorgan, he would have managed eventually to crack the slicks. He was a master at that sort of tall tale stuff and really funny when he did it.

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