Open Wounds

Cimmerian

File:Weird Tales August 1928.jpgCimmerian is a word straight out of Greek mythology meaning mythical people who inhabited a land of darkness. Considering Robert E. Howard wrote about Conan of Cimmeria that has its own truth to it. I love the Conan stories.

If you’ve never read Howard’s Conan stories do so. They’re dark (figures), pulpy, and filled with ideas and thoughts of the first half of the 20th century. Howard defines pulp story for me. His life was a bit of a mess if you read about him but he knew how to tell a story and his character spawned a few hundred (thousand?) spin-offs and many credit him with beginning the sword and sorcery sub-genre. Me I just liked the old Frazetta posters of Conan. Look for the out of print versions of his stories that are collected, unabridged reprints of his originals from Weird Tales. If you want to write in a genre, read the genre. Hell, for that matter if you want to write, read everything, inside and outside of your genre and put some tools in your writer tool box.

Codswullop: British word for nonsense or untruth as in that was a bunch of codswallup. It’s not Greek but its what caught my eye today for “c” also. I have to put that in a book sometime. It might not be Cimmerian but it will make you say Crom.

All right. All right. I’m stretching today. Stretching.

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5 responses

  1. Growing up, by best friend William was Irish Catholic, and had seven older brothers. One of them who was the same one who introduced me to D&D had a stack of the Conan comic books. They were almost as exciting as porn to us boys.

    April 3, 2012 at 7:15 am

    • Hah! I found Conan in the bookstore. The mass market paperbacks with the Frazetta covers. I got a thing for his work, if you couldn’t tell. I never read the comics, though I enjoyed comic books. It wasn’t until I was out of college that I read Howards original, unedited stories. They are the best.

      April 3, 2012 at 10:03 am

      • I read the comic books. Loved them. And Frank Frazetta. Legends.

        April 3, 2012 at 3:22 pm

  2. Another word to add to my vocabulary 🙂 And, my goal for tomorrow is to use your second choice for today’s blog “Codswullop” in conversation. 🙂

    Life is far to short to be dull.

    Good post. Have a wonderful Wednesday…

    April 3, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    • There should be a national Codswullop day where everyone had to use the word at least once. I would certainly make the world a more interesting place. Best – Joe

      April 4, 2012 at 5:53 am

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