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Howard was only 35 when he committed suicide had he lived would he of continued with Conan or did more westerns>>??
 

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Umm - Howard was 30, not 35 (1906-1936)

I think that he'd have continued with Conan while the demand was there, but in the last couple of years before his death, he mainly wrote Westerns. Given the range of the genres he tried, fantasy, boxing, treasure-hunters, straight westerns, weird westerns, etc, who knows? He even wrote what we'd call romance stories (for Spicy Adventures) which were regarded as marginally pornographic at the time...
 
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He may have written more Conan and westerns, however, I could see him switching to war stories with the onset of the Second World War.
 

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Umm - Howard was 30, not 35 (1906-1936)

I think that he'd have continued with Conan while the demand was there, but in the last couple of years before his death, he mainly wrote Westerns. Given the range of the genres he tried, fantasy, boxing, treasure-hunters, straight westerns, weird westerns, etc, who knows? He even wrote what we'd call romance stories (for Spicy Adventures) which were regarded as marginally pornographic at the time...
I think that had Howard lived ,it's very likely that he would abandoned fantasy , science fiction and horror all together in favor Westerns , detective stories and historical adventure stories. He was a very good story teller and , in time, would have gotten even better and risen even greater heights. But I think it also likely , that he would have come back to writing fantasy in the 1950's and 1960's and beyond and horror and enven science fiction stories (assuming he could get by John W Campbell)
 

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Side note: I found an Aussie website that has a lot of Howard’s short stories for free reading. Conan, Kull, Bran Mak Morn, Solomon Kane, weird detectives, weird westerns, straight detectives, straight westerns and comedy westerns. I really enjoyed the past couple of weeks reading them, especially the Breckinridge Elkins stories.
 

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Side note: I found an Aussie website that has a lot of Howard’s short stories for free reading. Conan, Kull, Bran Mak Morn, Solomon Kane, weird detectives, weird westerns, straight detectives, straight westerns and comedy westerns. I really enjoyed the past couple of weeks reading them, especially the Breckinridge Elkins stories.
Conan The Hour of the Dragon his only Conan novel its his only full Conan novel . Its a terrific book considered one the best fantasy novel ever written.:cool:(y)

Kings of the Night one of his Bran Mak Morn stories in this one Bran aided by the sorcerer Gonar , brings King Kull from the past to time to help him in his war against Roman . In this story you three of Howards hero in the same story. Bran Make Morn, Cormac Art and King Kull. This is a trrifc stor.:cool:(y)
 

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Lovecraft's death would have shaken him up, surely.

I could see Howard writing more weird stories with local color -- Southwest locations -- and maybe trying to write a serious historical novel with a Southwestern locale.
 

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Lovecraft's death would have shaken him up, surely.

I could see Howard writing more weird stories with local color -- Southwest locations -- and maybe trying to write a serious historical novel with a Southwestern locale.
Howard was very good at historical adventure stories.
 

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Wasn't he getting more interested in his own Southwest? One can imagine that he would have proved to be a developing author -- but I don't know if the known biographical facts support my speculations.

I do wonder if all three of the famous Weird Tales threesome were ready to move on. Lovecraft seems to have been moving towards a more Stapledonian kind of science fiction, and perhaps he would have pursued that if he'd had encouragement from Astounding, although I don't know that its new editor Campbell would have been all that interested. Also, I think Lovecraft was maybe losing interest in his standard Mythos template; "The Haunter of the Dark" is entertaining, but I don't think it shows the energy of some of the earlier "Mythos"-type stories, and in "The Thing on the Doorstep" the "Mythos" is actually pretty marginal, isn't it? Smith seems to have stopped writing his characteristic sword-and-sorcery around the time the other two authors died; I wonder if, had they lived, he would have felt more like continuing with writing, but perhaps in some territory new to him. But he's the one of the three about whom I know the least.

It's just kind of interesting to speculate and wonder if, had HPL and REH lived for ten years or more longer, they might have moved on from the kinds of stories we immediately think of when we think of them. There really are things that suggest that they were moving on.
 
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