Demetrio said:I have heard it said that he has a lyric quality. Frankly, I have little idea what that means, or if he does. But I notice that Howard, unlike say Maddox, is not afraid of long, rolling, descriptive sentences in action scenes (or in fact anywhere). I think this is possibly a key difference in style between Howard and the pastiche writers. Certainly neither Offut nor Maddox use long sentences much. And they avoid alliteration and other devices that Howard actively embraces. I think that's partly why their pastiches seem to me to lack soul, even though their plots are not as bad as some.
My understanding of the "lyric quality" of REH's is that he would often read the stories aloud to himself to hear how they sounded. Some of my reading on the man suggests he was imagining his "yarns" as if they were being told around a camp-fire. Who knows, perhaps by Conan himself, which would make REH the first Conan role-player. :lol: