We are on week three of the Pre-Tolkien Challenge and the whole adventure has been very successful. A lot of great people have joined up and written about their favorite fantasy work from a great era of fiction. Check some of it here in the Pre-Tolkien Challenge Roundup: Part I.
Reading the classics of Fantasy and Science Fiction, writing about the great stories and great authors, and having good discussions is critical now more than ever. The relentless Cult of Resentment is constantly attacking every single pillar of our civilization and culture. Today the festering anal fissure of science fiction and fantasy Tor.com vomited another “problematic” book burning screed where the author flat out said that Lovecraft should never be recommended and that Tolkien makes him uncomfortable. Read the garbage here.
Of course once you look deeper you realize that the writer of the piece is a fantasy author himself. A creepy, balding, gummy creep with a pedoface like no other. He shits on the classics, shits on Tolkien and then hustles creepy cheap Narnia ripoff YA. Described by Kirkus “paid” reviews as “Madeline is white and blonde, Jason is Chinese-American, and their culturally diverse friend group in the Sunlit Lands includes an Apsáalooke and a Native Hawaiian boy. For Narnia fans who enjoy heavy snark, this is a must-read.”Check that part out Narnia fans who enjoy heavy SNARK.
These two bit poverty pimp hustlers want to memory-hole and destroy the greats of our genre and replace their work with their own cheap soulless garbage. This example being Tor.com is appropriate, after all, Tor is the home of John Scalzi, the scribe of resentment who made a career rewriting Hadelman, Heinlein, Herbert, and Piper, but snarky. Fuck snarky. Nobody likes snarky. The snarky teenage girl trope was invented by pedo 80s movie writers. It isn’t real except maybe in the damaged mind of former child actors.
So, yes fellow pulp warriors. This isn’t just a fun exercise where we blog about our favorite stories. This is us taking the field against enemies that hate everything we love.
So, without further commentary, check out these posts:
- Woelf Deitrich discusses Howard’s “The Frost Giant’s Daughter.” A great post that goes a bit into the Norse mythology that is shared by both Howard and Tolkien.
- Rampant Coyote continues the challenge with A. Merrits “The Woman in the Woods.” To this day I haven’t read any Merrit and I have a feeling I’m depriving myself of some fantastic work.
- Yan Holliday drops a fantastic article over at his blog Fiction Electrique. The best part is that the original post is written in French and he was awesome to translate it into English. Well worth the time, especially because he mentions a French writer of proto-fantasy. I’ve said this before in other places but I think Alexander Dumas’ The Three Musketeers is one of the most important inspiration for Sword and Sorcery. Read Howard’s Solomon Kane stories and tell me you don’t see direct influence form the Musketeer novels. Kane is a goth Athos.
- The ever fantastic Jon Mollison hits it hard by discussing Dunsany, Western Civilization, and the meaning of fantasy and the fantastic itself. Forget making fantasy great again, we need to make fantasy fantastic again. And that means ignoring the rules of the genre that have grown and taken root in the shadow of Tolkien.
- Bryce the purveyor and fantastic editor of Storyhack Magazine has three blogs up for the challenge. The first is a Merritt tale about a soldier in WWI. Reading Bryce’s post makes me think I actually read the story way back because it sounds really familiar. Next we have a weird story by Shaver about a giant red dwarf who doles out wisdom and a Howard lost civilization tale I’ve never heard about.
- The guys at Castalia House picked up the challenge for their Sensor Sweep, a feature that is always worth checking out.
Once again, these posts are awesome. I’m sure I’ve missed a few, so I will go through all my Twitter mentions and comments, and I have a few more of my own pending. Lets keep the conversation going. Lets talk about what made the old pulps and the old writers great. Because if we don’t we cede the ground to people like the Tor crowd who are hell bent on tearing down and destroying.