In this week’s episode I’ll be discussing an early H. P. Lovecraft tale, “The Tree.” While it doesn’t fit as snugly into Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos as some of his other tales, it does have some interesting elements going for it. The setting of Ancient Greece, circa 4th Century B.C. being the most prominent in my opinion.
Correction, according to a listener, Ningauble, Lovecraft didn’t discover Arthur Machen until after “The Tree” was written.
In this week’s episode I’m going to be discussing “Pigeons from Hell” by Robert E. Howard. It first appeared in the May 1938 issue of Weird Tales, being published after Howard’s death in 1936.
I read this in The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard published by Del Rey. Like all of the Del Rey Robert E. Howard series, I can’t recommend The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard enough. Howard’s widely known for his Conan, Solomon Kane, and Kull stories, but he was one hell of a writer, period. This collection of his horror tales isn’t to be missed. Besides the wonderful stories within, there’s some amazing interior artwork by Greg Staples.
“Pigeons from Hell” is a short story set in the southern United States, and seems to take place around the time it was published, the mid 1930’s.