The Black Stone: Timeline

A simplified timeline of events mentioned in Robert E. Howard’s “The Black Stone.”

CONTAINS MINOR SPOILERS!

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Weird Tales 1932 Masthead Shirt

Speaking of Two-Gun Bob, this is based on the logotype for Weird Tales, as seen on the December 1932 cover, the first published appearance of Robert E. Howard’s Conan the Barbarian:

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Obviously, mine is stacked, to better fit the proportions of a shirt. “Weird Tales” is hand drawn, the tagline is typeset. WT is not just a compressed version of my earlier art. Every letter has been re-drawn by hand.

Available wherever finer fandom shirts are sold.

The Black Stone: Temesvar

Robert E. Howard’s “The Black Stone” is regarded by some as one of the finest mythos stories not written by HPL himself. The full text is available online here. This story introduces REH’s fictional book “Nameless Cults,” it’s author, Friedrich Wilhelm von Junzt (German, 1795-1840), and the mad poet Justin Geoffrey (American, 1898-1926):

“They say foul things of Old Times still lurk
In dark forgotten corners of the world.
And Gates still gape to loose, on certain nights
Shapes pent in Hell.”

It also mentions Otto Dostmann and his book, “Remnants of Lost Empires,” (Berlin, 1809, “Der Drachenhaus” Press).

The titular Black Stone is located outside the village of Stregoicavar in Hungary. This town is said to be 3 days’ coach ride from Temesvar. Stregoicavar is fictional, but Temesvar is real. Today, it is inside Romania, near the Hungarian border, and is known as Timisoara. Here is its location:

Temesvar - The Black Stone
Full size image here.

Here is the same map with a 60 mile radius drawn around Temesvar. This is my guess at the range of a 3-day coach ride in rough, hilly country. Stregoicavar should lie within a few miles of the edge of the blue circle:

Temesvar w 59 mi Radius

Weird Tales Logotype (Feb. 1928)

Chose this date because that’s the issue that The Call of Cthulhu ran in. I may do the version from the first Conan story later. The canonical background color is bright red.

All hand-drawn from a scan, by the way. No auto-traced garbage here. Very tedious, especially the tagline text at the bottom. Available from They Who Shall Not Be Named.

The Monkey’s Paw: Free PDF

I’ve been messing around with typesetting short stories in InDesign. I’ve set The Call of Cthulhu, The Nameless City and Arthur Jermyn by HPL, but those are all heavily annotated, and I’m not keen to give them away for free.

This one, however, I have not annotated at all. Just the minimum of formatting to resemble a tasteful book, in PDF format. Plus, an old illustration of a small monkey’s paw.

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The Monkey’s Paw, by W. W. Jacobs. Typeset by Mike Jenkins.