November 2009 Archives
Robert E. Howard (1906-1936) wrote several stories and novellas in a variety of genres during the late 20's-early-to-mid-30's for various pulp magazines like Weird Tales and Adventure, but he's also credited with creating the "Sword and Sorcery" fantasy genre. Through the exploits of such characters as "Kull", "Brak Mak Morn" and the most famous of them all, "Conan the Barbarian", Howard created a dark, forboding yet exciting and frantic style that held the reader's attention with larger-than-life tales that combined fantasy, horror and action/adventure.
In 1962, writer James Gunn published a collection of interwined short stories entitled The Immortal about the exploits of Dr. Russell Pearce and his (and others') encounters with Marshall Cartwright and his progeny. Seems Mr.Cartwright has a rare blood type that keeps him and his children from aging or dying and getting sick. A transfusion of his blood not only cures the recipient of any affliction they're suffering but also temporarity restores their youth as well. Of course, this makes Cartwright and his offspring very valuable to the rich and powerful, who use every resource available to track them down.