Was L. Sprague de Camp guilty of belittling Robert E. Howard at the same time he was profiting by editing fiction set in Howard’s universe? That seems to be Mark Finn’s take, while writing as a guest blogger at REHupa, the Robert E. Howard United Press Associaton:
[DeCamp is] not trying to break new ground, cover new territory, or further enlighten us. He’s only trying to drum it in: Howard was a gifted amateur who was, sadly, quite mad, but hey, aren’t these Conan stories really neat?
Then, Morgan Holmes fires a salvo at de Camp’s defenders:
An enjoyable result from posting the de
has been watching the reaction from a small select group that I called de Campistas. They are fighting the last rear-guard defending the pursuit of a de Campian Lancer Conan universe. Camp Controversies
Who’s right? I don’t know, but the Holmes post is pretty funny.
De Camp was at least as nasty about Lovecraft. It bothered him that a sane person like him couldn’t write as well as the nuts.