Robert E. Howard to Weird Tales, Nov 1929

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I have just been reading the September WEIRD TALES, which blossomed out on the news stands today. I was especially taken with A Jest and a Vengeance, by E. Hoffmann Price. I've never been east of New Orleans, but as far as I am concerned Price has captured the true spirit of the East in his tales, just as Kipling did. His stories breathe the Orient. In this latest tale I note, as in all his others, that patterned background of beauty for which he is noted. The action is perfectly attuned to the thought of the tale and that thought goes deep. More, through the weaving runs a minor note of diabolical humor, tantalizing and enthralling.

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