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‘Ogres of that Coast’
Black-Walled Khemi: Chapter 16 of Robert E. Howard’s Hour of the Dragon
© 2021 James LaFond
FEB/20/21
Reading from pages 202-206 of the DelRey edition
Impressions by James LaFond
Conan leads his savage corsairs to the evil coast of Stygia, which would have been like Tolkien having Aragorn recruiting Haradrim troops to infiltrate Mordor and was entirely at odds with Jim Crow convention, for those half-witted critics who type Howard as part of the slave master elite, when he repeatedly has his white hero allying with black henchmen to slaughter enemies, and, just to make certain that he insulted blacks as well as whites, Howard treats the reader to this:
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