Two Missed Centennials in 2018


I like celebrating centennials and other such anniversaries. I made the pilgrimage to Cross Plains for the Robert E. Howard centennial in 2006. I journeyed to Dublin in honor of the millennial anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf in 2014--of which I'm sure REH would approve. In 2018, here on the DMR blog, I wrote posts devoted to the centennials of Philip Jose Farmer's birth and the publication of "The Moon Pool." 

That said, I dropped the ball in at least two instances. When August 1st, 2018, rolled around, I didn't do a post on the first pulp publication of Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic novella/short novel, "The Land That Time Forgot." Thankfully, Al Harron, over at The Blog That Time Forgot, stood in the breach and did right by ERB. 

Anybody who knows Al knows he loves dinosaurs. Let me put it another way: Al Harron LOVES dinosaurs. Not only did Mr. Harron write a great post devoted to "The Land That Time Forgot" and the rest of the Caspak Trilogy, he also penned four more posts examining hitherto-unknown species of dinosaurs native to Caspak. Great stuff for the dino-inclined. I have to say, though, that I'm mystified that such an ardent Scotophile as Al Harron failed to ever mention the protagonist's faithful dog, Nobs. Nobs, an Airedale terrier, is a worthy scion of that fell and steadfast Scottish breed.

Check out the links here:

100 Years of "The Land That Time Forgot": Dinosauria Caspakensis

Dinosauria Caspakensis: Plesiosaurus olsoni

Dinosauria Caspakensis: Pterodactylus tyleri

Dinosauria Caspakensis: Allosaurus whitelyi

Dinosauria Caspakensis: Diplodocus ajori

Al Harron: A true Scotsman doing jobs Americans won't do!


My other centennial misstep in 2018 was failing to post about the initial publication of H. Rider Haggard's fascinating novel, When the World Shook, in the pages of the English periodical, The Quiver. At the time, I was quite busy. I figured that since the first publication was limited both in copies printed and being restricted to the UK, that I'd wait to observe the centennial of the British hardcover publication--which rolls around on the twentieth of March this year.

However, I recently discovered the illustrations for the initial publication and decided I had to let the Gentle Readers of the DMR Blog have a look. They're by A.C. Michael, one of my favorite Haggard artists. You can find them all at that treasure trove of HRH imagery, Visual Haggard.

The Quiver, vol. 54, no. 1. London: Cassell & Company, November 1918.

The Quiver, vol. 54, no. 2. London: Cassell & Company, December 1918.

The Quiver, vol. 54, no. 3. London: Cassell & Company, January 1919.

The Quiver, vol. 54, no. 4. London: Cassell & Company, February 1919.

The Quiver, vol. 54, no. 5. London: Cassell & Company, March 1919.

The Quiver, vol. 54, no. 6. London: Cassell & Company, April 1919.