jueves, 13 de junio de 2013

La Portada Pulp de la Semana es para...

Nuestra querida "Weird Tales", de Octubre de 1927, con portada obra de C.C. Senf en la que se nota aún ese grafismo de los años 20 que se desmarcaría considerablemente de las portadas de los años 30.

En este número H.P. Lovecraft publicó su relato "El modelo de Pickman" (Pickman´s Model) pero sobre todo lo recordamos porque entre sus páginas se encuentra el poema "The Ride of Falume" de Robert E. Howard, siendo su primera publicación en el magazine pulp.

The Ride of Falume, poema de tintes épicos y fantasmagóricos, con mención directa a España, que es la nacionalidad del protagonista:

Falume of Spain rode forth amain when twilight's crimson fell
To drink a toast with Bahram's ghost in the scarlet land of Hell.
His rowels clashed as swift he dashed along the flaming skies;
The sunset rode at his bridle braid and the moon was in his eyes.
The waves were green with an eerie sheen over the hills of Thule
And the ripples beat to his horse's feet like a serpent in a pool.
On vampire wings the shadow things wheeled round and round his head,
Till he came at last to a kingdom vast in the Land of the Restless Dead.

They thronged about in a grisly rout, they caught at his silver rein;
”Avaunt, foul host! Tell Bahram's ghost Falume has come from Spain!”
Then flame-arrayed rose Bahram's shade: “What would ye have, Falume?”
”Ho, Bahram who on earth I slew where Tagus' waters boom,
Now though I shore your life of yore amid the burning West,
I ride to Hell to bid ye tell where I might ride to rest.
My beard is white and dim my sight and I would fain be gone.
Speak without guile: where lies the isle of mystic Avalon?”

”A league beyond the western wind, a mile beyond the moon,
Where the dim seas roar on an unknown shore and the drifting stars lie strewn;
The lotus buds there scent the woods where the quiet rivers gleam,
And king and knight in the mystic light the ages drowse and dream.”

With sudden bound Falume wheeled round, he fled through the flying wrack
Till he came again to the land of Spain with the sunset at his back.
”No dreams for me, but living free, red wine and battle's roar;
I breast the gales and I ride the trails until I ride no more.”

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