Happy birthday Robert E Howard, who was born on January 22, 1906 in Peaster, Texas and is famous for his sword and sorcery stories.

His most famous creations are Conan The Barbarian (1932) (Art by Frnak Frazetta), Solomon Kane (1928) (Art by Greg Staples), Kull The Conqueror (1929) (Art by Ken Kelly), Bran Mak Morn (1930) (Art by Frank Frazetta) and Red Sonya of Rogatino (1934) (Art by Jim Silke).

No wonder I’m a perfectionist - always hoping that if I do things well enough I’ll finally feel loved and accepted.  So much of my activity is driven by pain: if I can just do it right, I won’t hurt anymore.  The trap is that it works - temporarily.  For a short time I do feel better, but then self-criticism sets in again and I need to accomplish something else - perfectly.
—  Robert Kull, Solitude
March 28

Chthon, a demonic Elder God who was the Earth’s first practitioner of black magic, was the principal author of the Darkhold. The book is first shown in Marvel Spotlight #4 (March 28, 1972). Being academic, Chthon wrote all his collected knowledge of magic into the iron-bound scrolls that served as the first form of the Darkhold. It remained as the Darkhold after most of the Elder Gods were slain by the Demogorge except for Chthon and Set. The Darkhold’s power is so vast it took the combined strength and will of both Merlin and St. Brendan to contain it. Even together, they were unable to destroy it or its power. Humans first found the Darkhold during the time before Atlantis sunk into the ocean. When Kull slew Thulsa Doom, Doom’s followers, the Darkholders, used the Darkhold to create the first vampire, Varnae, dying due to wounds suffered in battle with Kull. Varnae consumed one of the Darkholders who attempted to command him, and began creating other vampires. After the Hyborian Age, Egyptians, Babylonians, and Hebrews came to possess the Darkhold scrolls. Morgan Le Fay bound the scrolls into book form for the first time circa the 7th century. It is around this time they were translated from Chthon’s arcane script into Latin. The Darkhold was also responsible for the curse of the werewolf; an 18th-century man named Grigori Russoff had been tainted by the Darkhold, and was subsequently bitten by a werewolf who served Dracula. Grigori passed this curse of lycanthropy on to his descendents, including eventually Gregor Russoff and his son Jacob Russoff.

We often seem to value activity above all else, but like all beings we need to rest and recuperate.  I suspect the widespread occurrence of depression in our culture is linked to our refusal to allow ourselves quiet time.  Feeling the need to remain constantly busy - mentally or physically - in socially productive activity can prevent us from turning inward to simply be with ourselves.  Such inward turning requires time and might lower productivity and social standing.  It is not that all activity is bad, but many of us are far out of balance and our activity does not come from a place of stillness and wisdom.
—  Robert Kull, Solitude

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