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The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard [Epub] ➚ The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard By Robert E. Howard – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk Here are Howard s greatest horror tales, all in their original, definitive versions Some of Howard s best known characters Solomon Kane, Bran Mak Morn, and sailor Steve Costigan among them roam the fo Here are Howard s greatest horror tales, all Stories of eBook ↠ in their original, definitive versions Some of Howard s best known characters Solomon Kane, Bran Mak Morn, and sailor Steve Costigan among them roam the forbidding locales of the author s fevered imagination, from the swamps and bayous of the Deep South to the fiend haunted woods outside The Horror PDF or Paris to remote jungles in AfricaThe collection includes Howard s masterpiece Pigeons from Hell, which Stephen King calls one of the finest horror stories of the twentieth century, a tale of two travelers who stumble upon the ruins of a Southern plantation and into the maw of its fatal secret In Black Canaan even the best warrior Horror Stories of PDF È has little chance of taking down the evil voodoo man with unholy powers and none at all against his wily mistress, the diabolical High Priestess of Damballah In these and other lavishly illustrated classics, such as the revenge nightmare Worms of the Earth and The Cairn on the Headland, Howard spins tales of unrelenting terror, the legacy of one of the world s great masters of the macabre.

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  • 523 pages
  • The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard
  • Robert E. Howard
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  • 11 July 2019
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About the Author: Robert E. Howard

Robert Ervin Howard was an American pulp writer Stories of eBook ↠ of fantasy, horror, historical adventure, boxing, western, and detective fiction Howard wrote over three hundred stories and seven hundred poems of raw power and unbridled emotion and is especially noted for his memorable depictions of a sombre universe of swashbuckling adventure and darkling horror He is well known The Horror PDF or for having created in the pages of the legendary Depression era pulp magazine Weird Tales the character Conan the Cimmerian, aka Conan the Barbarian, a literary icon whose pop culture imprint can only be compared to such icons as Tarzan of the Apes, Count Dracula, Sherlock Holmes, and James Bond Wikipedia Librarian Note There isthan one author Horror Stories of PDF È in the Goodreads database with this name.



10 thoughts on “The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard

  1. J.K. Grice J.K. Grice says:

    What I loved about this collection were the horror stories dealingwith the occult than you might find in a usual horror anthology The illustrations are also beautifully done Some of these stories were the best I have ever read, in any genre It was a tragedy that we lost Robert E Howard at such a young age.

  2. Mike (the Paladin) Mike (the Paladin) says:

    I vacillated constantly between 3 and 4 stars for this book When it s good it s great Howard can spin terror to a hair fine thread that like the monomolecular wire in some Science fiction stories can cut straight through Unfortunately all the stories in this volume don t quite make it to that level But, I believe that the fright out weighs the slight.I own collections of Conan, Solomon Kane, and Bran Mak Mornso some of the stories here aren t new to me I will probably try to run this I vacillated constantly between 3 and 4 stars for this book When it s good it s great Howard can spin terror to a hair fine thread that like the monomolecular wire in some Science fiction stories can cut straight through Unfortunately all the stories in this volume don t quite make it to that level But, I believe that the fright out weighs the slight.I own collections of Conan, Solomon Kane, and Bran Mak Mornso some of the stories here aren t new to me I will probably try to run this book down and add it to my collection I took it out of the library twice and there are usually people waiting on it This is a book to be picked up now and again and savored, not read through quickly and taken back.In these pages you ll meet reptilian horrors, lycanthropes, demonic terrors andhumans, possibly the worst of the lot Evils from out of time and alternate dimensions death and worse than death creep through the entire tome.Yes there are a few negatives, a few stories that don t measure up or poems At first I was a little afraid we d quickly O.D on werewolves as the first 2 tales take us down that road, but not to worrythings quickly get weirderweird But, mostly the book is packed with the kind of frights you re we re probably looking for We see mentions of dark and evil books, ones we re aware of if we ve read others, like Lovecraft and a couple of Howard s own imagining We find stories of evil and even redemptionso, four stars.WARNING By the way This is a collections from the 1930s so there are a couple of non PC words used including a couple of times the milder of the older racial terms is used Not a good thing, but a product of its time Just wanted anyone who chooses to read it not to be surprised

  3. Bettie Bettie says:

    Narrated by Robertson DeanDescription Here are Howard s greatest horror tales, all in their original, definitive versions Some of Howard s best known characters Solomon Kane, Bran Mak Morn, and sailor Steve Costigan among them roam the forbidding locales of the author s fevered imagination, from the swamps and bayous of the Deep South to the fiend haunted woods outside Paris to remote jungles in Africa.The collection includes Howard s masterpiece Pigeons from Hell, which Stephen King callsNarrated by Robertson DeanDescription Here are Howard s greatest horror tales, all in their original, definitive versions Some of Howard s best known characters Solomon Kane, Bran Mak Morn, and sailor Steve Costigan among them roam the forbidding locales of the author s fevered imagination, from the swamps and bayous of the Deep South to the fiend haunted woods outside Paris to remote jungles in Africa.The collection includes Howard s masterpiece Pigeons from Hell, which Stephen King calls one of the finest horror stories of the twentieth century, a tale of two travelers who stumble upon the ruins of a Southern plantation and into the maw of its fatal secret In Black Canaan even the best warrior has little chance of taking down the evil voodoo man with unholy powers and none at all against his wily mistress, the diabolical High Priestess of Damballah In these and other lavishly illustrated classics, such as the revenge nightmare Worms of the Earth and The Cairn on the Headland, Howard spins tales of unrelenting terror, the legacy of one of the world s great masters of the macabre Under a couple of the titles I have left a link, which gives you this entire book online for free view spoiler In the Forest of Villef reA Song of Werewolf FolkWolfsheadUp John Kane RemembranceThe Dream SnakeSea GhostThe Moor GhostMoon MockeryThe Little PeopleDead Man s HateThe TavernRattle of BonesThe Fear That FollowsThe Spirit of Tom MolyneauxCassonetto s Last SongThe Touch of DeathOut of the DeepA Legend of Faring TownRestless WatersThe Shadow of the BeastThe Dead Slaver s TaleDermod s BaneThe Hills of the DeadDig Me No GraveThe Song of a Mad MinsterThe Children of the NightMusings The Black StoneThe Thing on the RoofThe Dweller in Dark ValleyThe Horror from the MoA Dull Sound as of KnockPeople of the DarkDelenda EstThe Cairn on the HeadlandWorms of the EarthFourThe SymbolThe Valley of the LostThe Hoofed ThingThe Noiseless TerrorThe Dweller Under TheAn Open WindowWhether the CavernThe Man on the GroundOld Garfield s GhostKelly the Conjure ManBlack CanaanMy AgitationTo A WomanOne Who Comes at EventiteThe Haunter of the RingPigeons From HellThe Snake s BroThe Dead RememberThe Fire of AsshurbanipalSpectres in the DarkThe House hide spoiler From wiki Robert Ervin Howard January 22, 1906 June 11, 1936 was an American author who wrote pulp fiction in a diverse range of genres He is well known for his character Conan the Barbarian and is regarded as the father of the sword and sorcery subgenre. Halloween 2015 reads 1 3 Nobody True by James Herbert fraudio 2 4 The Horror Stories of Robert E Howard fraudio 3 1 Brain Child by John Saul fraudio 4 3 Domain Rats 3 by James Herbert fraudio 5 3 The Mourning Vessels by Peter Luther paperback 6 2 The Doom of the Great City ebook short story 7 5 Long After Midnight by Ray Bradbury fraudio 8 5 The Dead Zone by Stephen King fraudio 9 TR The Chalice hardback 10 TR Seven Gothic Tales ebook 11 TR Tales of Men and Ghosts 12 2 Shattered by Dean Koontz fraudio 13 5 The Dunwich Horror ebook

  4. H. P. H. P. says:

    Up, John Kane, the grey night s falling The sun s sunk in blood and the fog comes crawling From hillside to hill the grey wolves are calling Will ye come, will ye come, John Kane Tor s Conan pastiches was no way to step away from Robert E Howard s original Conan stories I enjoyed them the Robert Jordan and John Maddox Roberts pastiches, at least but I need a bitof the real thing before moving on And with Halloween around the corner Del Rey s collection The Horror of Robert E Howard wa Up, John Kane, the grey night s falling The sun s sunk in blood and the fog comes crawling From hillside to hill the grey wolves are calling Will ye come, will ye come, John Kane Tor s Conan pastiches was no way to step away from Robert E Howard s original Conan stories I enjoyed them the Robert Jordan and John Maddox Roberts pastiches, at least but I need a bitof the real thing before moving on And with Halloween around the corner Del Rey s collection The Horror of Robert E Howard was the perfect hair of the dog.I don t know that The Horror of Robert E Howard is the best introduction to Howard Conan remains well known and relevant for a reason And, of course, Solomon Kane has his partisans I really want to get to the Bran Mak Morn stories, and I have a collection of Howard s Breckinridge Elkins stories But The Horror of Robert E Howard might be the best volume to pick up after your first introduction to Robert E Howard.If you don t start with Solomon Kane, here is an introduction to the Puritan crusader Howard s occult detectives Conrad and Kirowan make multiple appearances Howard was also a very fine poet, and a number of his poems are included The stories tend toward the short end of the scale this is an ideal book to pick up in the evening after each day of work as All Hallows Eve approaches, the bite of the coming winter begins to infiltrate the autumn air, and the onset of darkness encroaches a little further each night.You can see H.P Lovecraft s influence over Howard in these stories, as you would expect Both in the Conrad and Kirowan stories and the multiple stories set in the seaside Faring Town But this is Howard He prefers his heroes and heroines to be heavy on agency The book is filled with characters who things like, Somehow, I will slay the man who kills me, though my corpse climb up forty fathoms of ocean to do it And if a suspected witch needs to lay down a curse She isn t going with some mealy mouthed, half hearted curse No, she is going to curse with gusto The curse of the Foul Fiend upon you, John Kulrek she screamed The curse of God rest upon your vile soul throughout eternity May you gaze on sights that shall sear the eyes of you and scorch the soul of you May you die a bloody death and writhe in hell s flames for a million and a million and yet a million years I curse you by sea and by land, by earth and by air, by the demons of the oceans and the demons of the swamplands, the fiends of the forest and the goblins of the hills And you her lean finger stabbed at Lie lip Canool and he started backward, his face paling you shall be the death of John Kulrek and he shall be the death of you You shall bring John Kulrek to the doors of hell and John Kulrek shall bring you to the gallows tree I set the seal of death upon your brow, John Kulrek You shall live in terror and die in horror far out upon the cold gray sea But the sea that took the soul of innocence to her bosom shall not take you, but shall fling forth your vile carcass to the sands Aye, John Kulrek and she spoke with such a terrible intensity that the drunken mockery on the man s face changed to one of swinish stupidity the sea roars for the victim it will not keep There is snow upon the hills, John Kulrek, and ere it melts your corpse will lie at my feet And I shall spit upon it and be content Now that is a curse From the Sea Curse Howard isn t just writing Lovecraftian fiction, mind you There are werewolves and vampires and ghosts oh my Howard puts his own spin on each His take on werewolves and his take on vampires are worth lifting for contemporary works They are certainlyinteresting than much of the contemporary canon especially for werewolves, who have been underserved But there is also plenty of room to flesh them out further The ghost stories are a good reminder that Howard was as inspired orby Texas folklore as by Lovecraft These stories, in particular, remind me of those that I grew up with And remind me that Weird Tales also published stuff like the Silver John stories The Dream Snake and The Shadow of the Beast would fit in some of the volumes off my shelves and my parents shelves before that, and my grandparents shelves before that The only anomaly being that one features a giant snake and one the ghost of an ape Because this is Howard, after all.There are two Solomon Kane stories in the selection I read Rattle of Bones and The Hills of the Dead I am a big fan of both, so I see the collected Solomon Kane stories in my near future The Hills of the Dead provides the image for the cover art.Some themes reoccur One in particular that struck me was a deep sibling love for a sister philia, nor eros, this isn t GRRM we re talking about here Howard touches on it in The Little People and returns to it in Dermod s Bane Howard was an only child, and you get the sense he regretted not having a sibling It doesn t stop him from writing powerfully and poignantly on the subject.In case you re wondering who Howard s horror influences are, he gives us a pretty good clue when a character identifies Lovecraft s Call of Cthulhu, Poe s The Fall of the House of Usher, and Machen s Black Seal as master horror tales And in Howard s world, erudite men don t blush at serious discussion of horror in the salon A character called Conan of the reavers appears in the excellent People of the Dark Howard would use that name again Delenda Est and The Cairn of the Headland are historical, supernatural horror, and each has a nice twist to it that really leverages the history There are two stories in particular from this chunk of the book that are worth discussing Worms of the Earth and The Valley of the Lost.Worms of the Earth is my first Bran Mak Morn tale Before picking this collection up for a little HallowRead, my intuition was to go from Conan to Bran Mak Morn It was a good intuition, though Bran Mak Morn is a Pict king during the twilight of his people, fighting the encroachment of the Roman Empire I always loved Howard s depiction of the Picts in his Conan stories Bran Mak Morn is no Conan, though He isnormal in stature, and distinctly wolfish Where Conan might have lashed out immediately when a Roman governor crucified his countryman if he even cared that it was one of his countrymen , Bran Mak Morn coldly plots revenge And to get it, he goes straight to dabbling in the black arts, negotiating with a degenerate, fae race dwelling underground to strike at his foes Bran, there are weapons too foul to use, even against Rome Bran barked short and sharp as a jackal Ha There are no weapons I would not use against Rome My back is at the wall By the blood of the fiends, has Rome fought me fair Bah I am a barbarian king with a wolfskin mantle and an iron crown, fighting with my handful of bows and broken pikes against the queen of the world What have I The heather hills, the wattle huts, the spears of my shock headed tribesmen And I fight Rome with her ard legions, her broad fertile plains and rich seas her mountains and her rivers and her gleaming cities her wealth, her steel, her gold, her mastery and her wrath By steel and fire I will fight her and by subtlety and treachery by the thorn in the foot, the adder in the path, the venom in the cup, the dagger in the dark aye, his voice sank somberly, and by the worms of the earth I ve seen Howard crowned the king and inventor of the Weird Western, and after reading The Valley of the Lost, I know why The Valley of the Lost is just about a perfect story in every way although the prose is a little pedestrian for Howard The structure, the tension, the payoff, the twists, the worldbuilding Howard does a phenomenal twist on the zombie Again, if you re looking for new ideas about old monsters, Howard riffed on all the big ones And none of them sparkle Howard again features a degenerate race grown stunted in their pursuit of wickedness, their glory and millennia of evil behind them All against the backdrop of the red Texas sun, leather skinned cowboys, and bloody red Texas feuds It is a very personal story, both in how it ends, the setting, and lines like this John Reynolds was a man of the outlands and the waste places He had never seen the great cities of the world But he knew that nowhere in the world today such a city reared up to the sky Robert E Howard never got very far from Crossplains, Texas, but imagined things that nowhere in the world had anyone quite imagined just the same.The weird westerns are highlights There are three in the last third of the book The Man on the Ground, Old Garfield s Heart, and The Dead Remember and all three are tremendous yarns Howard was just much better when he was playing in his sandbox instead of in Lovecraft s This section of the book also contains a pretty good barbarian, sword and sorcery story, The House of Arabu This section also contains a story, The Hoofed Thing, that, like his Conan story Beyond the Black River, gives a prominent role to a heroic dog.I saw a blogger characterize Black Canaan as the most racist short story I have ever read, but also one of the most effective short stories As to the first assertion, I can t agree, even if I only look at stories from this collection The racial politics are baked into the story, but that will be true of any story set in the rural Deep South in the decades after the Civil War, at least if it is written with any realism The surface level stuff like social structure and language isn t jarring Muchjarring is the language that Howard uses in some of the earlier stories in the collection languagelikely to reflect Howard s own views We see this language even where Howard shows some sympathy toward the African American character, such as in The Spirit of Tom Molyneaux It is very in your face Although when Howard describes Ace Jessel s opponent as the very spirit of the morass of barbarism from which mankind has so tortuously climbed, we know Howard had complex views towards barbarians But the really troubling attitude comes up in some of his other stories, particularly The Children of the Night The racism of The Children of the Night isn t the visceral racism of the rural South, but the erudite racism of well educated 19th century American sophisticates The story opens Kirowan, Conrad, and four others casually discussing skull formation Pseudo science like phrenology would power the eugenics movement and be welcomed with open arms by the Progressive movement Progressive hero Oliver Wendell Holmes would write what might be the most shocking statement ever laid down in a Supreme Court opinion when he rationalized that three generations of imbeciles is enough in giving a constitutional ok to forced sterilization of mental defectives We ve largely memory holed it, but these were mainstream views at least among our would be aristocrats until the horrors of the Third Reich put a spotlight on the natural end of that particular road.Howard, then, shows not just the prejudices of his geography but also those of his intellectual class.As to the latter assertion, I wholeheartedly agree that Black Canaan is tremendously effective It s one of the longer stories in the collection, but I blew through it and it felt like quite a short story Howard is masterful at slowly ratcheting up the tension throughout the story As the blogger noted, the role of race in the story makes iteffective as horror, not less, and the entire thing is delightfully creepy.So now that I m done, how does Robert E Howard s horror measure up The first question to ask measure up to what I am woefully under read in horror I would take Robert E Howard over the Stephen King I ve read But I haven t read Edgar Alan Poe since high school, and I haven t read H.P Lovecraft at all I read The Turning of the Screw a few years ago, and it bored me to tears.I m hardly the best judge of horror It has never grabbed me as a genre But I did love these stories I particularly loved Howard s weird westerns, and introductions to Solomon Kane and Bran Mak Morn have me excited to grab those collections None of these alone will supplant Conan for me yet , but this collection shows Howard undeniably had serious range as a writer.As with their other Howard collections, the good people at Del Rey packed The Horror of Robert E Howard with original art

  5. Joseph Joseph says:

    OK, there s an elephant in the room, so let s just deal with that first Robert E Howard lived, and wrote, in rural Texas in the 1920s and 1930s, so some of his racial and gender portrayals are well not great Not actively vicious, necessarily, but containing some very unfortunate stereotypes and the occasional cringe worthy use of dialect All of which is amplified by the fact that most of the stories take place in contemporary settings, and many are first person narrated by people who OK, there s an elephant in the room, so let s just deal with that first Robert E Howard lived, and wrote, in rural Texas in the 1920s and 1930s, so some of his racial and gender portrayals are well not great Not actively vicious, necessarily, but containing some very unfortunate stereotypes and the occasional cringe worthy use of dialect All of which is amplified by the fact that most of the stories take place in contemporary settings, and many are first person narrated by people who are, well, products of their time Black Canaan , while quite effective as a horror story, and Kelly the Conjure Man are probably the worst offenders in that regard.So now that we ve got that out of the way As per the title, these are all horror stories of one stripe or another mostly with contemporary settings rural Texas or Louisiana in the 1920s, plus one haunted boxing ring , but also with some historical settings a fair number of gothic tales on the moors of the British Isles, one or two Westerns an era which, at the time of Howard s writing, was much less removed than it is now , and a few medieval or even ancient stories Some of Howard s recurring characters make appearances Bran Mak Morn in Worms of the Earth and Solomon Kane in The Hills of the Dead Many of the stories are short just a few pages with a final line in italics because of the unutterable horror and surprisebut in a few he was able to stretch out at a bitlength the aforementioned Black Canaan and Pigeons from Hell possibly the best story in the book in particular.The book also includes a healthy assortment of Howard s poetry, and closes with a handful of fragments of varying degrees of length polish.I have to say that personally I kind of prefer Howard when he s beinghistorical or writing sword sorcery My favorite new to me story in this book was probably The House of Arabu , a horror story set in ancient Sumeria.Definitely worth checking out I still really enjoy Howard s prose style despite the caveats above Probaby closer to a 3.5 than a 3, if only GR allowed half stars

  6. Charles Charles says:

    If you re a fan of Robert E Howard you ll surely love this massive collection of his short horror stories I read some review that said there isn t much horror in them Well, there is a lot of action, something Howard was always a master of, but there is certainly horror if your definition of that term is broad Howard s horror spans the gaps between ghosts, werewolves, ancient haunted tombs, eerie pine lands, and manyThere s a lot of Lovecraftian elements here, and lots of eerie western If you re a fan of Robert E Howard you ll surely love this massive collection of his short horror stories I read some review that said there isn t much horror in them Well, there is a lot of action, something Howard was always a master of, but there is certainly horror if your definition of that term is broad Howard s horror spans the gaps between ghosts, werewolves, ancient haunted tombs, eerie pine lands, and manyThere s a lot of Lovecraftian elements here, and lots of eerie western scenarios Dig me No Grave, Old Garfield s Heart, The Black Stone, The Thing on the Roof, are all wonderful tales Pigeons from Hell is Howard s best horror piece, to my way of thinking And it certainly creeped the hell out of me

  7. Wayne Barrett Wayne Barrett says:

    2.5I grew up reading Howards work and loved his sword and sorcery tales, but this collection of horror stories didn t thrill me Maybe if I was still 12.

  8. Joe Joe says:

    Warning Delving into this one too deeply may lead to REH overload Here we find that when Howard crosses into Howard all of the peculiarities of his writing style are greatly intensified both all that is good and all that is bad making the contents of this book almost too intense to read, except in short snippets I could not standthan two or three stories in a single sitting.One thing this collestion makes clear is that Howard s particular style of purple prose is best suited for the gen Warning Delving into this one too deeply may lead to REH overload Here we find that when Howard crosses into Howard all of the peculiarities of his writing style are greatly intensified both all that is good and all that is bad making the contents of this book almost too intense to read, except in short snippets I could not standthan two or three stories in a single sitting.One thing this collestion makes clear is that Howard s particular style of purple prose is best suited for the genre he created, that peculiar mix of fantasy, adventure and horror that came to be called swords sorcery In other settings it a bit much He s at his best writing of an adventure in some fantasy realm half Arabian Nights, half Lovecraft At that the man was simply brilliant Anywhere else his prose is trying to fit ten pounds of content into an eight pound story It does not fit And sometimes is a four letter word that rhymes with fit The farther he got from the real world the better he got Sadly, good horror is too often best when presented in a setting very close to the real world.I offer the caution that some of these stories reflect social attitudes not acceptable today The man was a product of his times, and in reading his failings seem to be bornof ignorance than spite In some was it makes REH all thefascinating, that such an imagination could have sprung up in an otherwise un notable small town in Depression era Texas

  9. Jefferson Jefferson says:

    The Pulpy Horror Just Beneath and Within Us The Horror Stories of Robert E Howard 2008 features at least 20 poems and 35 stories including a few unfinished ones written for pulp magazines in the 1920s and 30s Howard s horror displays his energetic and wide ranging imagination, being set in various genres, including historical, western, adventure, boxing, and Lovecraftian horror, in various locales, including Texas, New England, France, Ireland, and Africa, and in various eras, from ancient The Pulpy Horror Just Beneath and Within Us The Horror Stories of Robert E Howard 2008 features at least 20 poems and 35 stories including a few unfinished ones written for pulp magazines in the 1920s and 30s Howard s horror displays his energetic and wide ranging imagination, being set in various genres, including historical, western, adventure, boxing, and Lovecraftian horror, in various locales, including Texas, New England, France, Ireland, and Africa, and in various eras, from ancient times through the 20th century He imagined many kinds of horrible supernatural phenomena, including werewolves, witches, ghosts, zombies, vampires, animated skeletons, and tentacular toad gods possession, curses, sorcery, and demonology and haunted portraits, dangerous books, soul snatching opera records, and divine heart transplants The collection is uneven Among the stronger stories are Rattle of Bones in which Solomon Kane meets a notorious brigand, a deranged inn keeper, and a sorcerer s skeleton , The Horror from the Mound in which an ancient vampire invades the western genre , Worms of the Earth in which devolved, serpentine little people play a key roll in a Pictish revenge plot against Roman occupiers , The Hoofed Thing in which pets and people go missing after a reclusive researcher moves into the neighborhood , Black Canaan in which sexy skull dances and scary zombie magic make the white ruling class nervous in the swampy south , and Pigeons from Hell in which Howard achieves an American gothic masterpiece with an interesting play on race and place Although Howard s ideas about racial identity, purity, and ranking are repugnant, he also wrote stories in which a brutal, racist cowboy gets his just deserts or in which the white Puritan Solomon Kane and his African juju blood brother team up to fight vampire zombies.Because Howard s horror loses potency once the horrible being or secret or artifact is described or revealed or used, the unfinished miscellanea that conclude the collection are among its strongest pieces In The House, for example, the narrator investigates what happened to the half mad poet Justin Geoffrey when he was a boy to make him so different from his normal family and concludes that it has to do with the locked house featured in an ominous painting by a strange artist Robertson Dean does a great job reading everything in the audiobook, wielding his deep and rich voice so as to endow the horror with gravitas and believability perhapsthan the text will really bear Although Howard s characters usually stumble upon things that tear asunder the thin veneer of civilization or the fragile veil of reality, plunging them into nameless horror and black abysses, often the most horrible things in his stories are human beings, being greedy, treacherous, vengeful, and violent Though his stories are rarely really scary, many are morbidly fascinating, and the best transcend their pulp origins and attain a macabre grandeur and a disturbing depth

  10. Peregrine 12 Peregrine 12 says:

    Five stars from this Robert E Howard fan This is the collection I d been waiting for REH s horror stories are my favorite of all his works and this book brought many of them together Also The artwork in this book is fantastic The illustrations by Greg Staples really helped set the atmosphere dark, foreboding, and eerie.Howard wrote to sell his stories to the pulp genre of the time, so many of the plots are nearly identical But not all of them.I won t go into my favorites in this collecti Five stars from this Robert E Howard fan This is the collection I d been waiting for REH s horror stories are my favorite of all his works and this book brought many of them together Also The artwork in this book is fantastic The illustrations by Greg Staples really helped set the atmosphere dark, foreboding, and eerie.Howard wrote to sell his stories to the pulp genre of the time, so many of the plots are nearly identical But not all of them.I won t go into my favorites in this collection, but the one thing that did surprise me and left me wantingwere the bits in the Miscellanea chapter at the end Golnor the Ape and Spectres in the Dark were so different in kind from all of the finished tales that I only had to wonder whether he wrote these late in his career before his death at age 30 Golnor offered a limited, first person perspective that did not seem to be written in Howard s own voice, as so many of his first person stories are Spectres was outright creepy Keeping in mind that this was written I m guessing in the early 30 s this tale was very Stephen King ish long before King was born Again, I can only lament REH s passing I wish he d hadtime to mature as a writer and produce and finish his many and varied creations

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