Robert E. Howard, renowned creator of Conan the Barbarian, was also a master at conjuring tales of hair-raising horror. In a career spanning only 12 years, Howard wrote more than 100 stories, with his most celebrated work appearing in Weird Tales, the preeminent pulp magazine of the era.
In this collection of Howard's greatest horror tales, some of the author's best-known characters - Solomon Kane, Bran Mak Morn, and sailor Steve Costigan among them - roam the forbidding locales of Howard's fevered imagination, from the swamps and bayous of the Deep South to the fiend-haunted woods outside Paris, to remote jungles in Africa.
Included in this collection is Howard's masterpiece "Pigeons from Hell", 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. Also included is the classic revenge nightmare "Worms of the Earth" as well as "The Cairn on the Headland".
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“For stark, living fear...what other writer is even in the running?” (H. P. Lovecraft)
“[Behind Howard’s stories] lurks a dark poetry and the timeless truth of dreams.” (Robert Bloch)
“Howard’s writing seems so highly charged with energy that it nearly gives off sparks.” (Stephen King)
If you are a fan of H.P. Lovecraft you will enjoy this book. These stories are a unique combination of the 1920-30's pulp horror genre. What I enjoyed most about them was how Robert E. Howard spun the unique characteristics of his hero archetype into the stories. In these stories you don't have the bumbling hero surviving by happenstance. You have the Howard hero that survives by his strengths. Furthermore the intermingling of the various horror mythologizes of the era reflect the close relationship that Howard shared with H.P. Lovecraft. If you like the Howard and you Like Lovecraft you will like this collection of stories.
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I loved the introduction which explained his relationship to horror master H.P. Lovecraft - but every word was cherished!
A good clear reading. Very nice.
Learning that Robert E. Howard was so young when he started writing, he was such a talent, and that he took his own life.
These are great tales. They carved out a brand new writing style! Classic tales! Fresh looks at Werewolfs, Vampires, and barbarians, with a hearty taste of Lovecraft. You do need to come to these tales with half a brain and a love of literary classics. King? Koontz? These are only followers of the path set down by Lovecraft and Howard. Listen on! Listen to the start of the dark dream of American Horror.
The stories are great and well performed but run together confusingly.
The pause between stories is that of chapters or pages. The emphasis placed on story titles isn't sufficiently different from the narrated word and is given with no pause. The narration is done as if the reader thinks you're sitting there with the title in your hands following along. That would work great if you are but if you're not and are relying solely on his presentation to communicate the beginnings, endings and titles of things, you may find yourself a bit perplexed as we did.
The forward and introduction are great. The latter is long and contains minor spoilers in communicating who the author is through examples regarding the motivations and mechanisms present in the work.
The publisher could really improve this title by going back and editing in pauses between stories and between the reading of each title before the start of its narration.
The narrator is wonderful, really draws one in to the already excellent stories.
Buy this book!
These aren't brilliant literature, they're pulp stories. If you never read one, they might be better than you think. Taste vary. I'd love to give 5 stars for being classics (in my world) but pulp is necessarily pulpy.
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All the Stories
All of them
No character, but the writer & narrator
Like all the Characters in the book, all the stories. this one I truly was a grabber to keep me listing. Enjoyed the whole book
So you're thinking of choosing this audiobook as your monthly pick thinking, (at 23 hours), you'll get more bang for the buck? Maybe, but maybe not. If you're a real connoisseur of the genre, you may consider these stories classics. However, if your interest is in contemporary horror, you may find 23 hours a bit much. I guess for my own tastes, a little of this somewhat dated style of horror is best taken in small doses.
you have to bear in mind that these stories were written nearly 100 years ago. this is not stephen king, nor dean koontz. these stories were written for a pulp magazine. they are old fashioned, h.p. lovecraft sort of stuff, and i thought they were quite good. you will have to sort through some chaff, but not much. the narrator did a great job, in particular on the poems. if you can get into a graphic novel, you can get into this. use your imagination, good atmosphere, good narration. i liked ''pigeons from hell'' best.
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I may listen to again simply because the stories are a bit hard to follow. It isn't that it's not narrated well, the writing of Howard is different and written back in the early 1900's. I would listen again because I'm sure I missed something.
There are a number of horror stories here. I liked the way these stories flow and the way they are written. They are more spooky then scary. Brooding I guess would be a fair description,
Well narrated and his voice fit perfectly. A stellar performance!
The man who turned werewolf.
This is a book written by a man who ironically killed himself when he found out his mother would not come out of a coma. His mother passes the day after Howard killed himself. This is an author who left way too soon and could have gone on to create many more works,
It's easy to get lost in the prose- it's a trap of the wordiness. I don't mean lost in the story, but there are essentially too many words to get to the point and I tend to get lost when doing something else and listening to this book. It's got good monster pay out when you are just listening. There are certainly some antiquated ideas but it's also a collection which could be modified into various b horror movies and there would probably be enough gore for the modern audience. I'm glad I listened to it- it touches on some of the lore of lovecraft stories. Could the narrator be better? Maybe so. Still there's a nice creepy quality to the narrator's style. I think I'd recommend it to listeners who are interested in concentrating solely on the audiobook. But this probably won't carry you away effortlessly.
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