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The second volume of The Weird Works of Robert E. Howard, the legendary author best known as the creator of Conan the Cimmerian. Meticulously restored to their original magazine texts from the pulp magazine Weird Tales, this volume contains the short stories "The Black Stone", "Children of the Night", "The Dark Man", "The Footfalls Within", "Gods of Gal-Sagoth", "Horror from the Mound", "Kings of the Night", "The Last Day", "People of the Dark", "The Song of the Mad Minstrel", and "The Thing on the Roof".

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Bloody-ink PENS ARE MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD-K.Kull

More fantastical warrior horror fantasy adventures than you can shake a sword at. Feels like Burroughs' Tarzan and Barsoom series sometimes (in short story form) along with the ever earnest Wells and a dash of Beowulf and even Gilgamesh! When you're in the mood for a manic kind of otherworldly melancholia ..with the deep purples and reds of the cosmic miasma of monsters , shadowy demons (a la pen pal Lovecraft) villainous mages , heroic men of sweaty and sinewy iron muscles , feisty but strong blonde maidens in distress? Then it satisfies you (despite its near humourlessness) like nothing else. The sheer imaginative wonder of his worlds cannot be overstated. No one really writes with his antiquated and uniquely descriptive power anymore. There is such a purity and gleeful enthusiasm to nearly every sentence! His characters and stories were so memorable to me as a teen I returned to them as an adult and they still hold up! They are indeed some of the true classics of the sword and sorcery fantasy genre by one of its "founding fathers." Fiction lovers everywhere should be introduced to them!

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  • 03-30-14

Not what it says on the tin.

I enjoyed the stories, even though Howards outdated racial attitudes are quite prominent, but the stories are always entertaining and well written and the Readers are all good.

Why the three stars? Well it's because the publisher's description is WRONG! I got this audiobook expecting to get "The Dark Man", "Gods of Gal-Sagoth", "Horror from the Mound", and "Kings of the Night", because that it what it says. Instead I got "The People of the Dark", a typical but entertaining Howard story, which also seems to be the first Conan story, before Howard settled on the Hyborian setting. The main character looks like Conan, is called Conan but he is an Irish Gael fighting Britons! You also get "Queen of the Black Coast", "Valley of the Worm", "The Haunter of the Ring" and the absolutely brilliant "Garden of Fear". What you DON'T get is "The Dark Man", "Gods of Gal-Sagoth", "Horror from the Mound", and "Kings of the Night".

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