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The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard

The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard

Written by Robert E. Howard

Narrated by Robertson Dean


The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard

Written by Robert E. Howard

Narrated by Robertson Dean

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4/5 (8 ratings)
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23 hours
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Released:
Mar 30, 2010
ISBN:
9781400182299
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Audiobook

Description

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 twelve years, Howard wrote more than a hundred 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."
Publisher:
Released:
Mar 30, 2010
ISBN:
9781400182299
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

Robert E. Howard (1906–1936) was an American author of pulp fiction, who made a name for himself by publishing numerous short stories in pulp magazines. Known as the “Father of Sword and Sorcery,” Howard helped create this subgenre of fiction. He is best known for his character Conan the Barbarian, who has inspired numerous film and television adaptations. Howard committed suicide at the age of thirty.  


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  • (4/5)
    I've never read any other author with so great an imagination as Robert E. Howard. His versatility as a writer is more than impressive. But his wide coverage of different genres inevitably results in some lame compostions among the gems."Horror Stories" offers a mixture of good, bad, and somewhere in between. Certain stories ramble on too long, others are good but with potential to be better, while others are simply brilliant.Mr Howard knew how to create creepy and suspenseful fiction, though I don't rate his horror works as highly as his action/adventure or humorous tales. Still, this is worth checking out of you're a REH fan.
  • (3/5)
    Robert E. Howard's horror stories fall roughly into several categories based on theme and setting. There are those with a regional southwestern setting ("The Horror from the Mound," "Old Garfield's Heart") as well as others set in the haunted piney woods region of the deep South ("Pigeons from Hell," "Black Canaan"). Memorable stories with a Celtic backdrop include "The Cairn on the Headland" and "Dermod's Bane." We also find tales of the horrid "little people" that abound in Celtic lore. Stories utilizing Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos include the memorable "The Black Stone" and adventures of occult researchers Conrad and Kirowan. Sometimes these categories overlap: "The Valley of the Lost" is a little people story with a US southwestern setting, for example.

    This collection of stories showcase Howard's deep interest in history, both ancient and local. Howard's writing really shows a spark when he includes locales familiar to him, such as the swamps bordering Louisiana and the rocky lands of his native Texas - here his stories take on a truer, more visceral cast that really sets them apart. His poetry is also exceptional - dark and atmospheric.

    If you enjoy a vintage weird tale with class, this is the book for you!
  • (4/5)
    Growing up, I owned a short collection (6 stories) of Robert E Howard. I thoroughly enjoyed those stories. Over the years, wherever I lived, I would check the local library to see if they had any of his horror story collections. Alas, they only had his fantasy stories.Finally, this book came out and I bought it.I must confess I was a little disappointed. Most of the stories, on their own, are quite good. However, the themes and style are quite repetitive. If you've read a select few stories, the rest will be similar.
  • (5/5)
    This is a great collection of stories. "Pigeons from Hell," "Worms of the Earth," "Black Canaan," and so many other weird and atmospheric tales of supernatural horrors.