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Robert E. Howard's Weird Works Volume 5: Valley of the Worm

by Robert E. Howard

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I'm reviewing the short story of 'The Valley of the Worm' and not a collection by that name.

Howard presents another of his reincarnation tales, this time his main character recalls a previous life, harking *way* back before detailed historical records.

A fearless warrior battles men, a sabre-tooth tiger, a huge snake, and a vile monstrosity that can at best be compared to a gigantic worm.

I don't rate this as one of Howard's finest short stories but it was still worth reading. ( )
  PhilSyphe | Jan 1, 2014 |
The fifth Weird Works volume has a good chunk of Conan, plus another couple of horror stories, as well as a little poetry. Definitely some strong work here (3.72), although I have never liked the title story too much.

Valley Of the Worm : BLACK COLOSSUS - Robert E. Howard
Valley Of the Worm : THE MAN ON THE GROUND - Robert E. Howard
Valley Of the Worm : THE SLITHERING SHADOW - Robert E. Howard
Valley Of the Worm : THE POOL OF THE BLACK ONE - Robert E. Howard
Valley Of the Worm : OLD GARFIELD'S HEART - Robert E. Howard
Valley Of the Worm : ROGUES IN THE HOUSE - Robert E. Howard
Valley Of the Worm : THE VALLEY OF THE WORM - Robert E. Howard
Valley Of the Worm : GODS OF THE NORTH - Robert E. Howard
Valley Of the Worm : SHADOWS IN THE MOONLIGHT - Robert E. Howard

Princess Yasmeela is visited by the sorceror Natokh, in an unearthly appartion. Terrified, she consults the oracle of Mitra, who tells her to make the first man she sees head of her armies.
It is her good fortune that this man is Conan. Her understands her political and military problems, and leads her army in war against the forces of Natokh, who has a resurrected monster up his sleeve.
Carnage ensues.

4 out of 5

A Texas feud gets ghostly.

3.5 out of 5

Conan and the woman with him find a strange city in the desert, after attacks and problems, they finally come across two weird inhabitants, a man and a woman :
'..I am Thalis the Stygian,' she replied. 'Are you mad, to come here?'
'I've been thinking I must be,' he growled. 'By Crom, if I am sane, I'm out of place here, because these people are all maniacs.'
The strange, deadly black shadows don't care who they take, though, and Conan and Natala must face those, and weird dream warriors, before the end.

4 out of 5

Conan has escaped an island where he was in trouble, and swum out to a nearby ship, boosting himself over the side and inviting himself onto the crew.
He plots to take over leadership, but when he follows the pirate leader ashore later, he gets more than he bargained for with a lot of black followers and something nasty in the Pool.
He rallies and rescues what is left of the pirate crew, and has himself a ship, and a woman.

4 out of 5

Giving the Ghost Man back his loaner.

3.5 out of 5

Conan is yet again in trouble because of drinking and wenching. A crime has gone wrong, and a woman he was with has betrayed him to the authorities.
He is offered a way out, if he will kill a man. This man is Nabonidus, The Red Priest.
The only problems involve breaking in, a huge hulking ape-man servant, and then The Red Priest himself and his powers.

3.5 out of 5

Dragonslaying, Norse reincarnation style. Not quite to the standard of his other stories, I think.

3 out of 5

Conan meets a very pale woman after fighting a battle in the frozen north. She is haughty, and arrogant, and summons a couple of her brothers to fight Conan. Giant men they might be, but the Cimmerian grabs them, and then grabs the girl.

She calls to her father Ymir, and disappears. Conan wakes up - was it all a dream?

4 out of 5

Conan comes across an Hyrkanian battle leader who has slaughtered the mercenaries he was with. He slays him and allows a girl the dead man had captured to come with him.

Attempting escape they come across pirates, a man ape, and spooky statues at night.

4 out of 5

http://notfreesf.blogspot.com/2009/04/weird-works-of-robert-e-howard-volume-5.ht... ( )
  bluetyson | Apr 3, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0809511355, Hardcover)

The fifth collection of Robert E. Howard's fantasy work from the legendary pulp magazine Weird Tales (and several of its rivals) features another lineup filled with classic fiction and poetry from Howard's greatest writing years. Included in this volume are four stories with Howard's most famous character, Conan ("Black Colossus," "The Slithering Shadow," "The Pool of the Black One," and "Rogues in the House"), as well as several historical and contemporary fantasies.

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