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The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard

by Robert E. Howard

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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. ( )
  PhilSyphe | Oct 31, 2016 |
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! ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
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. ( )
  VincentDarlage | Jan 30, 2015 |
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. ( )
  beetle_b | Oct 26, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345490207, Paperback)

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.

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In the forest of Villefere -- A song of the werewolf folk -- Wolfshead -- Up, John Kane! -- Remembrance -- The dream snake -- Sea curse -- The moor ghost -- Moon mockery -- The little people -- Dead man's hate -- The tavern -- Rattle of bones -- The fear that follows -- The spirit of Tom Molyneaux -- Casonetto's last song -- The touch of death -- Out of the deep -- A legend of Faring Town -- Restless waters -- The shadow of the beast -- The dead slaver's tale -- Dermod's bane -- The hills of the dead -- Dig me no grave -- The song of a mad minstrel -- The children of the night -- Musings -- The black stone -- The thing on the roof -- The dweller in Dark Valley -- The horror from the mound -- A dull sound as of knocking -- People of the dark -- Delenda est -- The cairn on the headland -- Worms of the earth -- The symbol -- The valley of the lost -- The hoofed thing -- The noselss horror -- The dwellers under the tomb -- An open window -- The house of Arabu -- The man on the ground -- Old Garfield's heart -- Kelly the Conjure-Man -- Black Canaan -- To a woman -- One who comes at eventide -- The haunter of the ring -- Piegeons from hell -- The dead remember -- The fire of Asshurbanipal -- Fragment -- Which will scarcely be understood -- Golnor the ape -- Spectres in the dark -- The house -- Untitled fragment.… (more)

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