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The Best of Robert E. Howard: Crimson Shadows (Volume 1)

Robert E. Howard is one of the most famous and influential pulp authors of the twentieth century. Though largely known as the man who invented the sword-and-sorcery genreand for his iconic hero Conan the CimmerianHoward also wrote horror tales, desert adventures, detective yarns, epic poetry, and more. This spectacular volume, gorgeously illustrated by Jim and Ruth Keegan, includes some of his best and most popular works.Inside, readers will discover (or rediscover) such gems as The Shadow Kingdom, featuring Kull of Atlantis and considered by many to be the first sword-and-sorcery story; The Fightinest Pair, part of one of Howards most successful series, chronicling the travails of Steve Costigan, a merchant seaman with fists of steel and a head of wood; The Grey God Passes, a haunting tale about the passing of an age, told against the backdrop of Irish history and legend; Worms of the Earth, a brooding narrative featuring Bran Mak Morn, about which H. P. Lovecraft said, Few readers will ever forget the hideous and compelling power of this macabre masterpiece; a historical poem relating a momentous battle between Cimbri and the legions of Rome; and Sharps Gun Serenade, one of the last and funniest of the Breckinridge Elkins tales.These thrilling, eerie, compelling, swashbuckling stories and poems have been restored to their original form, presented just as the author intended. There is little doubt that after more than seven decades the voice of Robert E. Howard continues to resonate with readers around the world....

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The Best of Robert E. Howard: Crimson Shadows (Volume 1) Reviews

  • David Hunter

    ...another "read at the pub on my iPhone" book...

  • Jim

    This was probably the best collection of his work that I've ever read & I'm pretty conversant with his work. I have over 40 of his books, half being Conan. I think every type of story he wrote was covered & the very best were picked. There were even a couple of stories that I don't think I had read before, which is surprising.

    If I have any quarrel with the book, it's the amount of his poetry that is included. It is interspersed among the stories well, but by cutting back on it, perhaps

  • Jonathan Stevens

    A free offer from Suvudu some time ago. A collection of stories and poem. The stories are great, but I think all of them are available at various public domain ebook sites.

  • N

    Mr Howard was essentially the inventor of the "sword and sorcery" genre and for that, I thank him. His stories are very much a young man's stories; as a woman I found all the mighty thews and such a bit tedious after a while. Also, while of course these things must be considered in their historical context, I found it difficult to get past his comments on the "native savagery" of various races as compared to the mighty, superior Aryans.

  • Marcus

    Okay, but not as overwhelming as I remembered from my adolescence.

  • Frank

    Skipped the modern stories and poetry; the remainder was exciting and fast-paced, if a bit repetitive. I enjoyed the sense of history that emerged from the numerous settings.

  • Bob Wilkins

    The stories are all 5 star, but there is a LOT of overlap with all the previous Del Rey books.

  • Takipsilim

    A fine and diverse collection of one of the most talented and the most versatile of the great pulp authors. The inconsistent selection highlights Howard's hit-or-miss efforts, but the best are truly inspired.