The Black Stranger and Other American Tales

The Black Stranger and Other American Tales

by Robert E. Howard
     
 

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Robert E. Howard is celebrated as the founding father of sword-and-sorcery, the creator of Conan of Cimmeria and Kull of Atlantis. The Black Stranger and Other American Tales demonstrates that in some of his most powerful heroic fantasy and horror stories, he also explored a New World older and more haunted than that which we’ve seen in textbooks or

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Robert E. Howard is celebrated as the founding father of sword-and-sorcery, the creator of Conan of Cimmeria and Kull of Atlantis. The Black Stranger and Other American Tales demonstrates that in some of his most powerful heroic fantasy and horror stories, he also explored a New World older and more haunted than that which we’ve seen in textbooks or museum exhibits. In Howard's Gothic America, dominion goes hand in hand with damnation and the present never ceases to writhe in the grip of the past.
 
"The Black Stranger" spearheads the collection. Located at the extreme edge of Hyborian geography and human ruthlessness, this Conan novella has seldom been available until now. All of the Cimmerian's lethal skills may not be enough inside a stockade that shelters a self-exiled, pirate-plagued count, besieged from without and bedeviled from within. Against the backdrop of a demonically hostile dreadwood, Howard recreates the worst nightmares of the earliest European invaders of North America.
 
In the tales that follow, Howard unearths sinister civilizations that have forgotten the mysteries of their origins on American soil tens of thousands of years ago. That soil is a dark and bloody ground, beneath which the monstrous heirs of ancient wrongs and unsuspected wars wait. A Comanche champion and a lone conquistador stumble upon empires carved out of the primordial Southwest by necromancers. Hot hate given cold flesh lurches on zuvembie legs in "Pigeons from Hell" and lurks in the shuddersome swamps of the Deep South in "Black Canaan."
 
These stories, here refurbished with authoritative, unexpurgated texts, have transcended the Thirties pulps in which they first saw print. With their unflinching focus on original American sin and even more original sinners, some are sure to take their place next to dark classics like "Young Goodman Brown," "Benito Cereno," and "A Rose for Emily."

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Robert E. Howard's The Black Stranger and Other American Tales, edited by Steven Tompkins, includes the title Conan novella along with a dozen other tales that exhibit the prolific pulp writer's full range. As Tompkins argues in his scholarly introduction, Howard (1906-1936) rooted his tales of gothic horror and sword-and-sorcery in the American pioneer experience. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Howard, of course, is immediately associated with Conan the Barbarian, but he was a popular pulp writer in many genres. These five volumes collect a large portion of his other works, for example, Westerns and fight stories as well as his lesser-known sword and sorcery adventures. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Southwest BookViews
"The University of Nebraska Press collections are an important contribution to anyone interested in Robert E. Howard, or just how good pulp fiction can be."—Southwest BookViews
Science Fiction Chronicle
“Howard’s stories are frequently powerful and his imagery is often very memorable.”—Science Fiction Chronicle

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803273535
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
04/28/2005
Series:
Works of Robert E. Howard Series
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.38(w) x 8.04(h) x 0.76(d)

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