Lord of Samarcand and Other Adventure Tales of the Old Orient

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For five centuries of Crusades, European armies of believers, fanatics, and mercenaries warred with the followers of the Prophet for control of Asia Minor and Palestine. From Jerusalem to Vienna, the frontier between West and East saw battle and bloodshed, treachery and butchery on a scale hitherto unknown and unimagined. The pageantry of medieval knighthood, the exoticism of the Orient, the ferocity of the invaders from the steppes, the mysteries of the seraglio, the rise and fall of great dynasties?these ...

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For five centuries of Crusades, European armies of believers, fanatics, and mercenaries warred with the followers of the Prophet for control of Asia Minor and Palestine. From Jerusalem to Vienna, the frontier between West and East saw battle and bloodshed, treachery and butchery on a scale hitherto unknown and unimagined. The pageantry of medieval knighthood, the exoticism of the Orient, the ferocity of the invaders from the steppes, the mysteries of the seraglio, the rise and fall of great dynasties—these provided a real historical backdrop for some of Robert E. Howard’s greatest fiction.
 
This volume contains the complete Oriental stories by the creator of Conan the Barbarian and Solomon Kane. Some were published in Farnsworth Wright’s Oriental Stories between 1930 and 1934; others were left unpublished and are printed here in authoritative texts based on the author’s surviving typescripts; and still others, left unfinished at his death, are presented as suggestive evidence of the work he had yet to do. As this collection attests, no one else writes action stories with Howard’s fast-paced intensity or brooding moral outlook. Here, the fates of empires rest on the swords of exiles, vagabonds, and renegades; whether civilization will be annihilated by religious zealots or by bloodthirsty barbarians, who is to say?

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Editorial Reviews

Science Fiction Chronicle
“A very nice collection and a great buy for the price. . . . It’s very nice to have these available once more, and Howard fans should chase them down while they have the chance.”—Science Fiction Chronicle
Forecast

“The mystery and exoticism of the Orient, the pageantry of medieval chivalry, the seductive qualities of the seraglio, and the rise and fall of great empires form the backdrop for a collection of action-packed short stories, all appearing in authoritative versions based on the author’s surviving manuscripts.”—Patrice Louinet, Forecast

— Patrice Louinet

Historical Novels Review

“Both Conan and Kull were pure fantasy. Before Howard created either, he was writing historical fiction, tales comprised almost entirely of bloody battles taking place in the Middle East during the Crusades. . . . These stories are not for the faint hearted.”—Steve Lewis, Historical Novels Review

— Steve Lewis

Forecast - Patrice Louinet
“The mystery and exoticism of the Orient, the pageantry of medieval chivalry, the seductive qualities of the seraglio, and the rise and fall of great empires form the backdrop for a collection of action-packed short stories, all appearing in authoritative versions based on the author’s surviving manuscripts.”—Patrice Louinet, Forecast
Historical Novels Review - Steve Lewis
“Both Conan and Kull were pure fantasy. Before Howard created either, he was writing historical fiction, tales comprised almost entirely of bloody battles taking place in the Middle East during the Crusades. . . . These stories are not for the faint hearted.”—Steve Lewis, Historical Novels Review
ForeWord Magazine - Peter Skinner
“A feast of color and a riot of action. . . . Howard’s con brio story-telling is rich in lightly rewritten history. . . . Thanks are due to Rusty Burke for assembling these stories, and to Bison Books for handsomely publishing this volume.”—Peter Skinner, ForeWord Magazine
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.
ForeWord Magazine
“A feast of color and a riot of action. . . . Howard’s con brio story-telling is rich in lightly rewritten history. . . . Thanks are due to Rusty Burke for assembling these stories, and to Bison Books for handsomely publishing this volume.”—Peter Skinner, ForeWord Magazine
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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803273559
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Series: Works of Robert E. Howard Series
  • Pages: 463
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert E. Howard (1906–36) lived and wrote in Cross Plains, Texas. From 1924 until his death, he sold hundreds of stories to pulp-fiction magazines such as Weird Tales, Argosy, Action Stories, Fight Stories, and Cowboy Stories. As a twentieth-century American master of fantastic adventure, he rivals Edgar Rice Burroughs. Rusty Burke is a noted Howard scholar and collector and is the series editor for the Wandering Star edition of Howard’s works. Patrice Louinet is a teacher in Meudon, France. He is the editor of Robert E. Howard’s Complete Conan of Cimmeria.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Red blades of Black Cathay 3
Hawks of Outremer 32
The blood of Belshazzar 60
The sowers of the thunder 89
Lord of Samarcand 129
Timur-lang 165
The lion of Tiberias 166
The shadow of the vulture 195
Gates of empire 234
The road of the eagles 270
Hawks over Egypt 306
The road of Azrael 344
The slave princess (synopsis) 385
The slave princess (unfinished draft) 387
Two against Tyre (unfinished draft) 407
The track of Bohemund (unfinished draft) 421
The shadow of the Hun (unfinished draft) 439
"He knew de Bracy ..." (untitled fragment) 455
"The wind from the Mediterranean ..." (untitled fragment) 456
Recap of Howard Lamb's "The wolf chaser" 457
"The Persians had all fled ..." (untitled draft) 458
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  • Posted December 14, 2008

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    ROBERT E. HOWARD - THE BEST OF THE BEST WRITER AND POET!

    This is a must read! I thoroughly enjoyed it! REH was a genius! Anytime I can find a REH story it's a great day! Lord of Samarcand - Gottfried von Kalmbach in The Shadow of the Vulture. REH wrote: 'A more dissolute vagabond than Gottfried never weaved his drunken way across the pages of a popular magazine: wastrel, drunkard, gambler, whore-monger, renegade, mercenary, plunderer, thief, rogue, rascal-I never created a character whose creation I enjoyed more. They may not seem real to the readers but Gottfried and his mistress Red Sonya seem more real to me than any other chracter I've ever drawn.' Collected in this book is the entirety of Howard's historical Oriental fiction-including some fragments. These tales are probably among the most somber ever written by REH among his best, too. Prepare to embark on a journey unlike any other in the field of historical fiction. The place is Outremer, the time the early thirteenth centery... Must Reads of REH (1906-1936): Blood and Thunder, The Life & Art of REH by Mark Finn, Two Gun Bob, One Who Walked Alone by Novalyne Ellis REH's girlfried, The Last of the Trunk & The Never Ending Story by Paul Herman, The Best of REH I & II, Conan, Kull, Solomon Kane, Cormac Mac Art, Bran Mak Morn, all of the Weird Tales issues, and Collected Poetry and Letters 1-3 by Rob Roehm. A special thanks to Glen Lord, Mark Finn, Paul Herman, Rusty Burke, Dark Horse, and everyone else that kept REH's legacy alive and well. Check out the REH Foundation & Forum.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2008

    ROBERT E. HOWARD = THE BEST OF THE BEST!

    This is a must read and great to add to any book collection. I thoroughly enjoyed it! REH was a genius! Anytime I can find a REH story it's a great day! Lord of Samarcand - Gottfried von Kalmbach in The Shadow of the Vulture. REH wrote: 'A more dissolute vagabond than Gottfried never weaved his drunken way across the pages of a popular magazine: wastrel, drunkard, gambler, whore-monger, renegade, mercenary, plunderer, thief, rogue, rascal-I never created a character whose creation I enjoyed more. They may not seem real to the readers but Gottfried and his mistress Red Sonya seem more real to me than any other chracter I've ever drawn.' Collected in this book is the entirety of Howard's historical Oriental fiction-including some fragments. These tales are probably among the most somber ever written by REH among his best, too. Prepare to embark on a journey unlike any other in the field of historical fiction. The place is Outremer, the time the early thirteenth centery... Must Reads of REH (1906-1936): Blood and Thunder, The Life & Art of REH by Mark Finn, Two Gun Bob, One Who Walked Alone by Novalyne Ellis REH's girlfried, The Last of the Trunk-Paul Herman, Crimson Shadows-The Best of REH I & II, Conan, Kull, Solomon Kane, Cormac Mac Art, The Black Stranger and Other American Tales has the scariest story ever called Pigeons From Hell, Bran Mak Morn, all of the Weird Tales issues, etc. Get them all. If you can't locate them at your local bookstore try used bookstores and/or the internet. A special thanks to Glen Lord, Mark Finn, Paul Herman, Dark Horse, and everyone else that kept REH's legacy alive and well.

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