People of the Dark

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This early work by Robert E. Howard was originally published in 1932 and we are now republishing it with a brand new introductory biography. 'People of the Dark' is a fantasy story that is now considered to be part of the famous Cthulhu Mythos. Robert Ervin Howard was born in Peaster, Texas in 1906. During his youth, his family moved between a variety of Texan boomtowns, and Howard - a bookish and somewhat introverted child - was steeped in the violent myths and legends of the Old South. At fifteen Howard began ...
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Overview

This early work by Robert E. Howard was originally published in 1932 and we are now republishing it with a brand new introductory biography. 'People of the Dark' is a fantasy story that is now considered to be part of the famous Cthulhu Mythos. Robert Ervin Howard was born in Peaster, Texas in 1906. During his youth, his family moved between a variety of Texan boomtowns, and Howard - a bookish and somewhat introverted child - was steeped in the violent myths and legends of the Old South. At fifteen Howard began to read the pulp magazines of the day, and to write more seriously. The December 1922 issue of his high school newspaper featured two of his stories, 'Golden Hope Christmas' and 'West is West'. In 1924 he sold his first piece - a short caveman tale titled 'Spear and Fang' - for $16 to the not-yet-famous Weird Tales magazine. Howard's most famous character, Conan the Cimmerian, was a barbarian-turned-King during the Hyborian Age, a mythical period of some 12,000 years ago. Conan featured in seventeen Weird Tales stories between 1933 and 1936 which is why Howard is now regarded as having spawned the 'sword and sorcery' genre. The Conan stories have since been adapted many times, most famously in the series of film
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781473322899
  • Publisher: Read Books Design
  • Publication date: 12/9/2014
  • Pages: 36
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Ervin Howard (January 22, 1906 – June 11, 1936) was a classic American pulp writer of fantasy, horror, historical adventure, boxing, western, and detective fiction. Howard wrote "over three-hundred stories and seven-hundred poems of raw power and unbridled emotion" and is especially noted for his memorable depictions of "a sombre universe of swashbuckling adventure and darkling horror." He is well known for having created — in the pages of the legendary Depression-era pulp magazine Weird Tales — the character Conan the Cimmerian, a.k.a. Conan the Barbarian, a literary icon whose pop-culture imprint can be compared to such icons as Tarzan of the Apes, Sherlock Holmes, and James Bond. Between Conan and his other heroes Howard created the genre now known as sword-and-sorcery in the late 1920s and early 1930s, spawning a wide swath of imitators and giving him an influence in the fantasy field rivaled only by J.R.R. Tolkien and Tolkien's similarly inspired creation of the modern genre of High Fantasy. There is no evidence that Tolkien was influenced by the earlier author, however. A full century after his birth, Howard remains a seminal figure, with his best work endlessly reprinted. He has been compared to other American masters of the weird, gloomy, and spectral, such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, and Jack London. Source: Wikipedia
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  • Posted December 19, 2008

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    ROBERT E. HOWARD = THE BEST OF THE BEST EVER!

    A win/win with a great editor in Paul Herman and REH! Also an excellent introduction by Joe Lansdale! Here's one paragraph, "Read these stories and enjoy. Dip into the exciting horrors and adventures of Robert E. Howard. Do not come to them with an academic mind. Come to them with an eager heart. That way they will give you much. Because they know little of logic, and much of desire - and desire drives us. Howard knew that. Let him share this knowledge with you." Two of the scariest stories are here: The Thing of the Roof and The Horror from the Mound. Be sure to read with the lights on. These books by Fantasy are some of my favorites as they are larger than paperback, easy to open and turn pages, good size fonts, good color fonts on good paper stock. Recommended reading: Blood & Thunder, The Life & Art of REH by Mark Finn, The Last of the Trunk, The Never Ending Story, and all Weird Works by Paul Herman, Collected Letters Vols 1-3 and Poetry of REH by Rob Roehm, The Dark Barbarian and The Barbaric Triumph by Don Herron, One Who Walked Alone by Novalyn Price, Two-Gun Bob, The Last of the Trail, The Best of REH Vols 1-2, Horror Stories of REH, Dark Horse comics Kull, Bran Mak Morn, Solomon Kane, and Conan, Conan by Roy Thomas, Conan the Phenom, and Sword Woman and She Devil. Check out the REH Foundation and Forum.

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  • Posted December 19, 2008

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    I Also Recommend:

    ROBERT E. HOWARD = THE BEST OF THE BEST!

    A win/win with a great editor in Paul Herman and REH! Also an excellent introduction by Joe Lansdale! Here's one paragraph, "Read these stories and enjoy. Dip into the exciting horrors and adventures of Robert E. Howard. Do not come to them with an academic mind. Come to them with an eager heart. That way they will give you much. Because they know little of logic, and much of desire - and desire drives us. Howard knew that. Let him share this knowledge with you." Two of the scariest stories are here: The Thing of the Roof and The Horror from the Mound. Be sure to read with the lights on. These books by Fantasy are some of my favorites as they are larger than paperback, easy to open and turn pages, good size fonts, good color fonts on good paper stock. Recommended reading: Blood & Thunder, The Life & Art of REH by Mark Finn, The Last of the Trunk, The Never Ending Story, and all Weird Works by Paul Herman, Collected Letters Vols 1-3 and Poetry of REH by Rob Roehm, The Dark Barbarian and The Barbaric Triumph by Don Herron, One Who Walked Alone by Novalyn Price, Two-Gun Bob, The Last of the Trail, The Best of REH Vols 1-2, Horror Stories of REH, Dark Horse comics Kull, Bran Mak Morn, Solomon Kane, and Conan, Conan by Roy Thomas, Conan the Phenom, and Sword Woman and She Devil. Check out the REH Foundation and Forum.

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  • Posted October 26, 2008

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    WEIRD WORKS OF ROBERT E. HOWARD - VOL TWO = OUTSTANDING!!

    Anytime you see Paul Herman's name on a REH book it's a win/win! All of these Weird Works of REH are great reading! On the back cover of the book; Quote "People of the Dark is the second volume of The Weird Works of REH, presenting many of Howard's works from the pulp magazines like Weird Tales, meticulously restored to its original texts. This volume begins with "People of the Dark," featuring a prototypical Conan of the Reavers, and concludes with "The People of the Black Circle," one of the very best Conan the Cimmerian tales. This volume includes five Conan stories, as well as tales featuring other barbaric heroes, as only REH can present them." Unquote. All of REH stories stand the test of time as the very best ever! I like these paperback books a lot from Cosmos, Del Rey, etc. as they are easy to carry, on really good paper, and the fonts are good size and easy to read. The cover art by Ken Kelly and cover design by Garry Nurrish is awesome! Highly recommend One Who Walked Alone by Novalyn Price who was REH's girlfriend. There's a DVD called The Whole Wide World about REH and Novalyn starring Renne Zellweger and Vincent D'Onofrio as REH. Also must haves: The Last of the Trunk, Collected Letters of REH by Rob Roehm, and The Star Rover by Jack London one of REH's favorite authors. The Star Rover is about Darrell Standing a man in prison who doesn't break under pressure even in a straight jacket, no food, no water, beaten, for days and weeks.

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