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"People of the Dark" is a short story by Robert Ervin Howard.

Robert Ervin Howard (January 22, 1906 - June 11, 1936) was an American author who wrote pulp fiction in a diverse range of genres. He is well known for his character Conan the Barbarian and is regarded as the father of the sword and sorcery subgenre.

Howard was born and raised in the state of Texas. He spent most of his life in the town of Cross Plains with some time spent in nearby Brownwood. A bookish and ...

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Overview

"People of the Dark" is a short story by Robert Ervin Howard.

Robert Ervin Howard (January 22, 1906 - June 11, 1936) was an American author who wrote pulp fiction in a diverse range of genres. He is well known for his character Conan the Barbarian and is regarded as the father of the sword and sorcery subgenre.

Howard was born and raised in the state of Texas. He spent most of his life in the town of Cross Plains with some time spent in nearby Brownwood. A bookish and intellectual child, he was also a fan of boxing and spent some time in his late teens bodybuilding, eventually taking up amateur boxing. From the age of nine he dreamed of becoming a writer of adventure fiction but did not have real success until he was 23. Thereafter, until his death at the age of 30 by suicide, Howard's writings were published in a wide selection of magazines, journals, and newspapers, and he had become successful in several genres. Although a Conan novel was nearly published into a book in 1934, his stories never appeared in book form during his lifetime. The main outlet for his stories was in the pulp magazine Weird Tales.

Howard's suicide and the circumstances surrounding it have led to varied speculation about his mental health. His mother had been ill with tuberculosis his entire life, and upon learning that she had entered a coma from which she was not expected to wake, he walked out to his car and shot himself in the head. In the pages of the Depression-era pulp magazine Weird Tales, Howard created Conan the Barbarian, a character whose cultural impact has been compared to such icons as Tarzan, Count Dracula, Sherlock Holmes, Batman, and James Bond. With Conan and his other heroes, Howard created the genre now known as sword and sorcery, spawning many imitators and giving him a large influence in the fantasy field. Howard remains a highly read author, with his best works still reprinted.

Howard spent his late teens working odd jobs around Cross Plains; all of which he hated. In 1924, Howard returned to Brownwood to take a stenography course at Howard Payne College, this time boarding with his friend Lindsey Tyson instead of his mother. Howard would have preferred a literary course but was not allowed to take one for some reason. Biographer Mark Finn suggests that his father refused to pay for such a non-vocational education. In the week of Thanksgiving that year, and after years of rejection slips and near acceptances, he finally sold a short caveman tale titled "Spear and Fang", which netted him the sum of $16 and introduced him to the readers of a struggling pulp called Weird Tales.

Now that his career in fiction had begun, Howard dropped out of Howard Payne College at the end of the semester and returned to Cross Plains. Shortly afterwards, he received notice that another story, "The Hyena," had been accepted by Weird Tales. During the same period, Howard made his first attempt to write a novel, a loosely autobiographical book modeled on Jack London's Martin Eden and titled Post Oaks & Sand Roughs. The book was otherwise of middling quality and was never published in the author's lifetime but it is of interest to Howard scholars for the personal information it contains. Howard's alter ego in this novel is Steve Costigan, a name he would use more than once in the future. The novel was finished in 1928 but not published until long after his death.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781501018909
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/31/2014
  • Pages: 42
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 7.81 (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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