The Best of Robert E. Howard, Volume 1: The Shadow Kingdom

The Best of Robert E. Howard, Volume 1: The Shadow Kingdom

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The Best of Robert E. Howard, Volume 1: The Shadow Kingdom by Robert E. Howard, Jim Keegan, Ruth Keegan

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 genre–and for his iconic hero Conan the Cimmerian–Howard 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 Fightin’est Pair,” part of one of Howard’s 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 “Sharp’s 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345490186
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/14/2007
Series: Best of Robert E. Howard Series , #1
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 679,583
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.15(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Robert E. Howard is one of the most prolific short story writers in American history, and has created such beloved characters as Conan the Barbarian, Kull of Atlantis, Soloman Kane, Bran Mak Morn, El Borak, and Dark Agnès de Chastillon. He tragically passed away in 1936.

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Best of Robert E. Howard, Volume 1: The Shadow Kingdom 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous 5 months ago
One of the best storytellers ever.
Viggrmot More than 1 year ago
It's the original. He doesnt' have Zelazny's language or eye for detail and he didn't have Gene Wolfe's or John Steinbeck's profundity, but he was the first and Kull and then Conan just got better until his suicide
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hasenbusch More than 1 year ago
Robert E. Howard was an extra-ordindary creative writer and poet who in my opinion was the best! His vision, talent, creative writing and poetry, and action packed stories can and will never be replicated! To learn more about this unique man read Blood & Thunder, The Life and Art of Robert E. Howard by Mark Finn. Also, read the Best of Robert E. Howard 2. Number two has my favorites Red Nails, Beyond The Black River, and scariest story EVER Pigeons From Hell! Be sure to read it at night with plenty of light. Volume 1 is a must have and so is vol 2. Please read One Who Walked Alone by Novalyn Price, The Dark Barbarian & The Barbaric Triumph by Don Herron, Two-Gun Bob, The Never Ending Hunt, All Weird Works, and The Last of The Trunk by Paul Herman, Collected Letters of REH by Rob Roehm, Dark Horse Conan, Solomon Kane, Kull, and Marvel Magazines Savage Sword of and Conan Saga, Roy Thomas Conan Hardcover, Chronicles of, Marvel comics, and Conan Phenom, Horror Stories of REH, The Star Rover by Jack London, Bran Mak Morn, H.P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, Glenn Lord, and everyone else who has kept REH legacy alive and well. Tell others about him.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Robert E. Howard was an extra-ordindary creative writer who in my opinion was the best! His vision, talent, creative writing, and action packed stories can and will never be replicated! To learn more about this unique man read Blood & Thunder, The Life and Art of Robert E. Howard by Mark Finn. Also, read the Best of Robert E. Howard 2. Number two has my favorites Red Nails, Beyond The Black River, and scariest story EVER Pigeons From Hell! Be sure to read it at night with plenty of light. Volume 1 is a must have and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Must have Volumes 1 & 2.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is more than a disappointment. It was not the gripping adventure stories that other reviews promised, it was however very racist. Boring and offensive, not the best combination for a book.