Here are Howard’s greatest horror tales, all in their original, definitive versions. Some of Howard’s best-known characters–Solomon Kane, Bran Mak Morn, and sailor Steve Costigan among them–roam the forbidding locales of the author’s fevered imagination, from the swamps and bayous of the Deep South to the fiend-haunted woods outside Paris to remote jungles in Africa.
The collection includes Howard’s masterpiece “Pigeons from Hell,” which Stephen King calls “one of the finest horror stories of [the twentieth] century,” a tale of two travelers who stumble upon the ruins of a Southern plantation–and into the maw of its fatal secret. In “Black Canaan” even the best warrior has little chance of taking down the evil voodoo man with unholy powers–and none at all against his wily mistress, the diabolical High Priestess of Damballah. In these and other lavishly illustrated classics, such as the revenge nightmare “Worms of the Earth” and “The Cairn on the Headland,” Howard spins tales of unrelenting terror, the legacy of one of the world’s great masters of the macabre.
About the Author
BOBBY DERIE is a weird fiction scholar and the author of "Sex and the Cthulhu Mythos" (2014, Hippocampus Press). According to family lore, his father wanted to name him Conan, but his mother vetoed it.
Greg Staples is famous for the fully painted art of Slaine. From December 2014 his magnum opus, Dark Justice, appears in 2000AD in advance of the graphic novel to be published in May 2014.
“For stark, living fear . . . what other writer is even in the running?”
–H. P. Lovecraft
“[Behind Howard’s stories] lurks a dark poetry and the timeless truth of dreams.”
“Howard had a gritty, vibrant style–broadsword writing that cut its way to the heart, with heroes who are truly larger than life.”
“Howard’s writing seems so highly charged with energy that it nearly gives off sparks.”