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Product Details

  • Series: Weird Works of Robert E. Howard (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 365 pages
  • Publisher: Leisure Books (July 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0843959053
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843959055
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 3.9 x 6.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,504,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Known primarily for his iconic character, Conan, Howard's other writings delivered just as much action and adventure. This anthology of nine tales reveals some of his other earlier and lesser-known characters including Solomon Kane and King Kull, who feature in several pieces each. Originally published in Weird Tales, these stories become a nostalgic revival from the days of pulp magazines in this audio collection. Though Howard's writing is plagued with melodrama and Eurocentrism, it still proves entertaining and exciting. While some supporting characters are one-dimensional, Kane and Kull gain more depth with each passing story. Utilizing different narrators for each story, Audio Realms brings quality and engaging talent to Howard's words. Each narrator fits acutely well with the story he reads. Each maintains a strong, determined masculine voice, which embodies the predominantly male point of view throughout Howard's works. This kind of adventure and fantasy entails harsh and gritty worlds with grim characters, which these narrators capture well with their stern and gravelly voices. A Wildside paperback.(May)
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Needless to say, not good for them.
Blue Tyson
I figure very few people will just buy this book so this covers the series, which is currently up to volume 6.
cyberalchemist
Robert E. Howard (1906-1936)was and still is the greatest adventure story teller wordsmith of all time!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Green Trilobite on July 11, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This lil' item is just one more attempt by the folks at Wildside Press to go to the trough one more time with the same material. First they came out with a hardbound edition of this title- fine, it was a fair addition to the number of Robert E. Howard releases that seem to be coming out of the woodwork these days. However (big however) this book, like several in this series, had a number of errors in the texts. Then came the trade paperback: same errors and even some layout problems. Several books into the series the publishers then decided to change cover artists (god only knows why) and therefore reissued it with new cover art as well as re-typeset to increase the page count (which was quite low in the original. I would also hope this was done to correct at least some of the errors). Now in this latest testament to Murphy's law they've released it as a regular sized paperback with (drumroll) three of the stories missing! Including one mentioned on the back cover!
Now I must state clearly that I am a definite Howard fan, I have a huge collection of editions of his works as well as a not-small collection of his stuff from the pulps (including Weird Tales). It's important that his work remain in print. It is equally important that the people reprinting it actually get it right!

Approach anything from this publisher with care.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Paul P. Mosher on July 30, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was sorely disappointed with this softcover book edition. It states on the back cover, for instance, that this is "the first volume of The Wierd Works of Robert E. Howard" and that it has "meticulously restored to its original texts" the stories within. Further that "This volume begins with Spear and Fang, Howards first professional fiction sale, and condludes with Red Thunder, a gripping sword and sorcery tale." Spear and Fang appear NOWHERE in this book and while Red Thunder is in the book, it does not "conclude" with it.

In my opinion, leaving OUT Howard's first professional fiction sale and NOT concluding with Red Thunder (BOTH AS ADVERTISED ON THE BACK COVER) doesn't speak well of the "meticulous" alledged restoration alluded to.

While containing almost two dozen Howard pieces, I somehow doubt the dedication, attention to detail and/or the "expertise" of the publisher as to authenticity or accuracy that should be a hallmark of a series of this sort. Don't waste your money.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By John Betancourt on March 31, 2005
Format: Hardcover
SHADOW KINGDOMS is the first volume of the Weird Works of Robert E. Howard, presenting all of Howard's work for the pulp magazine Weird Tales meticulously restored to its original magazine texts. Edited by Paul Herman. Introduction by Mark Finn. Cover by Stephen Fabian.

This volume contains:

Two-Gun Musketeer: Robert E. Howard's Weird Tales, by Mark Finn

Spear and Fang

In the Forest of Villefère

Wolfshead

The Lost Race

The Song of the Bats

The Ride of Falume

The Riders of Babylon

The Dream Snake

The Hyena

Remembrance

Sea Curse

The Gates of Nineveh

Red Shadows

The Harp of Alfred

Easter Island

Skulls in the Stars

Crete

Moon Mockery

Rattle of Bones

Forbidden Magic

The Shadow Kingdom

The Mirrors of Tuzun Thune

The Moor Ghost

Red Thunder
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. C. on April 4, 2005
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Highest praise to Wildsidepress for giving us this beautiful edition of early Robert E. Howard stories and poems. The publishers even included the first stories of Solomon Kane and King Kull, which adds further value to "Shadow Kingdoms". As the stories/poems are collected in chronological order, you can get a good impression of the progress of Howard's writing skills. A short introduction gives further interesting information. Recommended reading for everybody interested in Howard's lesser known works (yes - he wrote much more than "Conan"). Hopefully Amazon will also sell the rest of this 10 Volume set. In my case I cannot wait for "Volume 3 - People of the Dark" to be published.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Sims on January 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This collection, containing Howard's earlier weird stories, starts off with a bang: "Spear and Fang", the first tale, is very good, and there are no duds thereafter; every story or poem in the book is worth reading. The original Solomon Kane and King Kull tales are here, and they are most interesting. The dustjacket art by Stephen Fabian is gorgeous and creepy; I hope to see his artwork on the covers of every volume in this set.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Drymalik on September 12, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I purchased this book assuming I was getting 'Wildside Press' book, but what I actually got was the 'Cosmos book'. Same cover art and title, but different selection of stories from what people have mentioned in the reviews. The Book I got contained

"The Lost Race"
"The Song of the Bats" (poem)
"The Ride of Falume" (poem)
"The Riders of Babylon" (poem)
"The Dream Snake"
"The Hyena"
"The Gates of Nineveh" (poem)
"Red Shadows"
"The Harp of Alfred" (poem)
"Easter Island" (poem)
"Skulls in the Stars"
"Crete" (poem)
"Moon Mockery" (poem)
"Rattle of Bones"
"Forbidden Magic" (poem)
"The Shadow Kingdom"
"The Mirrors of Tuzun Thune"
"The Moor Ghost" (poem)
"Red Thunder" (poem)
"Skull-Face"
"Dead Man's Hate" (poem)
"The Fearsome Touch of Death"
"The Voice of El-Lil"

It's a good selection, but was missing some of the stories I expected to get, but that's my problems not Amazons. I enjoyed the book and think it was good value for the money.
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