- Hardcover: 450 pages
- Publisher: Night Shade Books (September 15, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1892389517
- ISBN-13: 978-1892389510
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1.5 x 6.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,132,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Midnight Sun: The Complete Stories of Kane Hardcover – September 15, 2003
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This book contains all of the Kane short stories that Karl Edward Wagner wrote, and it was expected to go along with the book, Gods in Darkness, which contains the three Kane novels. It's a very good book - get both books, and enjoy! Once you start reading Kane, you won't be able to stop to you have read all of them!
Kane was my first experience with Wagner. Back in the '70's, when I was still a wee lad and most of my friends were reading stuff like The Outsiders, I stumbled on a paperback copy of Death Angel's Shadow, the one with the Frazetta cover, and spent the next few nights hiding in bed; under my covers, flashlight on long after midnight, altering my mind with this combination of Robert E. Howard and Lovecraft.
Now, after reading most of his published work, for my buck, the noveletta's contained here are absolutely Wagner's best writing, period. The shorter Kane stories are nightmarishly bizarre, violent, and punchy, unlike Wagner's complete novels which tend to be a bit bloated and have a tendency to lose momentum (although they're still worth reading, by all means). The novel Bloodstone (contained in 'God's') is particularly inconsistent. That seems natural, since Wagner tended to work in the short story format, both in his own work and as the editor of other authors' works, in his many horror anthologies.
As far as the compilations go, they're okay. There are lots of typo's in the text (nitpicky, I know, but c'mon...), and frankly, my biggest gripe - the Ken Kelly covers just stink. Nobody does Wagner and Kane (or fantasy illustration in general) justice like Frank Frazetta.
Anyway. Say what you will about the likes of Lin Carter, L. Sprague de Camp, Manly Wade Wellman, Fritz Leiber, et al, there are really only two masters of what's come to be known as 'dark fantasy': Robert E. Howard, and Wagner.
This volume is great. Pick it up and enjoy.