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The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane Paperback – June 29, 2004
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“The voice of Robert E. Howard still resonates after decades with readers— equal parts ringing steel, thunderous horse hooves, and spattered blood.
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laughs are the gauge by which all modern heroes must be measured.”
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“That teller of marvelous tales, Robert Howard, did indeed create a giant [Conan] in whose shadow other ‘hero tales’ must stand.”
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“For stark, living fear . . . what other writer is even in the running with Robert E. Howard?”
—H. P. LOVECRAFT
“Howard wrote pulp adventure stories of every kind, for every market he could find, but his real love was for supernatural adventure and he brought a brash, tough element to the epic fantasy which did as much to change the course of the American school away from precious writing and static imagery as Hammett, Chandler, and the Black Mask pulp writers were to change the course of American detective fiction.”
Award winning author of the Elric saga
“In this, I think, the art of Robert E. Howard was hard to surpass: vigor, speed, vividness. And always there is that furious, galloping narrative pace.”
“Howard honestly believed the basic truth of the stories he was telling. It’s as if he’d said, ‘This is how life really was lived in those former savage times!’ ”
Author of Grimmer Than Hell and Dogs of War
“For headlong, nonstop adventure and for vivid, even florid, scenery, no one even comes close to Howard.”
“HOWARD WAS THE THOMAS WOLFE OF FANTASY.”
“The stories have a livingness about them [that’s] impossible to fake. . . . Not one of them is boring—there is always some special touch—and most, of course, are rousers.”
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“The best pulp (fantasy) writer was Robert E. Howard.”
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and Farewell to Lankhmar
“Weird, fantastic, but peopled with real men who think and act as we conceive the thoughts and acts of men. . . . None of the dummies that pirouette through some stories, using stilted, supposedly archaic language, and moving in response to the author’s obvious string-pulling. All of which leads you to believe that I like it. Correct. I do.”
—E. HOFFMAN PRICE
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“[Behind Howard’s stories] lurks a dark poetry, and the timeless truth of dreams. That is why these tales have survived. They remain a fitting heritage of the poet and dreamer who was Robert E. Howard.”
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From the Inside Flap
With Conan the Cimmerian, Robert E. Howard created more than the greatest action hero of the twentieth century--he also launched a genre that came to be known as sword and sorcery. But Conan wasn't the first archetypal
adventurer to spring from Howard's fertile imagination.
""He was . . . a strange blending of Puritan and Cavalier, with a touch of the ancient philosopher, and more than a touch of the pagan. . . . A hunger in his soul drove him on and on, an urge to right all wrongs, protect all weaker things. . . . Wayward and restless as the wind, he was consistent in only one respect--he was true to his ideals of justice and right. Such was Solomon Kane."
Collected in this volume, lavishly illustrated by award-winning artist Gary Gianni, are all of the stories and poems that make up the thrilling saga of the dour and deadly Puritan, Solomon Kane. Together they constitute a sprawling epic of weird fantasy adventure that stretches from sixteenth-century England to remote African jungles where no white man has set foot. Here are shudder-inducing tales of vengeful ghosts and bloodthirsty demons, of dark sorceries wielded by evil men and women, all opposed by a grim avenger armed with a fanatic's faith and a warrior's savage heart.
"This edition also features exclusive story fragments, a biography of Howard by scholar Rusty Burke, and "In Memoriam," H. P. Lovecraft's moving tribute to his friend and fellow literary genius.
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Still, worth every penny. I just wished there were more.
I always recommend Conan but you'll be surprised by Solomon Kane. If you've not read the Kane stories, or even if you have, this is a wonderful volume that will bring you back to Howard's creation again and again. Enjoy!
For those searching for background so they can run or play Solomon Kane-themed games, this is your encyclopedia.
The book is well made, though I find most of today's paperback covers a bit on the flimsy side. Fortunately there are no "clever" marketing ploys like cutouts, so the book sits nicely in the hands and doesn't fight the reader or get snagged on clothing.
The cover has a nice color plate depicting the hero, Solomon Kane, and inside there are lavish B&W illustrations and four full-page B&W plates produced specially for this volume. The artwork is nice, but positioned oddly in some places, in the middle of the text, forcing the reader to skip over the space taken up by the drawing, often during a tense action sequence. Why the art was placed like this is a mystery, since had it been to one side or the other the text could have flowed much cleaner. I found this distracting and drop a star for it.
The text has been "restored" by an editorial team, and there are a few pages containing the details of the redactions for the keen collector or scholar of Howard's work.
I almost forgot: There is a forward by the illustrator, and a memorial by H.P. Lovecraft written at the time of Howard's death that serves as an introduction of sorts to the book.
Even though there is a lot of whitespace in this Trade Paperback (a trait of the format that makes me angry usually) the presence of the artwork makes good use of much of it and at least justifies the otherwise wasted tree. In this volume the whitespace serves to present the text and artwork beautifully (for the most part).
All in all an excellent way to get to know Robert E. Howard's Puritan hero.
I must confess that I like these stories even more than the Conan tales. Solomon Kane is a driven character with a brooding personality I find more appealing than Conan. This book contains all the published stories about Kane and six previously unpublished manuscripts from the Glenn Lord collection. As with the other Robert Howard books published by Del Rey, this one includes superb illustrations. The frontspiece by Gary Gianni perfectly captures Kane's grim visage.
Anyone who enjoys reading the old pulp adventure tales should get this book. Howard was a true master of the genre. The stories, poetry, and essay on Howard by H.P. Lovecraft are all great reads now just as when they were first published. My favorite pieces are the fragment "Castle of the Devil," "Rattle of Bones," and the poem "The One Black Stain" which places Kane with Sir Francis Drake. But you can hardly go wrong with any part of this book.