Contents for The Best of Robert E. Howard, Volume 1: Crimson Shadows Essay

Rusty Burke recently annouced the stories and poems included in Volume 1, Crimson Shadows. Verse is in shown in italics:

“The Shadow Kingdom”
“The Ghost Kings”
“The Curse of the Golden Skull”
“Red Shadows”
“The One Black Stain”
“The Dark Man”
“The Marching Song of Connacht”
“Kings of the Night”
“The Black Stone”
“The Song of a Mad Minstrel”
“The Fightin’est Pair”
“The Grey God Passes”
“The Song of the Last Briton”
“Worms of the Earth”
“An Echo from the Iron Harp”
“Lord of the Dead”
“Untitled: ‘You have built a world of paper and wood’”
“’For the Love of Barbara Allen’”
“The Tide”
“The Valley of the Worm”
“The Dust Dance: Selections, Version II”
“The People of the Black Circle”
“Beyond the Black River”
“A Word from the Outer Dark”
“Hawk of the Hills”
“Sharp’s Gun Serenade”
“Lines Written in the Realization That I Must Die”

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Also included will be an essay on Howard by Charles Hoffman, Rusty Burke’s A Short Biography of Robert E.

Howard (with a few modifications based on more recent findings or conclusions), and Notes on the Texts.

Unlike other Wandering Star/Del Rey books, there will be no “marginalia” such as fragments, drafts, only complete stories and poems.

The artwork for these volumes is by Jim and Ruth Keegan, illustrators and writers of the superb The Adventures of Two-Gun Bob comic strip now appearing in all of Dark Horse’s Conan books.

The book will be available on July 31st and can be pre-ordered at  

Also, Volume 2, Grim Lands, wil be published on November 27th.

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