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The Savage Tales of Solomon Kaneby Robert E. Howard
Synopses & Reviews
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.
From Our Staff:
Robert E. Howard is the father of "sword and sorcery" and, without a doubt, one of the best fantasy writers of the 20th century. Howard's writing style is unique and exciting. His books come alive through his use of detail and his ferocious, unrelenting passion for the characters and the worlds in which they live. When reading his books, I become completely absorbed into them. I lose track of time and where I am. From Bran Mak Morn to Conan and Solomon Kane, there is no shortage of great fiction. (Until you finish all of his books!)
Solomon Kane is a very good example of the do-gooder archetype, with his godly stature and sense of justice and chivalry. His magnetic pull to evil, and his desire to vanquish every last trace of it even in the face of death, is inspiring. But I don't like giving out spoilers, so you must read the book yourself. I can certainly say, though, that if you like Robert E. Howard's other books, you will enjoy The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane. And if you have not read his other books, well, you should be ashamed, and start reading them!
"Howard's writing seems so highly charged with energy that it nearly gives off sparks." Stephen King
"Howard wrote pulp adventure stories of every kind...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." Michael Moorcock, award winning author of the Elric saga
"I adore these books. Howard had a gritty, vibrant style — broadsword writing that cut its way to the heart, with heroes who are truly larger than life. I heartily recommend them to anyone who loves fantasy." David Gemmel, author of Legend and White Wolf
"The voice of Robert E. Howard still resonates after decades with readers....His raw muscle and sinews, boiling temper, and lusty laughs are the gauge by which all modern heroes must be measured." Eric Nylund, author of Halo: The Fall of Reach and Signal to Noise
"That teller of marvelous tales, Robert Howard, did indeed create a giant [Conan] in whose shadow other 'hero tales' must stand." John Jakes, New York Times bestselling author of the North and South trilogy
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