The Black Stranger and Other American Tales

The Black Stranger and Other American Tales

Robert E. Howard Steven Tompkins / Apr 22, 2021

The Black Stranger and Other American Tales Robert E Howard is celebrated as the founding father of sword and sorcery the creator of Conan of Cimmeria and Kull of Atlantis The Black Stranger and Other American Tales demonstrates that in some o

  • Title: The Black Stranger and Other American Tales
  • Author: Robert E. Howard Steven Tompkins
  • ISBN: 9780803273535
  • Page: 389
  • Format: Paperback
  • Robert E Howard is celebrated as the founding father of sword and sorcery, the creator of Conan of Cimmeria and Kull of Atlantis The Black Stranger and Other American Tales demonstrates that in some of his most powerful heroic fantasy and horror stories, he also explored a New World older and haunted than that which we ve seen in textbooks or museum exhibits In HowRobert E Howard is celebrated as the founding father of sword and sorcery, the creator of Conan of Cimmeria and Kull of Atlantis The Black Stranger and Other American Tales demonstrates that in some of his most powerful heroic fantasy and horror stories, he also explored a New World older and haunted than that which we ve seen in textbooks or museum exhibits In Howard s Gothic America, dominion goes hand in hand with damnation and the present never ceases to writhe in the grip of the past The Black Stranger spearheads the collection Located at the extreme edge of Hyborian geography and human ruthlessness, this Conan novella has seldom been available until now All of the Cimmerian s lethal skills may not be enough inside a stockade that shelters a self exiled, pirate plagued count, besieged from without and bedeviled from within Against the backdrop of a demonically hostile dreadwood, Howard recreates the worst nightmares of the earliest European invaders of North America In the tales that follow, Howard unearths sinister civilizations that have forgotten the mysteries of their origins on American soil tens of thousands of years ago That soil is a dark and bloody ground, beneath which the monstrous heirs of ancient wrongs and unsuspected wars wait A Comanche champion and a lone conquistador stumble upon empires carved out of the primordial Southwest by necromancers Hot hate given cold flesh lurches on zuvembie legs in Pigeons from Hell and lurks in the shuddersome swamps of the Deep South in Black Canaan These stories, here refurbished with authoritative, unexpurgated texts, have transcended the Thirties pulps in which they first saw print With their unflinching focus on original American sin and even original sinners, some are sure to take their place next to dark classics like Young Goodman Brown, Benito Cereno, and A Rose for Emily.

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      • Robert E. Howard Steven Tompkins

        Robert Ervin Howard was an American pulp writer of fantasy, horror, historical adventure, boxing, western, and detective fiction Howard wrote over three hundred stories and seven hundred poems of raw power and unbridled emotion and is especially noted for his memorable depictions of a sombre universe of swashbuckling adventure and darkling horror He is well known for having created in the pages of the legendary Depression era pulp magazine Weird Tales the character Conan the Cimmerian, a.k.a Conan the Barbarian, a literary icon whose pop culture imprint can only be compared to such icons as Tarzan of the Apes, Count Dracula, Sherlock Holmes, and James Bond Librarian Note There is than one author in the database with this name.


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    1. Best known for Conan, REH's writing was all over the board, but this is a collection of savagery & horror from Conan's world to Howard's. While none of the stories are all that politically correct, a couple are down right offensive. I would guess Howard's audience was primarily well-to-do, white, city dwellers of the 1930's. Keeping that firmly in mind makes more sense out of some of his word & situational choices."The Black Stranger" is the original of 3 stories. It was originally writt [...]


    2. Having just encountered "Black Canaan" in another collection (of zombie tales by assorted writers) developed an urge to offer a few thoughts on this collection, of which "Black Canaan" is one of the more notable offerings.A point we fans of Howard fequently have to make allowances for is the time and social milieu he lived in. Howard whas a white male in mid-30s Texas, and the social attitudes inherent to that show in many of his stories, particularly in this collection. I do not think Howard wa [...]


    3. Robert E. Howard (REH hereafter) is probably best known in popular culture as the creator of Conan the Barbarian, in as much as he is known at all. I suspect that most people are more likely to recognize the name Conan than they are the name of the man who created him, but then, most people's vision of Conan is based of the very fun, but not very faithful, Arnold Schwarzenegger movie. Erroneous picture or not, however, it's hard to deny that in the creation of Conan, Howard gave American popular [...]


    4. This book was okay - not Robert E Howard's all time best stuff, but a good collection of stories you probably won't find anywhere else. REH's more polished works can easily be found in other compendiums so I wouldn't recommend this edition unless you want to read some of his rougher, less finished works.Best stories: Pigeons From Hell, The Horror From the Mound, The Valley of the Lost. Worst: Black Stranger and the next 2 or 3 stories that have virtually identical storylines with different lead [...]


    5. There are some great tales in this book, "Pigeons from Hell," "Old Garfield's Heart," and "The Gods of Bal-Sagoth." There are also some lesser tales, and "Nekht Semerkeht", which began excellently but really trails off to a kind of oultine by the end. The order in which the stories are presented is a bit odd to me as well, but the prose of Robert E. Howard carries them all.My advice for the reader is to go directly to the stories first. The introduction is very well written but I'd suggest you r [...]


    6. Not a bad lot of stories if you can get past Howard's rampant racism and his demeaning treatment of women, which I couldn't. The racism in Black Canaan is especially appalling leaving the story beyond even historical significance. The other stories are not as bad (but still pretty bad at times). Howard makes Lovecraft's racism look positively genteel in comparison. Not sure University of Nebraska should be proud to publish this. Some of these stories were somewhat obscure although others (the ex [...]


    7. vii • Introduction (The Black Stranger And Other American Tales) • (2005) • essay by Steve Tompkins [as by Steven Tompkins ]1 • The Black Stranger • [Conan] • (1987) • novella by Robert E. Howard77 • Marchers of Valhalla • [James Allison] • (1972) • novelette by Robert E. Howard110 • The Gods of Bal-Sagoth • [Turlogh O'Brien] • (1931) • novelette by Robert E. Howard146 • Nekht Semerkeht (fragment) • shortfiction by Robert E. Howard161 • Black Vulmea's Vengeanc [...]


    8. The short stories in this book were generally fantastic (in both senses) individually, however my one critique was that they all followed the exact same formula. The lead characters was always strong warrior men, typically there was a secondary male character. The women were portrayed as weak, evil, occasionally love interests of the men and subjected to mistreatments. The antagonists and settings varied a bit, but all had almost identical effects on the plots, which also were very similar. Read [...]


    9. Having read about half of the tales in this collection before I only read those that were new to me. As usual with collected shorts by REH, the quality ranges from average, to good, to great."Black Vulmea's Vengeance" is a notable highlight, featuring the type of adventure tale that you might expect to read in a Conan story.


    10. This book's theme features stories by Robert E. Howard that take place in America. Although the editors stretch things a bit to meet this story, the collection is nonetheless very strong. The title story, The Black Stranger, is a lengthy Conan story, and is one of the book's highlights. I also enjoy Black Canaan and Pigeons from Hell quite a bit.


    11. Steve Tompkins has an unusual way of looking at Robert E. Howard’s tales of horror and adventure. Tompkins makes grand leaps that pull in unexpected connections, his appraisal of REH is as likely to include critical tools taken from D.H. Lawrence and Leslie Fiedler as from H.P. Lovecraftreandsword/2008


    12. Robert E. Howard ia an amazing author (created Conan). I have pretty much everything he ever wrote. This collection of tales feature some great ones and a few not so great. Always a great escape to read him.


    13. Excellent. Such a prolific author who died too young. Looking forward to hitting more of his collections, very soon.




    14. Fantastic selection of unedited horror stories by Howard. Awesome read from my favorite writer. Highly recommended


    15. A slightly unbalanced selection of horror stories, mostly set in modern times. There are many classics, but a few rarely-reprinted pieces as well. The quality is uneven.


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