NEW The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane ☆ Robert E. Howard

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Summary É PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ Robert E. Howard The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane Download Ý PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ct 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 Engla. Aug 4 2014Best known as the creator of Conan the barbarian pulp era giant Robert E Howard enriched literature with several other memorable series characters including Kull Bran Mak Morn Dark Agnes de la Ferre and Solomon Kane This volume collects REH s entire Kane corpus nine short stories three narrative poems one of which exists in two variant forms both of which are included here and four partially completed story fragments of which we have the beginnings but not the endings The 1968 posthumous collection Red Shadows published by Donald M Grant was almost as comprehensive lacking only one fragment and having only one version of the poem Solomon Kane s Homecoming but only 896 copies of that collection were ever printed Seven of the stories were published in the years 1928 1932 the other two and all of the poems and fragments were first published posthumously The selections are arranged mostly in terms of how they appear to fit into the fictional chronology of Kane s career the geographical settings range from England to France to sub Saharan Africa and the time period is the late 16th century my initial impression was 17th century but REH establishes the Elizabethan date in a couple of selections So far I ve read the entire book except for the story Wings in the Night and one version of the Homecoming poemKane is a brilliantly conceived and masterfully drawn character a restless adventurer and world class swordsman with a passionate hatred of injustice and cruelty who s also a devout Puritan though not a plaster saint He willingly embraces a felt duty to protect the weak and innocent against the outrages of the strong and will go the second mile and third fourth and thousandth to implacably hunt down and punish those responsible for outrages that he comes across he interprets this in terms of his faith as a divine calling though the author suggests that the cause is already there in his psychological makeup even without the religious justification I completely disagree with reviewers who regard this as a negative personality trait and find no justification for their position Yes he s as tough as nails and has the moral toughness to accept responsibility for taking human life on a regular basis without going insane But he doesn t revel in violence or look for excuses to inflict it doesn t convict the innocent and has compassion even for the guilty his moral indignation over atrocities that deserve it is real not a pose and he s as gentle with the innocent and victimized as he is ferocious with the victimizers Personally if I m affronted by anybody s behavior it s by those who murder rape and rob for their own recreation and pleasure not by those who seek to stop them REH himself had no particular religious beliefs that we know of and no innate sympathy with those of his character whom he often calls a fanatic nor probably much real knowledge of what Puritans believed given the fact that he has Kane address one villain as offal of Purgatory so it s to his credit that he was able to present a deeply religious protagonist as sympathetically as he doesHoward s writing included both speculative and straight historical fiction and both can be found here Most of the completed stories and one of the poems have supernatural premises but The Blue Flame of Vengeance which was originally published as Blades of the Brotherhood and The Moon of Skulls are straightforward tales of action adventure with the hero pitted against purely natural dangers In the case of the story fragments it s hard to tell how the author planned to develop any of them because they re too short and incomplete little than a single page in one case In that sense they can be frustrating But they re also fun to read as far as they go and I d love to see a modern writer complete themI ll write after I ve finished the book which I hope to do early next monthAug 22 2014I decided to finish this book and review it this week since I was nearly done with it Next week I don t expect to have opportunity to write any reviews so this schedule will slightly reduce the crush of reviews I expect will be ready to be written early next monthThe story I read this time slightly out of order was Wings in the Night This one though set in Africa draws on Greek mythology and gives it a science fictional rather than supernatural explanation All of the completed stories are IMO well crafted with original and varied premises capable plotting excellent prose style REH is one of a handful of writers I personally particularly admire as stylists considered apart from any other uality of their writing a solid good vs evil theme with a recognition that mankind s enemies are the monsters in his own heart and without a strong kick butt hero I could like and admire who makes sound moral choices and stands up for others and the kind of exciting adventure often supernatural jeopardies and violent action that draws me and other readers to pulp style fiction in the first place Kane s a very compelling fascinating character I actually like him better than Conan presented with intriguing glimpses of a rich back story that it s a pity Howard didn t live to explore and I appreciate the fact that the author treats the character s faith respectfully though not very knowledgeably Kanes s reflections in Wings in the Night about evolution would be unrealistic for a 16th century Puritan In the several stories set in the Africa of that day Howard evokes the Dark Continent s physical setting much realistically than Burroughs does in the latter s Tarzan series The speculative fiction elements in several stories are a plus for me but the common denominator of the tales is the action adventure motif and the antiue setting which is reflected in my Goodreads shelving decisionsSince the African stories often bring Kane into contact with blacks a word is warranted about Howard s racial attitudes and language the latter is at times definitely insensitive and the former were shaped by the Darwinist pseudo science of his day which was unashamedly racist Virtually all of the insensitive language is in REH s own narrative voice not Kane s dialogue One reviewer took special exception to the observations near the end of Wings in the Night with the comment the dark skinned peoples fade and the paean to the indomitable fighting prowess of the Aryan barbarian Howard also has a tendency to treat his non European characters including the Semitic stocks in the fragment The Children of Asshur as part of a mass that blindly shares a tribal or ethnic national character rather than as individuals who have their own ualities and make their own moral decisions All of these attitudes are particularly part of the science he learned in school Anthropologists of that day expected the less fit races to die out and saw the Aryan especially Anglo Saxon stock as the fittest destined to inherit the earth in good Darwinian fashion They also subscribed to theories about national character and glorified the warrior tradition of the historic Aryan cultures as a societal ideal of manliness It s important to note though that in practice Howard s racial messages here are mixed Not all of his black characters exhibit bad traits and some exhibit perfectly positive ones The shaman N Longa whom Kane comes to respect and appreciate as a friend and ally is a figure who s subversive of both the writer s and the readers racism Kane recognizes his common humanity with the blacks and never treats them invidiously indeed he ll fight for them as readily as for whites And his attitude toward the slavers in The Footfalls Within is as justly morally outraged as the reaction of any of us would beAnother word is in order about Howard as a poet This is actually my first real experience with his poetry and this is only a tiny sample of what was actually a considerable body of work But on the basis of it I d say he was a poet of first rank ability who hasn t gotten nearly his due from the critical community big surprise NOT My reaction is influenced by the fact that I prefer rhymed and metered poetry which his is to free verse and particularly like poems that tell stories as these do But even apart from that I think these poems are wonderfully evocative of real emotion and have a genuine aesthetic uality I d rate them with the best early 20 century poems I ve readGary Gianni is credited here as the illustrator His black and white drawings a few full page which pepper the text enhance it greatly but his role here was actually apparently that of originator and editor of the book and he did a great job in that A couple of other features add to the collection s value for Howard fans Lovecraft s In Memoriam Robert Ervin Howard reprinted from Weird Tales and a Short 14 page Biography of Robert E Howard by Rusty Burke This latter doesn t add to the picture presented in Blood and Thunder The Life and Art of Robert E Howard by Mark Finn but it would be a good introduction for those who haven t read the Finn book To me the six pages of notes on the textual criticism of the stories weren t of interest and I skipped that section but it would be useful for serious Howard scholarsIf you re a Howard fan a fan of classic pulp era adventure or just a reader of adventure fiction in the classic mold written with taste and skill this is one story collection you shouldn t ignore

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Summary É PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ Robert E. Howard The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane Download Ý PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Nd 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 heartThis 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 geni. Since I ve read half of this before as Skull in the Stars I ll only be reviewing the complete stories I ve yet to read no fragmentsHills of the DeadSolomon Kane and N Longa go up against a group of vampires in some remote hills Carnage ensuesIt s been a couple years since I read one of the Solomon Kane stories Howard s Puritan adventurer is uite a bit different from Conan but still uite good The staff N Longa give Kane to use proves to be invaluable and I loved the way the vampires were dealt with in the end While I enjoyed this tale of vampires in Africa uite a bit the racism of the time is uite apparent Wings in the NightSolomon Kane runs afoul of a cannibal and gets drawn into a situation involving harpies As with the previous story the harpies are uite gruesome and Kane dispatches them ruthlessly It s almost horror than fantasyThe Footfalls WithinKane gets captured by slave traders More info about his staff is revealed before the caravan runs across an ancient tomb with something malevolent trapped insideOnce again Howard throws Kane into a horror story this time an ancient evil from the time of Solomon Of the three stories I hadn t yet read when I picked up this volume this was probably my favoriteWhile I like Solomon Kane than Kull and Bran Mak Morn I still prefer Conan Still Kane s stories are chilling adventures akin to horror than fantasy If you can stomach casual racism of the time they were written in they re uite good

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Summary É PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ Robert E. Howard The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane Download Ý PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB With Conan the Cimmerian Robert E Howard created 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 than a touch of the pagan A hunger in his soul drove him on and on an urge to right all wrongs prote. The moon began to rise lean and haggard like a skull among the starsIn the very first few pages of reading this I was reminded again of just how electrifying a writer Howard was I can t help but wonder what a legacy he would have amassed by now had circumstances been different Howard passed away at the age of 30 the first Solomon Kane story was published when he was around the age of 22 What are mortals but food for the jaws of the black godsThis is a fantastic collection and I can t really imagine anybody not enjoying these stories at least to an extent They re exciting atmospheric eerie and imaginative I haven t had this much fun since reading Who Fears The Devil by Manly Wade Wellman Two hideous eyes flamed at him eyes which held all the stark horror which has been the heritage of man since the fearful dawn ages eyes frightful and insane with an insanity transcending earthly insanityExpect some delightfully descriptive prose as protagonist Solomon Kane goes up against all kinds of natural and otherworldly threats and explores all manner of lost cities and forgotten catacombs across continents The stories are larger than life and sometimes unrealistic in the extreme but what pulpy fun Some poetry rounds everything off nicelyHoward pays uite a bit of tribute to Edgar Rice Burroughs in these tales and specifically the Tarzan tales I could draw some parallels with La of Opar in particular in one of the Africa seuences And terrible and hideous his laughter bellowed out until the noose broke it short and he hung black and silent in the red eye of the rising sunIt s pretty dark stuff for the most part I actually shelved it as both Horror and Fantasy since it does straddle the line Expect human sacrifices and dark elder gods among other things That should whet your appetite nicely The sun had gone down and night spread with amazing swiftness as if great shadows came rushing down from unknown voids to cloak the world with hurrying darknessSome of Howard s plotting reflects the political views of the time but the story rarely stoops to being deliberately non PC If you are one of the under privileged few who have not yet read his work it s time to get cracking especially if you enjoy genre fiction Howards was after all a pioneer Let us hence This place is pregnant with evil for the sons of men And there it is I ve long been a fan but this was the first time I d read the Solomon Kane stories And that at my wife s recommendation He was a man born out of his time a strange blending of Puritan and Cavalier with a touch of the ancient philosopher and than a touch of the pagan though the last assertion would have shocked him unspeakably An atavist of the days of blind chivalry he was a knight errant in the somber clothes of a fanatic A hunger in his soul drove him on and on an urge to right all wrongs protect all weaker things avenge all crimes against right and justice 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


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