Saturday, March 24, 2007

Savage Sampler

Wings in the Night, the fourth volume in Wildside Press's Weird Works of Robert E. Howard may very well be the best possible sampler of Howard's work. I mean, if I wanted to give someone a book that would get them right into the world of Robert E. Howard, this would be it. It contains the first Conan story, The Phoenix on the Sword, plus two other Conan tales, including one of my top five, The Tower of the Elephant. It also has a very strong Solomon Kane entry, the titular Wings in the Night, and the story that many Howard Scholars consider to be Howard's absolute best, Worms of the Earth, featuring Pictish hero, Bran Mak Morn. Now this is mostly a matter of coincidence, because Wildside is reprinting Howard's stories in the order that they were originally published by Weird Tales magazine. These are the stories as they chronologically appeared (in 1932-1933). Still, one could hardly ask for a better group in one place. Highly recommended.

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