Robert E. Howard - The Right Hand of Doom and Other Tales of Solomon Kane - Wordsworth (2007)
Solomon Kane (Red Shadows) nv - Kane finds a young girl dying by the roadside, and his sense of justice decrees that her killer, Le Loup, must die - even though he flees from Europe to the African jungle.
Skulls in the Stars ss - Kane is warned by fearful villagers not to cross the moor by night, as something has been killing unwary travellers for the past year, but he does so anyway...
The Right Hand of Doom ss - Kane sees at close hand the diabolic lengths a condemned necromancer will go to kill his betrayer on the eve of his own execution.
Rattle of Bones ss - While staying at the Cleft Skull Tavern in the Black Forest, Kane is betrayed by his travelling companion, threatened by the sadistic host, before finally witnessing revenge from beyond the grave by the skeletal remains of an enchained sorcerer.
The Moon of Skulls na - On the trail of a kidnapped English girl, Kane seeks out a black-walled city in the African jungle where the inhabitants still perform ancient bloody rites under the Moon of Skulls.
The Hills of the Dead ss - Kane encounters the vampiric undead in their African hills, with the help of N'Longa, practitioner of ju-ju magic.
The Footfalls Within ss - Encountering a raiding party of Arab slavers, Kane is eventually overpowered by sheer weight of numbers. During the march back to the coast the party discover an ancient mausoleum deep in the jungle, in which Solomon swears he can sense the incessant footfalls of its restless occupant.
Wings in the Night nv - Kane has seen many strange things during his wanderings through the heart of Africa, but none stranger than those he finds in Bogonda. A village shows signs of being attacked from the sky, human bones are everywhere and - most terrible of all - he finds a horribly mutilated man, just barely alive, bound to a stake. After being attacked by a winged monstrosity, Solomon learns about the Akaanas and the terrible fate that has befallen the inhabitants of the twin villages of the Bogondi.
Blades of the Brotherhood (The Blue Flame of Vengeance) nv - Young Jack Hollinster wounds Sir George Banway in a duel before it gets stopped by the local magistrate, with both of them vowing that the next time they meet no one will get in the way. Jack then meets Solomon Kane, himself on the trail of an infamous pirate, Jonas Hardraker - who just happens to be in league with Sir George...
Death's Black Riders unfinished fragment - Kane encounters the apparition of a black-clad horseman.
Untitled (The Return of Sir Richard Grenville) pm - Kane receives help from the ghost of a long-dead friend.
The One Black Stain pm - The story of the parting of the ways between Solomon Kane and Sir Francis Drake.
Solomon Kane's Homecoming pm - Weary of wandering the world, Solomon Kane returns home to Devon and tells the locals of the things he's seen - only to get the wanderlust again...
There are also three more unfinished Solomon Kane fragments that Wordsworth have not included in this excellent collection - Castle of the Devil, Hawk of Basti and The Children of Asshur. All three fragments were completed by Ramsey Campbell, unsuccessfully in my opinion, when Bantam printed the stories in 1978 - but the original fragments can be seen readily enough, most recently in the Del Rey collection The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane in 2004.
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I pre-ordered mine at Amazon, relished it thoroughly. What a pity the film is so very inadequate, but I didn't really expect much from Hollywood - look at what they did to Jonah Hex! I actually watched one of the extras when I rented it and there's the director talking about this great fight scene they filmed in a cave with Kane and a couple of undeady demon things. But they had to cut it because they couldn't work out how to fit it in with the scenes they'd already filmed from the scripted story! And there's the trouble summed up; the script is so irrelevant they don't even bother with it when they're filming. Boo, hiss.
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Post by H_P_Saucecraft on Nov 26, 2011 20:30:21 GMT
Thought I'd give these a separate thread ( & I don't think we have a Kane one, unless anyone knows better)
I have a couple of volumes, but I'm thinking they may be bootlegs - they have a Glen Lord copyright, but seem to have been published in Hungary by Centaur Press. If official, then they're cheap jobs, evident from the type layout.
Introduction - Albert E. Gechter The Right Hand Of Doom Red Shadows Rattle Of Bones The Castle Of The Devil Blades Of The Brotherhood The Return Of Sir Richard Grenville Solomon Kane's Homecoming
The Hand Of Kane
The Hills Of The Dead Hawk Of Basti Wings In The Night The Children Of Asshur
shifted you here for convenience sake, mr. saucecraft. must say, these covers are far more appropriate than the one Wordsworth came up with for their otherwise excellent collection. we've also a thread for Ramsey Campbell's novelisation, Soloman Kane
From the first, I set myself against "literature"; the story was the thing, and no amount of style could persuade me to select a story that lacked genuine, unadulterated horror. For those who wanted something high-brow there was plenty.
Introduction (Solomon Kane) by Ramsey Campbell Skulls in the Stars (1929) The Right Hand of Doom (first published 1968) Red Shadows (1928) Rattle of Bones (1929) The Castle of the Devil (1978) Robert E. Howard and Ramsey Campbell Death's Black Riders (1968) The Moon of Skulls (1930) The One Black Stain (1962) poem Blades of the Brotherhood (1968) The Hills of the Dead (1930) Hawk of Basti (1979) Robert E. Howard and Ramsey Campbell The Return of Sir Richard Grenville (1968) Wings in the Night (1932) The Footfalls Within (1931) The Children of Asshur (1979) Robert E. Howard and Ramsey Campbell Solomon Kane's Homecoming (1936) poem
The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane
Del Rey 2004, cover and illustrations by Gary Giani
Artist's Foreword (The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane) (1998) Gary Gianni In Memoriam: Robert Ervin Howard (The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane) (1936) essay by H. P. Lovecraft Skulls in the Stars The Right Hand of Doom Red Shadows Rattle of Bones The Castle of the Devil Fragment Death's Black Riders Fragment The Moon of Skulls The One Black Stain poem The Blue Flame of Vengeance (aka Blades of the Brotherhood) The Hills of the Dead Hawk of Basti Fragment The Return of Sir Richard Grenville poem Wings in the Night The Footfalls Within The Children of Asshur Fragment Solomon Kane's Homecoming poem Solomon Kane's Homecoming (Variant Version) A Short Biography of Robert E. Howard (The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane) (1998) essay by Rusty Burke Notes on the original Howard text
Post by Craig Herbertson on Apr 9, 2012 5:19:58 GMT
Some great covers here. You know I might just read that Wordsworth edition again - its a great collection. I'm visiting Edinburgh for a week so charity shops are calling....thank goodness. Feel like a deprived child
One of the few books that I have read recently that I would classify as 'Unputdownable'. I'd like to see this made into a TV series, possibly by the same team that made 'Penny Dreadful' - it's one of those things that needs a big budget to get right. A stipulation would be similar to that of TV's 'Poirot' - once the source material is used up, that's it.
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