Tuesday, 22 February 2011

FANTASY REVIEW: Conan's Brethren - Robert E Howard

Release Date: 20/01/11


Robert E. Howard was a pulpwriter who turned his hand to everything from historical adventure and detective stories to Western and boxing fiction - and invented the genre now known as sword-and-sorcery: it is for these tales of heroic fantasy and horror that he is best remembered. His mighty heroes - including an English Puritan adventurer sent on redressing grievous wrongs, the king of a mythical, antediluvian empire contemporary with Atlantis, a Pictish warrior-king - all these brothers of the sword and more bestrode the pages of WEIRD TALES and the other pulp magazines of the twenties and thirties. This companion volume follows on from the success of the first Gollancz Big Black Book featuring Howard's world-famous barbarian king, and contains all the stories featuring his brothers-in-arms, collected together in chronological order, as fresh and atmospheric today as when they were first published in the pulp magazines of more than eighty years ago. Compiled by and with an Afterword by award-winning writer and editor Stephen Jones, and with cover image, frontispiece and internal pictures by the award-winning artist Les Edwards.


The second leather bound title from Gollancz that brings the reader more tales from Robert E Howard originally published in the Pulp Magazines of the 20’s and 30’s. Rather than concentrating on Conan this time you get to meet more of Howards principle heroes like the Solomon Kane and Kull.

Beautifully presented this edition will be a wonderful addition to any readers collection and beautifully priced. Add to that some great writing, some characters who defined the stereotypes alongside some all action plots and you know that this book is one to be treasured.

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