By Robert E. Howard
“Howard’s writing turns out so hugely charged with strength that it approximately supplies off sparks.”
“Robert E. Howard had a gritty, vivid style–broadsword writing that minimize its approach to the guts, with heroes who're really better than life.”
In a meteoric occupation that spanned a trifling twelve years, Robert E. Howard single-handedly invented the style that got here to be referred to as sword and sorcery. From his fertile mind's eye sprang a few of fiction’s so much enduring heroes. but whereas Conan is definitely Howard’s maximum production, it was once in his previous series of stories that includes Kull, a fearless warrior with the brooding mind of a thinker, that Howard started to strengthen the designated issues, and the richly evocative mixture of historical past and mythology, that might distinguish his later stories of the Hyborian Age.
Much greater than easily the prototype for Conan, Kull is an engaging personality in his personal correct: an exile from fabled Atlantis who wins the crown of Valusia, basically to discover it as a lot a burden as a prize.
This groundbreaking assortment, lavishly illustrated by means of award-winning artist Justin candy, gathers jointly all Howard’s tales that includes Kull, from Kull’s first released visual appeal, in “The Shadow Kingdom,” to “Kings of the Night,” Howard’s final story that includes the cerebral swordsman. The tales are provided simply as Howard wrote them, with all next editorial emendations got rid of. additionally incorporated are formerly unpublished tales, drafts, and fragments, plus large notes at the texts, an advent through Howard authority Steve Tompkins, and an essay through famous editor Patrice Louinet.
“Howard used to be a real storyteller–one of the 1st, and definitely among the finest, you’ll locate in heroic delusion. If you’ve by no means learn him sooner than, you’re in for a true treat.”
–Charles de Lint
“For stark, dwelling worry . . . what different author is even within the working with Robert E. Howard?”
–H. P. Lovecraft