Skulls in the Stars

Skulls in the Stars[KINDLE] ❅ Skulls in the Stars By Robert E. Howard – Oaklandjobs.co.uk AVENGER OF EVILHe was a Puritan who flinched not from the gates of Hell Tall gaunt hollow eyed in his opposition to the forces of darkness he defied the devil himself Kane cold steely nerved duelist s AVENGER OF EVILHe was a Puritan who flinched not from the gates of Hell Tall gaunt hollow eyed in his opposition to the forces of darkness he defied the devil himself Kane cold steely nerved duelist snatched his long rapier from its sheath and thrust it into the heart of evil Ghoulish laughter follows him Foul Skulls in eBook ☆ horror haunts his way Kane a man whose blood uickens with adventure Kane a man dangerous than a famished wolfContentsThe World of Solomon Kane by J Ramsey CampbellSkulls in the StarsThe Right Hand of DoomRed ShadowsRattle of BonesThe Castle of the Devil Completed by Ramsey Campbell The Moon of SkullsThe One Black Stain poemBlades of the Brotherhood. This was a re read of one of my favourite Solomon Kane stories Published in Weird Tales in 1929 this story is perhaps to be taken as a sister piece to 'Rattle of Bones' also published that year and reviewed by us elsewhereHoward published seven such stories set in seventeenth century Africa and Europe in 'Weird Tales' between 1928 and 1932 with others appearing in collections long after his deathIn essence it is another story of occult vengeance made interesting by the character of Kane whose puritan sense of justice adds horror to the horror in his judgement on the malefactor amidst the approval of villagers who have suffered too longThe atmosphere of the story is well drawn even if we are well within the expectations of lurid pulp horror while there is a Lovecraftian element to the nature of the ghost beast that seeks peace through the death of its tormentor in life Skulls in the Stars has emotional depth than Red Shadows What begins as a simple battle between warrior and evil spirit takes a tragic turn of brotherly betrayal The spirit has no control over its actions it is restless and vengeful because it was betrayed and killed by someone it loved Our hero avenges the spirit and gives it the proper rest it deservesShort and sweet There are some excellent stories in here and a poem thrown in for good measureSolomon Kane is my favourite Robert E Howard hero possibly because he's English so I readily identified with him when I first encountered him in graphic form as a back up feature in the UK reprint comic Savage Sword of Conan As well as being English he was also dour and grim which appealed to my preearly teen moodiness and probably appeals now to my middle age grumpinessThe action in these tales of the Puritan avenger swings from the mist shrouded moors of Devonshire to the benighted forests of France and Germany on to the jungles of Africa and then the Spanish Main Ghosts revenant wizards psychotic Barons decadent Atlantean ueens and savage pirates all fall before Kane's muskets and rapierMy favourite story here is Blades of the Brotherhood which sees Kane back in England after a trail of years tracking down the pirate captain Jonas Hardraker the Fishhawk to wreak bloody vengeance against him Kane is outnumbered but never outclassed Stirring stuff My first time reading Solomon Kane and i loved it I ve read many Conan stories and i must say Solomon is a great character if not one of my favourites He is a grim and dour man a puritan with a strong faith a swordsman wielding pistols vanuishes evil in all its forms and has a warriors savage heart Howard is victorious yet again Skulls in the Stars has emotional depth than Red Shadows What begins as a simple battle between warrior and evil spirit takes a tragic turn of brotherly betrayal The spirit has no control over its actions it is restless and vengeful because it was betrayed and killed by someone it loved Our hero avenges the spirit and gives it the proper rest it deservesShort and sweet Robert E Howard might be best known for Conan but his other major creations are just as interesting Solomon Kane is a Puritan avenger wielding a rapier and dual pistols He tracks his targets to the ends of the earth to exact revenge or simply smite evil Kane is like a force of nature his black clothes and stoic demeanor masking his cold blooded rage at injusticeThe writing is similar to most pulp writing of Howard's era the 1920s and 1930s You can see a lot of his contemporaries such as HP Lovecraft as they all created their stories and mythos at the same time Kane is even straightforward than Conan There's less world building than in the Hyborian Age Partially that's due to Kane wandering through the real world traveling from England to Africa in his uests for vengeanceThese are tales that treat good and evil as white and black both figuratively and literally Kane seeks out and kills bad men who have done bad things usually to innocent women The bad men are also often savages and in several instances African This is the part of these stories that has aged the worst It can be tough to treat some of the turns of phrase as historical artifacts but like everything you have to place it in historical context Which is not to excuse the ills of our pastThe collection I read contained seven stories and one poemSkulls in the Stars A decent introduction to Kane showcasing his physical prowess and courage It includes his trademark vengeance and search for justice Almost closer to a horror tale than an adventureThe Right Hand of Doom Glad to finally read the presumptive origin for the title of the Hellboy story Otherwise Kane has very little to do with this story besides serving as the framing device Again like horror than adventureRed Shadows The first great adventure tale in this collection Kane tracks Le Loup from France to Africa in a good mini epic that highlights Kane's doggednessRattle of Bones Another short horror tale This cements the trend that the horror tales treat Kane as an ancillary character It's impressive how much dread Howard can create in such a short spaceThe Castle of the Devil A slightly out of place Kane story It lacks the adventure and vengeance aspects of the better Kane stories It's definitely the slowest pace of all the stories hereThe Moon of Skulls The true epic adventure in the collection I'm not sure why the collection isn't titled after this one If you only read one Kane story read this one It is the longest but it shows off all the best aspects of Kane's character It also unfortunately highlights the racial stereotypesThe One Black Stain A thankfully short poem I'm sure Kane and Howard completionists appreciate its inclusion but it can easily be skippedBlades of the Brotherhood This one felt a bit like a retread of Red Shadows to the point I thought the same bad guy was going to make an appearance It brings in pirates which is uniue even if there aren't any real pirate tropes to distinguish them Really highlights Kane's sense of justice for innocent womenA good collection of the greatest hits of Solomon Kane Best known as the creator of Conan the prolific Robert E Howard created a number of other heroes Kull Cormac Mac Art Bran Mak Morn But he deviated from the tales of barbarian berserkers and Gaelic warriors when he created the black clad Puritan Solomon Kane Kane an expert swordsman wanders the Earth righting wrongs and meting out justice in the late 16th or early 17th century an exact date is never mentioned From lost civilizations in Africa to battling pirates in coastal England Kane acts as a knight errant with his pistols and rapier rescuing maidens and bringing God's justice to evildoers everywhereI found the inscrutable Solomon Kane to be one of Howard's most interesting characters Kind of a Batman for the Reformation Simplistic and short but some of the best pulp books are Solomon Kane has long been a favourite but I had never actually read this so upon seeing a small paperback almost a pamphlet I thought I could easily finish this in under a half hour I liked the descriptions of the environment and it certainly got my creative juices flowing Made me want to read a bunch of Solomon Kane in 2020 A tale of revenge This was a interesting story and I enjoyed it than the first Solomon Kane maybe because it felt a bit like one story Very creepy atmosphere and a helluva strong conviction So far these stories have been uite dark but also uite good I definitely will keep reading

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  • Paperback
  • 173 pages
  • Skulls in the Stars
  • Robert E. Howard
  • English
  • 11 July 2014
  • 9780553120318