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Black Stranger and Other American Tales, the (2005) [Collection]
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Robert E. Howard is celebrated as the founding father of sword-and-sorcery, the creator of Conan of Cimmeria and Kull of Atlantis. "The Black Stranger and Other American Tales" demonstrates that in some of his most powerful heroic fantasy and horror stories he also explored a New World Order, one more haunted than that which we've seen in textbooks or museum exhibits. In Howard's Gothic America, dominion goes hand in hand with damnation and the present never ceases to writhe in the grip of the past.

"The Black Stranger" spearheads the collection. Located at the extreme edge of the Hyborian geography and human ruthlessness, this Conan novella has seldom been available until now. All of the Cimmerian's lethal skills may not be enough inside a stockade that shelters a self-exiled, pirate-plagued count, besieged from without and bedeviled from within. Against this backdrop of a demonically hostile landscape, Howard recreates the worst nightmares of the earliest European invaders of North America.

In the tales that follow, Howard unearths sinister civilizations that have forgotten the mysteries of their origins on American soil tens of thousands of years ago. That soil is a dark and bloody ground, beneath which the monstrous heirs of ancient wrongs and unsuspected wars wait. A Comanche champion and a lone conquistador stumble upon empires carved out of the primordial Southwest by necromancers. Hot hate given cold flesh lurchs on zuvembie legs in "Pigeons from Hell" and lurks in the shuddersome swamps of the Deep South in "Black Canaan".

These stories, here refurbished with authoritative, unexpurgated texts, have transcended the thirties pulps in which they first saw print. With their unflinching focus on original American sin and even more original sinners, some are sure to take their place next to dark classics like "Young Goodman Brown", "Benito Cereno" and "A Rose for Emily".


  • Introduction by Steven Tompkins
  • The Black Stranger
  • Marchers of Valhalla
  • The Gods of Bal-Sagoth
  • Nekht Semerkeht
  • Black Vulmea's Vengeance
  • The Strange Case of Josiah Wilbarger
  • The Valley of the Lost
  • Kelly the Conjure-Man
  • Black Canaan
  • Howard's Original Synopsis for Black Canaan
  • Pigeons from Hell
  • Old Garfield's Heart
  • The Horror from the Mound
  • The Thunder-Rider
  • The Classic Tale of the South-West (From a Letter to August Derleth circa 1933)
  • The Grim Land (poem)

Original title: The Black Stranger and Other American Tales
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionHistoricalNorth America

The following works are contained within this one:
     Horror from the Mound, the (1932) [Short Story]
      Author: Robert E. Howard
     Pigeons from Hell (1938) [Novelette]
      Author: Robert E. Howard
     Black Stranger, the (1953) [Novella]
      Author: Robert E. Howard

Edition #1: Black Stranger and Other American Tales, the

Black Stranger and Other American Tales, the (2005)
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Language: English

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Black Stranger and Other American Tales, the (2005)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Lincoln, NE
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 0803273533
Dimensions: 5.4 x 8.0 x 0.7
Pages: 351

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