THE LOST RACE

by Robert E. Howard. Originally Published in Weird Tales #9, January 1927. Cororuc saves a wolf from a panther but is captured and held prisoner by the intended victim's clan! Cororuc glanced about him and hastened his pace. He was no coward, but he did not like the place. Tall trees rose all about, their sullen branches shutting out the sunlight. The dim trail led in and out among them, sometimes skirting the edge of a ravine, where Cororuc could gaze down at the treetops beneath. Occasionally, through a rift in the forest, he could see away to the forbidding hills that hinted of the ranges Continue reading

VALLEY OF THE WORM

by Robert E. Howard. from Weird Tales, February 1934. A warrior relives a past life where he is pitted against a monster from the depths of Hell. I WILL TELL YOU OF NIORD AND THE WORM. You have heard the tale before in many guises wherein the hero was named Tyr, or Perseus, or Siegfried, or Beowulf, or St George. But it was Niord who met the loathly demoniac thing that crawled hideously up from hell, and from which meeting sprang the cycle of hero-tales that revolves down the ages until the very substance of the truth is lost and passes into the limbo of all forgotten legends. I know whereof Continue reading

PEOPLE OF THE DARK

by Robert E. Howard. Originally Published in Strange Tales of Mystery and Terror June, 1932. Remembrances of a man's adventurous past lives! I came to Dagon's Cave to kill Richard Brent. I went down the dusky avenues made by the towering trees, and my mood well-matched the primitive grimness of the scene. The approach to Dagon's Cave is always dark, for the mighty branches and thick leaves shut out the sun, and now the somberness of my own soul made the shadows seem more ominous and gloomy than was natural. Not far away I heard the slow wash of the waves against the tall cliffs, but the sea Continue reading

WORMS OF THE EARTH

by Robert E. Howard. Originally Published in Weird Tales November, 1932. CHAPTER I CHAPTER II CHAPTER III CHAPTER IV CHAPTER V CHAPTER VI Bran Mak Morn, last King of the Picts, wants revenge against the hated Roman invaders, and he's willing to bargain with an ancient, inhuman enemy to get it! CHAPTER I "Strike in the nails, soldiers, and let our guest see the reality of our good Roman justice!" The speaker wrapped his purple cloak closer about his powerful frame and settled back into his official chair, much as he might have settled back in his seat at the Circus Maximus to enjoy the clash Continue reading

HAUNTER OF THE RING

by Robert E. Howard. Originally Published in Weird Tales June, 1934. What if retribution for a black crime committed in a previous life were hounding you? As I entered John Kirowan's study I was too much engrossed in my own thoughts to notice, at first, the haggard appearance of his visitor, a big, handsome young fellow well known to me. "Hello, Kirowan," I greeted. "Hello, Gordon. Haven't seen you for quite a while. How's Evelyn?" And before he could answer, still on the crest of the enthusiasm which had brought me there, I exclaimed: "Look here, you fellows, I've got something that will Continue reading