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The Dark Man and Others

A book by Robert E. Howard

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15 Very Engaging Stories With A Trace of Celtic Influences in the Presentation

  • Apr 23, 2013
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The Dark Man and Others:15 Journeys Into The Weird And The Fantastic

by Robert E. Howard is packed with stories substantially derived from Celtic

themes. One of the bloodiest stories is the Gods of Bal Sagoth. The story

begins with Turlogh engaging in free-wheeling combat with an ax.

He is taken hostage and chained aboard a crippled dragonship. His captor,

Athelstane the Saxon decides to spare his life. The ship comes upon a beach

where Turlogh and Athelstane get off.
 

While roaming about the island, they come upon a screeching monster bird

chasing a woman. Athelstane kills the bird with a thrust to the eye. The

woman named Brunhild is saved. After the incident, she explains how

monsters on the island warred against the people of Bal Sagoth.
 

Just after leaving the scene of battle, Turlogh, Athelstane and Brunhild come upon

Ska, the King of Bal-Sagoth. After consultations, they decide to have

Athelstane fight Ska to the death. Athelstane is outfitted in armor while Ska

has a spear. The two fight until Ska is killed.
 

Turlogh and Athelstane escape from the island unscathed. Turgoth sports

a jade which is widely regarded as an emblem of kingship by the people of

Bal Sagoth. This story like others contains lots of action and interesting

ancient cultural themes throughout.
 

In "The Voice of El Lil", the expedition came upon an interesting archeological

finding. "It was the Tower of Babel true to life! Not as tall or as big as I'd

imagined it, but some ten tiers high and sullen and massive just like the

pictures, with that same intangible impression of evil hovering over it."

Howard's writing is very similar to Edgar Rice Burroughs or even

Henry Rider Haggard. The settings are in unfamiliar settings with

suspenseful encounters involving surprise discoveries, exotic beasts, hostile tribes

or unusual local customs.
 

The Dark Man and Others:15 Journeys Into The Weird And The Fantastic

by Robert E. Howard is an important voyage into civilizations past. Readers

are treated to exciting stories with many unexpected twists and turns

until the story reaches a high point and concludes-often without notice.

Howard is also the creator of the character Conan the Barbarian.

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15 Very Engaging Stories With A Trace of Celtic Influences in the Presentation

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April 30, 2013
I have never even heard of this, I might pick this up.
April 30, 2013
Get a copy on Amazon.books.
 
April 23, 2013
Howard is awesome.
April 23, 2013
Yes, he is. Unfortunatey, he died at age 30. (1906-1936) His work generated millions of dollars for everyone but him.
 
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This book contains 15 thriller stories. For instance, "In the Forest of  Villefere" relates an adventure through the forest and a bloody encounter  with a wolf. A memorable quotation follows:    " I stooped, raised the dagger, then paused, looked up. The moon hovered   close to her zenith. If I slew the thing as a man its frightful spirit   would haunt me forever. I sat down waiting. The thing watched me with   flaming wolf eyes. …
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