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The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane ❰KINDLE❯ ✿ The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane Author Robert E. Howard – With Conan the Cimmerian Robert E Howard created than the greatest action hero of the twentieth century—he also launched a genre that came to be known as sword and sorcery But Conan wasn’t the fir Tales of PDF Ê With Conan the Cimmerian Robert E Howard created than the greatest action hero of the twentieth century—he also launched a genre that came to be known as sword and sorcery But Conan wasn’t the first archetypal adventurer to The Savage ePUB ´ spring from Howard’s fertile imagination “He was a strange blending of Puritan and Cavalier with a touch of the ancient philosopher and than a touch of the pagan A hunger in his soul drove him on and on an Savage Tales of Kindle Ò urge to right all wrongs protect all weaker things Wayward and restless as the wind he was consistent in only one respect—he was true to his ideals of justice and right Such was Solomon Kane”Collected in this volume lavishly illustrated by award winning artist Gary Gianni are all of the stories and poems that make up the thrilling saga of the dour and deadly Puritan Solomon Kane Together they constitute a sprawling epic of weird fantasy adventure that stretches from sixteenth century England to remote African jungles where no white man has set foot Here are shudder inducing tales of vengeful ghosts and bloodthirsty demons of dark sorceries wielded by evil men and women all opposed by a grim avenger armed with a fanatic’s faith and a warrior’s savage heartThis edition also features exclusive story fragments a biography of Howard by scholar Rusty Burke and “In Memoriam” H P Lovecraft’s moving tribute to his friend and fellow literary genius.

10 thoughts on “The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane

  1. Evgeny Evgeny says:

    A group read with Mark and SarahSlightly less known than other Howard's character Conan the Cimmerian Solomon Kane is a Puritan who wonders wherever he feels like trying to fight injustice in the name of his religion The book contains everything Howard ever wrote about the guy including short poems and unfinished fragments First stories were unusual and rare mix of classic adventures and horror Considering Howard wrote excellent stories in both genres here the result was excellent I was ready to rate the book with 5 stars based on its beginning Unfortunately the tone begin to change In the beginning the tales were practically historical with some slight supernatural elements just enough to bring horror element As the book progressed the historical part became less and less realistic and supernatural elements became prominent and the for some reason the horror part became less and less scary Initially Solomon Kane traveled in Europe dealing with occasional necromancer diabolic forces etc Later on he moved his base of operation to Africa finding lost cities civilizations dark gods in other words doing Conan's job We discussed the character of the main hero with our buddy readers We all agreed that he felt a little flat From my side I think it is understandable considering the guy was a typical Puritan stoic and unemotional He served his role perfectly fine So an excellent beginning following by somewhat stereotypical classic adventures but considering Robert E Howard's skills even those are not boring at all give firm 4 stars as a rating If you like Conan make sure not to miss Solomon Kane

  2. Dirk Grobbelaar Dirk Grobbelaar says:

    The moon began to rise lean and haggard like a skull among the starsIn the very first few pages of reading this I was reminded again of just how electrifying a writer Howard was I can’t help but wonder what a legacy he would have amassed by now had circumstances been different Howard passed away at the age of 30; the first Solomon Kane story was published when he was around the age of 22 What are mortals but food for the jaws of the black gods?This is a fantastic collection and I can’t really imagine anybody not enjoying these stories at least to an extent They’re exciting atmospheric eerie and imaginative I haven’t had this much fun since reading Who Fears The Devil by Manly Wade Wellman Two hideous eyes flamed at him – eyes which held all the stark horror which has been the heritage of man since the fearful dawn ages – eyes frightful and insane with an insanity transcending earthly insanityExpect some delightfully descriptive prose as protagonist Solomon Kane goes up against all kinds of natural and otherworldly threats and explores all manner of lost cities and forgotten catacombs across continents The stories are larger than life and sometimes unrealistic in the extreme but what pulpy fun Some poetry rounds everything off nicelyHoward pays uite a bit of tribute to Edgar Rice Burroughs in these tales and specifically the Tarzan tales I could draw some parallels with La of Opar in particular in one of the Africa seuences And terrible and hideous his laughter bellowed out until the noose broke it short and he hung black and silent in the red eye of the rising sunIt’s pretty dark stuff for the most part I actually shelved it as both Horror and Fantasy since it does straddle the line Expect human sacrifices and dark elder gods among other things That should whet your appetite nicely? The sun had gone down and night spread with amazing swiftness as if great shadows came rushing down from unknown voids to cloak the world with hurrying darknessSome of Howard’s plotting reflects the political views of the time but the story rarely stoops to being deliberately non PC If you are one of the under privileged few who have not yet read his work it’s time to get cracking especially if you enjoy genre fiction Howards was after all a pioneer ”Let us hence This place is pregnant with evil for the sons of men”And there it is I've long been a fan but this was the first time I'd read the Solomon Kane stories And that at my wife's recommendation He was a man born out of his time – a strange blending of Puritan and Cavalier with a touch of the ancient philosopher and than a touch of the pagan though the last assertion would have shocked him unspeakably An atavist of the days of blind chivalry he was a knight errant in the somber clothes of a fanatic A hunger in his soul drove him on and on an urge to right all wrongs protect all weaker things avenge all crimes against right and justice Wayward and restless as the wind he was consistent in only one respect – he was true to his ideals of justice and right Such was Solomon Kane

  3. ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans) ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans) says:

    · Jovial Puritans R Us Buddy Read JPRUBR™ with The Overlord and my Half Barnacled Son ·Actual rating 3565489758965664896213 stars Super Extra Rigidly Austere Chirpy Solomon Kane ain't as deliciously sexey as My Barbarian Cutie Pie he'd have to whack puny humans on their little heads with beef bones for that And to ditch most of his clothes Which he would probably find repulsively repulsive Because he’s ridiculously—and most unnecessarily—rigid like that but he's got a pretty scrumptious um ju ju staff with a um cat head and stuff which is kinda sorta hot and stuff so ED and stuff Do you think I should dance to celebrate? I think I should dance to celebrate So dance to celebrate I shall You're welcome➽ Full review to come when pigs fly chicken have teeth and crayfish whistle on the mountain top Maybe

  4. Stjepan Cobets Stjepan Cobets says:

    The dark hero Solomon Kane leads us into the world of ancient secrets and the monsters that live in the jungles of Africa With his loyal pistol rapier and Ju Ju staff opposes the vampire ueen damned creatures evil men and evil that is hiding in the old cities and ruins Always on the side of good he helps those that attack these dark forces although it often is in perilous situations with his strength and mind destroy evil in its path Writer story of Conan Robert E Howard in this book of the guide us through the character Puritan hero Solomon Kane that although brutal with his enemies always was there to avenge poor and innocent people Although Kane appearance fears evil evil person is not afraid to attack him but he has no mercy with the creature of darkness All in all the stories in the book are interesting and the fantasy world of Africa where they are located If you like Conan will surely love and Solomon Kane

  5. Mike (the Paladin) Mike (the Paladin) says:

    I'd like to have been able to give this 5 stars but for various reasons I can only go 4 I first read this book in spurts some years ago The stories and the character I've known for many ears Having discovered Conan back in the dark ages of my youth I spent time searching out many of REH's works Back in the late '60s and '70s there were many reprints and collections of stories based on Howard's workI like Howard and I like most of his fantasy charactersthough I never really got into his sports stories westerns and so on I suppose to Howard purists that may disualify me as an actual Howard fan but I'll try to bear up under the disappointment Sigh So anyway having read Conan Bran Mak Morn Kull etc I also read Solomon Kaneand I like the storiesThis book includes all the stories plus poetry and fragments of stories I think possibly to the modern reader the style of the writing here may come across a bit florid The long spooky speeches by wizards witch doctors and so on can go on and on a bit Still the stories are dark and full of blood tinged with black magic for our hero to battleI do want to put a warning in here as I have to do for many books of the era and before These stories are decidedly not PC and there are words and attitudes here that I'm sure some will find offensive Be aware of that going in and take as you care to I think most will be able to enjoy the stories as stories but the attitudes shown will be hard to take for some and will often have to be set asideSo why 4 stars? Lots of nostalgia for me as I read these young but I find I'm not uite as enthralled by these as I was before A bit sad I suppose But still good book and good stories sort of horroraction adventure if we need to tag them

  6. Werner Werner says:

    Aug 4 2014Best known as the creator of Conan the barbarian pulp era giant Robert E Howard enriched literature with several other memorable series characters including Kull Bran Mak Morn Dark Agnes de la Ferre and Solomon Kane This volume collects REH's entire Kane corpus nine short stories three narrative poems one of which exists in two variant forms both of which are included here and four partially completed story fragments of which we have the beginnings but not the endings The 1968 posthumous collection Red Shadows published by Donald M Grant was almost as comprehensive lacking only one fragment and having only one version of the poem Solomon Kane's Homecoming; but only 896 copies of that collection were ever printed Seven of the stories were published in the years 1928 1932; the other two and all of the poems and fragments were first published posthumously The selections are arranged mostly in terms of how they appear to fit into the fictional chronology of Kane's career; the geographical settings range from England to France to sub Saharan Africa and the time period is the late 16th century my initial impression was 17th century but REH establishes the Elizabethan date in a couple of selections So far I've read the entire book except for the story Wings in the Night and one version of the Homecoming poemKane is a brilliantly conceived and masterfully drawn character a restless adventurer and world class swordsman with a passionate hatred of injustice and cruelty who's also a devout Puritan though not a plaster saint He willingly embraces a felt duty to protect the weak and innocent against the outrages of the strong and will go the second mile and third fourth and thousandth to implacably hunt down and punish those responsible for outrages that he comes across; he interprets this in terms of his faith as a divine calling though the author suggests that the cause is already there in his psychological makeup even without the religious justification I completely disagree with reviewers who regard this as a negative personality trait and find no justification for their position Yes he's as tough as nails and has the moral toughness to accept responsibility for taking human life on a regular basis without going insane But he doesn't revel in violence or look for excuses to inflict it doesn't convict the innocent and has compassion even for the guilty; his moral indignation over atrocities that deserve it is real not a pose and he's as gentle with the innocent and victimized as he is ferocious with the victimizers Personally if I'm affronted by anybody's behavior it's by those who murder rape and rob for their own recreation and pleasure not by those who seek to stop them REH himself had no particular religious beliefs that we know of and no innate sympathy with those of his character whom he often calls a fanatic nor probably much real knowledge of what Puritans believed given the fact that he has Kane address one villain as offal of Purgatory; so it's to his credit that he was able to present a deeply religious protagonist as sympathetically as he doesHoward's writing included both speculative and straight historical fiction and both can be found here Most of the completed stories and one of the poems have supernatural premises but The Blue Flame of Vengeance which was originally published as Blades of the Brotherhood and The Moon of Skulls are straightforward tales of action adventure with the hero pitted against purely natural dangers In the case of the story fragments it's hard to tell how the author planned to develop any of them because they're too short and incomplete little than a single page in one case In that sense they can be frustrating But they're also fun to read as far as they go; and I'd love to see a modern writer complete themI'll write after I've finished the book which I hope to do early next monthAug 22 2014I decided to finish this book and review it this week since I was nearly done with it Next week I don't expect to have opportunity to write any reviews; so this schedule will slightly reduce the crush of reviews I expect will be ready to be written early next monthThe story I read this time slightly out of order was Wings in the Night This one though set in Africa draws on Greek mythology and gives it a science fictional rather than supernatural explanation All of the completed stories are IMO well crafted with original and varied premises; capable plotting; excellent prose style REH is one of a handful of writers I personally particularly admire as stylists considered apart from any other uality of their writing; a solid good vs evil theme with a recognition that mankind's enemies are the monsters in his own heart and without; a strong kick butt hero I could like and admire who makes sound moral choices and stands up for others; and the kind of exciting adventure often supernatural jeopardies and violent action that draws me and other readers to pulp style fiction in the first place Kane's a very compelling fascinating character I actually like him better than Conan presented with intriguing glimpses of a rich back story that it's a pity Howard didn't live to explore; and I appreciate the fact that the author treats the character's faith respectfully though not very knowledgeably; Kanes's reflections in Wings in the Night about evolution would be unrealistic for a 16th century Puritan In the several stories set in the Africa of that day Howard evokes the Dark Continent's physical setting much realistically than Burroughs does in the latter's Tarzan series The speculative fiction elements in several stories are a plus for me; but the common denominator of the tales is the action adventure motif and the antiue setting which is reflected in my Goodreads shelving decisionsSince the African stories often bring Kane into contact with blacks a word is warranted about Howard's racial attitudes and language; the latter is at times definitely insensitive and the former were shaped by the Darwinist pseudo science of his day which was unashamedly racist Virtually all of the insensitive language is in REH's own narrative voice not Kane's dialogue One reviewer took special exception to the observations near the end of Wings in the Night with the comment the dark skinned peoples fade and the paean to the indomitable fighting prowess of the Aryan barbarian Howard also has a tendency to treat his non European characters including the Semitic stocks in the fragment The Children of Asshur as part of a mass that blindly shares a tribal or ethnic national character rather than as individuals who have their own ualities and make their own moral decisions All of these attitudes are particularly part of the science he learned in school Anthropologists of that day expected the less fit races to die out and saw the Aryan especially Anglo Saxon stock as the fittest destined to inherit the earth in good Darwinian fashion They also subscribed to theories about national character; and glorified the warrior tradition of the historic Aryan cultures as a societal ideal of manliness It's important to note though that in practice Howard's racial messages here are mixed Not all of his black characters exhibit bad traits and some exhibit perfectly positive ones The shaman N'Longa whom Kane comes to respect and appreciate as a friend and ally is a figure who's subversive of both the writer's and the readers' racism Kane recognizes his common humanity with the blacks and never treats them invidiously; indeed he'll fight for them as readily as for whites And his attitude toward the slavers in The Footfalls Within is as justly morally outraged as the reaction of any of us would beAnother word is in order about Howard as a poet This is actually my first real experience with his poetry and this is only a tiny sample of what was actually a considerable body of work But on the basis of it I'd say he was a poet of first rank ability who hasn't gotten nearly his due from the critical community big surprise NOT My reaction is influenced by the fact that I prefer rhymed and metered poetry which his is to free verse and particularly like poems that tell stories as these do But even apart from that I think these poems are wonderfully evocative of real emotion and have a genuine aesthetic uality I'd rate them with the best early 20 century poems I've readGary Gianni is credited here as the illustrator His black and white drawings a few full page which pepper the text enhance it greatly; but his role here was actually apparently that of originator and editor of the book and he did a great job in that A couple of other features add to the collection's value for Howard fans Lovecraft's In Memoriam Robert Ervin Howard reprinted from Weird Tales and a Short 14 page Biography of Robert E Howard by Rusty Burke This latter doesn't add to the picture presented in Blood and Thunder The Life and Art of Robert E Howard by Mark Finn; but it would be a good introduction for those who haven't read the Finn book To me the six pages of notes on the textual criticism of the stories weren't of interest and I skipped that section; but it would be useful for serious Howard scholarsIf you're a Howard fan a fan of classic pulp era adventure or just a reader of adventure fiction in the classic mold written with taste and skill this is one story collection you shouldn't ignore

  7. Jake Jake says:

    “He wasa strange blending of Puritan and Cavalier with a touch of the ancient philosopher and than a touch of the paganA hunger in his soul drove him on and on an urge to right all wrongs protect all weaker thingsWayward and restless as the wind he was consistent in only one respect—he was true to his ideals of justice and right Such was Solomon Kane”“Such was Solomon Kane” indeedThis book rocks As much as I’d like to try and sound clinical about this—screw it I’m not a literary critic I’m just a guy who loves to read and loves fantasy in particular I already knew I liked REH after I finished the Coming of Conan the Cimmerian but this collection really cinched it for me The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane is a collection of short stories and poems that focus on Howard’s other not uite as well known hero Solomon Kane Kane is everything that the uote above suggests and then some I actually find him to be a pretty interesting character in that he is so full of contradictions and also in that he’s remarkably self unaware In one of the earliest stories of the collection Kane is traveling through England where he comes across a dying girl the sole survivor for about five minutes of a bandit attack on her village She dies in Kane’s armsKane proceeds to wage a long guerilla war against the bandits until it at last comes down to him and their leader The two duel and the leader escapes and flees to AFRICA So Kane does what any vengeance obsessed lunatic would doand pursues him There’s a wonderful moment where the bandit turns to him and asks him why he’s doing thisand Kane really doesn’t know He just feels like it should be done Witchfinder General you should read this bookMost of the stories in this collection follow a chronology of a sort Kane spends a great deal of time wandering in Africa following some undefined and undefinable urge to explore Along the way he encounters all sorts of strange demons and beasts some of which are almost Lovecraftian in their nature Not too surprising Howard and Lovecraft corresponded and indeed were friends There’s some neat poetry in the collection too as well as a few story fragments that I believe have not been published before Seeing the fragments is neat all though some of them are so long you wish Howard had finished the damn thing before he died

  8. Terence Terence says:

    I’ve been reading Robert E Howard’s Conan for 30 years now I remember – and still have – the Science Fiction Book Club editions edited by the late Karl Wagner and I think any consideration of the best fantasy writing has to include “Beyond the Black River” and “A Witch Shall Be Born” at the very least but I was never much interested in reading any of the non Conan stories Howard wrote I was always intrigued however by what I heard about “Solomon Kane” – a Puritan soldier of fortune who went around smiting the wicked The idea of a fanatic self righteous holier than thou Puritan slaughtering the heathen and the un Godly sounded like such a “cool” idea Recently I had opportunity to utilize an gift card and purchased Del Rey’s reissue of the Kane stories andThere’s nothing “wrong” with the stories and fragments in this collection assuming one can get past the racism but there’s nothing really “right” either In short they’re kind of boring The passion and fun found in the best of the Conan stories is singularly lacking in all of these stories as is the introspection found in the Kull canon And there’s far too much exposition; this is Howard clearly learning how to write a story so I can only recommend it to a Howard completist and will be gifting my copy to my brother this Christmas I read the Kull stories when I was in college but didn’t have the depth of imagination to really appreciate them and it was only a middle age reread that made me realize Howard’s largely unrealized potential as a writer worth remembering The racism is not often worse than what you would find in much of the writing of the period esp in the pulps but Howard does go way over the top in the last paragraphs of “Wings in the Night” where he writes Kane stood with the ju ju stave in one hand and the smoking pistol in the other above the smoldering ruins that hid forever from the sight of man the last of those terrible semi human monsters whom another white skinned hero had banished from Europe in an unknown age Kane stood an unconscious statue of triumph – the ancient empires fall the dark skinned peoples fade and even the demons of antiuity gasp their last but over all stands the Aryan barbarian white skinned cold eyed dominant the supreme fighting man of the earth whether he be clad in wolf hide and horned helmet or boots and doublet – whether he bear in his hand battle ax or rapier – whether he be called Dorian Saxon or Englishman – whether his name be Jason Hengist or Solomon Kane” p 320

  9. Dan Schwent Dan Schwent says:

    Since I've read half of this before as Skull in the Stars I'll only be reviewing the complete stories I've yet to read no fragmentsHills of the DeadSolomon Kane and N'Longa go up against a group of vampires in some remote hills Carnage ensuesIt's been a couple years since I read one of the Solomon Kane stories Howard's Puritan adventurer is uite a bit different from Conan but still uite good The staff N'Longa give Kane to use proves to be invaluable and I loved the way the vampires were dealt with in the end While I enjoyed this tale of vampires in Africa uite a bit the racism of the time is uite apparent Wings in the NightSolomon Kane runs afoul of a cannibal and gets drawn into a situation involving harpies As with the previous story the harpies are uite gruesome and Kane dispatches them ruthlessly It's almost horror than fantasyThe Footfalls WithinKane gets captured by slave traders More info about his staff is revealed before the caravan runs across an ancient tomb with something malevolent trapped insideOnce again Howard throws Kane into a horror story this time an ancient evil from the time of Solomon Of the three stories I hadn't yet read when I picked up this volume this was probably my favoriteWhile I like Solomon Kane than Kull and Bran Mak Morn I still prefer Conan Still Kane's stories are chilling adventures akin to horror than fantasy If you can stomach casual racism of the time they were written in they're uite good

  10. Malum Malum says:

    Much like Sapkowski's Witcher Solomon Kane is a character that I like the idea of and playing video and rpg games about than I like actually reading about I think the problem might be the fact that as these kinds of stories try to mix horror and fantasy they tend to be a bit slower and have build up than your traditional Conan tale Also compared to some of Howard's other creations Kane seems rather bland to me and that's saying a lot because as much as I love the work of Robert E Howard no one can accuse him of making super deep characters Regardless these aren't bad stories at all and many of them are actually uite good

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