A COLLECTOR'S CHECKLIST OF HOWARD'S FICTION

(AN UPDATE OF THE JOE MAREK LISTING)

By Robert M. Price

Notes by David Gentzel:
Originally Copyright © 1988 by Cryptic Publications and Robert M. Price. Released by Robert M. Price to the public domain in 1997. Includes an Addenda by Charles Gray.

Some effort has been made to update this listing. Known book appearances published since 1988 have been added. Known mistakes in the original have been corrected and items from the Addenda which could be verified have been moved into the main listing.

Last updated November 6, 1997.
Quick links to individual characters and genres:
King Kull Conan the Cimmerian Bran Mak Morn
Cormac Mac Art Turlogh Dubh O'Brien Solomon Kane
Agnes De Chastillon Cormac Fitzgeoffrey Terence Vulmea
Kirby O'Donnell Francis Xavier Gordon (El Borak) Lal Singh
James Allison Various Fantasy Adventures Various Historical Adventures
Cthulhu Mythos Tales Conrad and Kirowan De Montour
The Faring Town Saga The Weird Southwest Various Horrors
Steve Harrison Butch Gorman and Brent Kirby Steve Bender, Weary Mcgraw and the Whale
Other Strange Detective/Weird Menace Sailor Steve Costigan Sailor Dennis Dorgan
Kid Allison Ace Jessel Other Boxing
Wild Bill Clanton Other Spicies Breckenridge Elkins
Buckner Jeopardy Grimes Pike Bearfield Grizzly Elkins
Steve Allison, The Sonora Kid Other Westerns Addenda
End of notes.

Bibliographical listings are often dull affairs, seemingly compiled only that the entries may be assembled like delegates for a convention, perhaps a convention where nothing is really accomplished. But the bibliographies of Robert E. Howard's works have gotten a workout: Howard fans have avidly used and reused them to track down this or that stray item that had eluded them. Two such listings have appeared before. The first was Glenn Lord's "bio-bibliography" The Last Celt (1976). Then some years later Joe Marek reorganized and updated this listing in an issue of his mimeographed One More Barbarian (#30, November 1982), a publication for the Robert E. Howard United Press Association. The present checklist is essentially an updating of Marek's list. This task has been undertaken for two reasons. First, the original was circulated much too narrowly. Second, many more Howard stories have appeared in the few years since Marek's listing was compiled. The update has certainly not been done to supply some deficiency in Marek's work. Indeed it is the very excellence of Marek's listing that demands that it be kept current and available to today's Howard fandom.

A few words about format: I have pretty much followed Marek's splendid plan of grouping stories according to basic genre, and within that, by their lead characters and (where appropriate) the characters in order of historical chronology (rather than, say, the order in which Howard created them, since the latter is sometimes conjectural and is not as readily known by readers; the goal here is utility for reference). Stories will be listed by Howard's own title if this was not used in publication, though the published title is included in parentheses. A title in parentheses that is preceded by "as" is a retitling by an editor. A title preceded by "or" is an alternate title by Howard himself.

As for the location of the stories, I have ignored the original pulp appearance and fanzine appearances if the stories have since been collected in book form, unless the book, fanzine, and pulp appearances are equally scarce! If a story is readily available in two locations, both are listed.

In the case of some tales which are scheduled for publication in the near future, these planned appearances are listed as in the projected volumes so as to make this list comprehensive in the future as well as the present. Since Cryptic Publications will be publishing most of these stories, we do not want to make our own list obsolete; conversely this factor puts us in the ideal position to compile this list. (In case you cannot wait, I have listed the original publication of pulp stories we have not yet reprinted.)

To aid the Howard collector for whose benefit this listing is after all compiled, I have included publisher data (sometimes addresses--see the end of the listing). I use these abbreviations: GH = George Hamilton; DMG = Donald M. Grant; CP = Cryptic Publications; DC = Dark Carneval; NP = Necronomicon Press. If a book has been reprinted by a new publisher but is still readily available secondhand in its original appearance from another publisher, both (or all) are listed.

As in the Marek listing, poems are listed only if they are related to the stories in one of the categories, but in general this checklist does not include Howard's verse. Perhaps someone else will undertake that task.

Both Lord's and Marek's lists included titles, word counts, and opening words of Howard's unpublished stories and fragments. The present checklist does not include this information, partly because most of the substantial material has been or will be published by Cryptic Publications. What remains is mostly deservedly unfinished scraps.

Though the goal of this checklist is to facilitate the work of the Howard collector, readers will see that they have their work cut out for them! It will take some effort to complete your scavenger hunt. In case you are tempted to take a shortcut, allow us regretfully to serve notice that we at Cromlech do not have the leisure to photocopy any of these materials for you. Please do not ask us to.

Finally, I wish to thank Glenn Lord and Joe Marek for their pioneering efforts on which I am dependent. I have slightly reshuffled both categories and stories from Marek's list. Most sections are followed by explanatory notes; much of the data for these is derived from Lord and Marek, but some is from my own research and may be new to the reader.

I. Fantasy Adventure

KING KULL

"Exile of Atlantis" (titled by Glenn Lord) Kull (Bantam; DMG; Baen); King Kull (Lancer)
"The Shadow Kingdom" Kull; King Kull; Skull-Face (Arkham; Panther)
"Delcardes' Cat" (or "The Cat and the Skull") Kull; King Kull
"The Screaming Skull of Silence" (as "The Skull of Silence") Kull; King Kull
(only the Baen edition includes the verse heading, which also appears in The Last Celt [DMG; Berkley])
"Riders Beyond the Sunrise" (unfinished) Kull
"The Black City" (unfinished) Kull
"The Altar and the Scorpion" Kull; King Kull
"By This Axe I Rule!" Kull; King Kull
"Wizard and Warrior" (unfinished) Kull
"Swords of the Purple Kingdom" Kull; King Kull
"Kings of the Night" Bran Mak Morn (Dell; Baen); Worms of the Earth (DMG; Zebra; Ace)
"The King and the Oak" (poem) Kull; King Kull
"The Striking of the Gong" Kull
"The Mirrors of Tuzun Thune" Kull; King Kull; Skull-Face (Arkham; Panther)
"The Curse of the Golden Skull" The Book of Robert E. Howard (Zebra; Berkley); The Gods of Bal-Sagoth (Ace); The Howard Collector (Ace); Kull (Baen edition only)

Note: Lin Carter edited and completed "Riders Beyond the Sunrise," "Wizard and Warrior," and "The Black City," retitling the last one "The Black Abyss." These posthumous collaborations appear in King Kull (Lancer), and the first also appears in Lin Carter, Lost Worlds (DAW Books). In the first, Carter's prose begins with the paragraph "'Safety!,' Kull grunted" (Lancer, p. 13) and ends with the paragraph "A feral light" (p. 114) and begins again with "Then come, king" (p. 131). In the second, Carter begins with "It was the Sungara." In the third, Carter begins with Chapter 3.

CONAN THE CIMMERIAN

"Cimmeria" (poem) de Camp, et al., Dark Valley Destiny, pp. 51-52 (complete); Echoes From an Iron Harp (DMG) (minus last stanza)
"The Frost-Giant's Daughter" Rogues in the House (DMG); Conan of Cimmeria (Lancer; Ace); Echoes of Valor II (TOR); The Dark Man 1 (NP) (early draft)
"Gods of the North" The Illustrated Gods of the North (NP)
"The Tower of the Elephant" The Tower of the Elephant (DMG; Grosset & Dunlap Ppbk); Skull-Face (Arkham; Panther); Conan (Lancer; Ace)
"The God in the Bowl" The Tower of the Elephant (DMG; Grosset & Dunlap Ppbk); Conan (Lancer; Ace)
"Rogues in the House" Rogues in the House (DMG); Skull-Face (Arkham; Panther); Conan (Lancer; Ace)
"The Hall of the Dead" (synopsis) (titled by de Camp) The Last Celt
"The Hand of Nergal" (unfinished) (titled by Carter) The Last Celt
"Queen of the Black Coast" Queen of the Black Coast (DMG); Conan of Cimmeria (Lancer; Ace)
"The Vale of Lost Women" Queen of the Black Coast (DMG); Conan of Cimmeria (Lancer; Ace)
"The Snout in the Dark" (unfinished) Jewels of Gwahlur (DMG)
"The Snout in the Dark" (synopsis) Cromlech 3
"Xuthal of the Dusk" (as "The Slithering Shadow") Conan the Adventurer (Lancer; Ace)
"Black Colossus" Black Colossus (DMG); Conan the Freebooter (Lancer; Ace)
"The Man-Eaters of Zamboula" (as "Shadows in Zamboula") The Devil in Iron (DMG; Grosset & Dunlap Ppbk); Red Nails (Berkley); Conan the Wanderer (Lancer; Ace)
"Iron Shadows in the Moon" (as "Shadows in the Moonlight") Black Colossus (DMG); Conan the Freebooter (Lancer, Ace)
"The Devil in Iron" The Devil in Iron (DMG; Grosset & Dunlap Ppbk); People of the Black Circle (Berkley); Conan the Wanderer (Lancer; Ace)
"The People of the Black Circle" The People of the Black Circle (Berkley); Conan the Adventurer (Lancer; Ace)
"A Witch Shall Be Born" A Witch Shall Be Born (DMG); People of the Black Circle (Berkley); Conan the Freebooter (Lancer; Ace)
"The Pool of the Black One" The Robert E. Howard Omnibus(Future/Orbit, UK); The Pool of the Black One (DMG); Conan the Adventurer (Lancer; Ace)
"Red Nails" Red Nails (DMG); Red Nails (Berkley); Conan the Warrior (Lancer; Ace)
"Drums of Tombalku" (unfinished) The Pool of the Black One (DMG)
"Drums of Tombalku" (synopsis) Cromlech 3
"Jewels of Gwahlur" Jewels of Gwahlur (DMG); People of the Black Circle (Berkley); Conan the Warrior (Lancer; Ace)
"Beyond the Black River" Red Nails (Berkley); Adams, Greenberg, Waugh (eds.), Barbarians (Signet); Conan the Warrior (Lancer; Ace)
"The Black Stranger" Echoes of Valor (TOR)
"Wolves Beyond the Border" (unfinished) Conan the Usurper (Lancer; Ace)
"The Phoenix on the Sword" Skull-Face (Arkham; Panther); Conan the Usurper (Lancer; Ace)
"The Scarlet Citadel" Skull-Face (Arkham; Panther); Conan the Usurper (Lancer; Ace)
The Hour of the Dragon The Hour of the Dragon (Berkley); Conan the Conqueror (Lancer; Ace)
"The Hyborian Age" (essay) Red Nails (Berkley); serialized in Conan and Conan the Avenger (Lancer; Ace)

Note: All stories as they appear in the Lancer/Ace editions have been edited by L. Sprague de Camp. Other sources use the Weird Tales text with no further editing. "The Hall of the Dead," "The Hand of Nergal," "The Snout in the Dark," "Drums of Tombalku," and "Wolves Beyond the Border" as they appear in the Lancer/Ace editions are posthumous collaborations by de Camp and/or Lin Carter. "Drums of Tombalku" appears in the Lancer/Ace Conan the Adventurer, and "The Snout in the Dark" appears in the Lancer/Ace Conan of Cimmeria. Howard's original "The Hall of the Dead" (de Camp's title) is only a synopsis, included in The Last Celt; de Camp's version appears in the Lancer/Ace Conan. "The Hand of Nergal" (Carter's title) is a brief fragment; Carter's version appears in the Lancer/Ace Conan and in Carter, Beyond the Gates of Dream (Belmont). The original "Snout in the Dark" fragment (de Camp's title) covers up to Chapter 5 of the story as it appears in the Lancer/Ace Conan of Cimmeria; de Camp continued it based on the synopsis found in Cromlech 3. "Drums of Tombalku" (de Camp's title) is Howard's up to page 170, "You saved our lives"; the synopsis for the rest is found in Cromlech 3. "Wolves Beyond the Border" is Howard's up to page 145, "We lay close ..."

"The Black Stranger" first appeared as Howard wrote it in Echoes of Valor, 1987. In 1952 de Camp extensively rewrote and condensed the story as "The Treasure of Tranicos" and submitted it to Fantasy Magazine. Editor Lester del Rey restored Howard's title but added four paragraphs at the opening (from "Count Valenso" to "writhing again") and published the tale in 1953. The Gnome Press King Conan (also 1953) used this de Camp-del Rey recension but restored de Camp's title. Years later de Camp rewrote it again for inclusion in the Lancer/Ace Conan the Usurper, this time restoring the portions he had condensed, but keeping his plot and character changes and some name changes and excising del Rey's additions. This version also bore the title "The Treasure of Tranicos" and appeared in Conan the Usurper and Ace's illustrated The Treasure of Tranicos. (All this information comes from de Camp, "The Trail of Tranicos" in The Spell of Conan [Ace] or The Conan Reader [Mirage] or The Treasure of Tranicos [Ace].) Ironically, with the publication of Howard's original "The Black Stranger," de Camp's initial rewrite in its unedited form becomes the rarest, never-published version!

"The Haunter of the Ring" (see below: "Conrad and Kirowan" list) involves the ring of Thoth-Amon from "The Phoenix on the Sword." "The Phoenix on the Sword" is Howard's rewrite of the Kull tale "By This Axe I Rule!" "Gods of the North" is Howard's retouched version of "Frost-Giant's Daughter." Weird Tales rejected the latter, so Howard gave it to The Fantasy Fan, but changed the hero's name from Conan to Amra, because he felt it imprudent to give away a Conan tale when most were being bought by Weird Tales.

BRAN MAK MORN

"The Lost Race"* Bran Mak Morn (Dell; Baen); Worms of the Earth (DMG; Zebra; Ace)
"Men of the Shadows" Bran Mak Morn; Worms of the Earth
Untitled ("A gray sky arched ...") Bran Mak Morn; Worms of the Earth
"Worms of the Earth" Bran Mak Morn; Worms of the Earth; Skull-Face; Cthulhu (Baen)
"Kings of the Night" Bran Mak Morn; Worms of the Earth; Skull-Face
"A Song of the Race" (poem) (titled by Glenn Lord) Bran Mak Morn; Worms of the Earth
"The Dark Man" Worms of the Earth; The Dark Man (Arkham; Lancer)
"The Children of the Night" Pigeons from Hell (Zebra); The Dark Man (Arkham; Lancer); Beyond the Borders (Baen)
"The Little People"* Coven 13, January 1970
"The Drums of Pictdom"* (poem) Worms of the Earth
"Bran Mak Morn: A Play" (fragment) Bran Mak Morn: A Play, and Others (CP); Cromlech 3
Untitled Synopsis Cromlech 3

Note: In "The Dark Man" and "Children of the Night," Bran appears only as an ancient god, i.e., the same hero later deified. Some of the others involve the Picts but not Bran himself (marked with an asterisk).

CORMAC MAC ART

"Tigers of the Sea" Tigers of the Sea (DMG; Zebra; Ace); Cormac Mac Art
"Swords of the Northern Sea" Tigers of the Sea; Bran Mak Morn; Cormac Mac Art
"The Night of the Wolf" Bran Mak Morn (Dell edition only); Tigers of the Sea; Cormac Mac Art
"The Temple of Abomination" Tigers of the Sea; Cormac Mac Art

Note: "Tigers of the Sea" is a fragment. The version in Tigers of the Sea is completed by Richard L. Tierney, who supplied the last 5,200 words. The version in Cormac Mac Art is completed by David A. Drake. "The Temple of Abomination" as published in Tigers of the Sea is another posthumous collaboration by Tierney; Howard's portion ends on page 209 (Zebra) in the second paragraph "Cormac smiled fiercely." Tierney's begins: "For the moment ..." The Cormac Mac Art version is left incomplete and also includes Howard's original plot synopsis.

TURLOGH DUBH O'BRIEN

"Spears of Clontarf" Spears of Clontarf (GH); Writer of the Dark (DC)
"The Grey God Passes" (or "Twilight of the Grey Gods") Marchers of Valhalla (Berkley; not included in hardcover); Eons of the Night (Baen)
Untitled fragment ("The Dane came in ...") REH: Two-Gun Raconteur 4; The Shadow of the Hun (GH)
"The Dark Man" Worms of the Earth; The Dark Man
"The Gods of Bal-Sagoth" The Gods of Bal-Sagoth (Ace); The Dark Man; Pigeons from Hell; The Second Avon Fantasy Reader (ppbk); Bran Mak Morn (Baen)
"The Shadow of the Hun" The Sword Woman (Zebra; Berkley); The Shadow of the Hun (GH)

Note: "Gods of Bal-Sagoth" appears in The Second Avon Fantasy Reader as "The Blonde Goddess of Bal-Sagoth." "Spears of Clontarf" is the original nonsupernatural version of "The Grey God Passes." Howard rewrote it for resubmission.

SOLOMON KANE

"Skulls in the Stars" Red Shadows (DMG); The Moon of Skulls (Centaur); Skulls in the Stars (Bantam); Skull-Face (Arkham; Panther); Solomon Kane (Baen)
"The Right Hand of Doom" Red Shadows; Solomon Kane (Centaur); Skulls in the Stars; Solomon Kane (Baen)
"Solomon Kane" (or "Red Shadows") Red Shadows; Solomon Kane (Centaur); Skulls in the Stars; Solomon Kane (Baen)
"Rattle of Bones" Red Shadows; Solomon Kane (Centaur); Skulls in the Stars; Skull-Face; Solomon Kane (Baen)
"The Castle of the Devil" (unfinished) Red Shadows; Solomon Kane (Centaur); Solomon Kane (Baen)
"Death's Black Riders" (fragment) The Howard Collector (Ace); Solomon Kane (Baen)
"The Moon of Skulls" Red Shadows; The Moon of Skulls; Skulls in the Stars; Solomon Kane (Baen)
"The One Black Stain" (poem) Red Shadows; Skulls in the Stars; Solomon Kane (Baen)
"Blades of the Brotherhood" (or "The Blue Flame of Vengeance") Red Shadows; Solomon Kane (Centaur); Skulls in the Stars; Solomon Kane (Baen)
"The Hills of the Dead" Red Shadows; The Hand of Kane (Centaur); The Hills of the Dead (Bantam); Skull-Face; Solomon Kane (Baen)
"Hawk of Basti" (unfinished) (titled by Glenn Lord) Red Shadows; The Hand of Kane; Solomon Kane (Baen)
"The Return of Sir Richard Grenville" (titled by Glenn Lord) (poem) Red Shadows; Solomon Kane (Centaur); The Hills of the Dead; Solomon Kane (Baen)
"Wings in the Night" Red Shadows; The Hand of Kane; The Hills of the Dead; Skull-Face; Solomon Kane (Baen)
"The Footfalls Within" Red Shadows; The Moon of Skulls; The Hills of the Dead; Solomon Kane (Baen)
"The Children of Asshur" (unfinished) (titled by Glenn Lord) Red Shadows; The Hand of Kane; Solomon Kane (Baen)
"Solomon Kane's Homecoming" (poem)
Version One: Red Shadows; Solomon Kane (Centaur); The Hills of the Dead; Solomon Kane (Baen)
Version Two: The Howard Collector

Note: Completed versions of "The Castle of the Devil," "Hawk of Basti," and "The Children of Asshur" by Ramsey Campbell appear in Bantam's Skulls in the Stars ("Castle") and The Hills of the Dead ("Hawk" and "Children") and also in Baen's Solomon Kane. A supernaturalized version of "The Blue Flame of Vengeance" by John Pocsik appears in Derleth (ed.) Over the Edge (Arkham; Victor Gollancz; Arrow). A completed version of "Death's Black Riders" by Fred Blosser appears in Fantasy Book, June 1984. John Silent who appears in "The Castle of the Devil" also appears in the unpublished (non-Kane?) fragment "Redflame."

The story listed here as "Solomon Kane" was retitled at Farnsworth Wright's request, but the new title, "Red Shadows," is probably Howard's, not Wright's.

Several of these stories were expurgated for the initial Solomon Kane collection Red Shadows. The changes were primarily to eliminate "offensive" racial descriptions. These modifications were carried forward to all subsequent collections prior to the Baen volume, which restores the original magazine and manuscript texts. The Baen volume is therefore the prefered collection.

AGNES DE CHASTILLON

"Sword Woman" Sword Woman (Zebra; Berkley; Ace)
"Blades for France" (titled by Glenn Lord) Sword Woman
"Mistress of Death" (titled by Glenn Lord) Sword Woman

Note: "Mistress of Death" is unfinished. Gerald W. Page titled and completed it according to Howard's synopsis. Page's prose starts with the paragraph "Stuart led the way ..."

CORMAC FITZGEOFFREY

"Hawks of Outremer" Hawks of Outremer (DMG)
"The Blood of Belshazzar" Hawks of Outremer (DMG)
"The Slave Princess" Hawks of Outremer (DMG)
"The Sowers of the Thunder" The Sowers of the Thunder (DMG; Zebra; Ace)

Note: Cormac is only mentioned in "Sowers." The first six chapters of "The Slave Princess" are Howard's; the last two are by Richard L. Tierney.

TERENCE VULMEA

"Black Vulmea's Vengeance" Black Vulmea's Vengeance (DMG; Zebra; Ace)
"Swords of the Brotherhood" Black Vulmea's Vengeance

Note: "Swords of the Brotherhood" is Howard's desupernaturalized rewriting of "The Black Stranger," with other appropriate changes to adjust it to the later historical period. Again, see de Camp's article "The Trail of Tranicos."

KIRBY O'DONNELL

"Gold from Tartary" (or "The Treasures of Tartary") The Swords of Shahrazar (FAX; Berkley; Ace)
"Swords of Shahrazar" (or "The Treasure of Shaiber Khan") The Swords of Shahrazar
"The Trail of the Blood-Stained God" (or "The Curse of the Crimson God") The Swords of Shahrazar

Note: "Trail of the Blood-Stained God" was rewritten as a Conan adventure by L. Sprague de Camp and as such appears in Conan of Cimmeria (Lancer; Ace). The titles in parentheses may be working titles.

FRANCIS XAVIER GORDON (EL BORAK)

"The Daughter of Erlik Khan" The Lost Valley of Iskander (DMG; Zebra; Berkley; Ace)
"Hawk of the Hills" The Lost Valley of Iskander
"Swords of the Hills" (as "The Lost Valley of Iskander") The Lost Valley of Iskander
"Blood of the Gods" Son of the White Wolf (Berkley; Ace)
"Sons of the Hawk" (as "Country of the Knife") Son of the White Wolf
"Son of the White Wolf" Son of the White Wolf
"Three-Bladed Doom" (long version) Three-Bladed Doom (Zebra; Ace)
"Three-Bladed Doom" (short version) REH: Lone-Star Fictioneer 4
"Intrigue in Kurdistan" (unfinished) (titled by Glenn Lord) Pulse-Pounding Adventure Stories #1
"The Coming of El Borak" (titled by Glenn Lord) The Coming of El Borak (CP)
"Khoda Khan's Tale" (titled by Glenn Lord) The Coming of El Borak
"The Iron Terror" The Coming of El Borak
Untitled fragment ("Gordon, the American ...") The Coming of El Borak
"El Borak" The Coming of El Borak
"North of Khyber" North of Khyber (CP)
"El Borak" North of Khyber
"A Power Among the Islands" (titled by Glenn Lord) North of Khyber
"The Land of Mystery" (titled by Glenn Lord) North of Khyber
"The Shunned Castle" (titled by Glenn Lord) North of Khyber

Note: The material in The Coming of El Borak is unfinished juvenilia, as is North of Khyber. The latter collects fragments in which Howard teamed up his heroes El Borak and Steve Allison the Sonora Kid.

L. Sprague de Camp rewrote the long version of "Three-Bladed Doom" into the Conan tale "The Flame Knife" which appears in Conan the Wanderer (Lancer/Ace) and in The Flame Knife (Ace). The text in the Zebra edition of Three-Bladed Doom is inferior to that in the Ace edition.

LAL SINGH

"The Tale of the Rajah's Ring" The Adventures of Lal Singh (CP)
"The Further Adventures of Lal Singh" The Adventures of Lal Singh
"Lal Singh, Oriental Gentleman" The Adventures of Lal Singh

JAMES ALLISON

"Marchers of Valhalla" Marchers of Valhalla (Berkley); Eons of the Night (Baen)
"Akram the Mysterious" (unfinished) (as "The Tower of Time") Fantastic Stories, June 1975
"The Valley of the Worm" Wolfshead (Lancer; Bantam); Cthulhu (Baen); Skull-Face (Arkham; Panther)
"The Garden of Fear" Pigeons From Hell (Zebra; Ace); The Dark Man (Arkham; Lancer); Eons of the Night
"The Guardian of the Idol" (unfinished) Weird Tales 3 (Zebra)
"Brachen the Kelt" (unfinished?) Sean Richards (ed.), The Barbarian Swordsmen (Star)
Untitled ("Long, long ago ..."); ("Genseric's Fifth-Born Son" or "Ghor, Kin-Slayer") Fantasy Crossroads 10/11

Note: "The Tower of Time" is Lin Carter's completion of Howard's "Akram the Mysterious," an unfinished 2200 word fragment (titled "Akram the Mysterious" by Glenn Lord). "The Guardian of the Idol" is Gerald W. Page's completion of an unfinished 700 word fragment using Howard's synopsis of the whole story. The title is Glenn Lord's. "Brachen the Kelt" seems to be unfinished, as is "Genseric's Fifth-Born Son." (The latter was used as the beginning of a round robin, never finished, that continued on through Fantasy Crossroads 15, with chapters by Karl Edward Wagner, Joseph Payne Brennan, Richard L. Tierney, Michael Moorcock, Charles R. Saunders, Andrew Offutt, Manly Wade Wellman, Darrell Schweitzer, A. E. van Vogt, Brian Lumley, Frank Belknap Long, Adrian Cole, Ramsey Campbell, and H. Warner Munn, though the Cole, Campbell, and Munn chapters were never published. I don't know if either of the listed titles is Howard's.

"Black Eons" is a completion by Robert M. Price (me) of the "Untitled Fragment" included in The Howard Collector (Ace). It was completed as the conclusion of the James Allison series, but internal evidence indicates it was not intended as part of the series. "Black Eons" is available in Fantasy Book, June 1985.

The name of the hero in "The Marchers of Valhalla" was originally "Niord," but since Howard had also used this name for the Allison pre-incarnation in "The Valley of the Worm," Glenn Lord changed the name to "Hjalmar."

VARIOUS FANTASY ADVENTURES

"The Voice of El-Lil" The Dark Man (Arkham; Lancer); Pigeons From Hell (Zebra; Ace); Cthulhu (Baen); Beyond the Borders (Baen)
"Isle of Pirate's Doom" Black Vulmea's Vengeance
"People of the Dark" The Dark Man; Cthulhu
"Children of the Night" The Dark Man
"Delenda Est" (titled by Glenn Lord) Black Canaan; Eons of the Night (Baen)
"The House of Arabu" Wolfshead (Lancer; Bantam); Avon Fantasy Reader (ppbk); Eons of the Night
"Spear and Fang" The Howard Collector 7; Weird Tales, Summer 1973; Eons of the Night
"Black Canaan" Black Canaan (Berkley); Skull-Face (Arkham; Panther); Trails in Darkness (Baen)
"Nekht Semerkeht" (titled by Glenn Lord) The Gods of Bal-Sagoth (Ace); Swords Against Darkness I (Zebra)
"Under the Baobab Tree" Cross Plains 5
"Spanish Gold on Devil Horse" The Howard Collector (Ace)
"The Fire of Asshurbanipal" (original, nonsupernatural version) The Howard Collector 16
"The Tomb of the Dragon" The Shadow of the Beast (GH)
"The Thunder-Rider" (titled by Glenn Lord) Marchers of Valhalla
"King of the Forgotten People" The Gods of Bal-Sagoth (Ace); Beyond the Borders
Almuric (novel) Almuric (Ace; Berkley)
"The Isle of the Eons" (unfinished) The Gods of Bal-Sagoth (Ace)
"Golnor the Ape" (unfinished) Crypt of Cthulhu 31

Note: "The House of Arabu" appears in the Avon Fantasy Reader as "The Witch From Hell's Kitchen" (!). "The Voice of El-Lil" was reprinted in the magazine Avon Fantasy Reader under the amazing title "Temptress of the Tower of Torture and Sin"! "Nekht Semerkeht" is Andrew Offutt's completion of a 3500 word fragment from Howard's synopsis of the rest.

"Shadow in the Well" is a synopsis (included in Cromlech #2) which is very similar to "Isle of Pirate's Doom."

VARIOUS HISTORICAL ADVENTURES

"Gates of Empire" The Road of Azrael (DMG; Bantam)
"Two Against Tyre" (originally untitled) Second Book of Robert E. Howard (Zebra: Berkley)
"Spears of Clontarf" Spears of Clontarf (GH); Writer of the Dark (DC)
"Hawks Over Egypt" The Road of Azrael
"The Track of Bohemund" The Road of Azrael
"The Lion of Tiberias" The Sowers of the Thunder
Untitled fragment ("The wind from ...") The Spell of Conan (Ace)
"Red Blades of Black Cathay" The Book of Robert E. Howard
"Lord of Samarkand" The Sowers of the Thunder
"The Shadow of the Vulture" The Sowers of the Thunder
"The Road of Eagles" (as "The Way of the Sword") The Road of Azrael
"The King's Service" The Sword Woman
"The Road of Azrael" The Road of Azrael
"Spears of the East" The Last Celt
"Under the Great Tiger" Report on a Writing Man and other reminiscences of Robert E. Howard (NP)

Note: These stories are listed, following Marek, in probable chronological order.

"Red Blades of Black Cathay" was written by Howard based on research done by Tevis Clyde Smith.

"Hawks Over Egypt" was rewritten as a Conan story ("Hawks Over Shem") by L. Sprague de Camp, in which form it appears in the Lancer/Ace Conan the Freebooter.

"The Road of the Eagles" was initially rewritten as "Conan, Man of Destiny," but this rewrite appeared in Tales of Conan (Gnome Press) and in Conan the Freebooter as "The Road of the Eagles." The original (medieval) story was then retitled "The Way of the Sword" for its appearance in The Road of Azrael.

"Under the Great Tiger" is a collaboration between Howard and Tevis Clyde Smith. It is reprinted from The All-Around Magazine, May-June, July 1923 in Report (a book by Smith) in facsimile form.

II. Weird and Horror

CTHULHU MYTHOS TALES

"Arkham" (poem) Always Comes Evening
"Candles" (poem) The Ghost Ocean (Gibbelins Gazette Press)
"The Black Stone" Wolfshead; Skull-Face; Cthulhu
"The Children of the Night" Pigeons From Hell; The Dark Man
"The Thing on the Roof" Pigeons From Hell; The Dark Man; Cthulhu
"The Fire of Asshurbanipal" Wolfshead; Skull-Face; Cthulhu; Beyond the Borders (Baen)
"The Door to the Garden" (or "The Door to the World") Fantasy Crosswinds 2
"The Hoofed Thing" (or "Usurp the Night") The Gods of Bal-Sagoth; Trails in Darkness (Baen)
"Dig Me No Grave" (or "John Grimlan's Debt") The Dark Man; Cthulhu; Beyond the Borders
"The House" (as "The House in the Oaks") Dark Things (Arkham); Black Canaan (Berkley)
"The Black Bear Bites" Swords of Shahrazar (Berkley; Ace editions only; not FAX hardcover)
"The Challenge from Beyond" Beyond the Wall of Sleep (Arkham); Moskowitz (ed.), Horrors Unknown (Berkley); The Challenge from Beyond (NP)
Untitled fragment ("Beneath the glare ...") The Howard Collector (Ace)
"Worms of the Earth" Bran Mak Morn; Worms of the Earth; Skull-Face; Cthulhu

Note: "The House in the Oaks" is Derleth's completion of Howard's unfinished "The House." Derleth's prose begins with "We had passed through the circling ..." The bits of poetry (including a slightly different version of "Arkham") in Derleth's portion are, however, by Howard.

Howard's portion of the round-robin "The Challenge From Beyond" begins with "From that final lap," and Frank Belknap Long takes over with "Out of the tent ..."

CONRAD AND KIROWAN

"The Dwellers Under the Tombs" Black Canaan
"The Haunter of the Ring" Black Canaan; Beyond the Borders (Baen)
"The Children of the Night" The Dark Man; Pigeons from Hell
Untitled fragment ("When I lay dying I will remember my first view of Dagon manor ...") (as "Dagon Manor") Shudder Stories 4

Note: C. J. Henderson completed the untitled fragment as "Dagon Manor." Henderson begins on page 16 with "Suddenly I was again filled with the dread ..." The original has nothing to do with the Cthulhu Mythos.

As already noted, "The Haunter of the Ring" involves Thoth-Amon's ring from the Conan tale "The Phoenix on the Sword."

DE MONTOUR

"In the Forest of Villefere" Pigeons From Hell; The Dark Man; Eons of the Night (Baen)
"Wolfshead" Wolfshead; Skull-Face (Arkham; Panther); Eons of the Night
"Wolfsdung" (satire) Cromlech 3

THE FARING TOWN SAGA

"Sea Curse" The Marchers of Valhalla (Berkley edition only); Eons of the Night (Baen)
"Out of the Deep" The Marchers of Valhalla (Berkley only); Eons of the Night
"A Legend of Faring Town" (poem) Verses in Ebony

THE WEIRD SOUTHWEST

"The Valley of the Lost" The Marchers of Valhalla (Berkley only); Trails in Darkness (Baen)
"Pigeons From Hell" Pigeons From Hell; The Dark Man; Cthulhu
"'For the Love of Barbara Allen'" The Marchers of Valhalla (Berkley only); Trails in Darkness
"Old Garfield's Heart" Pigeons From Hell; The Dark Man; Cthulhu
"The Shadow of Doom" The Howard Collector 8
"The Man on the Ground" Pigeons From Hell; The Dark Man; Trails in Darkness
"The Haunted Hut" Weirdbook 2
"The Shadow of the Beast" The Gods of Bal-Sagoth
"The Horror from the Mound" Wolfshead; Skull-Face; Trails in Darkness
"The Dead Remember" Pigeons From Hell; The Dark Man; Trails in Darkness
"A Horror in the Night" Pay Day (CP)

VARIOUS HORRORS

"Dermod's Bane" Black Canaan; Beyond the Borders (Baen)
"Serpent Vines" WT50 (Weinberg)
"The Hyena" Pigeons From Hell; The Dark Man; Beyond the Borders
"People of the Black Coast" Black Canaan; Beyond the Borders
"A Thunder of Trumpets" Marchers of Valhalla (Berkley only)
"Black Country" Weirdbook 6; Vic Ghidalia (ed.) Gooseflesh!
"The Cobra in the Dream" Black Canaan; Beyond the Borders
"The Cairn on the Headland" Wolfshead (Lancer only; omitted from Bantam); Skull-Face; Beyond the Borders
"The Touch of Death" The Howard Review 1
"The Noseless Horror" Black Canaan
"Casonetto's Last Song" The Gods of Bal-Sagoth; Beyond the Borders
"The Return of the Sorcerer" (unfinished) A Bicentennial Tribute to Robert E. Howard (GH)
"Restless Waters" The Gods of Bal-Sagoth
"The Dream Snake" Pigeons From Hell; The Dark Man; Beyond the Borders
"The Fear-Master" (unfinished?) Crypt of Cthulhu 22
"The Supreme Moment" Crypt of Cthulhu 25
"The Devil's Woodchopper" The Grim Land
Untitled fragment ("The night was damp, misty, the air ...") Fantasy Crossroads 7
"Spectres in the Dark" Cromlech 1

Note: "The Devil's Woodchopper" was completed by Tevis Clyde Smith. "The Touch of Death" appeared in Weird Tales as "The Fearsome Touch of Death."

III. Detective and Weird Menace

STEVE HARRISON

"People of the Serpent" Phantasy Digest 2
"Teeth of Doom" Writer of the Dark (DC)
"The Lord of the Dead" Skull-Face (Berkley edition only); Lord of the Dead (DMG)
"The Mystery of Tannernoe Lodge" (titled by Glenn Lord) Lord of the Dead
"Names in the Black Book" Skull-Face (Berkley only); Lord of the Dead
"Graveyard Rats" Phantasy Digest 1; Writer of the Dark
"The House of Suspicion" Second Book of Robert E. Howard
"The Black Moon" Bran Mak Morn: A Play and Others
"The Silver Heel" Two-Fisted Detective Stories 1
"The Voice of Death" Two-Fisted Detective Stories 1
Untitled synopsis ("Steve Harrison received a wire ...") Two-Fisted Detective Stories 1

Note: "Teeth of Doom" first appeared with the title changed by the editor ofStrange Detective Stories to "The Tomb's Secret" and by-lined "Brock Rollins" since Howard had another story in the same issue.

The Skull-Face listed here is a completely different collection from the Arkham/Panther collection referred to in earlier sections.

"The Mystery of Tannernoe Lodge" is Fred Blosser's completion of a 2800 word Howard fragment.

"People of the Serpent" appeared in the pulp Strange Detective Stories as "Fangs of Gold," the editor's title.

BUTCH GORMAN AND BRENT KIRBY

"Sons of Hate" Two-Fisted Detective Stories 1
"Hand of the Black Goddess" Bran Mak Morn: A Play and Others

Note: Lin Carter extensively rewrote "Hand of the Black Goddess" as "Scarlet Tears" in Weird Tales 1 (Zebra).

STEVE BENDER, WEARY McGRAW and the WHALE

"The Ghost With the Silk Hat" Writer of the Dark
Untitled ("William Aloysius McGraw's father was red-headed ...") Unpublished
"Westward Ho!" (incomplete) Unpublished
"The Wild Man" Unpublished

Note: The unpublished material is juvenilia.

OTHER STRANGE DETECTIVE/WEIRD MENACE

"Black Wind Blowing" The Book of Robert E. Howard
"Talons in the Dark" (as "Black Talons") The Book of Robert E. Howard
"Black Hound of Death" Peter Haining (ed.), Weird Tales (Neville Spearman; Sphere); Trails in Darkness (Baen)
"Devils of Dark Lake" WT50 (Weinberg)
"The Hand of Obeah" Crypt of Cthulhu 16
"The Brazen Peacock" Swords of Shahrazar (Berkley and Ace only)
"Guests of the Hoodoo Room" Shudder Stories 1
"The House of Om" (synopsis) Shudder Stories 2
"Moon of Zambebwei" Black Canaan; Trails in Darkness
"Skull-Face" Skull-Face (Berkley; Arkham; Panther)
"Taveral Manor" (or "The Return of Skull-Face") (titled by Glenn Lord) Skull-Face (Berkley)
"The Spell of Damballah" (unfinished fragment) Revelations from Yuggoth 1

Note: "Taveral Manor" is Richard A. Lupoff's completion of an unfinished 8500 word fragment by Howard. "Moon of Zimbabwei" appeared in Weird Tales as "The Grisly Horror." It has nothing to do with the de Camp-Carter Conan pastiche "Red Moon of Zimbabwei" which appears in Conan of Aquilonia (Ace).

IV. Boxing

SAILOR STEVE COSTIGAN

"The Pit of the Serpent" The Book of Robert E. Howard (Zebra; Berkley); Robert E. Howard's Fight Magazine 1
"The Bull Dog Breed" Robert E. Howard's Fight Magazine 1
"Sailor's Grudge" Robert E. Howard's Fight Magazine 1
"Fist and Fang" Robert E. Howard's Fight Magazine 1
"Winner Take All" Robert E. Howard's Fight Magazine 1
"Waterfront Fists" Robert E. Howard's Fight Magazine 1
"The Champion of the Forecastle" Robert E. Howard's Fight Magazine 2
"Alleys of Peril" Robert E. Howard's Fight Magazine 2
"Waterfront Law" (or "The TNT Punch" or "The Waterfront Wallop") Robert E. Howard's Fight Magazine 2
"Texas Fists" Robert E. Howard's Fight Magazine 2
"The Sign of the Snake" Chronicler of Cross Plains 1; Robert E. Howard's Fight Magazine 5
"The House of Peril" (as "Blow the Chinks Down!") Action Stories, October 1931; Robert E. Howard's Fight Magazine 5
"The Fightin'est Pair" Robert E. Howard's Fight Magazine 2
"Circus Fists" Robert E. Howard's Fight Magazine 3
"One Shanghai Night" (as "Dark Shanghai") Action Stories, January 1932; Robert E. Howard's Fight Magazine 5
"Vikings of the Gloves" Robert E. Howard's Fight Magazine 3
"Night of Battle" Robert E. Howard's Fight Magazine 3
"The Slugger's Game" Robert E. Howard's Fight Magazine 3
"General Ironfist" Robert E. Howard's Fight Magazine 3
"Sluggers of the Beach" Robert E. Howard's Fight Magazine 3
"Sailor Costigan and the Swami" (titled by Glenn Lord) Robert E. Howard's Fight Magazine 4
"By the Law of the Shark" Robert E. Howard's Fight Magazine 4
"Flying Knuckles" Robert E. Howard's Fight Magazine 4
"Hard-Fisted Sentiment" Robert E. Howard's Fight Magazine 4
"The Honor of the Ship" (titled by Glenn Lord) Robert E. Howard's Fight Magazine 4
"The Battling Sailor" (titled by Glenn Lord) Robert E. Howard's Fight Magazine 5
"Blue River Blues" (incomplete) Robert E. Howard's Fight Magazine 5
Untitled ("It was the end ...") (unfinished) Robert E. Howard's Fight Magazine 4
Untitled ("The night Sailor Steve ...") (fragment) Robert E. Howard's Fight Magazine 4
Untitled ("I had just hung ...") The Howard Review 2; Robert E. Howard's Fight Magazine 5

Note: These stories are listed, following Marek, in the order of their original publication, though the publication data given do not always reflect this order: rather, they present the most recent publication, sometimes a republication years later in the same magazine.

Robert E. Howard's Fight Magazine began publication in 1990 from Necronomicon Press. Four issues have been produced to date.

SAILOR DENNIS DORGAN

"Alleys of Darkness" (as "The Alleys of Singapore") The Incredible Adventures of Dennis Dorgan (FAX; Zebra; Ace)
"Alleys of Treachery" (as "The Mandarin Ruby") The Incredible Adventures of Dennis Dorgan
"Sailor Dorgan and the Jade Monkey" (as "The Jade Monkey") The Incredible Adventures of Dennis Dorgan
"Sailor Dorgan and the Yellow Cobra" (as "The Yellow Cobra") The Incredible Adventures of Dennis Dorgan
"Cultured Cauliflowers" (as "In High Society") The Incredible Adventures of Dennis Dorgan
"A New Game for Dorgan" (as"Playing Journalist") The Incredible Adventures of Dennis Dorgan
"Sailor Dorgan and the Destiny Gorilla" (as "The Destiny Gorilla") The Incredible Adventures of Dennis Dorgan
"Iron-Clad Fists" (as "A Knight of the Round Table") The Incredible Adventures of Dennis Dorgan
"A Two-Fisted Santa Claus" (as "Playing Santa Claus") The Incredible Adventures of Dennis Dorgan
"Sailor Dorgan and the Turkish Menace" (as "The Turkish Menace") The Incredible Adventures of Dennis Dorgan

Note: All of the Dennis Dorgan stories were originally Sailor Steve Costigan stories, but Howard rewrote them in order to create a "new" series for submission to Oriental Stories (soon renamed Magic Carpet). "Sailor Dorgan and the Turkish Menace" was left unfinished by Howard but was completed by Darrell C. Richardson for publication.

Ace Books combined two earlier Howard boxing collections from Zebra Books as the Ace The Iron Man and the Incredible Adventures of Dennis Dorgan.

KID ALLISON

"College Socks" Fantasy Crossroads 7; Robert E. Howard's Fight Magazine 6
"Man with the Mystery Mitts" Fantasy Crossroads 4/5; Robert E. Howard's Fight Magazine 6
"Kid Galahad" (as "The Good Knight") The Second Book of Robert E. Howard (Zebra; Berkley); The Robert E. Howard Omnibus (Futura/Orbit); Robert E. Howard's Fight Magazine 6
"Fighting Nerves" Robert E. Howard's Fight Magazine 6
"The Texas Wildcat" (titled by Glenn Lord) Robert E. Howard's Fight Magazine 6
"A Tough Nut to Crack" (titled by Glenn Lord) Robert E. Howard's Fight Magazine 6
"The Drawing Card" (titled by Glenn Lord) (unfinished) Robert E. Howard's Fight Magazine 6
"Fistic Psychology" (titled by Glenn Lord) (unfinished) Robert E. Howard's Fight Magazine 6
"The Jinx" (titled by Glenn Lord) (incomplete MS) Robert E. Howard's Fight Magazine 6
Untitled ("Huh? I was so ...") (incomplete MS) Robert E. Howard's Fight Magazine 6

ACE JESSEL

"The Spirit of Tom Molyneaux" (as "The Apparition in the Prize Ring") Ghost Stories, April 1929; Boy's Own Fantasy Annual, 1982 (REHUPA mailing); Robert E. Howard's Fight Magazine 7
"Double Cross" Bran Mak Morn: A Play, and Others; Robert E. Howard's Fight Magazine 7

Note: "The Spirit of Tom Molyneaux" was rewritten to some extent for its appearance in Ghost Stories, but I don't know by whom. It reads much like Howard's other ghostly boxing tales, e.g., "The Mark of a Bloody Hand" and "The Voice of Doom." Presumably he himself rewrote it.

OTHER BOXING

"Crowd Horror" Argosy All-Story Weekly, July 20, 1929; Robert E. Howard's Fight Magazine 7
"Fists of the Revolution" Fantasy Crossroads, Special Edition 1; Robert E. Howard's Fight Magazine 7
"Trail of the Snake" Robert E. Howard's Fight Magazine 7
"The Fighting Fury" (unfinished) Robert E. Howard's Fight Magazine 8
"Shackled Mitts" (unfinished) Robert E. Howard's Fight Magazine 8
"Right Hook" (unfinished) Robert E. Howard's Fight Magazine 8
"A Man of Peace" (unfinished) Robert E. Howard's Fight Magazine 8
"The Ferocious Ape" (unfinished) Robert E. Howard's Fight Magazine 8
"Night Encounter" (incomplete) Robert E. Howard's Fight Magazine 8
"Weeping Willow" (unfinished) Robert E. Howard's Fight Magazine 8
"Misto' Demsey" (unfinished) Robert E. Howard's Fight Magazine 8
"Iron Men" (as "The Iron Man") The Iron Man (DMG; Zebra; Ace)
"They Always Come Back" The Iron Man
"Fists of the Desert" The Iron Man

Note: "The Trail of the Snake" mentions Sailor Steve Costigan, but he does not actually appear in it, hence its absence from the Costigan list.

V. Spicies

WILD BILL CLANTON

"The Girl on Hell Ship" (as "She Devil") The Book of Robert E. Howard (Zebra; Berkley); The She Devil (Ace)
"Ship in Mutiny" Bran Mak Morn: A Play, and Others; The She Devil
"Desert Blood" The She Devil
"The Dragon of Kao-Tsu" The She Devil
"The Purple Heart of Erlik" Goodstone (ed.), The Pulps (Chelsea House); The She Devil
"Murderer's Grog" (later as "Outlaw Working") The She Devil

Note: "Ship in Mutiny" appears in Bran Mak Morn: A Play, and Others, with editorial emendation: a repetitive paragraph is relegated to a footnote.

OTHER SPICIES

"Guns of Khartum" The Second Book of Robert E. Howard (Zebra; Berkley); The She Devil
"Daughters of Feud" The She Devil
Untitled Synopsis ("John Gorman found himself in Samarkand ...") Risque Stories 1 (CP)
"Miss High-Hat" Risque Stories 4
"Songs of Bastards" (play) Lewd Tales (CP)
"Bastards All!" (play) Lewd Tales

Note: "Guns of Khartum" appears in the Zebra printing with some text omitted: it is restored in the Berkley edition and The She Devil. The "John Gorman" synopsis appears in Risque Stories 1 along with but separate from a story based on the synopsis, "She-Cats of Samarkand" by Marc A. Cerasini and Charles Hoffman. Further stories in the "John Gorman" pastiche series (not based on any Howard synopses) appear in issues of Risque Stories and Pulse Pounding Adventure Stories.

VI. Westerns

BRECKENRIDGE ELKINS

"Striped Shirts and Busted Hearts" A Gent from Bear Creek (DMG; Zebra); Heroes of Bear Creek (Ace)
"Mountain Man" A Gent from Bear Creek; Heroes of Bear Creek
"Meet Cap'n Kidd" A Gent from Bear Creek; Heroes of Bear Creek
"Guns of the Mountains" A Gent from Bear Creek; Heroes of Bear Creek
"A Gent from Bear Creek" A Gent from Bear Creek; Heroes of Bear Creek
"The Feud Buster" A Gent from Bear Creek; Heroes of Bear Creek
"The Road to Bear Creek" A Gent from Bear Creek; Heroes of Bear Creek
"A Stranger in Grizzly Claw" (as "The Scalp Hunter") A Gent from Bear Creek; Heroes of Bear Creek
"Cupid from Bear Creek" (as "The Peaceful Pilgrim") A Gent from Bear Creek; Heroes of Bear Creek
"The Haunted Mountain" A Gent from Bear Creek; Heroes of Bear Creek
"Educate or Bust" (as "Sharp's Gun Serenade") A Gent from Bear Creek; Heroes of Bear Creek
"War on Bear Creek" A Gent from Bear Creek; Heroes of Bear Creek
"When Bear Creek Came to Chawed Ear" A Gent from Bear Creek; Heroes of Bear Creek
"The Riot at Cougar Paw" The Pride of Bear Creek; Heroes of Bear Creek
"Weary Pilgrims on the Road" (as "Pilgrims to the Pecos") The Pride of Bear Creek; Heroes of Bear Creek
"Gents on the Rampage" (as "High Horse Rampage") The Pride of Bear Creek; Heroes of Bear Creek
"The Apache Mountain War" The Pride of Bear Creek; Heroes of Bear Creek
"Pistol Politics" The Pride of Bear Creek; Heroes of Bear Creek
"Politics at Blue Lizard" (as "The Conquerin' Hero of the Humbolts") The Pride of Bear Creek; Heroes of Bear Creek
"Gents in Buckskin" (as "'No Cowherders Wanted"') Mayhem on Bear Creek; Heroes of Bear Creek
"Mayhem and Taxes" (titled by Glenn Lord) Mayhem on Bear Creek; Heroes of Bear Creek
"Evil Deeds at Red Cougar" Mayhem on Bear Creek; Heroes of Bear Creek
"Sharp's Gun Serenade" Mayhem on Bear Creek; Heroes of Bear Creek
"The Peaceful Pilgrim" Mayhem on Bear Creek; Heroes of Bear Creek
"A Elston to the Rescue" (as "A Elkins Never Surrenders") Mayhem on Bear Creek; Heroes of Bear Creek

Note: An earlier, slightly different version of "A Elston to the Rescue" or "A Elkins Never Surrenders" appeared in Star Western, September 1936 as "The Curly Wolf of Sawtooth."

Two stories in Mayhem on Bear Creek also appear in slightly rewritten (by Howard) form as chapters of the novel A Gent from Bear Creek. All the chapters of this book are slightly rewritten stories from the pulps.

BUCKNER JEOPARDY GRIMES

"Knife River Prodigal" The Second book of Robert E. Howard
"A Man-Eating Jeopard" Skull-Face (Arkham; Panther)
"A Ring-Tailed Tornado" The Pride of Bear Creek (DMG); Heroes of Bear Creek (Ace)

Note: This character is a clone of Breckenridge Elkins. "A Ring-Tailed Tornado" appears in The Pride of Bear Creek as rewritten into a Breckenridge Elkins tale, not by Howard himself, but by his literary agents, the Otis Adelbert Kline Agency (hence by OAK himself?).

PIKE BEARFIELD

"A Gent from the Pecos" (as "Shave That Hawg!") Writer of the Dark (DC)
"Gents on the Lynch" The Book of Robert E. Howard (Zebra; Berkley)
"The Riot at Bucksnort" The Howard Review 2
"While Smoke Rolled" Mayhem on Bear Creek; Heroes of Bear Creek
"The Diablos Trail" (titled by Glenn Lord) (unfinished) Bran Mak Morn: A Play, and Others; Cromlech 3

Note: "While Smoke Rolled," like "A Ring-Tailed Tornado," was rewritten by the Otis Adelbert Kline Agency as a Breckenridge Elkins tale, but originally Howard wrote it as a Pike Bearfield story.

GRIZZLY ELKINS

"Gunman's Debt" The Last Ride (Berkley)
"Law-Shooters of Cowtown" The Last Ride

STEVE ALLISON, THE SONORA KID

"Knife, Bullet and Noose" The Last Ride
"The Devil's Joker" The Last Ride
"Brotherly Advice" (titled by Glenn Lord) The Sonora Kid (CP)
"Desert Rendezvous" (titled by Glenn Lord) The Sonora Kid
"Red Curls and Bobbed Hair" The Sonora Kid
"The Sonora Kid-Cowhand" The Sonora Kid
"The Sonora Kid's Winning Hand" (fragment) The Sonora Kid
Untitled ("A blazing sun in a blazing sky, reflected from ...") (unfinished) The Sonora Kid
Untitled ("The Hades Saloon and gambling hall, Buffalotown ...") (unfinished) The Sonora Kid
Untitled ("The Hot Arizona sun ...") (unfinished) The Sonora Kid
Untitled ("Madge Meraldson set her traveling-bag ...") (unfinished) The Sonora Kid
Untitled ("Steve Allison settled himself down ...") (unfinished) The Sonora Kid
Untitled ("The way it came about that Steve Allison, Timoleon ...") (unfinished) The Sonora Kid
"The West Tower" (titled by Glenn Lord) (fragment) The Sonora Kid

Note: The unfinished Sonora Kid material is all very early juvenilia. Not all the stories are technically Westerns.

The stories contained in North of Khyber feature the Sonora Kid teamed up with El Borak and are listed under El Borak. They are also unfinished juvelilia.

OTHER WESTERNS

"Vulture's Sanctuary" The Last Ride
"The Extermination of Yellow Donory" The Last Ride
"The Last Ride" (as "Boot-Hill Payoff") The Last Ride
"Drums of the Sunset" The Vultures (FAX); The Vultures of Whapeton (Zebra; Berkley)
"The Vultures of Whapeton" The Vultures; The Vultures of Whapeton
"The Judgement of the Desert" The Vultures; The Vultures of Whapeton
"Golden Hope Christmas" Cross Plains 1; REH: Two-Gun Raconteur 4
"Bill Smalley and the Power of the Human Eye" The Dark Man 2 (NP)
"Six-Gun interview" (titled by Glenn Lord) (unfinished) Unpublished

Note: "The Last Ride" is Howard's complete rewriting or ghost-writing of Chandler Whipple's unsalable story.

"The Vultures of Whapeton" has two endings. The unhappy ending appears in the book: the happy ending appears by itself in Cross Plains 5 and in Cromlech 3. The Zebra edition is textually inferior to the FAX hardcover.

VII. Humor

"After the Game" The Yellow Jacket, October 27 1926
"Sleeping Beauty" The Yellow Jacket, October 27 1926
Untitled ("I, having been ...") The Yellow Jacket, November 3, 1926
"The Thessalians" The Howard Collector (Ace)
"Ye College Days" The Howard Collector (Ace)
"Cupid vs. Pollux" The Howard Collector (Ace)
"The Reformation: A Dream" The Howard Review 3
"Eighttoes Makes a Play" Red Blades of Black Cathay (DMG)
"Wolfsdung" Cromlech 3
"The Shiek" The Tattler, March 15, 1923
"West Is West" The Howard Collector (Ace)

Note: "Eighttoes Makes a Play" is a collaboration between Howard and Tevis Clyde Smith. Both plotted it, while Smith actually wrote it.

Of course the Breckenridge Elkins, Buckner Jeopardy Grimes, Pike Bearfield, Sailor Steve Costigan, Sailor Dennis Dorgan, and Kid Allison series, plus other individual tales like "Fists of the Revolution," are also humorous.

VIII. "True Adventure," Confession, Mainstream

"Wild Water" The Vultures of Whapeton
"The Heathen" (titled by Glenn Lord) The Howard Collector (Ace)
"Midnight" The Howard Collector (Ace)
"Sunday in a Small Town" The Howard Collector (Ace)
"Musings of a Moron" The Howard Collector (Ace)
"Diogenes of Today" Red Blades of Black Cathay (DMG)
"The Loser" Pay Day (CP)
"A Touch of Color" Pay Day
"The Nut's Shell" Pay Day
"Pay Day" Pay Day
"Nerve" Pay Day
"The Block" Pay Day
"The Sophisticate" Pay Day
"The Voice of the Mob" Lurid Confessions 1 (CP)
"The Curse of Greed" Lurid Confessions 1
"The Devil in his Brain" Lurid Confessions 1
"A Matter of Age" Lurid Confessions 1
"Stones of Destiny" Pulp Magazine 1 (CP)
Post Oaks & Sand Roughs Post Oaks & Sand Roughs (DMG)

Note: "Diogenes of Today" is a collaboration between Howard and at Tevis Clyde Smith, who took turns the typewriter composing it.

Post Oaks & Sand Roughs is a thinly fictionalized autobiographical novel.

IX. Odds and Ends

"The Hashish Land" Fantome 1
"The Gondarian Man" (titled by Glenn Lord) Fantasy Crossroads 6
"The Last Laugh" (titled by Jonathan Bacon?) Fantasy Crossroads 9
"Etchings in Ivory" The Book of Robert E. Howard
"The Ghost in the Doorway" The Howard Collector 11
"A Dream" The Howard Collector 14

X. Ghostly Boxing

"The Voice of Doom" Crypt of Cthulhu 39; Robert E. Howard's Fight Magazine 7
"The Mark of the Bloody Hand" Crypt of Cthulhu 47; Robert E. Howard's Fight Magazine 7

ADDENDA

By Charles Gray

"The Abbey" Fantasy Crossroads 4/5
"Aha! or The Mystery of the Queen's Necklace" The Howard Collector 4
"Ambition by Moonlight" Trumpet, May 1968
"Etched in Ebony" Trumpet, May 1968
(Note: Wayne Warfield, in his Ultimate Guide to Howardia, suggested that this might be a retitling of "Bloodstones and Ebony.")
"The Last White Man" (synopsis) The Howard Collector 5
"Unhand Me, Villain" The Tattler, February 15, 1923