Steel Swords & Iron Harps

A sampling of early poetry drafts.
All of the poems come from Howard’s original typescripts and carbons with the following exceptions:
“Black Mass”, first published version, is from STARTLING MYSTERY STORIES, Fall 1967.
“The Tower of Zukala”, first published version, is from Glenn Lord’s provided retype, as used in A RHYME OF SALEM TOWN AND OTHER POEMS, REH Foundation, 2007.

Always Comes Evening (Arkham)

Edited by Glenn Lord, and financed by him.
Limited edition of 636 copies. 100 of these copies do not have the title or author’s name on the spine.
Subtitled “The Collected Poems of Robert E. Howard”.
At the time of publication, this publication contained all of the known poetry by Howard.
“The Voices Waken Memory” and “Babel” are grouped under the heading “Voices of the Night”.
“The Scarlet Citadel” contains four short poems.
“Queen of the Black Coast” contains five parts, each from “The Song of Belit”.

Always Comes Evening (Underwood)

Always Comes Evening is a collection of poems by Robert E. Howard. It was first released in 1957 and was the author’s second book to be published by Arkham House. It was released in an edition of 636 copies. The publication was subsidized by Howard’s literary executor, Glenn Lord who compiled the poems. This edition is from Underwood-Miller and published in 1977.