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.

Contents

  • 1 • The One Black Stain, first draft, untitled • poem by Robert E. Howard
  • 5 • The One Black Stain, second draft • poem by Robert E. Howard
  • 9 • The One Black Stain, final draft • [Solomon Kane] • poem by Robert E. Howard (variant of The One Black Stain 1962)
  • 13 • The Mate of the Sea, early untitled draft • poem by Robert E. Howard
  • 14 • The Mate of the Sea, later titled draft • poem by Robert E. Howard
  • 15 • Black Mass, titled final draft • poem by Robert E. Howard
  • 16 • Black Mass, 1st published version, no draft • poem by Robert E. Howard (variant of Black Mass 2013)
  • 17 • The Tower of Zukala, titled final draft • poem by Robert E. Howard
  • 19 • The Tower of Zukala, 1st published version, no draft • [The Zukala Poems: A Narrative Cycle • 1] • (2002) • poem by Robert E. Howard (variant of The Tower of Zukala)
  • 21 • Notes on the Texts • essay by Paul Herman
Publisher : Robert E. Howard Foundation
Year : Christmas 2018 (Mailed to members December 2018)
Format : Chapbook  (8.5 x 11 inches, saddle stapled)
Pages : 24
Cover : Bill Cavalier
Illustrations : None

Notes

Selected and edited by Paul Herman.
Cover art credited on the title page.
Not available for individual sale. Dated on the title page as “Christmas 2018”.
Prepared as a gift for Legacy Circle members of the Robert E. Howard Foundation.

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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.

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