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.

Contents

  • Parody” (front end paper; print and holographic)
  • “The Song of Yar Ali Khan” (loose insert in the Signed Limited Edition and in a few trade editions)
  • “Introduction” by Glenn Lord
  • I. Poems from Weird Tales

I. Poems from Weird Tales

  • “Fragment”
  • “Song of a Mad Minstrel”
  • “Remembrance”
  • “The Moor Ghost”
  • “Dead Man’s Hate”
  • “The Ride of Falume”
  • “Arkham”
  • “Crete”
  • “Desert Dawn”
  • “The Riders of Babylon”
  • “Shadows on the Road”
  • “The Harp of Alfred”
  • “Moon Mockery”
  • “A Song out of Midian”
  • “The Ghost Kings”
  • “Forbidden Magic”
  • “Recompense”
  • “The Song of the Bats”
  • “Ships”
  • “The King and the Oak”
  • “Futility”
  • “Autumn”
  • “The Poets”
  • “Easter Island”
  • “Black Chant Imperial”
  • “An Open Window”
  • “Lines Written in the Realization”
  • “The Gates of Nineveh”
  • “The Hills of Kandahar”
  • “Which will Scarcely Be Understood”

‘Sonnets out of Bedlam’

  • “The Soul Eater”
  • “The Dream and Shadow”
  • “The Last Hour”
  • “Haunting Columns”
  • “The Singer in the Mist”

Verse from the stories

  • from THE SCARLET CITADEL
  • from POOL OF THE BLACK ONE
  • from KINGS OF THE NIGHT
  • from RED BLADES OF BLACK CATHAY
  • from THE PHOENIX ON THE SWORD
  • from QUEEN OF THE BLACK COAST

II. Other Poems

  • “Always Comes Evening”
  • “Emancipation”
  • “Invective”
  • “Hymn of Hatred”
  • “Prince and Beggar”
  • “The Tempter”
  • “The Road of Azrael”
  • “A Song of the Don Cossacks”
  • “To a Woman”
  • “Retribution”
  • “Solomon Kane’s Homecoming”
  • “Song at Midnight”
  • “One Who Comes at Eventide”
  • “Rune”
  • “Men of the Shadows”
  • “Song of the Pict”
  • “Chant of the White Beard”
  • “Nisapur”
  • “Babylon”
  • “Niflheim”
  • “The Gods of Easter Island”
  • “The Heart of the Sea’s Desire”

‘Voices of the Night’

  • “Voices Waken Memory”
  • “Moon Shame”
  • “Babel”
  • “Laughter in the Gulfs”
  • “A Crown for a King”
Year : 1977
Book No. : None
Edition : 1st limited signed with 206 copies, 1st trade with 2500 copies
Format : Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages : 110
Cover : Keiko Nelson
Illustrations : Keiko Nelson

Notes

Contains a First Appearance
Based on the Arkham House Edition.
Adds the poems “Parody,” “A Crown for a King,” and “The Song of Yar Ali Khan.”

New Introduction by Glenn Lord
Came out in two different dust jackets:

The original in 1977 by Keiko Nelson (a colorful stylized dragon) and a new one in 1980 designed by Mara Murray (black and white with red lettering, skulls piled on skulls).
The skulls dustjacket is a photo from the National Archive of ritually preserved skulls of an ancient sect of monks from the remains of a monestary near Mt. Sinai.
The Signed Limited Edition was limited to only 206 copies bound in full black leather with silver lettering on the spine and signed by the artist with her red-stamped emblem overlaying her signature on a plate laid down to the limitation page. The slip case is covered in black cloth.

“The Song of Yar Ali Khan” came as a loose insert in the Signed Limited Edition and in a few trade editions.
It is reproduced as a parchment replica of the original holographic version.
“Parody” is printed on the front endleaves, in both print and original holographic.
The Signed Limited Edition came with a anti-acidyfying care information sheet.

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.

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