Back in 1983 Ace Books released She Devil, a collection of Robert E. Howard’s “Spicy” stories. Since then, that rare paperback has become increasingly expensive, with books in fine condition selling for $40 or more. Of the eight stories contained in the Ace collection, five were pulled from the pages of Spicy-Adventure Stories, a pulp magazine that specialized in such tales. According to Patrice Louinet, the typescripts that Howard sent to the magazine were “spicier” than they wanted, so an editor toned them down a bit. These unadulterated yarns have been unavailable to Howard fans and scholars—until now.

The Robert E. Howard Foundation published Spicy Adventures in 2011. Not only is this collection the first time many of these stories have appeared in hardback, it is the first time most have appeared with all the spice that Howard intended. Besides all of the complete tales, this volume contains a large miscellanea section with drafts and synopsizes that allow readers to glimpse Howard’s creative process.

The volume checks in at 211 pages, and will be printed in hardback with dust jacket, in a limited quantity of 200 copies, each individually numbered. Cover design and painting by Jim & Ruth Keegan; introduced and edited by Patrice Louinet, assisted by Rob Roehm.

Contents

  • iv • Acknowledgements (Spicy Adventures) • essay by uncredited
  • v • Introduction (Spicy Adventures) • essay by Patrice Louinet
  • 3 • The Girl on the Hell Ship • [Wild Bill Clanton] • (1936) • short story by Robert E. Howard (variant of She Devil)
  • 23 • Ship in Mutiny • [Wild Bill Clanton] • (1983) • short story by Robert E. Howard
  • 43 • Desert Blood • [Wild Bill Clanton] • (1936) • short story by Robert E. Howard
  • 61 • The Purple Heart of Erlik • [Wild Bill Clanton] • (1936) • short story by Robert E. Howard
  • 81 • The Dragon of Kao Tsu • [Wild Bill Clanton] • (1936) • short story by Robert E. Howard
  • 101 • Murderer’s Grog • [Wild Bill Clanton] • (1937) • short story by Robert E. Howard
  • 119 • Guns of Khartum • (1975) • short story by Robert E. Howard
  • 139 • Daughters of Feud • (1976) • short story by Robert E. Howard
  • 161 • Untitled Synopsis (“John Gorman found himself…”) • [John Gorman] • (1984) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard (variant of She-Cats of Samarkand (synopsis))
  • 163 • The Girl on the Hell Ship (draft) • short story by Robert E. Howard
  • 184 • Untitled synopsis (Ship in Mutiny) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard (variant of Ship in Mutiny (synopsis))
  • 187 • Ship in Mutiny (draft) • short story by Robert E. Howard
  • 206 • List of Characters (Desert Blood) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard
  • 207 • Untitled Synopsis (The Purple Heart of Erlik) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard (variant of The Purple Heart of Erlik (synopsis))
  • 210 • Untitled Synopsis (Daughters of Feud) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard (variant of Daughters of Feud (synopsis))
Publisher :Robert E. Howard Foundation
Year :September 2011
Format :Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages :x plus 211
Cover :Jim & Ruth Keegan
Illustrations :None

Notes

Edited by Patrice Louinet and Rob Roehm.
Cover artists credited or rear jacket flap.

First printing limited to 200 copies.

First appearance:
“The Girl on the Hell Ship”—draft
Untitled Synopsis (“Ship in Mutiny”)
“Ship in Mutiny”—draft
List of Characters (“Desert Blood”)
Untitled Synopsis (“The Purple Heart of Erlik”)
Untitled Synopsis (“Daughters of Feud”)

Spicy Adventures

The Robert E. Howard Foundation published Spicy Adventures in 2011. Not only is this collection the first time many of these stories have appeared in hardback, it is the first time most have appeared with all the spice that Howard intended. Besides all of the complete tales, this volume contains a large miscellanea section with drafts and synopsizes that allow readers to glimpse Howard’s creative process.

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