Robert E. Howard generated an enormous volume of written works, around 3.5 million words. In his tiny room in his house in Cross Plains, REH kept a trunk to hold all his output that was still awaiting a sale, as well as works that were rejected, unfinished, something he especially wanted to save, or simply copies of early drafts that he would reuse the back of in typing up another story. At the time of his death, that trunk held literally tens of thousands of pages of material, all hand-typed by REH. In the early 1960s, Glenn Lord obtained the contents of REH’s trunk. He had the duty, pleasure, and challenge of sorting it all out, and to begin shepherding those works into print. Hundreds of stories and poems poured forth, to see print in assorted books, magazines, and fan publications.

Ever since the publication of Glenn Lord’s The Last Celt in 1976, collectors of the works of REH have been aware of, but unable to read, more than a hundred unpublished stories and fragments. A few were published in the intervening years, but not many.

Finally, in this volume, the last of the trunk is being revealed. Virtually all the remaining prose, complete or not, is included. More than 100 works appear in this volume. While this collection may not feature his most memorable or impressive work (those works are already in print), it does fill in lots of blank spaces for the scholars and collectors, and perhaps yields a little more understanding of this great Texas writer.

This massive volume, well over 650 pages and over 180,000 words, is printed in hardback with dust jacket, in a limited quantity of 300 copies, each individually numbered. Cover artwork is by Tom Foster, cover design by Dennis McHaney.

Contents

  • xi • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly • (2007) • essay by Patrice Louinet
  • 3 • Blue River Blues • [Sailor Steve Costigan] • (2007) • short story by Robert E. Howard
  • 21 • The Battling Sailor • [Sailor Steve Costigan] • (2007) • short story by Robert E. Howard
  • 29 • The Drawing Card • [Kid Allison] • (2007) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard
  • 40 • The Jinx • [Kid Allison] • (2007) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard
  • 52 • The Wildcat and the Star • [Kid Allison] • (2007) • short story by Robert E. Howard
  • 73 • Fistic Psychology • [Kid Allison] • (2007) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard
  • 80 • Untitled fragment ([… ] “Huh?” I was so dumbfounded…”) • [Kid Allison] • (2007) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard
  • 86 • Fighting Nerves • (2007) • short story by Robert E. Howard
  • 122 • The Atavist • (2007) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard
  • 138 • A Man of Peace • (2007) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard
  • 168 • The Weeping Willow • (2007) • short story by Robert E. Howard
  • 175 • The Right Hook • (2007) • short story by Robert E. Howard
  • 192 • A Tough Nut to Crack • (2007) • short story by Robert E. Howard
  • 210 • The Trail of the Snake • (2007) • short story by Robert E. Howard
  • 234 • The Folly of Conceit • (2007) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard
  • 254 • The Fighting Fury • (2007) • short story by Robert E. Howard
  • 274 • Night Encounter • (2007) • short story by Robert E. Howard
  • 289 • The Ferocious Ape • (2007) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard
  • 299 • The Ghost behind the Gloves • (2007) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard
  • 302 • Misto Dempsey • (2007) • short story by Robert E. Howard
  • 307 • The Brand of Satan • (2007) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard
  • 328 • Incongruity • (2007) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard
  • 334 • The Slayer • (2007) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard
  • 340 • The Man Who Went Back • (2007) • short story by Robert E. Howard
  • 349 • Untitled Synopsis (“Hunwulf, an American, and John Brill…”) • (2007) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard
  • 351 • Untitled fragment (“Thure Khan gazed out across…”) • (2007) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard
  • 353 • Untitled fragment (“As he approached the two…”) • (2007) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard
  • 355 • Untitled poem (“There was a thing of the shadow world…”) • (1982) • poem by Robert E. Howard (variant of Shadow Thing)
  • 357 • A Room in London (outline) • (2007) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard
  • 359 • The Shadow in the Well • (2007) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard
  • 370 • Fate Is the Killer • (2007) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard
  • 376 • The Grove of Lovers • (2007) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard
  • 384 • The Drifter • (2007) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard
  • 389 • The Lion Gate • (2007) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard
  • 395 • Untitled fragment (“Franey was a fool. Cleary…”) • (2007) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard
  • 398 • The Ivory Camel • (2007) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard
  • 404 • Wolves—And a Sword • (2007) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard
  • 406 • Untitled fragment (“I’m a man of few words…”) • (2007) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard
  • 420 • Untitled Synopsis (“James Norris…”) • (1976) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard
  • 423 • The Dominant Male • (2007) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard
  • 430 • The Paradox • (2007) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard
  • 437 • Untitled fragment (“Mike Costigan, writer and self-avowed…”) • [Mike Costigan] • (2007) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard
  • 441 • The Splended Brute • [Mike Costigan] • (2007) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard
  • 446 • Circus Charade • (2007) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard
  • 449 • The Influence of the Movies • (2007) • short story by Robert E. Howard
  • 452 • Untitled fragment (“William Aloysius McGraw’s father was red-headed…”) • (2007) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard
  • 455 • A Man and a Brother • (2007) • short story by Robert E. Howard
  • 457 • Man • (2007) • short story by Robert E. Howard
  • 461 • The Pigskin Scholar • (2007) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard (variant of Pigskin Scholar)
  • 468 • The Recalcitrant • (2007) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard
  • 471 • Untitled fragment (“‘Arrange, Madame, arrange!’…”) • (2007) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard
  • 472 • Untitled fragment (“‘Yessah,’ said Mrs

    …”) • (2007) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard

  • 475 • The Question of the East • (2007) • essay by Robert E. Howard
  • 477 • In His Own Image • (2007) • essay by Robert E. Howard
  • 485 • The Punch • (2007) • essay by Robert E. Howard
  • 491 • The Female of the Species • (2007) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard
  • 500 • The Last Man • (2007) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard
  • 525 • The Treasure of Henry Morgan • (2007) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard
  • 534 • Untitled fragment (“1. Iroquios and Huron The lazy quiet of the…”) • (2007) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard
  • 538 • Through the Ages • (2007) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard
  • 541 • The White Jade Ring • [The Sonora Kid] • (2007) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard
  • 546 • The Roving Boys on a Sandburg • (2007) • short story by Robert E. Howard
  • 549 • Westward, Ho! • (2007) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard
  • 556 • The Wild Man • (2007) • short story by Robert E. Howard
  • 565 • What the Deuce? • (2007) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard
  • 568 • The Land of Forgotten Ages • (2007) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard
  • 571 • The Funniest Bout • (2007) • short story by Robert E. Howard
  • 573 • The Red Stone • (2007) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard
  • 575 • A Unique Hat • (2007) • short story by Robert E. Howard576 • Untitled fragment (“‘A man,’ said my friend Larry…”) • (2007) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard
  • 578 • Untitled fragment (“…that is, the artistry…”) • (2007) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard
  • 580 • Untitled fragment (“I met him first in the Paradise saloon…”) • (2007) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard
  • 581 • Untitled fragment (“I. I Find the ‘heathen book’…”) • (2007) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard
  • 585 • Untitled fragment (“‘So there I was. Stranded in a …”) • (2007) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard
  • 589 • Untitled fragment (“November 10, 1922, A.D. Trail led through …”) • (2007) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard
  • 594 • Untitled fragment (“Two men were standing in the bazaar…”) • (2007) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard
  • 596 • Untitled fragment (“When Yar Ali Khan crept…”) • (2007) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard
  • 598 • Untitled fragment (“Who am I it matters little…”) • (2007) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard
  • 600 • A Twentieth-Century Rip Van Winkle • (2007) • short story by Robert E. Howard (variant of A Twentieth Century Rip Van Winkle)
  • 607 • The Ghosts of Jacksonville • (2007) • short story by Robert E. Howard
  • 609 • A Boy, a Beehive, and a Chinaman • (1984) • short story by Robert E. Howard
  • 612 • Mr. Dowser Buys a Car • (2007) • short story by Robert E. Howard
  • 617 • A Faithful Servant • (2007) • short story by Robert E. Howard
  • 621 • A South Sea Storm • (2007) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard
  • 623 • The Ghost of Bald Rock Ranch • (2007) • short story by Robert E. Howard
  • 631 • A Fishing Trip • (2007) • short story by Robert E. Howard
  • 633 • Friends • (2007) • short story by Robert E. Howard
  • 636 • Ten Minutes on a Street Corner • (2007) • short story by Robert E. Howard
  • 638 • The Wings of the Bat • (2007) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard
  • 651 • Notes (The Last of the Trunk Och Brev I Urval) • (2007) • essay by uncredited

Notes

Edited by Patrice Louinet.
Limited edition of 300 copies
All texts taken from Howard’s typescripts or manuscripts, provided by Glenn Lord, except for those indicated, which were taken from Glenn Lord’s transcriptions.
Cover artist credited on copyright page.

Cover art (back and spine) by Tom Foster
Publisher: REH Foundation Press
Year : November 2007
Book No. : None
Edition : 1st
Format : Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages : 657 plus xiii
Cover art : Cover artwork is by Tom Foster, cover design by Dennis McHaney.
Illustrations :  
Howard Works ISFDB REH Foundation Press

 

The Last of the Trunk

Finally, in this volume, the last of the trunk is being revealed. Virtually all the remaining prose, complete or not, is included. More than 100 works appear in this volume. While this collection may not feature his most memorable or impressive work (those works are already in print), it does fill in lots of blank spaces for the scholars and collectors, and perhaps yields a little more understanding of this great Texas writer.

This massive volume, well over 650 pages and over 180,000 words, is printed in hardback with dust jacket, in a limited quantity of 300 copies, each individually numbered. Cover artwork is by Tom Foster, cover design by Dennis McHaney.

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