Almuric (Trade Paperback)

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by Robert E. Howard, with an introduction by Joe R. Lansdale

The creator of Conan looks to the stars in one of fantasy’s most enduring science fantasy classics!

Robert E. Howard’s Almuric is a savage planet of crumbling stone ruins and debased, near-human inhabitants. Into this world comes Esau Cairn, Earthman, swordsman, murderer. Only he can overthrow the terrible devils that enslave Almuric, but to do so he must first defeat the inner demons that forced him to abandon Earth.

Filled with vile beasts and thrilling adventure in the tradition of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Almuric is one of Howard’s few novels, and an excellent yarn from one of America’s most distinct literary voices.

160-page softcover trade paperback ISBN: 1-60125-043-6
ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-043-8

About the Author

Born in Peaster, Texas, Robert Ervin Howard (1906–1936) is cited by many as the father of the sword-and-sorcery genre. With his action-packed style and such notable characters as Kull, Solomon Kane, Red Sonya, and the instantly recognizable Conan the Cimmerian, Howard rose quickly to become one of the greatest pulp authors of all time, publishing hundreds of stories that dominated the pages of Weird Tales. In addition to fantasy, Howard also achieved substantial success in genres from western to horror, and alongside his success with Conan is equally known for his contributions to the Cthulhu mythos through correspondence with H. P. Lovecraft and Clark Ashton Smith. Though his career was cut short by his suicide at the age of 30, Howard remains an icon of the pulp era, and the characters he created continue to inspire film, games, and other media, giving him an impact on the fantasy genre that's still felt a century after his birth.

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A Good Example of the Genre


Almuric is almost exactly what you'd expect from a "sword and planet" adventure written by Robert E. Howard (creator of Conan) and serialized in the pulp magazines of the 1930s. The hero, an earthman named Esau Cairn, gets teleported to a savage planet called Almuric in the course of just a couple of pages, and spends the rest of the book proving his worth to one group of natives before leading them in war against another (much more evil!) group in order to rescue his cardboard-personality love interest. I'm making it sound worse than it is, as it's a straightforward, enjoyable romp that can be completed in a couple of hours. It's very much a product of its time (and has the thoughtless sexism and racism to prove it), but it's a good example of what the genre had to offer.

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