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Wolfshead

Wolfshead is a collection of fantasy and horror short stories by author Robert E. Howard. It was published by Lancer Books in 1968.

Wolfshead
AuthorRobert E. Howard
Cover artistFrank Frazetta
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Genrefantasy, horror
PublisherLancer Books
Publication date
1968
Media typePrint (paperback)
Pages190 pp

The stories have very widely divergent backgrounds. Some of them take place in very distant past times, others in the present or relatively recent history, and in some of them modern people relive the experiences of their former incarnations. Geographically, the stories' locations range from The Middle East, Africa, Ireland, Hungary and Texas. However, virtually all of them share the theme of an ancient horror of one kind or another coming back to haunt the protagonist(s) - often as the result of unwise meddling.

Most of the stories had originally appeared in the magazine Weird Tales.

ContentsEdit

Wolfshead contains the following items:

  • "Introduction" - a 1933 letter by Howard to H. P. Lovecraft, taking pride in his being the very first professional writer to appear in his part of Texas.
  • Stories:
  1. "The Black Stone" - A sinister monument in a remote mountain region of Hungary leads to revelations of a past human-sacrificing sect and the monster they had worshiped.
  2. "The Valley of The Worm" - In a very ancient mythical time, a Nordic tribesman and his Pict companion kill a terrible monster and lay the foundation to all later dragon-slaying myths.
  3. "Wolfshead" - An 18th Century Portuguese nobleman invites European friends to his private colony on the shore of Africa, but there is a werewolf among the guests and the oppressed local blacks rebel.
  4. "The Fire of Asshurbanipal" - An American adventurer and his Afghan partner discover an ancient gem in the deserts of Arabia, but the gem is cursed and very dangerous and they also face the dire threat of mundane human enemies.
  5. "The House of Arabu" - Among the ancient Sumerians, an Argive Greek is very much the barbarian, and he confronts Sumerian decadence and dark sorcery.
  6. "The Horror from the Mound" - A failed Texas farmer tries to investigate a mysterious mound, despite the warnings of his Mexican neighbor, and is very lucky to survive the fangs of an undead Spanish vampire.
  7. "The Cairn on the Headland" - When a mysterious cairn in Dublin is opened, the Norse god Odin emerges, very malevolent and dangerous - fortunately the protagonist got in time a holy relic from a Medieval Irish Saint, with which Odin can be banished.