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The End of the Trail...

In the summer of 1936, the pressures of life became too much for writer Robert E. Howard to bear, and he took his own life at the age of 30. While he is best remembered for putting in place the foundation of the "low fantasy" genre with characters like Conan and Kull, he had all but left that genre behind in favor of action/adventure fiction, historical fiction, and westerns.

The Last Ride contains two novellas that Howard sold to wesern pulp magasines in the final months of his life, and both were published posthumously. Like the historical fiction NUELOW presented in our Oriental Stories series,these are the works Howard would have been preferred to be remembered for--stories that were close to his heart instead of just cranked out to earn a buck.

The two action-packed western novellas--"Boot Hill Pay-Off" and "The Vultures of Wahpeton" show Howard at the height of his power as a writer. They stand in tribute to a man who might well have grown into being one of the great american writers... if he could just have found the strength within him that he poured into the characters he created.

In addition to the two complete novellas, The Last Ride contains the rarely reprinted alternate ending that appeared with the first publication of "The Vultures of Wahpeton."

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July 28, 2015
This title was added to our catalog on July 27, 2015.