The Best of Robert E. Howard
Edited by Rusty Burke
Illustrated by Jim & Ruth Keegan
Read in December 2008
My personal favorites from this collection would be “By This Axe I Rule!” a Kull kingship tale; “Red Nails” a Conan tale where we meet Valeria and “The Bull Dog Breed” another gritty and humorous boxing exploit of Steve Costigan.
The collection also includes many Westerns, a pirate tale told mostly on land and a few much grimmer horror tales. His poetry is also interspersed among the stories.
I definitely recommend this anthology (both volumes actually) to anyone who enjoys epic tales, high adventure and grim determination.