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"TROUBLE on Tularoosa Creek!" A warning to send cold fear along the spine of any man who was raised in that isolated back-country, called Canaan, that lies between Tularoosa and Black River-to send him racing back to that swamp-bordered region, wherever the word might reach him.It was only a whisper from the withered lips of a shuffling black crone, who vanished among the "TROUBLE on Tularoosa Creek!" A warning to send cold fear along the spine of any man who was raised in that isolated back-country, called Canaan, that lies between Tularoosa and Black River-to send him racing back to that swamp-bordered region, wherever the word might reach him.It was only a whisper from the withered lips of a shuffling black crone, who vanished among the throng before I could seize her; but it was enough. No need to seek confirmation; no need to inquire by what mysterious, black-folk way the word had come to her. No need to inquire what obscure forces worked to unseal those wrinkled lips to a Black River man. It was enough that the warning had been given-and understood.


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"TROUBLE on Tularoosa Creek!" A warning to send cold fear along the spine of any man who was raised in that isolated back-country, called Canaan, that lies between Tularoosa and Black River-to send him racing back to that swamp-bordered region, wherever the word might reach him.It was only a whisper from the withered lips of a shuffling black crone, who vanished among the "TROUBLE on Tularoosa Creek!" A warning to send cold fear along the spine of any man who was raised in that isolated back-country, called Canaan, that lies between Tularoosa and Black River-to send him racing back to that swamp-bordered region, wherever the word might reach him.It was only a whisper from the withered lips of a shuffling black crone, who vanished among the throng before I could seize her; but it was enough. No need to seek confirmation; no need to inquire by what mysterious, black-folk way the word had come to her. No need to inquire what obscure forces worked to unseal those wrinkled lips to a Black River man. It was enough that the warning had been given-and understood.

30 review for Black Canaan - Publishing People Series

  1. 5 out of 5

    Derek

    In his introduction, Gahan Wilson is very frank: "This is, first off, not a collection of the best stories that Howard ever wrote; it is for the completist, for someone seriously intrigued by the author and his works". And there is quite a bit of snouts and entrails in this collection, depending on how the reader considers the racially charged/incendiary "Black Canaan" and "Moon of Zambebwei". Both stories hang their tension on fear of the Other, here being the rural African-Americans, the descen In his introduction, Gahan Wilson is very frank: "This is, first off, not a collection of the best stories that Howard ever wrote; it is for the completist, for someone seriously intrigued by the author and his works". And there is quite a bit of snouts and entrails in this collection, depending on how the reader considers the racially charged/incendiary "Black Canaan" and "Moon of Zambebwei". Both stories hang their tension on fear of the Other, here being the rural African-Americans, the descendants of plantation slaves, who are considered to be a bare step up from the primitive circumstances of their ancestors, reverting to blood worship and violence when exposed to mystic forces or charismatic rabble-rousers. A weak and lesser people without real agency. The publisher included a 'fold out color poster', all of about 12 inches by 6, of the cover art (from "People of the Black Coast"). It's all very generous, but there's no clear way to actually remove it. So I'm not sure of the purpose.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Leothefox

    This is sort of a collection of Howard's b-sides, lesser known stories for the completist (or so says Gahan Wilson in the prologue). Already being a Howard fan, it was an interesting read. Right off the bat, some of these stories (including the title story) had huge and obvious problems. Many of which have a promising setup and then abruptly end, like “Dermod's Bane”, which is almost a fragment. “People of the Black Coast” (which is illustrated on the cover and fold-in poster), starts to unroll This is sort of a collection of Howard's b-sides, lesser known stories for the completist (or so says Gahan Wilson in the prologue). Already being a Howard fan, it was an interesting read. Right off the bat, some of these stories (including the title story) had huge and obvious problems. Many of which have a promising setup and then abruptly end, like “Dermod's Bane”, which is almost a fragment. “People of the Black Coast” (which is illustrated on the cover and fold-in poster), starts to unroll a Lovecraftian flavor before descending into a sort-of weird montage. Both “Delenda Est” and “The Cobra in the Dream” are partly guilty of the same issue. As always, Howard's writing is amazingly energetic, pumping straight dramatic power right into your face, so that tends to steam over any problems the stories have. The problem is that his stuff is so good that you want more of it. “The Haunter in the Ring” has a lot of great stuff in it, and I was totally along for the ride, but it dropped me off a little too soon (serious, I would read a whole novella of that). “The Noseless Horror” has a lot of fun bits in it, but skimps on some important stuff and I can't quite get over the unfortunate title. “Moon of Zambebwei” (which I'd read previously as “Grizzly Horror”) and “The Dwellers Under the Tombs” are both straight up awesome and really left me with no complaints. “The House in the Oaks” is almost there, but I think the repair job by August Derleth might impair it slightly. I've read and reviewed that title story before... It got high marks from no less a writer than H.P. Lovecraft, and one can see why. It's not Howard's best stuff, and it wallows a too deeply in that old racial quagmire. Still, the collection on the whole was well worthwile.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Vincent Darlage

    Good collection of stories. Black Canaan is a favorite of mine. I have some doubts that REH would have finished "The House" with the suicide of John Conrad, but it is a Lovecraftian ending (Augest Derleth finished the REH fragment in this volume). Good collection of stories. Black Canaan is a favorite of mine. I have some doubts that REH would have finished "The House" with the suicide of John Conrad, but it is a Lovecraftian ending (Augest Derleth finished the REH fragment in this volume).

  4. 5 out of 5

    Stuart Dean

    A random collection of REH's works. Contains ghosts, juju men, vampires, snakes, crabs, and, of course, degenerate humanoids living under the earth. Some of these are not his best but they're still thrilling like all his works. Some are very good. "Black Canaan" is an excellent story, super racist, but plenty exciting. Get this more to have a complete collection than for the quality. A random collection of REH's works. Contains ghosts, juju men, vampires, snakes, crabs, and, of course, degenerate humanoids living under the earth. Some of these are not his best but they're still thrilling like all his works. Some are very good. "Black Canaan" is an excellent story, super racist, but plenty exciting. Get this more to have a complete collection than for the quality.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Forked Radish

    A lighthearted romp in the bayou, not.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    This story is flat out offensive.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Illusive

    Wer seine Robert E. Howard Sammlung auf deutsch komplettieren will, gut, der Rest kann es getrost ignorieren.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Charles

    I might give this 3 and a half stars. It's some of Howard's lesser horror works, although there are some fine stories here. Overall, the collection is not his strongest. I might give this 3 and a half stars. It's some of Howard's lesser horror works, although there are some fine stories here. Overall, the collection is not his strongest.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Isobelle Fox

    Some of the stories here are good, but the title story and the last story in the collection are pretty awful.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    Not politically correct today, it's pretty good horror in Howard's heroic style. Not politically correct today, it's pretty good horror in Howard's heroic style.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Shawn

  12. 4 out of 5

    John

  13. 5 out of 5

    Bob Wilkins

  14. 5 out of 5

    s

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jerantino

  16. 4 out of 5

    Michael

  17. 5 out of 5

    Gregg

  18. 4 out of 5

    Michael

  19. 4 out of 5

    Pierre Mare

  20. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

  21. 5 out of 5

    Adrian Matthys

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jim

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cedric Nye

  24. 5 out of 5

    Joey

  25. 4 out of 5

    John Robinson

  26. 5 out of 5

    Anastazija

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rudy

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ex

  29. 4 out of 5

    Michael

  30. 4 out of 5

    Keith

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