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Almuric 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

  • Paperback
  • 155 pages
  • Almuric
  • Robert E. Howard
  • English
  • 19 August 2017
  • 1601250436

About the Author: Robert E. Howard

Robert Ervin Howard was an American pulp writer of fantasy, horror, historical adventure, boxing, western, and detective fiction Howard wrote over three hundred stories and seven hundred poems of raw power and unbridled emotion and is especially noted for his memorable depictions of a sombre universe of swashbuckling adventure and darkling horror He is well known for having created in the pages of the legendary Depression era pulp magazine Weird Tales the character Conan the Cimmerian, a.k.a Conan the Barbarian, a literary icon whose pop culture imprint can only be compared to such icons as Tarzan of the Apes, Count Dracula, Sherlock Holmes, and James Bond Wikipedia Librarian Note There isthan one author in the Goodreads database with this name.



10 thoughts on “Almuric

  1. Henry Avila Henry Avila says:

    Esau Cairn has a rather nebulous background, working as an enforcer for a criminal boss, a politician, still a person needs an income to live Yet when he kills his employer in self defense or was it murder, either way is he a hood or a good guy Tough Cairn strong as an ox but a little better looking , goes on the lam and befriends Professor Hilderbrand a scientist far advanced in his field, even today many years later this hasn t changed.The brilliant man has invented a device that can trans Esau Cairn has a rather nebulous background, working as an enforcer for a criminal boss, a politician, still a person needs an income to live Yet when he kills his employer in self defense or was it murder, either way is he a hood or a good guy Tough Cairn strong as an ox but a little better looking , goes on the lam and befriends Professor Hilderbrand a scientist far advanced in his field, even today many years later this hasn t changed.The brilliant man has invented a device that can transport humans to an unknown planet, in a distant solar system NASA could use him The inventor and discoverer of this new world called Almuric, never explained how that name came about however sounds good, he asks Escau if he wants to go there A no brainer what has the fugitive got to lose Hilderbrand isn t risking his own neck After warning the volunteer he will be unable to come back, Cairn quickly travels to the new world, it s better than sitting on the hot chair, just once though Not wasting any time he gets immediately into a sword fight, numerous struggles follow, a man needs a reputation here to endure the savage land Since that particular weapon is king on Almuric and the expatriate is an expert, he soon receives the nickname Iron Hand.The planet is like ancient Greece, city states war on each other continuously, thus so imperitive joining a tribe to survive, not a gang but a family maybe, then he meets Altha , there is always a pretty girl in these books and battles winged devils, evil apes and weird other creatures as if the previous ones aren t strange enough Fans of legendary Robert E Howard will not be disappointed by the book , the greatly loved writer who left us much too early in 1936 by his own hand, a superb account in this too short a novel, however showing his vast talent Fun in a word happens, can the man civilize this placehopefully not

  2. Bookwraiths Bookwraiths says:

    Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths ReviewsWhenever I write a review on a Robert E Howard story, I always like to begin by tipping my proverbial hat to this master of pulp fiction In just 10 years, Howard penned approximately 300 short stories, two novels and countless poems featuring numerous characters in a wide variety of genres, including heroic fantasy, western, horror, historical and humor While Conan the Barbarian might be his most famous creation, he was a prolific creators who dreamed Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths ReviewsWhenever I write a review on a Robert E Howard story, I always like to begin by tipping my proverbial hat to this master of pulp fiction In just 10 years, Howard penned approximately 300 short stories, two novels and countless poems featuring numerous characters in a wide variety of genres, including heroic fantasy, western, horror, historical and humor While Conan the Barbarian might be his most famous creation, he was a prolific creators who dreamed up characters and worlds seemingly at will, as his stable of protagonists span the gamut from Sailor Steve Costigan 1930s tough guy sailor , to Dark Agnes de Chestillon red haired 16th century French swordswoman , and onward to notable heroes like Solomon Kane, El Borak, De Montour, Kull the Conqueror, Bran Mak Morn, last king of the Picts, and Esau Cairn, the hero of this sword and planet novel reminiscent of Edgar Rice Burroughs Barsoom novels.Since this is a classic portal scifi story, Almuric begins on earth, where Esau Cairn is a man born out of his time What makes it worse is that he realizes it, feeling that life holds no challenges for him, and so he spends his days drifting from place to place, adventure to adventure, seeking a challenge worthy of his near superhuman abilities Or so the narrator tells a reader, introducing this rugged man and his life up to this point, enlightening his listeners on Esau s fruitless search to find contentment in the modern world when his blood cried out for a less civilized time.Naturally, this introduction leads to our hero finally stumbling upon someone who can help him This someone being a scientist, who uses an invention of the modern, civilized world to exile Esau to another planet far from earth.Once awakening to his new home, Esau Cairn finds himself among strange creatures, who force him to return to man s natural state of honorable barbarism His initial tales of harsh survival setting up his later journey across this alien world to find other intelligent beings.Eventually, Esau encounters a race of huge apelike men Naturally, they speak English , who hide behind massive stone fortifications and zealously guard their females, Who, naturally, bear a striking resemblance to gorgeous human women and must use his physical prowess and sword skill to survive and carve out for himself a place upon this alien world.From this beginning a rousing tale of sword fights, menacing villains, and unlikely heroism and friendship develops There isn t too much here that surprises, but it is entertaining, as only pure sugar coated pulp fiction scifi can be Sure, it does read a little like a poor man s version of Burroughs Barsoom, but Robert E Howard pulls his sword and planet tale off admirable, making Esau Cairn s story compelling, if not enlightening So give it a try if you like Howard or Barsoom it will be well worth your time

  3. Terence Terence says:

    I m being generous in my rating Really, the book doesn t deservethan a 1.5, a 1.75 at most I don t think I could have finished it if it had been much longer than the 100 or so pages in my edition I downloaded it froms Kindle Store but I can t stand not having a book cover so I m archiving it under this edition Almuric is about a character, the Earthman Esau Cairn, and a setting that obviously didn t inspire Howard much, though the theme of barbarism being infinitely superior I m being generous in my rating Really, the book doesn t deservethan a 1.5, a 1.75 at most I don t think I could have finished it if it had been much longer than the 100 or so pages in my edition I downloaded it froms Kindle Store but I can t stand not having a book cover so I m archiving it under this edition Almuric is about a character, the Earthman Esau Cairn, and a setting that obviously didn t inspire Howard much, though the theme of barbarism being infinitely superior to civilization you find in the Kull and Conan stories is omnipresent A good example being found early in the book My being grew and expanded I tell you, the natural life of mankind is a grim battle for existence against the forces of nature, and any other form of life is artificial and without realistic meaning There s no real set up for Cairn s ensuing adventures on the planet of Almuric He s running from the law and stumbles across the laboratory of a man who s able to transport him to Almuric, where he finds a culture amenable to his disposition For Cairn is an atavar a caveman born 20,000 years too late The good life for him is carousing, fighting doing manly things with other manly men And the Guras fit that bill they are skilled in war, the hunt, and weapon making and know nothing of painting, sculpturing, or the higher learning And then there are the Gura women As the men assume all risks and responsibility, they naturally assume all authority.Yet her lot woman s is not so unhappy as it might seem.The duties of the Gura women are few, concerned mainly with child bearing and child rearing written by a life long bachelor They do no work heavier than the manufacturing of silk They are witty, merry, affectionate, playful and docileand they are content in the protection of their ferocious mates and masters. I don t need to spend muchtime excoriating the many deficiencies of Almuric When inspired REH could write some of the best fiction in the genre Beyond the Black River, A Witch Shall Be Born, Queen of the Black Coast, The Cat and the Skull, etc but this is not one of those works

  4. Sandy Sandy says:

    It is truly remarkable how much work pulp author Robert E Howard managed to accomplish during his brief 30 years of life Indeed, a look at his bibliography, on a certain Wiki site, should surely flabbergast any reader who knows the Texan writer only as the creator of Conan the Cimmerian, King Kull, Bran Mak Morn, Solomon Kane and, essentially, the entire genre known as Sword Sorcery Hundreds upon hundreds of titles can be found there, in such variegated categories as boxing, Westerns, Orien It is truly remarkable how much work pulp author Robert E Howard managed to accomplish during his brief 30 years of life Indeed, a look at his bibliography, on a certain Wiki site, should surely flabbergast any reader who knows the Texan writer only as the creator of Conan the Cimmerian, King Kull, Bran Mak Morn, Solomon Kane and, essentially, the entire genre known as Sword Sorcery Hundreds upon hundreds of titles can be found there, in such variegated categories as boxing, Westerns, Oriental exoticism, sword sorcery natch , horror, fantasy, crime, historical tales, detective stories, adventureeven comedy, spicy stories, essays and poetry But of all these myriad story types, one salient fact emerges Most of them are just that short stories Howard, despite his superhuman output, wrote very few four, I believe longer pieces during his brief career, and indeed, thinking back, I could only recall having read a single one, The Hour of the Dragon, aka Conan the Conqueror, which first appeared as a five part serial in the 12 35 4 36 issues of Weird Tales But I hadn t read this great fantasy work since high schoolyears ago than I d care to admit , and thus felt that it was high time for me to finally read his posthumous, stand alone novel, Almuric Almuric initially appeared in Weird Tales, as well, as a three part series in the May, June July, and August 1939 issues, three years after its author s suicide in 1936 In hindsight, it seems remarkable now that this work, now deemed a fantasy classic of sorts, never copped the cover illustration for any of those three issues It saw its first release in book form as a 1964 Ace paperback F 305, for all you collectors out there , with a cover price of 40 cents The version that I recently read, from Paizo s Planet Stories series, costthan 30 times that, but turned out to be a worthy investment, nevertheless, as Almuric has revealed itself to be a very solid, at times relentlessly gripping fantasy work, told with an incredible amount of panache.In the book, a scientist, Prof Hildebrand, introduces us to a man named Esau Cairn, an individual of extraordinary dynamism and physical brawn, who feels discontent with his life on Earth and who has inadvertently injured many an opponent in the boxing ring and on the football field Cairn showed up at the professor s laboratory after killing a crooked political boss, and the professor convinced the big lug that his only chance was to utilize Hildebrand s latest scientific wonder to materialize himself onto a planet that the inventor has dubbed Almuric This is soon done, and the rest of the book is narrated by Esau himself And what a narration it is After living by himself in the planet s highland wilderness for many months, fighting off an assortment of nasty beasts and Almuric s troglodytic inhabitants, Cairn is taken prisoner by the residents of the city of Koth He fights the mightiest Kothan, Ghor the Bear, and, narrowly besting the Alley Oop like brute, is made a citizen But Esau Ironhand s as he is now known troubles are just beginning When the lovely Kothan maiden Altha is captured by the bat winged black men of distant Yugga, Cairn follows in hot pursuit, ultimately doing battle with a host of dog faced apes, a monstrous spider, and an electrified and tentacled slug creature not to mention uniting the hereditary enemy cities of Koth and Khor to do epochal battle against the Yagas fortified cliff city and their evil queen, Yasmeena Almuric, to be sure, is a red blooded in the figurative and literal sense the book is extremely violent , rousing action yarn that never lets up and that grows increasingly bonkers as it proceeds Indeed, the book s final battle sequence is absolutely gripping you won t be able to turn those pages quickly enough, I assure you Howard s imagination must surely have been working overtime as his story proceeded, especially as regards Yasmeena s Ultimate Horror, as wackadoodle a creation as anything Conan ever had to face The story is a true fantasy of sorts, and not just as regards the amazing monstrosities that Esau Cairn a great name, that, isn t it encounters Perhaps the novel s most glaring fantasy element is this notion of Almuric s male residents being hairy, ugly cavemen types, while its women are all smooth skinned and beautiful a development that arose, Howard tells us, because the females were spared the onerous work and hardships in general that the men allowed themselves to endure Uh, okay Putting aside that small matter, though, the reader should happily find himself herself immersed in one mightily entertaining page turner It s nothing deep, to be sure, but it sure is fun, and wonderfully atmosphericperhaps neverso than when the sun is blotted out, the world turns impenetrably dark, and some monstrous Thing passes over the landscape Howard was perhaps influenced here by the truly mysterious, unseen monsters in William Hope Hodgson s 1912 classic The Night Land At this point, I don t think I need convince anyone what a wonderful, natural storyteller Howard was, with a great command of pulp style and verbiage Just take this wonderful Almuric sample, however, from the scene in which Esau battles that giant spider Catching up a heavy block of masonry, I poised it for an instant, and then hurled it straight into the onrushing bulk Full among those branching hairy legs it crushed, and a jet of nauseous green stuff gushed into the air from the torn torso Or howzabout this wonderful bit of pulp verbiage, as Cairn describes the Yagas I believe they represented a separate branch on the tree of evolution, and that it is only an incredible freak of coincidence which cast them in a mold so similar to man, instead of the shapes of the abysmal, howling, blasphemous dwellers of Outer Darkness Whew And speaking of language, this might be as good a place as any to mention that this posthumous novel was, it has long been assumed, put together by Weird Tales editor Farnsworth Wright, utilizing Howard s completed first draft and incomplete second draft, and that the slightly unpolished feel of the book might have something to do with that provenance To be sure, there are many who believe that Howard did not even write the book s concluding section, ending as it does with a happy, almost domesticated note, one very atypical for this author However, if you will go to YouTube and type in the word Almuric, you ll find a 30 minute dissertation by a Howard scholar who has used the author s known writing samples, as well as samples of a half dozen other possible suspect Almuric contributors, fed into a computer, to prove that Howard was, indeed, the book s sole writer This YouTube clip, by the way, demonstrates that my love of Robert E Howard pales into insignificance when compared to some others , a fact that does my heart a great deal of good.But pleasing as it is, Almuric does come freighted with any number of small problems Frustratingly, Hildebrand not only refuses to tell us the nature of his transporting gizmo, or how he has received Esau Cairn s incredible narrative, but also why he has named this discovered world Almuric to begin with We never learn how it is that the residents of the planet happen to speak perfect English a conundrum that Esau ponders, at one point , and we never even get a sense of the evil Yasmeena s ultimate fate On a side note, oddly, the author tells us that the men of Koth worship a being named Thak, which was also the name of the ape creature that Conan battled in the 1934 story Rogues in the House Another bit of oddness here the fact that the only Yaga female to have wings is the queen, Yasmeena to keep their females subservient, all the other females quite literally have their wings clipped at birth.Still, minor problems and bits of strangeness aside, Almuric stands, mainly due to its author s overwhelming storytelling gusto and unbridled narrative sweep The Paizo edition containstypos than any book should reasonably be allowed to have, especially with its 13 price tag, but better to read a faulty edition of a true fantasy classic than not to read it at all As author Joe R Lansdale says of the book in his enthusiastic introduction, Man What a killer By the way, this review originally appeared on the FanLit website at a most excellent destination for all fans of Robert E Howard

  5. Charles Charles says:

    This was Howard s entry into the Sword and Planet field established by Burroughs with his John Carter books Howard puts his own unique spin on the subgenre However, there s pretty good evidence that Howard didn t actually write the last chapter and there is some mystery as to who completed the novel.There are several editions of this novel available, including a hardback version.

  6. Juho Pohjalainen Juho Pohjalainen says:

    Howard clearly had issues with civilization, and with its perceived weaknesses, and perhaps with how much better he was than the rest Mostly it doesn t bother me the prose and narratives he crafts arethan good enough to take full advantage of this theme and generally kick ass but in Almuric it gets a little bit on the nose, and the prose isn t nearly his best either.But even Howard s worst is pretty good Grab it if you already read all the Conans and Bran Mak Morns and Solomon Kanes Howard clearly had issues with civilization, and with its perceived weaknesses, and perhaps with how much better he was than the rest Mostly it doesn t bother me the prose and narratives he crafts arethan good enough to take full advantage of this theme and generally kick ass but in Almuric it gets a little bit on the nose, and the prose isn t nearly his best either.But even Howard s worst is pretty good Grab it if you already read all the Conans and Bran Mak Morns and Solomon Kanes and are looking for him taking a stab at John Carter for a change

  7. Andrew Caldwell Andrew Caldwell says:

    Great fun, full of pulpy weirdness.A twentieth century fugitive uses the Great Secret to flee to another plant, a planet of primeval apeman and winged Devils There s some great writing here and tons of resonance with Conan for example, Thak a god on the planet of Almuric is very similar to Crom and Esau Cairn is a twentieth century Conan, a man born out of time who thrives on the harsh world of Almuric There is some superb action and the final battle is thrillingly well written Loved it

  8. Kereesa Kereesa says:

    Pre Review Started reading this while waiting for Nic to get his hair cut Still thinking about it now MUST FINISH BOOK Urg, Howard, how do you do this to me I just love your words As my pre review states, I started this book on a whim It was hot, I was bored, and I had forgotten to bring a book with me Yes, yes Don t worry it won t happen again Ahem Back to the point.Anyway, I started reading it because A I love HowardAnd that s probably the only reason I ever need for anything.B Pre Review Started reading this while waiting for Nic to get his hair cut Still thinking about it now MUST FINISH BOOK Urg, Howard, how do you do this to me I just love your words As my pre review states, I started this book on a whim It was hot, I was bored, and I had forgotten to bring a book with me Yes, yes Don t worry it won t happen again Ahem Back to the point.Anyway, I started reading it because A I love HowardAnd that s probably the only reason I ever need for anything.Before I actually begin this review, I should state that if you ve never read Howard, it might be worth warning you that there is fair number of debates on his possible misogyny and racism I wrote about this a little bit on my review for The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian, but I am going to reiterate a few things here as well Howard grew up in the 1920s and in the American South He grew up at a time where society, especially American Southern society, held different values, perceptions, and ideas than we do today I m not saying Howard was a racist, I certainly don t believe that to hold any water at all, but his work can be analyzed from that perspective, just as they can be analyzed for possible his misogyny.He also wrote for money, something that shouldn t be forgotten if you re ever debating about his use of clich s Finally, the audience he wrote for was primarily men, which is something one must always consider when reading any work at all I m not here to excuse any of Howard s writing or start a debate, I just wanted to put those facts out there for anyone considering reading this novel or any of his other works From my own perspective, I tend to ignore some of hisquestionable aspects, and enjoy his work, because Howard truly was an amazing writer with an excess of imagination and creativity that should not be missed He wrote wonderfully, and he s been one of the few writers that has continued to keep me on my toes no matter the circumstance He s suspenseful, engaging, and creates worlds filled with life that will have you immersed in for ages And those are the reasons why I read him again and again and again Almuric certainly wasn t my favorite of Howard s work, Conan holds that top spot, but its definitely characteristic of his work in general Strong men, damsels in distress who end up beingthan a plot point, monstrous beings animals wtfuckery, and evil villains that rock In short, its an adventure story, with plenty of suspense, mystery, and action to keep you reading and wondering where its going to go next It s also carefully plotted, as elements you ve or at least I ve , forgotten come back to haunt you later, and everything comes together in a lovely way It s well written, though perhaps not as well as some of his Conan short stories, but it s engaging nonetheless It s characters are well established, and even though they can be slightly stereotypical, surprised methan once All in all, Almuric is a lovely novel for any fan of Howard or the 20s pulp literature in general It s fun, full of adventure, and a quick read 4 4.5 5

  9. Frankie Roxx Frankie Roxx says:

    Ahhh Almuric As far as I know this is the only full length novel of Howard s that off the top of my head I can think of While in general I prefer his short stories as the compacted space seemed to better fit his unique style Almuric is by no means a bad book Quite the opposite in fact While it s pretty clear that Howard was heavily inspired by Burroughs EXCELLENT Barsoom books he does manage to add his own unique style and twist Enough so that the book holds up as a solidly entertaining r Ahhh Almuric As far as I know this is the only full length novel of Howard s that off the top of my head I can think of While in general I prefer his short stories as the compacted space seemed to better fit his unique style Almuric is by no means a bad book Quite the opposite in fact While it s pretty clear that Howard was heavily inspired by Burroughs EXCELLENT Barsoom books he does manage to add his own unique style and twist Enough so that the book holds up as a solidly entertaining read and one I d recommend to any Howard fan that wanted to readthan just his Conan stories Almuric, in short, is about a human, Esau Cairn, that after murdering a fellow earthman finds himself hunted by the law As can only happen in a story like this from a simpler time he just so happens to find a scientist that has the means to transport him to another world from whence he can never return Esau, knowing his life on earth is doomed already and having never fit in to begin with, accepts the offer without so much as the bat of an eye I mean if it were you or I we d at least have to take a minute or two to think this over right Right But that s the simplistic charm of the pulp era of writing Instead of spending twenty pages hemming and hawing it over our man Esau readily agrees and is soon on a path of adventure the likes of which no earthman aside from John Carter has seen before.I won t go too in depth as to the story as others should read this entertaining little book for themselves Suffice to say on his journey he encounters many new, and dangerous, forms of life Be it rabid dog headed men, winded devils , ravenous spiders, giant electric slugs how great is that and, of course, hairy ape men that are what passes for the humans on the planet of Almuric Oddly, and amusingly, enough the female of this species exactly resembles earth females It s that kind of convenient plot device that always entertains when it comes to the pulp writers.Is the book without flaws Of course not The pacing can be off at times More than likely due to the fact that Howard wasused to penning short stories The book does have themes of racism and chauvinism and while , yes, I absolutely understand these things aren t good in any way I also understand that these were penned in a different time when the world was a much different place The criticism I see over these factors of Howard s writing always make me shake my head If you re reading the work of Howard, or any other pulp writer from the 20 s and 30 s, and are seeking political correctness and enlightenment than you probably shouldn t be reading that particular genre As noted above this genre and era aren t for everyone but if you can simply enjoy the stories for what they are rousing adventures with some of the best battle scenes to be found as only Howard could do then I highly recommend this book as well as his other works.In closing while it s not by any means my favorite of Howard s works, those spots are reserved for his tales of Solomon Kane and El Borak, it s worth reading in my humble opinion Does it stack up to the Barsoom books Well no but to compare one book to a series that had time to develop is silly to begin with Just give it a read and enjoy Howard Nuff said

  10. Juan del Desierto Juan del Desierto says:

    R E Howard is my favorite writer regarding action stories I have not found any other author who surpasses him in vivid, dynamic description of actions, done with a sense of rhythm and character coherence When he writes about a character, it becomes recognizable and memorable in its own way Even if the name itself does not stick, the depiction lives on Howard wrote pulp fiction, weird fiction, and he delivered with a touch of a primal sensibility outside our modern times Primeval, deliveri R E Howard is my favorite writer regarding action stories I have not found any other author who surpasses him in vivid, dynamic description of actions, done with a sense of rhythm and character coherence When he writes about a character, it becomes recognizable and memorable in its own way Even if the name itself does not stick, the depiction lives on Howard wrote pulp fiction, weird fiction, and he delivered with a touch of a primal sensibility outside our modern times Primeval, delivering an edge feeling to the reader of a territory uncharted, mysterious, yet conquerable by will and fiery action And what about the novel itself Almuric is a distant planet, primal and savage Esau Cairn is a man out of time, a misfit Earthling who ends up there by virtue of unexplained science nicknamed The Great Secret which seemslike sorcery in disguise Then, what starts as another planetary fantasy turns into a grim, dark, somber tale Almuric has shortcomings It seems a bit sketched, barely edited, the plot is thin, its beginning is slow to take flight and its genre tropes are abundant On the other side, it is pure, unrestrained Howard prose, furious and lyrical at times and recognizable for its themes

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