Waterfront Fists and Others: The Collected Fight Stories of Robert E. Howard

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Wildside Press LLC, 2004 - Fiction - 312 pages
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It is impossible to ignore the sheer number of boxing stories that Robert E. Howard wrote. Serious or funny, spooky or adventurous, these stories represent a fierce creative outburst that would pave the way later for his western hero, Breckenridge Elkins. In these stories we see Howard's craft pushed from mere construction to passionate involvement. He took all of his interests and peppered them through the various boxing stories. He wrote them faster than the magazine could print them. Clearly, he loved what he was doing. When Howard could write no more, he went on to draft Conan and the aforementioned Elkins, who owes much in style and content to the Costigan stories. The fight stories are a joy to read and reread. They are funny, bawdy, picaresque, and violent. Presented here, as they were originally printed, they perfectly showcase why Robert E. Howard was one of the greatest adventure writers of the 20th century.
 

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User Review  - VincentDarlage - LibraryThing

I like Steve Costigan, REH's best brawler. Robert E. Howard has a quite a way of describing boxing matches, a furious style that shows REH knew what he was writing about. It shows that REH was not ... Read full review

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Contents

The Apparition in the Prize Ring
19
The Pit of the Serpent
31
The Bull Dog Breed
47
Sailors Grudge
63
Fist and Fang
79
The Iron Man
95
Winner Takes All
125
Waterfront Fists
139
Alleys of Peril
169
Texas Fists
185
Circus Fists
203
Vikings of the Gloves
219
Night of the Battle
235
The Sluggers Game
251
General Ironfist
267
Sluggers on the Beach
283

Champ of the Forecastle
155
Alleys of Darkness
297

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About the author (2004)

Robert E. Howard was born in Peaster, Texas on January 22, 1906. At the beginning of his writing career, he primarily wrote pulp fiction and had numerous stories published in the pulp magazine Weird Tales including Spear and Fang, The Hyena, Wolfshead, Red Shadows, and The Shadow Kingdom. He created the character of Conan the Barbarian in the pages of Weird Tales. By 1936, almost all of his fiction writing was in the western genre and his first novel, A Gent from Bear Creek, was about to be published. He committed suicide on June 11, 1936 at the age of 30.

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