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Bran Mak Morn: The Last King : A Novel Spiral-Bound | May 31, 2005

Robert E. Howard

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From Robert E. Howard’s fertile imagination sprang some of fiction’s greatest heroes, including Conan the Cimmerian, King Kull, and Solomon Kane. But of all Howard’s characters, none embodied his creator’s brooding temperament more than Bran Mak Morn, the last king of a doomed race.

In ages past, the Picts ruled all of Europe. But the descendants of those proud conquerors have sunk into barbarism . . . all save one, Bran Mak Morn, whose bloodline remains unbroken. Threatened by the Celts and the Romans, the Pictish tribes rally under his banner to fight for their very survival, while Bran fights to restore the glory of his race.

Lavishly illustrated by award-winning artist Gary Gianni, this collection gathers together all of Howard’s published stories and poems featuring Bran Mak Morn–including the eerie masterpiece “Worms of the Earth” and “Kings of the Night,” in which sorcery summons Kull the conqueror from out of the depths of time to stand with Bran against the Roman invaders.

Also included are previously unpublished stories and fragments, reproductions of manuscripts bearing Howard’s handwritten revisions, and much, much more.

Special Bonus: a newly discovered adventure by Howard, presented here for the very first time.Bran Mak Morn is the tragic story of the last king of a mysterious and savage race, the Picts, whose very existence is a constant struggle against their many enemies in the world of ancient Britain. Though his people are doomed, Bran is determined to lead them against all odds, as befits a true warrior king.

The new story, recently uncovered, only briefly mentions the Picts, but it's a trademark Robert E. Howard adventure that will drive the author's fans wild! Even the readers who bought the limited-edition hardcover will have to buy the trade edition.

"Howard had a gritty, vibrant style--broadsword writing that cuts its way to the heart, with heroes who are truly larger than life."--David Gemmell, author of Legend

"The voice of Robert E. Howard still resonates after decades with readers--equal parts ringing steel, thunderous hooves, and spattered blood."--Eric Nylund, author of Halo: First Strike
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Original Binding: Trade Paperback
Pages: 400 pages
ISBN-10: 0345461541
Item Weight: 1.2 lbs
Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
“Howard’s writing seems so highly charged with energy that it nearly gives off sparks.”

“Howard was a true storyteller–one of the first, and certainly among the best, you’ll find in heroic fantasy. If you’ve never read him before, you’re in for a real treat.”
–CHARLES DE LINT, award-winning author of Forests of the Heart
Robert E. Howard is one of the most prolific short story writers in American history, and has created such beloved characters as Conan the Barbarian, Kull of Atlantis, Soloman Kane, Bran Mak Morn, El Borak, and Dark Agnès de Chastillon. He tragically passed away in 1936.