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The Vultures of Whapeton book. It did make me pine for Zebra's larger The Book of Robert E. Howard and the second volume, since those had the continuous novelty of exposing reader to the varied genres that Robert E. Howard took on in his career. One interesting point here: The middle stories are an example of Howard's tendency to recycle names, ones like Steve and Hansen, etc, show up a few times, but they are always different people. Feb 22, 2016 Timothy Boyd rated it did not like it.

The Vultures of Wahpeton, by Robert E. Howard, free ebook. THIS story was originally published with two different endings in the December 1936 issue of Smashing Novels Magazine under the title "The Vultures of Whapeton.

The Vultures of Whapeton - Robert E. Howard. British Library cation Data. The Vultures of Whapeton. by. Robert E. Chapter 1 Guns in the Dark.

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The Vultures of Whapeton (Zebra Books, No. 144). Howard, . Things That Go Bump in the Night: A Treasury of Classic Weird. Douglas Draa, Lord Dunsany, David A. Riley, William Hope Hodgson, Frederick Marryat, . Pendarves, Edward Lucas White, . Shiel, F. Marion Crawford, . Marriott Watson, George Allan England, Amyas Northcote, Robert E. Benson, Hugh Clifford, Perceval Landon.

Vultures of Whapeton. Published January 1, 1980 by Berkley. ISBN 13. 9780425044353.

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The Vultures of Whapeton' is one of Howard's short stories in the western genre. This early work by Robert E. Howard was originally published in 1936 and we are now republishing it with a brand new introductory biography

The Vultures of Whapeton' is one of Howard's short stories in the western genre. Robert Ervin Howard was born in Peaster, Texas in 1906. During his youth, his family moved between a variety of Texan boomtowns, and Howard - a bookish and somewhat introverted child - was steeped in the violent myths and legends of the Old South. Howard was originally published in 1936 and we are now republishing it with a brand new introductory biography. The Vultures of Whapeton' is one of Howard's short stories in the western genre.

The Vultures of Whapeton. Hardcover Paperback Kindle. With the creation of Conan and the other heroes in his books, author Howard created the sword & sorcery genre, which spawned many imitators and gave Howard a huge influence. Robert Ervin Howard was born in Peaster, Texas in 1906

The Vultures of Whapeton' is one of Howard's short stories in the western genre. At fifteen Howard began to read the pulp magazines of the day, and to write more seriously. The December 1922 issue of his high school newspaper featured two of his stories, 'Golden Hope Christmas' and 'West is West'.


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Nawenadet
Robert E. Howard was who he was, and wrote how he wrote. It's muscular and cliched and almost always entertaining, sometimes even enthralling.

The Vultures of Whapeton is a collection of his serious (mostly dark), non-supernatural Western tales, and they compare favorably with Zane Grey.

I also recommend Howard's comic western tales, most of which center around Breckenridge Elkins ("A Gent from Bear Creek"). In the same vein, I recommend "The Riot at Bucksnort and Other Western Tales," ISBN 0803273541.
Nidor
It's the writer and creator of Conan the Barbarian doing the same with a Western. Excellent.
Kelezel
It really irks me when publishers label books under the wrong genre. It's even worse when they pick cover art that has nothing to do with the contents of the book.

Unfortunately Zebra is guilty on both accounts here.

Although labeled as "Fantasy/Adventure" on the front and as "Science Fantasy" on the spine, there is no fantasy at all in these four stories, except for a brief mention of "Indian magic" and a fleeting comparison to an ogre.

And the vulture pulling the skeleton off the horse--a scene that you won't find in any of the stories.

But that's not why I'm giving this book three stars. Neither am I disappointed that they're all Westerns as I'm reading all the REH I can get my hands on.
But like most REH fans know, he wrote best when he stuck to fantasy. Don't get me wrong, his Western tales are very convincing--even down to the way the characters talk--but lack the excitement and wonder of his more imaginative works.

The fours stories included are as follows . . . [NO SPOILERS]

THE VULTURES OF WHAPETON is the longest story in this collection. It starts with a new sheriff in town who is supposed to help clear out a group of thugs called The Vultures. At the halfway point the story gets very confusing as people change sides and things aren't always what they seem. Everything does get cleared up at the end. I even found it a pretty good ending, but considering the length of the story I'd only consider it worth a once-through.
Interesting side note: As pointed out in Glen Lord's Afterword, this story is partially based on actual events.

SHOWDOWN AT HELL'S CANYON is much shorter and is my favorite of the four. It's your typical "drifter lured into a treasure hunt" plot with a little bit of mystery as there is frequent reference to a character with an unknown past. The ending is easily predictable, but I liked it.

DRUMS OF THE SUNSET is a similar "treasure hunt" story. Again, there is a rather predictable plot twist involved. Another girl to rescue. The only difference here is the introduction of Indians into the mix.

Unlike the other three stories, WILD WATER is not broken down into chapters and takes place in a modern town--by 1920s/30s standards. Basically deals with a man who feels he's been born in the wrong generation and has some local townsfolk he wants to take down--Wild West style.

Pretty much all of these stories were worth reading once, but I really can't see myself rereading any of them anytime soon, if ever. That being said, Westerns are not really my thing, so your mileage may vary.
The Vultures of Whapeton (World Cultural Heritage Library) download epub
Humanities
Author: Robert E. Howard
ISBN: 1438798717
Category: Other
Subcategory: Humanities
Language: English
Publisher: Intl Business Pubns USA (September 9, 2009)
Pages: 150 pages