The Best of Robert E. Howard Volume 1: Crimson Shadows and
The Best of Robert E. Howard Volume 2: Grim Lands make me really happy.
As many of you may know, a number of recent volumes have been really complete and specific. Those are amazing for those of us who want all of the Howard Conan, Solomon Kane, etc. They collect all of the stories, the incomplete stories and the synopses. All of that.
But how many people want or need that stuff for a writer they don't really know or care about yet? And these add the stories that people are less familiar with the existence of, the historical stories, the contemporary stories, the funny stories, etc., many of which indeed are as good - and occasionally better - than the better known yarns.
So, these are remarkable introductions to an author whose work should indeed be introduced to more people.
I have to ask, though, are they done?
I can't help being a bit disappointed that neither of the completed Dark Agnes de Chastillon stories seem to have made the cut, nor did Texas Fists or "Iron Men", which are probably my own two favorite of the Boxing Stories.
Hopefully this is only temporary. A third volume would make for a nice set for any bookshelf and could easily include these four stories.