Now, who is Solomon Kane, and what are these stories like? Well, Kane is an Elizabethan Englishman ? a Puritan gentleman, adventurer, privateer, swordsman, duelist, solider-of-fortune, world traveler, explorer, and religious fanatic. He is a strange, sinister, mysterious figure; tall, lean, dour, ascetic, garbed all in black. His quests constantly involve him in rescues and vengeance, and his stage is the world ? often remote and fantastic. He is the contemporary and friend of Francis Drake, of Walter Raleigh, of Richard Grenville, of Henry of Navarre.
Kane is known far and wide as ?Devon?s ace of swords? and ?God?s angry man.? His adventurous wanderings take him from Merrie England of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries to the European continent, to the castles of the German Rhineland and the Black Forrest, to a France that is torn by religious civil wars, and to a Spain that is suffering under the terrors of the Inquisition. His encounters involve barons, bandits, and brigands; werewolves, warlocks, and witches; cavaliers and corsairs.
On and on he goes ? to the New World and the jungle kingdoms of the Mayas, to the pirate waters of the Caribbean; to the Slave Coast of the Dark Continent for new and strange encounters with Arab slaves, cannibals and witch doctors, lions and gorillas, fiendish vampire bat-men, and lost cities in the jungle that were built ages before by men from lost continents and still peopled by their descendants.
If you like Conan, then you will love Solomon Kane!
Albert E. Gechter, 11/8/1970, Solomon Kane, Centaur Press, 1971
I came to Solomon Kane from Conan having already realized the uniqueness of Robert E. Howard's writing and craving more. The Centaur Press book Solomon Kane was my first exposure to Kane's adventures. The forward by Mr. Gechter made me jump right to page one and experience for myself the diverse settings and adversaries Gechter had listed. And he was right about liking Solomon Kane if you liked Conan, because the great writer is the same, the action just as vivid, the settings just as fantastic and the protagonist just as original.
This is a poll for members to share which Solomon Kane story is their favorite and why?
If you haven't read Robert E. Howard's Solomon Kane stories, you can find all of them unedited in one trade paperback:
The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane
Edited by Strom, 24 November 2012 - 02:32 AM.