The first Kane story, originally titled simply "Solomon Kane" was written in 1927 and submitted to Argosy All-Story
Glen then relates how the story was rejected and why the editor did not like certain aspects while he did enjoy the action sequences.
Later Glen quotes REH in a 1928 letter to his friend Tevis Clyde Smith about the story "Solomon Kane:"
"... Weird Tales took that ms. the Argosy editor commented upon, offering me $80. The Weird Tales editor took it in its original form, for I didn't change it any, in spite of the defects pointed out by the Argosy editor, and says that he thinks he'll give me a front page and cover illustration. He asks me to change the title "Solomon Kane" however and I can't seem to think of a good title."
Glen then adds:
The story appeared in the August 1928 Weird Tales under the title "Red Shadows," and as promised, was given the cover illustration.
Very interesting. I have a few questions that maybe Rusty or others will enlighten us on.
Do we know for sure that Robert came up with the title Red Shadows?
Was there ever any consideration to publishing the story under it's original title "Solomon Kane?"
I know some of the Conan story titles that had editors change their name - a la Xuthal at Dusk/The Slithering Shadow - were published in the Del Rey trades with REH's original titles.
Personally, I find the story title "Solomon Kane" more powerful and effective then the out-of-the-blue Red Shadows title, especially when you consider both that many fans consider Red Shadows the best Solomon Kane story and it is the first Solomon Kane story. Regardless, REH originally titled the story 'Solomon Kane" and I'm interested in why the Del Rey unedited trade kept the Red Shadows title?
I'm assuming that we know REH came up with the Red Shadows title - or maybe Tevis suggested it?
Still the question of presenting unedited manuscripts - such as the Del Rey trade - begs the question why not use the original title REH created since the above quote illustrates the title change is only made at the request of the WT editor?
*** I am shocked that we do not have a Red Shadows/Solomon Kane topic! All discussion pertaining to RS/SK should go here.