By Robert E. Howard

The writer of Conan seems to be to the celebs in a single of fantasy's so much enduring technological know-how delusion classics! Robert E. Howard's Almuric is a savage planet of crumbling stone ruins and debased, near-human population. Into this global comes Esau Cairn, Earthman, swordsman, assassin. in simple terms he can overthrow the bad devils that enslave Almuric, yet to take action he needs to first defeat the internal demons that pressured him to desert Earth. packed with vile beasts and exciting experience within the culture of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Almuric is considered one of Howard's few novels, and a very good yarn from certainly one of America's such a lot precise literary voices.

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In the arms of one of them writhed and shrieked a slender white figure, stretching out imploring arms to me. Altha! They had snatched her up from behind my back, and were carrying her away to whatever doom awaited her in that black citadel of mystery far to the south. The terrific velocity with which the Yagas raced through the sky was already taking them out of my sight. As I stood there baffled, I felt a movement at my feet. Looking down I saw one of my victims sit up and feel his head dazedly.

Mine was the superior quickness, and ultimately, the superior endurance. There is little to be said of that fight. Time ceased to be composed of intervals of change, and merged into a blind mist of tearing, snarling eternity. There was no sound except our panting gasps, the guttering of the torches in the light wind, and the impact of our feet on the turf, of our hard bodies against each other. We were too evenly matched for either to gain a quick advantage. There was no pinning of shoulders, as in an Earthly wrestling match.

I had a dazed brief glimpse of his mountainous bulk looming over me, as his massive lowered head drove his horn at my breast. Then I lurched up on one knee, simultaneously grasping that ivory sword with my left hand and seeking to deflect it, while my right hand drove my poniard up toward the great jugular. Then there came a terrific impact against my skull, and consciousness was blotted out in darkness. Chapter 06. I could have been senseless only a few minutes. When I regained consciousness my first sensation was that of a crushing weight upon my limbs and body.

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