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Robert Ervin Howard (1906-1936) was an American pulp writer of fantasy, horror, historical adventure, boxing, western, and detective fiction. He is well known for having created the character Conan the Cimmerian, a literary icon whose pop-culture imprint can be compared to such icons as Tarzan of the Apes, Sherlock Holmes, and James Bond. Voracious reading, along with a naRobert Ervin Howard (1906-1936) was an American pulp writer of fantasy, horror, historical adventure, boxing, western, and detective fiction. He is well known for having created the character Conan the Cimmerian, a literary icon whose pop-culture imprint can be compared to such icons as Tarzan of the Apes, Sherlock Holmes, and James Bond. Voracious reading, along with a natural talent for prose writing and the encouragement of teachers, conspired to create in Howard an interest in becoming a professional writer. One by one he discovered the authors that would influence his later work: Jack London and Rudyard Kipling. It's clear from Howard's earliest writings and the recollections of his friends that he suffered from severe depression from an early age. Friends recall him defending the act of suicide as a valid alternative as early as eighteen years old, while many of his stories and poems have a suicidal gloom and intensity that seem prescient in hindsight, describing such an end not as a tragedy but as a release from hell on earth....

Title : Pigeons from Hell
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ISBN : 9781406572483
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Number of Pages : 48 Pages
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Pigeons from Hell Reviews

  • Dan Schwent
    2019-02-24 23:12

    While on vacation, two men decide to spend the night in an abandoned plantation house, ignorant of its terrifying past. Can they survive the darkness that dwells within the Blassenville house?From the creator of Conan comes this creepy haunted house story. It tosses the usual horror formula out the window, going for quick shocks rather than building suspense. It got a little tense at times. However...Much like H.P. Lovecraft's, I find REH's dialogue to be pretty wooden. Also, I thought some of the characters' actions and thought processes to be pretty illogical.Since I don't want the review to be longer than the short story, that's about all I have to say. Pigeons from Hell is fun in a pulp horror sort of way but it's in no way Howard's best work. We can look to a certain Puritan adventurer and a barbarian from Cimmeria for that. Three out of five stars.

  • Char
    2019-02-27 21:17

    Pigeons From Hell by Robert E. Howard This short story was a blast! It's been recommended to me many times and I've always been too busy to work it in. Being on the front edge of a reading slump, and usually having good luck with short stories to get me out of it, I decided to finally read this classic.  It's short, sweet and scary. What more could you want?  "He began to feel that he would go mad if he did not leap to his feet, screaming, and burst frenziedly out of that accursed house-not even the fear of the gallows could keep him lying there in the darkness any longer..."  What could possibly scare a grown man so? You'll have to read this and find out. Highly recommended! Edited to add: Here's a link to get the story free and legally:

  • Bettie☯
    2019-02-24 21:20

    Description: This 1938 spell-binding story is one of his best. In 1983, Stephen King, wrote that he considered Pigeons from Hell to be "one of the finest horror stories of our century." With a decaying Southern family, a gruesome murder, a strange sort of "undead" creature, and, of course, evil pigeons, it makes for a story that will send a chill down your backbone. original encounter

  • Janie C.
    2019-03-05 15:51

    A Southern Gothic short story about voodoo and revenge. It was creepy and kept me in suspense from beginning to end!

  • Kimberly
    2019-03-18 20:59

    Absolutely phenomenal read from beginning to end! I vaguely remember reading this before in an anthology, but on its own, it is definitely a five-star read.Highest recommendation!

  • Estelle
    2019-02-23 20:53

    The perfect horror short story. An old haunted house, gore & blood, suspense, voodoo & witchcraft, revenge! This had everything. I loved it.I need to read more of Robert E. Howard's horror stories!

  • Michael
    2019-03-10 16:58

    Review from BadelyngeFirst published in 1938 not long after R.E.Howard's suicide, Pigeons from Hell is a Gothic Horror tale set in the deep south of the USA. Two friends decide to spend the night in an abandoned old plantation house. The story eschews the more traditional slow build of atmosphere and tension, choosing instead to scare the pants off you in the first few pages. It certainly succeeds. The rest of the story's fear is generated by apprehension about returning to the old deserted house that has already demonstrated its terrors. It is superbly told and very creepy. It also features one of Howard's recurring characters Kirby Buckner. If I was assembling a reading list to use for developing a horror writing style I'd certainly think about including this one.

  • Emily Crow
    2019-03-11 19:11

    How could I resist a title like "Pigeons from Hell"? Obviously, I couldn't. Turns out this is a satisfyingly creepy tale from the heyday of pulp fiction.

  • Bob Rust
    2019-03-07 16:09

    Introduction (Pigeons from Hell) • essay by Glenn LordPigeons from Hell • (1938) The Gods of Bal-Sagoth • [Turlogh O'Brien] • (1931) People of the Dark • (1932)The Children of the Night • [Cthulhu Mythos Tales] • (1931) The Dead Remember • (1936) The Man on the Ground • (1933) The Garden of Fear • [James Allison] • (1934) The Thing on the Roof • [Cthulhu Mythos Tales] • (1932) The Hyena • (1928) Dig Me No Grave • [Cthulhu Mythos Tales] • (1937) The Dream Snake • (1928) In the Forest of Villefère • [De Montour] • (1925) Old Garfield's Heart • (1933) The Voice of El-Lil • (1930)

  • Erin the Avid Reader ⚜BFF's with the Cheshire Cat⚜
    2019-03-01 18:19

    Definitely one of the finest examples of horror pulp fiction to date. I didn't know anything about Stephan King's positive comment on the story until after I read this my second time around, but at least I know now that King has good taste in horror books. If you want a story that involves a dilapidated Southern farm, a gory axe murder by a female zombie and a creepy atmosphere, you'll like this book. I made it sound disgusting but it's just down right creepy.Robert E. Howard inspired H.P Lovecraft. I can similarities in their writing except Howard isn't as surreal and bizarre as Lovecraft's prose. They're both great writers either way.An early Halloween review out of the way. Can't wait to read more spooky stories!

  • Thomas Strömquist
    2019-03-15 19:58

    Fantastic 30's horror short! Sometimes you are amazed by how "little" it takes. Chilling, classic and fun. Don't know how it is that I never heard about this before? Highly recommended!

  • Jessica
    2019-03-14 20:11

    Great short horror story. Creepy and enthralling from beginning to end, with a nice twist.

  • Michelle B
    2019-03-19 18:01

    The best and most chilling horror story ever and the greatest thing Howard ever wrote. Also made a great episode of THRILLER.

  • sabisteb
    2019-03-09 18:55

    Tauben aus der Hölle (Pigeons from Hell) ist eine Kurzgeschichte von Robert E. Howard (1906 – 1936), die zwei Jahre nach seinem Tode 1938 in den berühmten “Weird Tales“ veröffentlicht wurde. Sie erzählt die Geschichte zweier Schulfreunde aus Neuengland, die nach ihrem Schulabschluss mit dem Auto der Eltern eine Rundreise durch den Süden USA machen wollen. Als John Branner und sein Freund Griswell ein malerisches, alstes Südstastenherrenhaus entdecken, beschließen sie eine Nacht darin zu verbringen. Ein verhängnisvoller Entschluss, wie sich schon bald zeigen soll, denn das Haus ist nicht so verlassen, wie es auf den ersten Blick erscheint. Griswell wacht nachts auf und sieht, wie sein Freund Branner die staubige, alte Treppe in den ersten Stock hinaufsteigt. Griswell kann entkommen, läuft aber in die Arme von Sheriff Buckner. Nun muss er seine Erlebnisse beweisen und den Geist zur Strecke bringen, will er nicht als Mörder seines Freundes gehängt werden. Der Autor Robert Ervin Howard dürfte den meisten wohl am besten als Schöpfer von Conan dem Barbaren bekannt sein. Er ist der Vater des “sword and sorcery” Genre und damit ein ganz Großen der Fantasyliteratur, der mit gerade mal 30 Jahren leider Selbstmord beging.Was passt besser zu den Südstaaten als Voodoo und Zombies? Auch in dieser Folge wieder ein Klassiker, den selbst Stephen King als eine der besten Horror Geschichten unseres Jahrhunderts bezeichnete. Eine Südstaatenfamilie mit grausamer, blutiger Vergangenheit, Sklavenhaltung, grausamer Mord, verrückte alte Jungfern, Sadismus und Rache in Südstaatenambiente. Wie gewohnt wurde die Geschichte stimmungsvoll in Szene gesetzt, und perfekt akustisch untermalt. Obwohl ich mit dem Sprecher von Griswell ein wenig meine Probleme hatte, gewöhnt man sich doch bald an ihn, auch wenn ich denke, dass er nicht ganz dem Titania Sprecherstandard entspricht.Auch diese Geschichte ist ein in sich abgeschlossener Klassiker der Horror Literatur, der außerhalb und ohne Kenntnis der anderen Episoden der Serie gehört werden kann.

  • Jeff Stockett
    2019-02-25 18:57

    This is a genuinely creepy story. It has the feel of a haunted house story, with the classic idea of trying to spend the night in the house. But we get introduced to a whole new form of monster, the zuvembie.From the story:"A zuvembie is no longer human. It knows neither relatives nor friends. It is one with the people of the Black World. It commands the natural demons – owls, bats, snakes and werewolves, and can fetch darkness to blot out a little light. It can be slain by lead or steel, but unless it is slain thus, it lives for ever, and it eats no such food as humans eat. It dwells like a bat in a cave or an old house. Time means naught to the zuvembie; an hour, a day, a year, all is one. It cannot speak human words, nor think as a human thinks, but it can hypnotize the living by the sound of its voice, and when it slays a man, it can command his lifeless body until the flesh is cold. As long as the blood flows, the corpse is its slave. Its pleasure lies in the slaughter of human beings.”The author does a good job of creating a creepy setting and making you feel what Griswell felt. There's even a bit of a surprise ending. Definitely a chilling read worth your time.One warning: There is some pretty heavy racism. The story takes place in the south in the 1930's, so it's not unexpected, but it was still a little much for me.

  • Tim
    2019-02-26 19:06

    I have been a huge Robert E. Howard fan since I discovered his work in my boyhood days (40 years ago- yikes!), but some how I never ran across this story or much else he wrote as horror. Surprisingly, I became aware of this one via comments by Stephen King of all things. So I took one master writer's comments and praise and tracked down this story. I am glad i did. It is easy to see why this is considered so well by so many and as I study the genre's roots i can also see its contribution to later writers (like King). I consider this a must read for fans and/or students of horror and writing.

  • Matt Kelland
    2019-03-14 19:13

    Howard was a much better horror writer than I'd realized. I generally think of him as a fantasy writer who also wrote Westerns, but he was way more versatile than that. This stands up against anything else that was being written in the horror genre at the time. It doesn't have the insane grandeur of Lovecraft's wilder material, but it has the eerie terror of a good haunted house story. It's just a shame the title makes it sound so silly.

  • Laura
    2019-02-24 18:16

    I learned that in addition to creating Conan, Howard is also known for his horror. This is the best $3 I've spent at Audible (and, well, the only $3 I've spent at Audible). Horror is just better when it's listened to, but perhaps I shouldn't have listened to it in the middle of the night when I'm the only one awake. That beginning was creepy.

  • Keith
    2019-03-16 21:11

    'Pigeons From Hell' was written about 1934. I read this excellent story many years ago. I reread it again today. It remains a classic piece of terror. It is a moody piece of horror and stimulates our fears of the unknown.

  • Cari
    2019-03-07 19:16

    Awesomely written classic Southern Gothic horror short story. This was a fantastic and fun short little read. I love the tropes, love the execution, love the imagery. I really liked the two main characters in the book and also the peripherial characters. Everyone in this story is an archetype of a familiar character: the strong Sheriff who is afraid but proceeds in the face of danger, the wise old black man, the New Englander come down to the south only to find that it's not what he thought it was, etc. But despite the cliches, the story is still super fun and there are a few parts that had me shivering in anticipation of what something would jump out of the dark corners and reveal itself in its bloodthirsty glory. I super recommend this to anyone, but especially anyone who is a fan of the classic horror stories.

  • Jennifer
    2019-03-13 19:50

    Seriously, this story scared me! Had to sleep with the light on since I live in a turn-of-the-century house. The title is misleading, but I think Howard did that on purpose. On the heels of reading his "Graveyard Rats" story, I naturally assumed it was going to be about the flocks of pigeons that hang around the old house, or a Hitchcock "The Birds" type of scenario. Nope! I just had no idea what was about to hit me. Once I recover from the creeps, I'll go back a re-read it to get the poetic details I missed.

  • Iain Macleod
    2019-02-23 17:00

    Atmospheric and surprisingly gor. However the most disturbing thing is the frankness of racism in the dialogue. Whether this is intended as a matter of fact statement of attitudes at the time or a reflection of Howards own biases, much like his friend Lovecraft, is unclear to myself at this time. Definitely worth a read if you have an interest in old weird fiction but it definitely leaves a sour taste.

  • Maricruz Montero
    2019-03-16 15:50

    Muy muy entretenido, en realidad le pongo un 4.5, ya que para mí el único fallo es el final. Es lo primero que leo de este autor, y sin duda no lo último.

  • Jason
    2019-03-09 21:00

    I’ve been in the slumps lately; reading hasn’t been difficult, but it’s been strange since last year. Before finishing “The Seven Who Were Hanged” by Leonid Andreyev (one of Robert Howard’s favorite writers), I decided to indulge in a little REH himself. He can usually cheer me up.“Pigeons from Hell” is one of his most famous works outside of the “Conan the Barbarian” tales. I thought at first I might have read it a long time ago, but I don’t think so now that I’ve finished it.SUMMARYJohn Branner and Griswell are two New Englanders enjoying a rambling vacation through the American South. They stop at a deserted plantation manor in Texas where Branner has a terrible nightmare and awakes to find his friend dead (and yet still walking, with intent to murder him). Branner flees, and is found in the woods by a county sheriff, Buckner. Investigating the crime, and inclined to believe Branner’s story on account of the old mansion’s history, Buckner and Branner learn of an aristocratic family that was ruined by the Confederate loss in the Civil War and a voodoo curse.OVERALL: 3.2 out of 5Steven King described “Pigeons from Hell” to be “one of the finest horror stories of our century”, and there are many agreeing statements by critics, readers, and historians.I can appreciate the mood Howard sets, and I think the story is a great one for late-night Halloween reading, but it doesn’t scare me half as much as Lovecraft’s “The Colour out of Space” or “The Rats in the Walls”. Too much of the story is in the familiar Howard format, which works great for his other works, but doesn’t ring true in horror; the character of Buckner is tantamount to having John Wayne with you in a haunted house, and how scary is that?Readers should be advised that some of the racism and bigotry common to the times is present in this story, particularly in the casual use of the N-WORD. Howard claims that he was familiar with a lot of older “negro superstition” (and I believe him, though he clearly utilized a lot of his own embellishments), but he also admitted that he didn’t know anything about newer stories (in a letter to H.P. Lovecraft, he claimed black people weren’t even allowed to stay overnight in the county he lived in).I am not sure if the story actually means to disparage black people or not. The “antagonist”, if that is what she can be called, is a mulatto, and the one black character in the story is a senile old man who, though creepy, seems quite friendly. In terms of racial overtones, I am not sure how others would classify it, except that it uses some examples of outdated, insulting words.RATINGS BY CATEGORYCHARACTERS: 3 out of 5I wonder if Robert E. Howard wrote this story with himself in mind for Buckner, and one of his many pen-pals (possibly H.P. Lovecraft) as Branner. They’re interesting characters, though the fit the “REH mold”. Branner is frightened, but able to stand up to his fears once he isn’t alone (and in order to learn the truth about the death of his friend). Buckner is strong, brave, and capable, though even he shows fear over the situation.Though there isn’t anything here that is really new, Buckner isn’t an unstoppable force (like Conan), and the danger and dread present for both men is in the text.PACE: 4 out of 5Howard is a master of the fast, interesting pace. Very rarely does he fail at that, and this story is no exception. After Buckner and Branner meet, sections of the story that might have been boring are quickly omitted, even though this might be the “CSI”-like content modern audience eat up; Griswell’s body is delivered to the authorities off-screen, with Buckner explaining that the investigation is still underway. No higher authority questions what he’s doing with Branner or the method of death (an axe in the head), and there is no time lost worrying about Griswell’s family (or Branner’s, for that matter).STORY: 2 out of 5The story is really dependent on the atmosphere of a creepy old southern plantation; everything else is a somewhat run-of-the-mill “cursed old family / unexplained murders / secret rooms no one else can find” kind of tale (funny, how common these elements are... I wonder if they were as common in 1934 when Howard wrote the story?)DIALOGUE: 3 out of 5Despite a fairly basic premise, there is a lot that needs to be explained in order for the final, horrific payoff to work. Most of the dialogue is appropriate and clear, though a bit wordy at times (Buckner, in particular, doesn’t seem to be the kind of guy to use a lot of the language that he does). Branner’s terror is executed well in his dialogue.STYLE/TECHNICAL: 4 out of 5Robert Howard pulled out some magic when it comes to the execution of the story, because it really depends on the mood and atmosphere that he sets. The old mansion isn’t quite a character in the story, but it is still a place of dread for the characters as well as the reader. Things are clear, and Howard’s prose is in fine form.

  • Alistair
    2019-03-09 19:04

    Read it.A short story that starts with a crunch and ends with a bang. 1930s southern voodoo horror... and excellent.

  • Lara
    2019-02-26 19:06

    Not normally a fan of horror fiction, I really enjoyed this short story. Written in the 1930's and set in the American 'deep south', the story unfolds over two nights starting from the decision to stay overnight in an abandoned house. The story is wonderfully written. The language is rich and has a beautiful density to it - the literary equivalent of eating mud cake. In just a few short sentences, the opening of the story sets the scene - blood red sunset, stark black pines and an abandoned house. The story was gripping and engaging. A bit of gore without being gratuitously violent - for a horror story.Being set in the South in the 1930's, the story is a product of its time - there are casual references to negroes that make it clear they were considered to be ignorant and superstitious. Then again, hard to have a story about voodoo that doesn't have superstitious people in it. As a balance, the story also criticises the plantation owners of the past and how they treated the slaves and later the free workers, and the 'witch doctor' is described as having been a man of great learning. My view was that the witch doctor is superstitious because he is a witch doctor more than any other reason. So I would hope this does not spoil the story for readers like myself (with no personal experience of racism and slavery) and would perhaps recommend caution for those who would be offended. If you (like me) have never read something in the 1930's pulp fiction horror genre, I recommend this very engaging short story as a great place to start.

  • Paul
    2019-02-28 23:07

    A beautifully rendered Graphic Novel adaptation of Robert E. Howard's story Pigeons from Hell.My single regret is that I no longer own the original novel that contained Howard's story, I would have loved re-reading it, if only to compare it with Hampton's adaptation."Pigeons From Hell [is] one of the finest horor stories of our century." — Stephen King"For stark, living fear...the actual smell and feel and darkness and brooding horror and impending doom...what other writer is even in the running with Robert E. Howard?" — H.P. Lovecraft"Scott Hampton's adaptation is worthy of Howard. As beautiful and subtle as it is horrifying, it is a triumph of its form." — Ramsey CampbellIn 1930, Howard wrote to Lovecraft that his stories were suggested to him by ones told by his paternal grandmother Eliza, "All the gloominess and dark mysticism of the Gaelic nature were heres, and there was no light or mirth in many of her tales...appeared the old, deserted plantation mansion, with the weeds growing rank about it and the ghostly pigeons flying up from the rails of the verandah."

  • Tita
    2019-03-26 21:19

    Tudo inicia quando dois amigos decidem passar a noite numa casa abandona e um deles acaba por morrer e criar uma situação verdadeiramente assustadora.Temos um clima tenso e assustador logo no início do conto e uma enorme apreensão para se regressar à velha casa.Com uma escrita muito rica e um clima bem denso, temos um conto muito interessante e arrepiante, como ainda uma crítica ao antigos donos de plantações e à forma como tratavam os escravos e posteriormente os negros.Um excelente conto para se iniciar no género de horror.

  • Anne
    2019-03-14 14:56

    3.5 starsNo Conan in sight (thank god), but some amusing creepiness in the deep South (heh, as visited by New Englanders) including a brand-new-to-me zuvembie. Hollywood, are you listening? Here's a "new" gimmick in the zombie genre just waiting to be exploited! Oh wait, it's a female thing so you can't be bothered. Forget I mentioned it.I was most amused that Howard picked pigeons to be the harbinger of horror. Huh, just hope it wasn't a flock of morning doves because there couldn't be anything less scary than that!

  • Huckleberry
    2019-03-10 17:59

    Perhaps I should have read this on a pitch black starless night in an abandoned house long after the sun had gone down. Instead I read it in mid-afternoon on the first sunny day we have had in a long time and as such I guess some of the tension and horror was lost. So if you are going to read this, go off alone somewhere with just a fading flashlight. Find an abandoned house with a cold unlit fireplace and read the story while sitting on the stone hearth. It will have a bigger impact.