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Beyond the Black River by Robert E. Howard

In Beyond the Black River by Robert E. Howard (1906-1936), Conan the Barbarian battles Picts and the wizard Zogar Sag to save the settlers on the frontier of the Black River —a startling weird saga of terrific adventures and dark magic.

Part 1
1. Conan Loses His Ax
2. The Wizard of Gwawela
3. The Crawlers in the Dark
4. The Beasts of Zogar Sag

Part 2
5. The Children of Jhebbal Sag
6. Red Axes of the Border
7. The Devil in the Fire
8. Conajohara No More


1. Conan Loses His Ax

THE stillness of the forest trail was so primeval that the tread of a soft-booted foot was a startling disturbance. At least it seemed so to the ears of the wayfarer, though he was moving along the path with the caution that must be practised by any man who ventures beyond Thunder River. He was a young man of medium height, with an open countenance and a mop of tousled tawny hair unconfined by cap or helmet. His garb was common enough for that country—a coarse tunic, belted at the waist, short leather breeches beneath, and soft buckskin boots that came short of the knee. A knife-hilt jutted from one boot-top. The broad leather belt supported a short, heavy sword and a buckskin pouch. There was no perturbation in the wide eyes that scanned the green walls which fringed the trail. Though not tall, he was well built, and the arms that the short wide sleeves of the tunic left bare were thick with corded muscle.

He tramped imperturbably along, although the last settler’s cabin lay miles behind him, and each step was carrying him nearer the grim peril that hung like a brooding shadow over the ancient forest.”

Excerpt From: Robert E. Howard. “Beyond the Black River.”

Beyond the Black River was published in two parts in the May and June, 1935 issues of Weird Tales.

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