The Road of the Eagles

First published in Lord of Samarcand and Other Adventure Tales of the Old Orient (University of Nebraska Press, 2005).

An early draft was published as “The Way of the Swords” in The Road of Azrael (Donald M. Grant, 1979).

Rewritten by L. Sprague De Camp as a Conan story titled “Conan, Man of Destiny” and later retitled “The Road of the Eagles,” first published in Tales of Conan (Gnome Press, 1955).

Cultured Cauliflowers

First published in Boxing Stories (University of Nebraska Press, 2005).

An edited version of this story was published as “In High Society” in The Incredible Adventures of Dennis Dorgan (FAX Collectors Editions, 1974) with the names of the characters changed (Steve Costigan changed to Dennis Dorgan, etc). The version published in Boxing Stories is taken from Howard’s original typescript.

Post Oaks and Sand Roughs

First published in French in Le Rebelle (New Editions Oswald, 1989). First published in English in Post Oaks and Sand Roughs (Donald M. Grant, 1990).

The story is a fictionalized account of Robert E. Howard’s life. The viewpoint character is named Stephen Costigan, but is probably not intended to be the same as Sailor Steve Costigan from Howard’s boxing stories. 

The Right Hook

First published in French in Poings d’acier (Nouvelles Editions Oswald, June 1989). First published in English in The Last of the Trunk Och Brev I Urval (Paradox Entertainment, 2007).