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Chauncey Comments: “We’re gonna need a bigger coop!”

Published 1979

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of art!I would touch it without protective gloves.I've seen worse. Far, far, worse.Interesting, but I would still read it in public.Middlng: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lame picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show Sir! (Average: 4.14 out of 10)

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17 Responses to “Pigeons from Hell”

  1. Tor Mented Says:

    Lens flares … of the Hyborian Age.
    Actually, “Pigeons from Hell” is not one of Howard’s sword-and-sorcery tales. It’s more of a Southern gothic. So there are several historical inaccuracies on the cover. For one thing, the woman should be wearing gingham.
    And it’s also a short story, not a novel. So unless this is an anthology with other tales, it’s going to be one thin book.
    Trivia: There was a TV adaption of this story a long time ago. It was an episode of Boris Karloff’s Thriller television series, airing in June 1961. It’s one of the top-rated episodes from the show. But they changed it because of the racial element of Howard’s story. The story can be found online and is worth a read.

  2. fred Says:

    The force field is dropping on the Death Spire, now Luke has his only chance to rescue Princess Leia from the clutches of Darth Loin Cloth.

  3. Max Bathroom Says:

    @Tor Mented
    All very true, but back in ’79 Howard was much better known for Conan (and comics thereoff) than he was as a horror writer. Perhaps that’s why they’ve used what looks like an inventory cover left over from the Conan books for a collection of his horror stories?

  4. Tor Mented Says:

    @Max: True, but a reader expecting sword and sorcery might feel it’s a bait-and-switch if it doesn’t contain any.
    I looked up the contents and can’t tell if any of these stories are sword and sorcery. I have read several of them and can rule them out as s-and-s, though.

    7 • Introduction (Pigeons from Hell) • (1976) • essay by Glenn Lord
    11 • Pigeons from Hell • (1938) • novelette by Robert E. Howard
    53 • The Gods of Bal-Sagoth • [Turlogh O’Brien] • (1931) • novelette by Robert E. Howard
    105 • People of the Dark • (1932) • short story by Robert E. Howard
    133 • The Children of the Night • [Cthulhu Mythos Tales] • (1931) • short story by Robert E. Howard
    155 • The Dead Remember • (1936) • short story by Robert E. Howard
    167 • The Man on the Ground • (1933) • short story by Robert E. Howard
    177 • The Garden of Fear • [James Allison] • (1934) • novelette by Robert E. Howard
    201 • The Thing on the Roof • [Cthulhu Mythos Tales] • (1932) • short story by Robert E. Howard
    215 • The Hyena • (1928) • short story by Robert E. Howard
    233 • Dig Me No Grave • [Cthulhu Mythos Tales] • (1937) • short story by Robert E. Howard
    253 • The Dream Snake • (1928) • short story by Robert E. Howard
    263 • In the Forest of Villefère • [De Montour] • (1925) • short story by Robert E. Howard
    269 • Old Garfield’s Heart • (1933) • short story by Robert E. Howard
    283 • The Voice of El-Lil • (1930) • novelette by Robert E. Howard

  5. Hammy Says:

    Pigeons from Hell?

    Hm, must be a true story of the big city….

  6. drlemaster Says:

    I have read most of those stories. Of all I remember, only The Gods of Bal-Sagoth would possibly qualify as swords and sorcery. Though I may be remembering the Marvel Comics adaptation (with one of the characters converted to Conan, of course) more than the original short story.

    Oh, and though I wouldn’t rate the quality as high, it does appear that the cobras were drawn by someone who had actually seen a picture of a cobra before, so kudos to Mr. Maroto for that, at least.

  7. Ryan Says:

    There has to be a better way to lance that boil on her knee.

  8. Francis Boyle Says:

    I prepared to be convinced that the title is actually pretty decent one for Howard’s story but pairing it with this image just looks like taking the piss. (Of course we know that it’s really just incompetence and or money grubbing.)

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    That rearing cobra seems to be laughing, probably because he’s about to bite Conan on the bum.

  10. A. R. Yngve Says:

    Publisher: “Saay…! Who painted this cover?”
    Editor: “Some Spanish guy. He’s really good at making boobs look tasteful.”

  11. fred Says:

    A remarkably unbloody axe.

    Pigeon from hell…The Pretenders, ‘Back on the chaingang’

  12. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Pigeons From Hell. Or as most of us simply say, Pigeons.

    Faux-nan’s got weird abs. Baby got back, and thighs, and… IDK what’s going on with her right leg.

    I wonder if there are any cobras, barbarians, barbarian women, or winged evil in any of the stories? The title one certainly wasn’t, and I can see why it had to be changed for TV. Yikes; I suppose we ought to be glad he used the then-polite “Negroes” at least.

  13. Bruce A Munro Says:

    This cover’s for the birds.

    Blond-nan won’t rest until he gets his left bootie back!

  14. Tat Wood Says:

    @ex-noob: somewhere, an older version on the blonde is looking at ths cover and singing: I found a picture of you, ohhh, those were the happiest days of my life.

    Or maybe Fauxnan’s singing this:

    Another hellish pigeon song:

  15. Max Bathroom Says:

    @GSS ex-noob
    “I wonder if there are any cobras, barbarians, barbarian women, or winged evil in any of the stories?”
    There isn’t in the stories in that collection (I’m pretty sure) but there is a Conan story with an inaccessible tower he has to rescue a ladyfriend from by getting one of the local Wingmen who the evil wizard (of course) has in his employ to fly him in over the field of black lotus that surrounds the tower.
    That’s why I said I think this might be an inventory cover left over from the publisher’s last salvo of Conan reprints. Hadn’t Karl Edward Wagner started the campaign for real Conan and done the first set of Howard-only Conan collections a year or two before this book came out in ’79?

  16. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Max: Your recycled cover idea is certainly plausible. They just slapped a leftover Conan cover and a big reference to the Cimmerian on this, ignoring the fact that there’s no barbarian action in this book.

  17. JuanPaul Says:

    The bouncers at the ren faire have gotten a little aggressive

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