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Author(s): Robert E. Howard
Date Published: 2007/12
Page Count: 160
Softcover ISBN-13: 978-1-84677-369-3
Hardcover ISBN-13: 978-1-84677-370-9

For copyright reasons this book is not available for sale in the United States of America or its possessions

Esau Cairn is a man-mighty of frame and quick of temper-out of time and place and now the corrupt forces of the modern world are closing in on him. As he turns at bay he takes refuge with a scientist who provides the extraordinary solution for his problems by transporting Cairn across space to a new world! Instantaneously transported to the planet of Almuric where he arrives naked and unarmed and is immediately beset by strange predators and equally strange hirsute and ferocious warriors. Now begins an adventure in the classic Robert E Howard tradition of savage warfare, beautiful women, bizarre civilisations and flesh eating, black winged vampire creatures led by a terrible Queen who has particular plans for Cairn. Howard enthusiasts will be familiar with this famous fantasy, presented in this new Leonaur edition in softcover and collectors hardcover with dustjacket.

I wheeled on one knee, to see the air above me thronged with dark shapes. The Yagas! The winged men of Almuric! I had half believed them a myth; yet here they were in all their mysterious terror.
I had but a glance as I reared up, clubbing my empty carbine. I saw that they were tall and rangy in build, sinewy and powerful, with ebon skins. They seemed made like ordinary men, except for the great leathery bat-like wings which grew from their shoulders. They were naked except for loin-cloths, and were armed with short curved blades.
I rose on my toes as the first swooped in, scimitar lifted, and met him with a swing of my carbine that broke off the stock and crushed his narrow skull like an eggshell. The next instant they were whirling and thrashing about me, their curved blades licking at me like jets of lightning from all sides, the very number of their broad wings hampering them.
Whirling the carbine barrel in a wheel about me, I broke and beat back the flickering blades, and in a furious exchange of strokes, caught another a glancing blow on the head that stretched him senseless at my feet. Then a wild despairing cry rang out behind me, and abruptly the rush slackened.
The whole pack was in the air, racing southward, and I stood frozen. 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. I vengefully lifted my carbine barrel to dash out his brains; then a sudden thought struck me, inspired by the ease with which Altha's captor had carried both his weight and hers in the air.