Sunday, October 19, 2008

A Gent From Bear Creek and Other Stories - Robert E. Howard

A compilation that contains the Breckenridge Elkins fixup A Gent From Bear Creek, and a couple of rarities of Kline influenced tales of a similar ilk.


A fixup of the Breckenridge Elkins stories from Action stories magazine. A most amusing bunch of tales, and the compiler notes in the introduction that the hardback original of this work is one of the most sought after collectible first editions from America in the 20th century.

Elkins is larger than life, edging slightly into Paul Bunyan or Pecos Bill territory, if rather a lot more shooting and breaking of things going on than the more fabulous variety.

Gent From Bear Creek : Striped Shirts and Busted Hearts - Robert E. Howard
Gent From Bear Creek : Mountain Man - Robert E. Howard
Gent From Bear Creek : Meet Cap'n Kidd - Robert E. Howard
Gent From Bear Creek : Guns of the Mountains - Robert E. Howard
Gent From Bear Creek : A Gent from Bear Creek - Robert E. Howard
Gent From Bear Creek : The Feud Buster - Robert E. Howard
Gent From Bear Creek : The Road to Bear Creek - Robert E. Howard
Gent From Bear Creek : The Scalp Hunter - Robert E. Howard
Gent From Bear Creek : Cupid from Bear Creek - Robert E. Howard
Gent From Bear Creek : The Haunted Mountain - Robert E. Howard
Gent From Bear Creek : Educate or Bust - Robert E. Howard
Gent From Bear Creek : War on Bear Creek - Robert E. Howard
Gent From Bear Creek : When Bear Creek Came to Chawed Ear - Robert E. Howard


Of course Elkins is going to like the only big girl he isn't related to in his hills.

3.5 out of 5


Elkins is sent to fetch a letter, but ends up in the ring.

3 out of 5


Elkins find the big hard-headed hoss for him.

4 out of 5


Elkins goes after some outlaws who robbed his uncle, but has a problem telling them from the law.

3.5 out of 5


Elkins has to stop his family trying to kill each other over some gold, and the loss of.

4 out of 5


Elkins decides to put an end to some clan disagreements.

3.5 out of 5


Elkins is asked to help with a disagreement between his father and uncle, but some of the same old happens.

3 out of 5


Of uncle's hairpieces, mule assassination, and counterfeiting.

3.5 out of 5


Elkins gets in the middle of making a wedding happen.

3 out of 5


Elkins, tired of his Aunt, hires on to help out an athropologist.

3 out of 5


Elkins in pursuit of the suicidal, pretty schoolteachers and maniacs.

3 out of 5


All the shot, stabbed and broken people were apparently the razorback's fault, says Elkins.

3.5 out of 5


A drinking contest leads to of course, trouble, and a rock smashing declaration of love.

3.5 out of 5


Bearfields, Big Noses and Fat Bears.

3 out of 5


A town decides they need protection from Elkins.

3 out of 5





3.5 out of 5

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