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The Black Hand of Set: Chapter 14 of Robert E. Howard’s Hour of the Dragon
Reading from pages 190-196 of the DelRey edition
Impressions by James LaFond
The opening illustration presents a horror started man with a black hand imprinted on his bare chest as he lays still in death on a shadow-cast floor.
“Conan woke from a sound sleep as quickly and instantly as a cat. And like a cat he was on his feet with his sword out before the man who touched him could so much as draw back.”
That’s Robert E. Howard on PTSD before it had a diagnosis.
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