“His wild horsemen worshipped him in their savage way, but he was an alien among them, after all, and they could never understand his inmost thoughts.”
-Lord of Samarcand
Particularly in his historic fiction, Howard used a terser diction than what might be expected by the reader, as in the use of inmost instead of the more conventional innermost, a habit that is both subtly and starkly effective in conveying the direct and abrasive nature of his Crusader Era heroes. .
Old English innemest (see in, -most).