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In a few months, the fourth and final volume of Fists of Iron: The Collected Boxing Fiction of Robert E. Howard will be published. The project is the most ambitious effort from The Robert E. Howard Press, known for tackling big projects (The Collected Letters, The Collected Poetry).
Nearly two years ago I interviewed the three man creative team behind this multi-volume collection and they confirmed what a huge, time consuming effort the project was. But judging from their answers, it was clearly a labor of love for the trio.
Each of the four volumes sports a fine cover painting by award winning artist Tom Gianni, who visually captures the essence of what Howard conveyed with his words, detailing the adventures of Sailor Steve Costigan and his other pugilistic characters.
Here is the fight card for the final round of The Collected Boxing Fiction of Robert E. Howard:
Introduction by Mark Finn
“The Man with the Mystery Mitts”
“The Wild Cat and the Star”
“Fighting Nerves” (Kid Allison version)
Mike Dorgan and Bill McGlory:
“The House of Peril”
“One Shanghai Night”
“The Tomb of the Dragon”
“The Sign of the Snake”
“The Fighting Fury”
“Fighting Nerves” (Jim O’Donnel version)
“Fists of the Desert”
“Fists of the Revolution”
“The Drawing Card”
Untitled fragment (“Huh,” I was so . . .)
“A Tough Nut to Crack” (Allison version)
“A Tough Nut to Crack” (Clarney version)
“One Shanghai Night” – synopsis
Untitled notes (Knute Hansen)
“The Lord of the Ring, Part 4” by Patrice Louinet
Before you know it, a call for pre-orders will go out, so stay tuned to the REHF website, this blog, the TGR Facebook page and TGR Twitter feed for the announcement. It is sure to be a knockout of a book.
04/01/2015 Update: Now shipping: Round 4 of Fists of Iron. Order your copy today!