GRAVEYARD RATS AND OTHERS by Robert E. Howard. Wildside Press: NJ. 2003. First edition. Edited by Paul Herman and with an introduction by the author's bographer Don Herron. Collects all six of his hard-boiled detective (though not without a dash of weird) stories, originally published in the pulp magazines in the mid 1930's. Robert E. Howard came into the fiction magazine scene virtually on Dashell Hammett's heels. By that time Howard was a full-fledged professional writer; he was willing to try any marketplace to make a living. Despite an aversion to the detective formula, he wrote the tales in Graveyard Rats during the same years he chronicled the adventures of Conan. This collection features a new introduction by scholar Don Herron, editor of "The Dark Barbarian," the definitive look at the life and work of Robert E. Howard. 194 pages. Fine copy in a fine dustjacket.