Waterfront Fists and Others: The Collected Fight Stories of Robert E. Howard. Halicogn, PA; Wildside Press; 2003. 1st edition hardcover. It is impossible to ignore the sheer number of boxing stories that Robert E. Howard wrote. Serious or funny, spooky or adventurous, these stories represent a fierce creative outburst that would pave the way later for his western hero, Breckenridge Elkins. In these stories we see Howard's craft pushed from mere construction to passionate involvement. He took all of his interests and peppered them through the various boxing stories. He wrote them faster than the magazine could print them. Clearly, he loved what he was doing. When Howard could write no more, he went on to draft Conan and the aforementioned Elkins, who owes much in style and content to the Costigan stories. The fight stories are a joy to read and reread. They are funny, bawdy, picaresque, and violent. Presented here, as they were originally printed, they perfectly showcase why Robert E. Howard was one of the greatest adventure writers of the 20th century. Story list: Kid Lavigne is Dead Dula Due to be Champion The Apparition in the Prize Ring The Pit of the Serpent The Bull Dog Breed Sailors' Grudge Fist and Fang The Iron Man Winner Take All Waterfront Fists Champ of the Forecastle Alleys of Peril Texas Fists Circus Fists Vikings of the Gloves Night of Battle The Slugger's Game General Ironfist Sluggers on the Beach Alleys of Darkness Jacketed hardcover edition. 308 pages. Fine in fine dj.