Robert E. Howard
Del Rey, 317 p., $17
In this post we'll look at the last of the Kull fragments, with a close examination of the racial attitudes displayed in one of them. After that there are three lengthy and well known stories left to examine.
The first tale, although barely started (incomplete hardly comes close to describing this piece), has a title, "The Black City." It takes place in the city Kamula, which seems from what few details are given to be something of a resort, to use modern terminology. It's a place of art, music, and poetry.
Kull is in the throne room, wishing he could get some rest when Brule bursts in, vowing to tear the entire city apart. He and two other Picts, Grogar and Monaro, are hanging out when Grogar leans against a half column. The column shifts back into the wall, Grogar falls into the darkness behind it, and the column begins to shut. Monaro is able to get his sword in the crevice to prevent the hidden door from closing completely, but he and Brule are unable to open it again.