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The Vultures of Whapeton

(1936)
A Novella by

 
 
The bare plank walls of the Golden Eagle Saloon seemed still to vibrate with the crashing echoes of the guns which had split the sudden darkness with spurts of red. But only a nervous shuffling of booted feet sounded in the tense silence that followed the shots. Then somewhere a match rasped on leather and a yellow flicker sprang up, etching a shaky hand and a pallid face. An instant later an oil lamp with a broken chimney illuminated the saloon, throwing tense bearded faces into bold relief. The big lamp that hung from the ceiling was a smashed ruin; kerosene dripped from it to the floor, making an oily puddle beside a grimmer, darker pool.

Two figures held the center of the room, under the broken lamp. One lay facedown, motionless arms outstretching empty hands. The other was crawling to his feet, blinking and gaping stupidly, like a man whose wits are still muddled by drink. His right arm hung limply by his side, a long-barreled pistol sagging from his fingers.

The rigid line of figures along the bar melted into movement. Men came forward, stooping to stare down at the limp shape. A confused babble of conversation rose. Hurried steps sounded outside, and the crowd divided as a man pushed his way abruptly through. Instantly he dominated the scene. His broad-shouldered, trim-hipped figure was above medium height, and his broad-brimmed white hat, neat boots and cravat contrasted with the rough garb of the others, just as his keen, dark face with its narrow black mustache contrasted with the bearded countenances about him. He held an ivory-butted gun in his right hand, muzzle tilted upward.

"What devil's work is this?" he harshly demanded; and then his gaze fell on the man on the floor. His eyes widened.



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Paperback Editions

December 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Vultures of Whapeton
Author(s): Robert E Howard
ISBN: 1-4733-2353-3 / 978-1-4733-2353-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: White Press
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September 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Vultures of Whapeton (World Cultural Heritage Library)
Author(s): Robert E Howard
ISBN: 1-4387-9871-7 / 978-1-4387-9871-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Intl Business Pubns USA
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January 1980 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Vultures of Whapeton
Author(s): Robert Howard
ISBN: 0-425-04435-1 / 978-0-425-04435-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Berkley
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1975 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Vultures of Whapeton (Zebra Books, No. 144)
Author(s): Robert E Howard
ISBN: 0-89083-144-0 / 978-0-89083-144-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Zebra
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Kindle Editions

February 2015 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Vultures of Whapeton
Author(s): Robert E Howard
Publisher: White Press
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