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AuthorRobert E. Howard
CountryUnited States
Published inWeird Tales
Publication typePulp magazine
Publication dateOct–Dec 1929
Skull-Face was reprinted as the cover story of the December 1952 issue of Famous Fantastic Mysteries.

Skull-Face is a fantasy novella by American writer Robert E. Howard, which appeared as a serial in Weird Tales magazine, beginning in October 1929, and ending in December, 1929.[1] The story stars a character called Stephen Costigan[2] but this is not Howard's recurring character, Sailor Steve Costigan. The story is clearly influenced by Sax Rohmer's opus Fu Manchu but substitutes the main Asian villain with a resuscitated Atlantean necromancer (similar to Kull's bit character Thulsa Doom) sitting at the center of a web of crime and intrigue meant to end White/Western world domination with the help of Asian/semite/African peoples and to re-instate surviving Atlanteans (said to lie dormant in submerged sarcophagi) as the new ruling elite.


  1. ^ The Weird Works of Robert E. Howard, pages 194–320. Cosmos Books, July 2007
  2. ^ Howard, Robert E. (1976). Skull-Face Omnibus Volume 1: Skull-Face and Others. St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England, UK: Panther. p. 36. ISBN 9780586042205.

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