The Lost Valley of Iskander

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"The Lost Valley of Iskander"
Author Robert E. Howard
Country United States
Language English
Series El Borak
Genre(s) Adventure
Published in The Lost Valley of Iskander
Publication type Hardback
Publisher FAX
Publication date 1974

"The Lost Valley of Iskander" is an El Borak short story by Robert E. Howard. It was not published within Howard's lifetime, the first publication was in the FAX Collector's Editions hardback The Lost Valley of Iskander in 1974.[1] Its original title was "Swords of the Hills".

This was one of two Berkley collections of Robert E. Howard's El Borak stories, and the first time the story "The Lost Valley of Iskander" appeared in print. Five of his El Borak stories were sold during his lifetime, although two only came out after his death. According to the introduction to this collection, among Howard's papers was found another El Borak story, plus an unfinished one—the completed one, "Swords of the Hills", appearing in this volume as "The Lost Valley of Iskander."Three-Bladed Doom", except L. Sprague de Camp gives a complete history for that story in an essay found in The Sword of Conan. He indicates that "Three-Bladed Doom" was a complete, but unpublished manuscript."The Lost Valley of Iskander" has El Borak racing to deliver papers detailing plans to "send howling hordes of fanatics across the Indian border", while pursued by Gustav Hunyadi, the author of those plans. El Borak happens upon a lost city, left over from the invasion of Alexander the Great, and gets on the wrong side of the city's king, Ptolemy.

In this story, El Borak discovers a legendary valley in which live Greek descendants of Alexander the Great invading army. Meanwhile, the vital package he carries must be carried to British India before the Hungarian, Hunyadi, can stop him or thousands will die. "The Daughter of Erlik Khan" has El Borak (aka Francis Xavier Gordon) fighting to rescue Yasmeena, one time rich brat, now pretend "goddess" to the people of the all-but-forbidden city of Yolgan. A former Rajah husband has offered a reward to any man who will bring her home so she can be beaten to death with a slipper (!), and two evil Englishmen, Ormond and Pembroke, have decided to take him up on it. One weakness with the El Borak stories is a dearth of women, so this story ranks a little higher in my estimation than some. Yasmeena herself is another one of those interesting strong-but-vulnerable female characters which REH did so well. For a woman with a death-sentence hanging over her head, she shows remarkable pluck. Then too, any woman who, bored with life, would chuck everything and run off to become a goddess.

Various Edition=[edit]

  • The Lost Valley of Iskander published in 1974 FAX Collector's Editions Publisher:FAX Collector's EditionsContents (view Concise Listing)

Introduction (The Lost Valley of Iskander) • essay by Darrell C. Richardson  The Lost Valley of Iskander • interior artwork by Michael Kaluta [as by Michael William Kaluta ] 3 • The Daughter of Erlik Khan • [El Borak] • (1934) • novella by Robert E. Howard 86 • The Lost Valley of Iskander • [El Borak] • novelette by Robert E. Howard 126 • Hawk of the Hills • [El Borak] • (1935) • novelette by Robert E. Howard Note: Naperville, Il. illustration by Michael William Kaluta .

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  • The Lost Valley of Iskander published in 1976 Orbit orbitbooks.net illustration by Christos Achilleos Publication: The Lost Valley of Iskander ISFDB Publication Record # 179837

Authors: Robert E. Howard Year: 1976-00-00 ISBN 0-86007-880-9 [978-0-86007-880-7] Publisher: Orbit Price: £0.60 Pages: 194 Binding: pb Type: COLLECTION Title Reference: The Lost Valley of Iskander Cover: Christos Achilleos Notes: Includes only the interior B&W illustrations from the 1974 FAX first edition. Cover/artist match from "Beauty and the Beast" pg 30. Dated August 1975 (probable commission date). Other prices A$2.20, NZ$2.20, C$2.50 Bibliographic Comments: Add new Publication com Checkmark

  • The Lost Valley of Iskander published inJan 1976 Zebra Books / Kensington Publishing Corp.Publication: The Lost Valley of Iskander ISFDB Publication Record # 255102

Authors: Robert E. Howard Year: 1976-01-00 ISBN 0-89083-157-2 [978-0-89083-157-1] Publisher: Zebra Books / Kensington Publishing Corp. Price: $1.50 Pages: xii+195 Binding: pb Type: COLLECTION Title Reference: The Lost Valley of Iskander Cover: Jeff Jones Notes: Stated 1st printing. Only includes the interior B&W illustrations from the 1974 FAX first edition.

  • The Lost Valley of Iskander Mar 1976 Zebra Books / Kensington Publishing Corp. $1.50
  • 194 195 illustration by Jeff Jones

Plot[edit]

El Borak must carry vital papers across Afghanistan into India, while being chased by the Hungarian Gustav Hunyadi. In doing so, El Borak discovers a village populated by the descendants of Alexander the Great's army.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Publication History". Howard Works. Retrieved 2008-02-11. 

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