"The reason I am giving the full facts of this here affair is to refute a lot of rumors which is circulating about me. I am sick and tired of these lies about me terrorizing the town of Grizzly Claw and ruining their wagon-yard just for spite and trying to murder all their leading citizens. They is more’n one side to anything."
Breckinridge Elkins of Bear Creek, Nevada, is just a kindhearted mountain man who never meant anyone harm... yet trouble always seems to find him. And when trouble troubles a man from the Humbolt Mountains, everyone needs to watch out!
Late in his career, Robert E. Howard, the legendary creator of Conan the Barbarian and Solomon Kane, all but abandoned the fantasy tales he is best remembered for today. Instead, he focused on historical fiction, straight action-adventure, and wild comedy adventures written in a style unlike any he used for his other writings.
The Misadventures of Breckinridge Elkins presents eight western stories that originally appeared in pulp fiction magazine Action Stories. Each is narrated by Elkins and the style of storytelling and the sentence structure reflects the tradition of relating outrageous and humorous "tall tales" that Howard grew up with in rural Texas. This is a collection of stories that Howard wrote as much for love of his Southwestern heritage as for his love of being able to pay his bills. It's a collection of stories that exemplefies how unfair it is that Robert E. Howard is not mentioned by critics when they discuss American Literary Regionalism.
And, more importantly, The Misadventures of Breckinridge Elkins is a collection of stories that will have you laughing out loud as you read.
"I absolutely LOVE Breckinridge Elkins—those stories read as if Howard were writing gaming fiction keyed to ROLF!: The Rollplaying Game of Big Dumb Fighters."
--L.L. Hundal, co-creator of ROLF!