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Kane, Solomon. Solomon Kane was created by Robert E. Howard (Pike Bearfield, El Borak, Conan, Steve Costigan, De Montour, Breckenridge Elkins, Steve Harrison, Kull, Bran Mak Morn, Turlogh O’Brien, Kirby O’Donnell) and appeared in eight stories in Weird Tales from 1928 to 1932, beginning with “Red Shadows” (Weird Tales, Aug. 1928).
Near the end of the 16th century Solomon Kane is a hard-bitten Puritan adventurer who fights evil around the world: “All his life he had roamed around the world aiding the weak and fighting oppression; he neither knew why nor questioned why...if he thought of it at all, he considered himself a fulfiller of God’s judgment, a vessel of wrath to be emptied upon the souls of the unrighteous.” From England to Africa he destroys ghosts, African magicians, voodoo priests, winged monsters, and vampires. Kane is tall, gaunt, and dour. He dresses only in black and carries a rapier (with which he is supremely skilled) and several flintlock pistols. Kane is occasionally assisted by N’Longa, an African medicine man.
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