Featuring Kull, this story first appeared in Weird Tales, September 1929. Copyright un-renewed.
ub offer Tuzun Thune that would make of him a foul traitor?"
"Gold, power, and position," grunted Brule. "The sooner you learn that men are men whether wizard, king, or thrall, the better you will rule, Kull. Now what of her?"
"Naught, Brule," as the girl whimpered and groveled at Kull's feet. "She was but a tool. Rise, child, and go your ways; none shall harm you."
Alone with Brule, Kull looked for the last time on the mirrors of Tuzun Thune.
"Mayhap he plotted and conjured, Brule; nay, I doubt you not, yet--was it his witchery that was changing me to thin mist, or had I stumbled on a secret? Had you not brought me back, had I faded in dissolution or had I found worlds beyond this?"
Brule stole a glance at the mirrors, and twitched his shoulders as if he shuddered. "Aye, Tuzun Thune stored the wisdom of all the hells here. Let us be gone, Kull, ere they bewitch me, too."
"Let us go, then," answered Kull, and side by side they went forth from the House of a Thousand M
A story with King Kull, a warrior king who predated Conan. The story concerns a Kull who has lost all enthusiasm for fine things, for adventure, for danger--he's bored. On the suggestion of a servant girl, he visits a wizard in his house of mirrors.
The story is neither high adventure or eerie magic, just a kind of slow seduction. The descriptions are Howard's usual quality, but I was sort of expecting something more to happen.
Mr. Howard's story telling mastery is displayed well in this story. It is an excellent story that plays on our interest of mirrors. Well done.
Yet another fine shorty from the Father of Fantasy.