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"Griswell awoke suddenly, every nerve tingling with a premonition of imminent peril." With that opening line, Robert E. Howard's short story "Pigeons from Hell" (originally written before the author's death in 1936 and first published in the pulp magazine Weird Tales in 1938) sets up the dark and moody atmosphere that permeates the tale throughout it's length. Griswell and his friend John Branner, traveling through the South, make a big mistake when they decide to spend the night at a deserted and deteriorated old mansion, surrounded by ominous looking pigeons.
When writer Mickey Spillane passed away in 2006, he left behind a number of unfinished manuscripts that wound up being completed by Max Allan Collins for publication (such as the recent novels Dead Street and The Goliath Bone). These manuscripts included a novel spotlighting Spillane's private detective character Mike Hammer which the author began in the mid sixties then shelved until Collins finished it.