Red Nails

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Red Nails  (1936) 
by Robert Ervin Howard

First published in Weird Tales, July, August-September, October 1936.

Versions proofread from scans:

  • Part 1 of 3 (Weird Tales, Volume 27, Issue 6, July 1936)
  • Part 2 of 3 (Weird Tales, vol. 28, no. 2, August-September 1936)
  • Part 3 of 3 (Weird Tales, vol. 28, no. 3, October 1936)
Cover of Weird Tales for July 1936 - A naked Valeria is held down by two women while a third stands over her with a raised knife.

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Works published in 1936 would have had to renew their copyright in either 1963 or 1964, i.e. at least 27 years after they were first published/registered but not later than 31 December in the 28th year. As this work's copyright was not renewed, it entered the public domain on 1 January 1965.

The author died in 1936, so this work is in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 85 years or less. This work may be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.

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