By Robert E. Howard
“Between the years while the oceans drank Atlantis and the glowing towns . . . there has been an Age undreamed of, while shining kingdoms lay unfold the world over like blue mantles underneath the celebrities. . . . Hither got here Conan, the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand . . . to tread
the jeweled thrones of the Earth lower than his sandalled feet.”
Conan is likely one of the maximum fictional heroes ever created–a swordsman who cuts a swath around the lands of the Hyborian Age, dealing with robust sorcerers, lethal creatures, and ruthless armies of thieves and reavers.
In a meteoric profession that spanned an insignificant twelve years prior to his tragic suicide, Robert E. Howard single-handedly invented the style that got here to be referred to as sword and sorcery. accrued during this quantity, profusely illustrated by means of artist Mark Schultz, are Howard’s first 13 Conan tales, showing of their unique versions–in a few instances for the 1st time in additional than seventy years–and within the order Howard wrote them. in addition to classics of darkish delusion like “The Tower of the Elephant” and swashbuckling experience like “Queen of the Black Coast,” The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian includes a wealth of fabric by no means prior to released within the usa, together with the 1st submitted draft of Conan’s debut, “Phoenix at the Sword,” Howard’s synopses for “The Scarlet Citadel” and “Black Colossus,” and a map of Conan’s international drawn via the writer himself.
Here are undying stories that includes Conan the uncooked and hazardous adolescence, Conan the bold thief, Conan the swashbuckling pirate, and Conan the commander of armies. the following, too, is an unheard of glimpse into the brain of a genius whose daring storytelling variety has been imitated by way of many, but equaled through none.
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In a world of formula and cliché-ridden pulp magazines, Weird Tales often lived up to its subtitle, “The Unique Magazine,” walking a fine line between the magazine’s commercial imperatives and Wright’s literary inclinations. While Lovecraft would often have his tales rejected, unable or unwilling to submit to Wright’s editorial requirements or suggestions, Howard was more flexible. Studying and anticipating his editors’ needs, he had no problem turning out dozens of formula stories – with the occasional gem here and there – for such generic magazines as Fight Stories or Action Stories.
It is not against men I must shield you. There are dark worlds barely guessed by man, wherein formless monsters stalk – fiends which may be drawn from the Outer Voids to take material shape and rend and devour at the bidding of evil magicians. There is a serpent in your house, oh king – an adder in your kingdom, come up from Stygia, with the dark wisdom of the shadows in his murky soul. As a sleeping man dreams of the serpent which crawls near him, I have felt the foul presence of Set’s neophyte.
As I fought Set, I fight his worshippers and his votaries and his acolytes. ” Wondering, Conan did so, and on the great blade, close to the heavy silver guard, the ancient traced with a bony finger a strange symbol that glowed like white fire in the shadows. And on the instant crypt, tomb and ancient vanished, and Conan, bewildered, sprang from his couch in the great golden-domed chamber. And as he stood, bewildered at the strangeness of his dream, he realized that he was gripping his sword in his hand.