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“Between the years when the oceans drank Atlantis and the gleaming cities . . . there was an Age undreamed of, when shining kingdoms lay spread across the world like blue mantles beneath the stars. . . . Hither came Conan, the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand . . . to tread the jeweled thrones of the Earth under his sandalled feet.”Conan is one of the greatest fictional heroes ever created–a swordsman who cuts a swath across the lands of the Hyborian Age, facing powerful sorcerers, deadly creatures, and ruthless armies of thieves and reavers.In a meteoric career that spanned a mere twelve years before his tragic suicide, Robert E. Howard single-handedly invented the genre that came to be called sword and sorcery. Collected in this volume, profusely illustrated by artist Mark Schultz, are Howard’s first thirteen Conan stories, appearing in their original versions–in some cases for the first time in more than seventy years–and in the order Howard wrote them. Along with classics of dark fantasy like “The Tower of the Elephant” and swashbuckling adventure like “Queen of the Black Coast,” The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian contains a wealth of material never before published in the United States, including the first submitted draft of Conan’s debut, “Phoenix on the Sword,” Howard’s synopses for “The Scarlet Citadel” and “Black Colossus,” and a map of Conan’s world drawn by the author himself.Here are timeless tales featuring Conan the raw and dangerous youth, Conan the daring thief, Conan the swashbuckling pirate, and Conan the commander of armies. Here, too, is an unparalleled glimpse into the mind of a genius whose bold storytelling style has been imitated by many, yet equaled by none.From the Trade Paperback edition.
I can give this nothing but 5 stars. Any real Conan fan is going to buy this knowing it is Howard's stories and none of the overly edited, or pastiche stories. Read morePublished on March 22 2005 by daknight
This book is awesome! I have previously read a great deal of fantasy novels, including various Tolkien works, a massive amount of Forgotten Realms and what not. But Robert E. Read morePublished on April 6 2004 by Korn
For Conan lovers this book is a must. No one tells it like Robert E Howard. He was, and still is in many a mind, the best epic fantasy writer ever. Read morePublished on March 15 2004 by ray
At last a volume of Conan tales untainted by overlording editors and PC sensitivity. For pulp realism and ripping ytarns, these are great. Read morePublished on Feb. 25 2004 by S. L. Shrewsbury
I've collected many copies of old, worn out, out of print paperback books that had Robert E. Howard's Conan stories...edited and co-authored by Lin Carter or Sprague de Campe. Read morePublished on Feb. 22 2004 by Bryan S. Sampsel
If you're a fan of fantasy author Robert E. Howard, who wrote for the pulps in the 1920s and 30s, rejoice! Read morePublished on Jan. 28 2004 by Claude Avary
All the original Conan tales in one book, and in the order they were written, finally. This collection is an exciting, fast-paced invitation into REH's Hyborian age, as the reader... Read morePublished on Jan. 23 2004 by John J. Gormly