Conan the Barbarian: The Original, Unabridged Adventures of the World's Greatest Fantasy Hero

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Allen & Unwin, 2009 - Conan (Fictitious character) - 653 pages
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A bumper collection of original stories featuring the 'black-haired, sullen-eyed' barbarian of the far north, Conan - the greatest adventure hero of all time! Conan the Barbarian is a name known throughout Cimmeria, Bythinia, Turan and all the territories bordering the Vilayet Sea - as well as most countries more familiar to us in the real world. The character has become a multi-faceted industry all on his own with toys, comics, card and role playing games, TV series, movies and video games making him as famous in our world today as he was in his own during the Hyborian Age. Upwards of fifty novels and countless short stories featuring Conan have been written by a diversity of authors, but the stories contained in this massive volume are all by the character's creator, Robert E Howard. Prefaced by an essay called The Hyborian Age which Howard wrote in 1932 to give his Conan stories a background that would set them in a historical context, Conan the Barbarian includes the stories originally written by Howard that were published in the magazine Weird Tales in the 1930s. These include the first published Conan story The Phoenix on the Sword and short stories such as The Tower of the Elephant through to longer tales like A Witch Shall be Born and the novel The Hour of the Dragon. Although many have taken up the challenge to extend Conan's adventures over the years, Howard was a master of his craft, lovingly creating a mythical world in which his original masterpieces reign supreme.

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Review: Conan the Barbarian: The Stories that Inspired the Movie

User Review  - Alan - Goodreads

Conan: the very name suggests raw, primal savagery. This Cimmerian warrior fulfills the fundamental archetype of a hero who wants nothing more than to slay enemies, conquer kingdoms, confront beasts ... Read full review

Review: Conan the Barbarian: The Stories that Inspired the Movie

User Review  - D. - Goodreads

"Slaying is cursed dry work." -Conan Read full review

About the author (2009)

Robert E. Howard was born in Peaster, Texas on January 22, 1906. At the beginning of his writing career, he primarily wrote pulp fiction and had numerous stories published in the pulp magazine Weird Tales including Spear and Fang, The Hyena, Wolfshead, Red Shadows, and The Shadow Kingdom. He created the character of Conan the Barbarian in the pages of Weird Tales. By 1936, almost all of his fiction writing was in the western genre and his first novel, A Gent from Bear Creek, was about to be published. He committed suicide on June 11, 1936 at the age of 30.

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