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 celebs. . . . Hither got here Conan, the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand . . . to tread
the jeweled thrones of the Earth below his sandalled feet.”
Conan is without doubt 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 occupation that spanned a trifling twelve years sooner than his tragic suicide, Robert E. Howard single-handedly invented the style that got here to be referred to as sword and sorcery. amassed during this quantity, profusely illustrated by way of artist Mark Schultz, are Howard’s first 13 Conan tales, showing of their unique versions–in a few circumstances for the 1st time in additional than seventy years–and within the order Howard wrote them. in addition to classics of darkish fable 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 ahead of 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 global drawn by means of the writer himself.
Here are undying stories that includes Conan the uncooked and unsafe adolescence, Conan the bold thief, Conan the swashbuckling pirate, and Conan the commander of armies. the following, too, is an remarkable glimpse into the brain of a genius whose daring storytelling type has been imitated by way of many, but equaled through none.
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I sense it as in my youth I sensed the tiger hidden in the tall grass. There is a nameless unrest throughout the kingdom. I am like a hunter who crouches by his small fire amid the forest, and hears stealthy feet padding in the darkness, and almost sees the glimmer of burning eyes. If I could but come to grips with something tangible, that I could cleave with my sword! I tell you, it’s not by chance that the Picts have of late so fiercely assailed the frontiers, so that the Bossonians have called for aid to beat them back.
Behind them a sardonic countenance was framed in the partly opened door; a pair of evil eyes glittered malevolently in the gloom. “Go into the night, creatures of the night,” a voice mocked. ” The speaker closed the door and bolted it, then turned and went up the corridor, candle in hand. He was a somber giant, whose dusky skin revealed his Stygian blood. He came into an inner chamber, where a tall, lean man in worn velvet lounged like a great lazy cat on a silken couch, sipping wine from a huge golden goblet.
Yesterday a kozak, today a king, tomorrow a thief. It is in that sense that the Conan stories are escapist literature: their appeal seems universal, transcending generations and cultures. ” What sets the Conan stories apart, however, is the distinct sensation that the thrill of adventure in these stories is but a mask, that it is in fact never really possible to forget the grim realities of the world. Conan’s Hyborian Age began with a cataclysm and ended with another cataclysm. Whatever the Hyborians – and Conan – can accomplish, has no meaning at all in the final analysis, and is eventually bound to destruction and oblivion.
The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian: The Original Adventures of the Greatest Sword and Sorcery Hero of All Time! by Robert E. Howard