By Robert E. Howard
“Between the years whilst the oceans drank Atlantis and the sparkling 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 an insignificant 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. accrued during this quantity, profusely illustrated through artist Mark Schultz, are Howard’s first 13 Conan tales, showing of their unique versions–in a few situations 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 event like “Queen of the Black Coast,” The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian features 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 global drawn through the writer himself.
Here are undying stories that includes Conan the uncooked and hazardous formative years, Conan the bold thief, Conan the swashbuckling pirate, and Conan the commander of armies. right here, too, is an exceptional 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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Whom do you call from the gulfs of the Night? Whose shadow falls on the waning Light? ” Stroking the scales with a peculiar circular motion of his fingers, a motion which always carried the fingers back to their starting place, his voice sank still lower as he whispered dark names and grisly incantations forgotten the world over save in the grim hinterlands of dark Stygia, where monstrous shapes move in the dusk of the tombs. There was a movement in the air about him, such a swirl as is made in water when some creature rises to the surface.
Not every one of the stories in this volume is great. Howard was writing for monthly publication at a white-hot pace, and perfection is never possible under those circumstances. Even so, even such minor efforts as The Vale of Lost Women offer passages of wonderfully turned prose – check out Livia’s view of the slaughter in the village for as compelling and compact a portrait of the horror of massacre as is seen in fiction, or the description of ghostly lunar beauty in Livia’s descent into the haunted vale.
I dare not,” muttered the Stygian, wiping the blood from his lips. “No, you do not dare,” Ascalante grinned bleakly. “For if I die by your stealth or treachery, a hermit priest in the southern desert will know of it, and will break the seal of a manuscript I left in his hands. And having read, a word will be whispered in Stygia, and a wind will creep up from the south by midnight. ” The slave shuddered and his dusky face went ashen. ” Ascalante changed his tone peremptorily. “I have work for you.