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The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian [Kindle Edition]

Robert E. Howard
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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.


Editorial Reviews

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“Howard’s writing seems so highly charged that it nearly gives off sparks.”
–STEPHEN KING

“I adore these books. Howard had a gritty, vibrant style–broadsword writing that cut its way to the heart, with heroes who are truly larger than life. I heartily recommend them to anyone who loves fantasy.”
–DAVID GEMMELL
Author of Legend and White Wolf

“The voice of Robert E. Howard still resonates after decades with readers– equal parts ringing steel, thunderous horse hooves, and spattered blood.
Far from being a stereotype, his creation of Conan is the high heroic adventurer. His raw muscle and sinews, boiling temper, and lusty
laughs are the gauge by which all modern heroes must be measured.”
–ERIC NYLUND, Author of
Halo: The Fall of Reach and Signal to Noise

“That teller of marvelous tales, Robert Howard, did indeed create a giant [Conan] in whose shadow other ‘hero tales’ must stand.”
–JOHN JAKES, New York Times bestselling author
of the North and South trilogy

“For stark, living fear . . . What other writer is even in the running with Robert E. Howard?”
–H. P. LOVECRAFT

From the Inside Flap

?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.

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  • File Size: 855 KB
  • Print Length: 496 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345483855
  • Publisher: Del Rey (December 2, 2003)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FBJE24
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,817 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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245 of 249 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BACK IN PRINT -- Robert E. Howard's great creation! January 28, 2004
Format:Paperback
If you're a fan of fantasy author Robert E. Howard, who wrote for the pulps in the 1920s and 30s, rejoice! His stories of the great barbarian adventurer Conan are coming back in print, without unnecessary editing. These are the original texts.
If you enjoy fantasy, but have never read either Howard or Conan -- BUY THIS NOW. It is a must for lovers of fantasy. Banish any notions you have of Conan in other media: movies, comics, books by other authors. Howard's Conan is a stunning, unique creation. At turns bloody thrilling, filled with passionate rushes of action, at other times brooding and beautiful, sweeping you off to strange vistas. Howard was a one of a kind author, an American great, and with Conan he was at his best.
This first volume covers the first third of Howard's Conan stories, presented in the order they were written. The included stories are (in order):
1. The Phoenix on the Sword
2. The Frost-Giant's Daughter
3. The God in the Bowl
4. The Tower of the Elephant
5. The Scarlet Citadel
6. Queen of the Black Coast
7. Black Colossus
8. Iron Shadows in the Moon (aka Shadows in the Moonlight)
9. Xuthal of the Dusk (aka The Slithering Shadow)
10. The Pool of the Black One
11. The Vale of Lost Women
12. The Devil in Iron
13. The Phoenix on the Sword (first submitted draft)
Plus a number of fragments and outlines, and Howard's guide to Conan's world: "The Hyborian Age."
All the stories are enjoyable, although a few are minor entries in the Conan canon. The superior works are "The Tower of the Elephant," "The Scarlet Citadel," "The Frost-Giant's Daughter," and "Queen of the Black Coast.
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71 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A magnificent tribute to Robert Howard June 27, 2004
Format:Paperback
If a teacher assigned a project requiring you to draw up a list of the most influential authors in the fantasy/science fiction genre, Robert E. Howard would sit safely in the top five. Along with H.P. Lovecraft and Clark Ashton Smith, Howard was one of the groundbreaking influences in popular fiction of the 1930s. His influence is still felt today as evidenced by the large number of books containing stories based on his most popular creation, Conan the Cimmerian. Sadly, most of these newer tales, spun from unfinished fragments found in Howard's possession after his untimely demise in 1936, barely manage to attain a shadow of the glory found in the original tales. I think of Lin Carter's "Conan the Liberator," a truly awful piece of junk based on one of these fragments, and I shudder at the damage done to Robert Howard's reputation. That's why we should all give a warm round of applause to Del Rey for releasing this comprehensive collection of the earliest Conan stories. It's great to see a collection of the original tales available for sale at a reasonable price. Moreover, the book contains a foreword from the illustrator chosen to draw for this collection, a fascinating piece of criticism examining Howard's influences, and a few other goodies shedding even more light on how Conan came about. The order of the stories, too, mirrors exactly the sequence in which the author wrote them.
"The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian" is, I am embarrassed to say, my first foray into the original Conan tales. I looked around for these things for years, but always found the prices in the secondary market-usually for moth eaten copies of decades old versions-to much weight to place on my wallet.
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elemental Myth Burns on the Page December 4, 2003
Format:Paperback
In a society in which self-conscious irony has become standard in virtually every form of entertainment, these stories shine with the blinding light of 100% sincerity. This is pulp fiction elevated to the level of myth. Howard's hero moves through, and dominates, the Hyborian Age in much the same way that Beowulf and Odysseus do in their own, older, more respected, myths.
Conan is a character hewn from the fabric of saga and legend; dark, dangerous, unpredictable, as much an embodiment of the forces of nature as a human being. His world comes alive as a wildly imaginative patchwork of ancient and medieval history, filled with haunting references to our own past yet existing as a independent world as lushly alive as any in fantasy.
These stories have been more influential and imitated than practically any others in genre literature. But they have never been duplicated. Howard's prose is shocking in both its power and diversity, frustrating attempts at either imitation or parody. Sharp, hardboiled sentences drive home the fierce brutality of combat. Vivid, often lyrical, passages describe the sprawling majesty of the Hyborian world. Darkly ominous writing depicts the creeping horror of otherworldly sorcery.
If you know Conan only from film, comics or pastiche novels, you don't know Conan at all. Read Robert E. Howard's fiery words and discover some of the most potent, most primal, fantasy ever written.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Howard's Barbarian Can Finally Be Seen December 2, 2003
Format:Paperback
It's not a question of artwork. I like Schultz just fine. He may not be to some people's tastes, but Vol 2 and 3 will have different artists. I personally think it's cool that Del Rey kept the artwork; it's a classy move, one you don't often see in TPBs anymore.
Nor is it a question of packaging. They ended up running the original artwork of the artist who appears on the inside. A bait and switch would have been to run a Frazetta cover and have different illustrators inside. The book is nicely packaged and has a great retail price. 98% of the people who buy it won't notice the niggling little things that may or may not be wrong with the production.
No, what an online review really should be all about is the fiction, the stories, that Howard wrote. They get under your skin and make you want to jump around. It is impossible to calculate the influence of Robert E. Howard on the world of fantasy. And these stories have been inaccessible for far too long--over ten years!
Now, they are even better. Presented in the order that Howard wrote them, and with fully-restored text, to boot. Now that's a project that deserves some attention. This is Howard's most famous work, and it took a lot of people's blood, sweat, and tears to get them out for public consumption. This is an auspicious time, quite possibly the beginning of a Second Howard Boom!
Howard was an original. He is often imitated (badly) and never duplicated. He was lightning in a bottle. Read these, the true Conan stories, and you can see for yourself why Howard is considered one of the greatest adventure writers of the 20th century.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great to see the original versions on the conan stories
Published 19 days ago by David A Christensen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Amazing! That's all I can say. If you're a sword and sorcery fan you have to read this!
Published 1 month ago by J. Giannotta
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the Conan to read
So many knock offs...so many poor copies. The raw power of the original is like a bolt of lightning and is a real charge to read and re-read.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Robert E. Howard Rules!
The best literary masterpiece I have held in my hands in a very long time! I am new to the Conan series and already I look forward excitedly to expanding my collection with the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by PH
2.0 out of 5 stars Rating for the kindle version
I love the books but the kindle version sucks to expensive and they did not include the illustrations. Buy the books instead
Published 4 months ago by B. Russell
4.0 out of 5 stars old gems to light
The collection showed the early stirring of Howard's work gelling around his Barbarian hero. His narrative, action scenes and character descriptions are already fantastic. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Scott W. Duncan
4.0 out of 5 stars Sword & Sorcery Ground Zero
I just finished reading this collection of early Robert E. Howard's Conan stories from the 1930's and I am surprised at the sleek prose and level of backstory conveyed in such... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jas N
5.0 out of 5 stars The best thing to happen to Conan since Frazetta
As far as Howard's Conan is concerned I'm a purist like most fans. My opinions on L. Sprague deCamp, Frank Frazetta and what the best Conan stories are differ with those of (most)... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Crawford
3.0 out of 5 stars I only wish they would have gone with a better artist
I don't like the look of Conan in the drawings, and the artwork doesn't have any of the atmosphere of the Howard stories. Frank Frazetta was perfect I always felt. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Douglas B. Barr
3.0 out of 5 stars Read primarily for historic value and cheese
The stories contained in this volume range from "pretty good" to "someone published this crap?" in quality, though all of it is grade-A Velveeta. Read more
Published 7 months ago by M. Armstrong
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