Conan the Barbarian

Conan the Barbarian

by Robert E. Howard


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Conan the Barbarian by Robert E Howard

Conan the Barbarian - Warrior, Hero, Legend.

Conan - Black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand, a thief, a reaver, a slayer... Discover how it all began. Conan the Barbarian spawned a hundred imitators. Find out why with these tales from his life. From the Tower of the Elephant to Beyond the Black River, follow Robert E. Howard's greatest creation as he cuts a bloody swathe through the history of Hyborea. Over 720 pages of epic action! All the original stories.

"A hero of mythic proportion, fashioned by a storyteller who helped define what a modern fantasy should be" - Raymond E. Feist.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781853757471
Publisher: Sterling Publishing
Publication date: 08/15/2009
Pages: 656
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 8.70(h) x 2.00(d)

About the Author

Robert E. Howard's (1906–1936) tales of heroic and supernatural fantasy won him a huge audience across the world and influenced a whole generation of writers, from Robert Jordan to Raymond E. Feist.

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Conan the Barbarian 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For over 30 yeaars I have been a fan of Robert E. Howard. I have all of the stuff in this volume but it was nice to see all of his Conan stories in one book. I am pleased to have this in my library.
hasenbusch More than 1 year ago
I like this book a lot because it's easy to carry in a softbound cover. It makes a great gift to new or old REH fans. You can never have to many books on or about him. Most of Robert E. Howard's classic stories are here. Two of my favorites are Beyond The Black River and Red Nails. The price is great as it's in the clearance area and below $14. To me, Robert E. Howard was and still is the most prolific writer and poet of all time! If you get some time visit REH Forum at to hear what REH fans are all talking about.
sferguson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great book and one of the original components of modern fantasy. The essay written by Howard that is included within this tome might very well be the original research document as so many other authors have used since. The world of Conan sprang up in the vanguard of modern fantasy and still captures the imagination today as the adventures continue on.The stories included within this book are great examples of Howard's work and definitely show the quality of the writer beneath. The writing is as so many produced for the magazines of the era, yet the diction and flow of the words speak of an author who would have compared favorably to such giants as Tolkien and Lewis, if he had but resided among us a little longer.Howard is a greatly under-esteemed author whose works may well have been the force from which modern fantasy has sprung. Anyone who enjoys the fantasy genre should give Howard a try, his efforts deserve it if nothing else.
YronimosW More than 1 year ago
Not quite a hardcover book, but the cover is much heavier and more elaborate than found on a typical paperback book, and the quality of the binding seems better than usual, so I think the categorization as "hardbound" is probably fair enough. The collection stories and the stories themselves are excellent. For newcomers to the series, the original Conan stories are blood-and-thunder, pulp, low fantasy in the same spirit as Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan and John Carter of Mars stories, and among the more dignified, exciting, poetic, and majestic examples of the genre. The imagery and prose is lurid yet almost poetic, the stories often hover near the edge of horror, with only a smattering of the explicitly supernatural to fuel the sorcery side of the sword-and-sorcery equation. If you've seen the movies but never read the books, expect a fairly different animal here: Conan is a thinking-man's barbarian, a gentleman among warriors, an articulate and well-read rogue whose sense of honor sets him against a strange pre-historic world full of degenerate ape-men savages and decadent, corrupt lost civilizations. This collection seems to be of most (if not all) of R.E. Howard's original and perhaps best Conan stories, presented in a nice format with easy-to-read text and line-drawing illustrations that appear to be originally from the stories' days as serials in pulp magazines, perhaps one illustration per story or chapter, and the illustrations are a nice touch. Over all, I think this book would make a fantastic gift for any fan of the fantasy genre, and I find that it sits well on the shelf among fantasy classics such as the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, collections of the original Tarzan and John Carter series, the Narnia books, Lovecraft's tales, and other such classics of fantasy, sci-fi, and weird fiction.
Jawajediknight More than 1 year ago
The book is good, but was sold as a hardcover book. Book is actually a paperback and its paper cover is a little stiffer than usual. Apparently, Barnes and Noble feels that gives them the right to sell it as a hardcover book. Cover was slightly damaged also.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But, he made a good stab at it. Robert E. Howard's Conan is so much darker and much less civilized than the character created for the movies. Howard's characters are richer, as behooves storylines fully realized in print. This collection shows why young men of a certain age read books on rainy days or under the bedclothes at night. They are "short" stories. They are addictive like salty peanuts. "Can't read just one!" I saw the movies first, a very interesting bio-flick of Howard next (Vincent D"Ornofrio starred), and then, picked up this volume. It's a good read. I had never read any fiction of this genre before. It amazes me that I hadn't discovered it until now.