The Blood-Stained God

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This article is about a short story. For the protagonist and principal character, see Conan the Barbarian.
"The Blood-Stained God"
Author Robert E. Howard and L. Sprague de Camp
Country United States
Language English
Series Conan the Barbarian
Genre(s) Fantasy short story
Published in Tales of Conan
Publication type Collection
Publisher Gnome Press
Media type Print (Hardcover)
Publication date 1955

The Blood-Stained God is a 1955 fantasy novella written by Robert E. Howard and L. Sprague de Camp featuring Howard's seminal sword and sorcery hero Conan the Barbarian. It was revised by de Camp from Howard's original story, a then-unpublished non-fantasy Oriental tale that featured Kirby O'Donnell titled "The Curse of the Crimson God" (vt "Trail of the Blood-Stained God"). De Camp changed the names of the characters, added the fantastic element, and recast the setting into Howard's Hyborian Age. The story was first published in the hardbound collection Tales of Conan (Gnome Press, 1955), and subsequently appeared in the paperback collection Conan of Cimmeria (Lancer Books, 1969), as part of which it has been translated into German, Japanese, Spanish, Dutch and Italian.

Preceded by
Conan and the Spider God
Complete Conan Saga
(William Galen Gray chronology)
Succeeded by
Conan the Valorous