The Snout in the Dark

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This article is about a short story. For the protagonist and principal character, see Conan the Barbarian.
"The Snout in the Dark"
Author Robert E. Howard
Original title "The Snout in the Dark"
Country US
Language English
Series Conan the Cimmerian
Genre(s) Fantasy
Published in US
Publication type Pastische
Publisher Lancer Books
Publication date 1969

The Snout in the Dark is one of the original stories by Robert E. Howard about Conan the Cimmerian, an untitled fragment begun in the 1930s but not finished or published in Howard's lifetime. It was completed and titled by L. Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter and in this form first published in the collection Conan of Cimmeria (1969). It has first been published in its original form in the collection Jewels of Gwahlur (Donald M. Grant, 1979) and later in The Conan Chronicles Volume 1: The People of the Black Circle (Gollancz, 2000) and Conan of Cimmeria: Volume One (1932-1933) (Del Rey, 2003).

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The story was adapted for comics by Roy Thomas and John Buscema in Marvel Comics' Conan the Barbarian #106-107.

In 2014 it was adapted by Fred Van Lente in its new Conan the Avenger series #1-7.[1]


  1. ^ Ching, Albert. "NYCC Exclusive: Fred Van Lente Takes on "Conan the Barbarian"". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 12 October 2013. 

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