Conan the Adventurer (short story collection)

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Conan the Adventurer
Conan the Adventurer.jpg
Cover of first edition
AuthorRobert E. Howard and L. Sprague de Camp
Cover artistFrank Frazetta
CountryUnited States
SeriesConan the Barbarian
GenreSword and sorcery
PublisherLancer Books
Publication date
Media typePrint (paperback)
Pages224 pp

Conan the Adventurer is a 1966 collection of four fantasy short stories by American writers Robert E. Howard and L. Sprague de Camp, featuring Howard's sword and sorcery hero Conan the Barbarian. Most of the stories originally appeared in the fantasy magazine Weird Tales in the 1930s. The book has been reprinted a number of times since by various publishers, and has also been translated into German, French, Japanese, Spanish, Italian, Swedish and Dutch. It was later gathered together with Conan the Wanderer and Conan the Buccaneer into the omnibus collection The Conan Chronicles 2 (1990).


Plot summary[edit]

In these stories from Conan's early thirties, the Cimmerian starts as a leader of an Afghuli tribe in Vendhya, journeys into the Black Kingdoms south of Stygia, and ends up as a Zingaran buccaneer.

Chronologically, the four short stories collected as Conan the Adventurer fall between Conan the Wanderer and Conan the Buccaneer.


  • Laughlin, Charlotte; Daniel J. H. Levack (1983). De Camp: An L. Sprague de Camp Bibliography. San Francisco: Underwood/Miller. pp. 38–39.
Preceded by Lancer/Ace Conan series
(chronological order)
Succeeded by