Drums of Tombalku

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"Drums of Tombalku"
AuthorRobert E. Howard
Original title"Drums of Tombalku"
SeriesConan the Cimmerian
Published inConan the Adventurer
Publication typeShort story collection
PublisherLancer Books
Publication date1966

"Drums of Tombalku" is an American fantasy short story, one of the original ones written in the 1930s by Robert E. Howard featuring Conan the Cimmerian. Howard left it as an untitled synopsis which was not published in his lifetime. The tale was finalized by L. Sprague de Camp and in this form first published in the collection Conan the Adventurer (1966). It has first been published in its original form in the collection The Pool of the Black One (Donald M. Grant, 1986) and later in The Conan Chronicles Volume 1: The People of the Black Circle (Gollancz, 2000) and Conan of Cimmeria: Volume Two (1934) (Del Rey, 2005).


The story was adapted in the comic book Savage Sword of Conan #21, under the title "The Horror from the Red Tower". [1]

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Preceded by
Original Howard Canon
(publication order)
Succeeded by
"The Hall of the Dead"
Preceded by
"Shadows in Zamboula"
Original Howard Canon
(Dale Rippke chronology)
Succeeded by
"The Vale of Lost Women"
Preceded by
"The Slithering Shadow"
Complete Conan Saga
(William Galen Gray chronology)
Succeeded by
"The Gem in the Tower"