|Author||Robert E. Howard|
|Series||Conan the Barbarian|
|Genre||Sword and sorcery Fantasy novel|
|Media type||Print (Hardback)|
King Conan is a collection of five fantasy short stories written by Robert E. Howard featuring his seminal sword and sorcery hero Conan the Barbarian, first published in hardcover by Gnome Press in 1953. The stories originally appeared in the 1930s in the fantasy magazine Weird Tales. The collection never saw publication in paperback; instead, its component stories were split up and distributed among other "Conan" collections.
- "Introduction" (L. Sprague de Camp)
- July 1, 1931 note from H. P. Lovecraft to Robert E. Howard
- "Jewels of Gwahlur"
- "Beyond the Black River"
- "The Treasure of Tranicos" (edited/rewritten by de Camp from Howard's "The Black Stranger")
- "The Phoenix on the Sword"
- "The Scarlet Citadel"
Chronologically, the five short stories collected as King Conan are the fourth in Gnome's Conan series; the novel Conan the Conqueror follows.
In 2011, Dark Horse started a new Conan comic book, named King Conan; the Cimmerian, now old and alone on his throne of Aquilonia, recalls his previous years adventures with the young royal scribe; his tales are set after he got the throne. Dark Horse adapted several Howard's short stories plus The Hour of the Dragon Until now, the list includes, in the following order:
- The Scarlet Citadel (2011)
- The Phoenix on the Sword (2012)
- The Hour of the Dragon (2013)
- The Conqueror (2014) (originally, Dark Horse wanted to make 12 issues of The Hour of the Dragon, then they decided to split the story in two of them, publishing the second part with the alternate name of the novel)
Everett F. Bleiler found that the original text of "The Black Stranger" "is much superior to the adaptation" provided here. He characterized the collection overall as "a weak selection", although singling out two scenes as effective.
The Sword of Conan
|Gnome Conan series
Conan the Conqueror
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