The Blade of Conan

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The Blade of Conan
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The Blade of Conan edited by L. Sprague de Camp, Ace Books, 1979
AuthorL. Sprague de Camp (editor)
Cover artistSanjulián
CountryUnited States
PublisherAce Books
Publication date
Media typePrint (Paperback)
Pagesix, 310 pp
LC ClassCPB Box no. 1796 vol. 16

The Blade of Conan is a 1979 collection of essays edited by L. Sprague de Camp, published in paperback by Ace Books. The material was originally published as articles in George H. Scithers' fanzine Amra. The book is a companion to Ace’s later volume of material from Amra, The Spell of Conan (1980). Most of the material in the two volumes, together with some additional material, was reprinted from three previous books issued in hardcover by Mirage Press; de Camp’s collection The Conan Reader (1968), and the de Camp and Scithers-edited anthologies The Conan Swordbook (1969). and The Conan Grimoire (1972).


The book consists of thirty-one pieces, mostly essays on fantasy writer Robert E. Howard and his seminal sword and sorcery hero Conan the Barbarian, Howard's sources and literary successors, and other fantasy authors such as Eric Rücker Eddison, A. Merritt and Talbot Mundy.



  • Laughlin, Charlotte; Daniel J. H. Levack (1983). De Camp: An L. Sprague de Camp Bibliography. San Francisco: Underwood/Miller. pp. 107–108.

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