The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian
Cover of first edition (UK)
|Author||Robert E. Howard|
|Cover artist||Mark Schultz|
|Series||Conan the Barbarian|
|Genre||Sword and sorcery|
|Publisher||Wandering Star Books (UK)
Del Rey Books (US)
|2002 (UK), 2003 (US)|
|Followed by||The Bloody Crown of Conan|
The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian is the first of a three volume set collecting the Conan stories by author Robert E. Howard. It was originally published in 2002, first in the United Kingdom by Wandering Star Books under the title Conan of Cimmeria: Volume One (1932–1933), and the following year in the United States by Ballantine/Del Rey under the present title. The Science Fiction Book Club subsequently reprinted the complete set in hardcover; the set is noted for presenting the original, unedited versions of Howard's Conan tales. This volume includes thirteen short stories as well as miscellanea for Howard fans and enthusiasts (e.g., drafts, notes, maps, etc.), and is illustrated by noted comic book artist Mark Schultz.
- "Foreword" (Mark Schultz)
- "Introduction" (Patrice Louinet)
- "Cimmeria" (poem)
- "The Phoenix on the Sword"
- "The Frost Giant's Daughter"
- "The God in the Bowl"
- "The Tower of the Elephant"
- "The Scarlet Citadel"
- "Queen of the Black Coast"
- "Black Colossus"
- "Iron Shadows in the Moon"
- "Xuthal of the Dusk"
- "The Pool of the Black One"
- "Rogues in the House"
- "The Vale of Lost Women"
- "The Devil in Iron"
- "The Phoenix on the Sword" (first submitted draft)
- "Notes on Various Peoples of the Hyborian Age"
- "The Hyborian Age"
- Untitled Synopsis (The Hall of the Dead)
- Untitled Synopsis ("The Scarlet Citadel")
- Untitled Synopsis ("Black Colossus")
- Untitled Fragment (The Hand of Nergal)
- Untitled Synopsis #2 (The Snout in the Dark)
- Untitled Draft (The Snout in the Dark)
- "Hyborian Names and Countries"
- Hyborian Age Maps (drawn by Howard)
- "Hyborian Genesis: Notes on the Creation of the Conan Stories" (Patrice Louinet)
- "Notes on the Conan Typescripts and the Chronology" (Patrice Louinet)
- "Notes on the Original Howard Texts"