The Essential Conan

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The Essential Conan
The Essential Conan.jpg
Dust-jacket the first edition
Author Robert E. Howard
Cover artist Ken Kelly
Country United States
Language English
Series Berkley Conan
Genre Fantasy
Publisher Science Fiction Book Club
Publication date
Media type Print (hardback)
Pages 643 pp
ISBN 1-56865-803-6
OCLC 41031602

The Essential Conan is a collection of fantasy short stories written by Robert E. Howard featuring his sword and sorcery hero Conan the Barbarian. The book was published in 1998 by the Science Fiction Book Club. It collects the editions of the Conan books, edited by Karl Edward Wagner and published by Berkley Books in 1977. Most of the stories originally appeared in the magazines Weird Tales, The Phantagraph and The Howard Collector. The Wagner editions were the first to virtually reproduce Howard's original stories without any editorial changes other than typo fixes.