The Bloody Crown of Conan

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"This illustrated volume gathers together three of Robert E. Howard's longest and most famous Conan stories - two of them taken directly from Howard's typescript - along with a collection of the author's previously unpublished and rarely seen outlines, notes, and drafts." "The people of the Black Circle: Amid the towering crags of Vendhya, in the shadowy citadel of the Black Circle, Yasmina of the golden throne seeks vengeance against the Black Seers. Her only ally is also her most formidable enemy - Conan, the outlaw chief." "The hour of the
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Overview

"This illustrated volume gathers together three of Robert E. Howard's longest and most famous Conan stories - two of them taken directly from Howard's typescript - along with a collection of the author's previously unpublished and rarely seen outlines, notes, and drafts." "The people of the Black Circle: Amid the towering crags of Vendhya, in the shadowy citadel of the Black Circle, Yasmina of the golden throne seeks vengeance against the Black Seers. Her only ally is also her most formidable enemy - Conan, the outlaw chief." "The hour of the dragon: Toppled from the throne of Aquilonia by the evil machinations of an undead wizard, Conan must find the fabled jewel known as the Heart of Ahriman to reclaim his crown ... and save his life." A witch shall be born: A malevolent witch of evil beauty. An enslaved queen. A kingdom in the iron grip of ruthless mercenaries. And Conan, who plots deadly vengeance against the human wolf who left him in the desert to die.
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The Bloody Crown of Conan is an essential for all those who consider themselves aficionados of heroic fantasy. With two classic stories from Conan creator Robert E. Howard as well as his only Conan novel, this collection -- which features dozens of fantastic illustrations from Gary Gianni -- will warrant a place of honor in any fantasy lover's library.

In "The People of the Black Circle" (1934), Conan abducts the beautiful Yasmina, sister of the recently assassinated king of Vendhya, after seven of his warriors are captured and held for ransom by Vendhyan forces. Amid the turmoil of the royal murder which is being blamed on a group of dark sorcerers, Conan and Yasmina must stay live long enough to defeat the magic of the Black Circle…

"The Hour of the Dragon" (1935) pits Conan, the reigning king of Aquilonia, against a reanimated magician, Xaltotun, who has been dead for 3,000 years. After losing his crown to the faction that reawakened Xaltotun, Conan must find the mystical artifact that gives the undead wizard his power. His quest takes him through ghoul-infested wildernesses, deep into the subterranean stronghold of a cult of evil priests, and into the very heart of darkness itself. And after being crucified and left for dead in the desert, Conan seeks revenge against a witch posing as a queen in "A Witch Shall Be Born" (1934).

Also included in this remarkable collection is an insightful introduction by scholar Rusty Burke, as well as previously unpublished notes from the author himself. Simply put, The Bloody Crown of Conan is a must-have for any fan of the giant barbarian. Paul Goat Allen

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“Stories such as “The People of the Black Circle” glow with the fierce and eldritch light of his frenzied intensity.”
–STEPHEN KING

“I adore these books. Howard had a gritty, vibrant style–broadsword writing that cut its way to the heart, with heroes who are truly larger than life. I heartily recommend them to anyone who loves fantasy.”
–DAVID GEMMELL, author of Legend and White Wolf

Publishers Weekly
The Bloody Crown of Conan, illustrated by Gary Gianni, gathers Robert E. Howard's only Conan novel, The Hour of the Dragon, plus two short stories and rare Howard miscellany. Scholar Rusty Burke explains Conan's enduring appeal in his introduction. Agent, Judith Hansen. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
This volume combines two Conan shorts plus Howard's only Conan novel, The Hour of the Dragon. Nice bonuses are additional story outlines, notes, early drafts, and more. Pretty cool. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345461520
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/23/2004
  • Series: Conan Series
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 400,927
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author


Robert E. Howard (1906–1936), an American pulp fiction writer who is best known as the creator of Conan, wrote a huge number of stories in a variety of genres, including fantasy, westerns, horror, and even boxing stories.

Former radio broadcaster Todd McLaren has been heard on more than 5,000 TV and radio commercials; narrations for documentaries on such networks as A&E and the History Channel; and films. His book narrations have earned him a prestigious Audie Award as well as a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award.

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  • Posted September 21, 2010

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    Storytelling from the Master

    The stories of Conan by Robert E. Howard are nothing short of genius. For the first time in over 50 years the unaltered publications of Howard's most iconic character are available in print. Over 30 stories collected in 3 books. These include several never before published extras and stories that have not seen distribution since their original debut in Weird Tales magazine. The foundation of the Sword and Sorcery genre lies within Conan! The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian, The Bloody Crown of Conan, The Conquering Sword of Conan.

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  • Posted December 14, 2008

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    ROBERT E. HOWARD THE BEST WRITER AND POET EVER!

    Robert E. Howard was an extra-ordindary creative writer who in my opinion was the best writer and poet! His vision, talent, creative writing, and action packed stories can and will never be replicated! To learn more about this unique man read The Life and Art of Robert E. Howard by Mark Finn, One Who Walked Alone by Novalyn Price and Collected Letters of REH by Rob Roehm. A new bibliography by Paul Herman called The Never Ending Hunt is a must have and so is The Last of the Trunk that Glenn Lord had. Please read the Best of Robert E. Howard 1 & 2. Number two has my favorites Red Nails, Beyond The Black River, and scary Pigeons From Hell! Anytime I hear someone whistling now it sends chills up my spine. This story is also in mini series comics at Dark Horse by Joe Lansdale. Dark Horse Conan is superb. Check out the REH Foundation & Forum.

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  • Posted October 22, 2009

    Sadly Disappointed

    Robert Howard may have been a great writer but sadly this book clearly shows he was a racist of the major kind. Maybe he thought people of color could not read or he just did not expect or care if people of color would buy his books, because he surely was not interested in portraying us in a positive light. Correction I believe once in the book he said one bad characteristic, thievery was not exclusive to the Black Race. Perhaps his bigotry is why he died so young (30 I believe). His writing refers to "Blacks/Negroes" in such degrading terms in this book I had to check the Bio to make sure it was not rewritten during reconstruction. Shades, remember the movie, "Birth of a Nation", white men painted in black face chasing white women before the KKK. Not only does Howar use every negative persona he could when making references to Black characters, he played the ultimate race card in leading his readers, as was the practice in Hollywood and else where that, "That Black Men Are Obsessed with raping a White Woman" and of course, the White Hero must come to her rescue. How many Black Men where hung during the 1800s and 1900s for just looking at a White Woman. I read Howard's books as a youngster but was to young to appreciate the bigotry in his writing, this time I ordered the book on CD, wish I could send it back to Barnes & Noble. I love fantasy, sword & sorcery, unfortunatley even in the unreal world of these genres racism is a clear and present danger. Geez, I thought Howard was gifted until today.

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  • Posted May 30, 2009

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    Howard's Conan is a Thinking Man's Barbarian

    Despite the admirable portrayal by the Gubernator onscreen, the real Conan, the one originally written by Robert E. Howard is a complex, intelligent character, fully fleshed out in a competently literary style.

    Howard was a contemporary and friend of H.P. Lovecraft and the two of them share a fondness for strangers in unearthly situations, horribly outmanned/overpowered who survive by grit and luck. Howard's Conan is a barbarian, a pirate, a cossack, and a king. He is as deadly plotting strategy for an army of thousands as he is with his bare hands.

    The characters are lifelike, the plot relentless, and the style engaging. You won't be disappointed by this, or the other Conan books and stories by Howard.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2008

    ROBERT E. HOWARD THE BEST!

    Robert E. Howard was an extra-ordindary creative writer who in my opinion was the best! His vision, talent, creative writing, and action packed stories can and will never be replicated! To learn more about this unique man read The Life and Art of Robert E. Howard by Mark Finn. Also, read the Best of Robert E. Howard 1 & 2. Number two has my favorites Red Nails, Beyond The Black River, and scariest story EVER Pigeons From Hell! Be sure to read it at night with plenty of light.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Excellent Conan book

    ¿The People of the Black Circle¿. Due to Himelians¿ black sorcery King Bhunda Chand of Vendhya dies. His grieving sister who had to kill her sibling to give him peace wants revenge. None of her warriors want to deal with the evil seers except for Conan who fears nothing, neither sword or sorcery.--- ¿The Hour of the Dragon¿. Defrocked priest Orastes brings back to life High Priest Xaltotuan, who died three thousand years ago to teach him how to use the Heart of Ahriman. They plan to kill the ruling family of Nemedia through ¿natural¿ means, place an ally on the throne, and attack Aquilonia ruled by barbaric King Conan.--- ¿A Witch Shall be Born¿. Beloved Queen Taramis of Khauran is stunned when her twin sister Salome visits. Salome was left to die in the desert at birth, but being born a witch she survived. Salome impersonates her sister and uses mercenaries to take over. Conan survives warwounds, an attack by a vulture, and a tying to a cross to lead the counter insurgency.--- Miscellanea and Appendices. These segments include intriguing manuscripts and story synopsis by Robert E. Howard that show the development of Conan as a character and much of his age. The appendices further provide insight into the hero, the kingdoms, and his age.--- The well written stories by Mr. Howard bring out the best of Conan in an era of sword and sorcery and by themselves would make an ideal gift for aficionados. The miscellanea adds icing to an already delightful collection. Making this a winner for anyone who follows the Barbarian especially the opportunity to read what his originator scribed.--- Harriet Klausner

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