The Hour of the Dragon

The Hour of the Dragon

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by Robert E. Howard, Ezra Tucker
     
 

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This early work by Robert E. Howard was originally published in 1935 and we are now republishing it with a brand new introductory biography. 'The Hour of the Dragon' is a story about a conspiracy to depose Conan as King of Aquilonia. Robert Ervin Howard was born in Peaster, Texas in 1906. During his youth, his family moved between a variety of Texan boomtowns, and

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This early work by Robert E. Howard was originally published in 1935 and we are now republishing it with a brand new introductory biography. 'The Hour of the Dragon' is a story about a conspiracy to depose Conan as King of Aquilonia. Robert Ervin Howard was born in Peaster, Texas in 1906. During his youth, his family moved between a variety of Texan boomtowns, and Howard - a bookish and somewhat introverted child - was steeped in the violent myths and legends of the Old South. At fifteen Howard began to read the pulp magazines of the day, and to write more seriously. The December 1922 issue of his high school newspaper featured two of his stories, 'Golden Hope Christmas' and 'West is West'. In 1924 he sold his first piece - a short caveman tale titled 'Spear and Fang' - for $16 to the not-yet-famous Weird Tales magazine. Howard's most famous character, Conan the Cimmerian, was a barbarian-turned-King during the Hyborian Age, a mythical period of some 12,000 years ago. Conan featured in seventeen Weird Tales stories between 1933 and 1936 which is why Howard is now regarded as having spawned the 'sword and sorcery' genre. The Conan stories have since been adapted many times, most famously in the series of films starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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ISBN-13:
9780937986868
Publisher:
Grant, Donald M. Publisher, Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/1990
Series:
Conan Series
Pages:
249

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The Hour of the Dragon is one of the original stories by Howard and his only full length novel about Conan the Cimmerian. Originally written for a British publisher Dennis Archer, it was later published as a five part serial in Weird Tales between the months of December 1935 to April 1936 after the initial publisher folded. It is considered by many to be one of his best works

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The Hour of the Dragon 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
0072663 More than 1 year ago
Of the many Conan stories written by Robert E. Howard, this was his only novel. Just as the short stories were packed with page after page of barbarian action, so was this novel. You won't know what a true King is until you read this book. There's a reason the Conan character has lived on all these years.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel, from the disjointed history of Conan's world Hyperboria, takes place in the later part of the barbarians career. The fabulous adventures of his rise to power(eventually to be become king of Aqualonia) are here and completely written by the author himself. Robert E. Howard committed suicide in the 1930's (when he was very young) and left a vague skeleton of Conan's life. Many authors such as L. Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter have attempted to 'fill in the spaces' with the the epic tale but seemed to miss the mystique that Howard had created. The book exemplifies Howard from weak imitators and is as good as it gets in the realm of Sword and Sorcery fiction
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was this rewritten by a child? More typos than you would get if a stygian wrote it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ive read conan comics off and on for many years (really like busiek's adaptations for dark horse) but never one of howard's original works. This was really very good and it quickly became clear to me why conan endures as a character and why howard is so revered. This particilar piece follows conan as he traverses continents on a quest to regain his kingdom of aquilonia. Non stop adventure and true swords and sorcery!
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An excellent read much enjoyed
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hasenbusch More than 1 year ago
These Weird Works books are super! Easy to hold, read, and carry. This Vol 4 has a terrific intro by Paul Herman, has a great novel length story Hour of The Dragon, and has some neat information about The Hyborian Age!

On the back cover - Quote "The Hour of the Dragon is the fourth volume of The Weird Works of REH, this one featuring the title work, the only Conan novel ever written by REH, and perhaps his most popular story ever written. This story is meticulously restored to its original pulp texts. This volume also includes REH's only essay on the history of Conan's world, The Hyborian Age. Together these two works show the depth and breadth of a mythical age, the most fully realized of any created by this master of sword and sorcery." Unquote

Highly recommend: One Who Walked Alone by Novalyne Price, Collected Letters of REH by Rob Roehm - Three volumes, The Never Ending Hunt and The Last of the Trunk by Paul Herman, The Dark Barbarian and The Barbaric Triumph by Don Herron, Two-Gun Bob, Dark Horse Conan, Kull, Solomon Kane, Marvel B&W magazines by Roy Thomas, Conan by Roy Thomas, Conan The Phenom, Almuric, Blood & Thunder, The Life & Art of REH by Mark Finn, H.P. Lovecraft, The Star Rover by Jack London, and all of these Weird Works.