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In his short life Robert E. Howard produced hundreds of short stories and works of poetry. Commonly associated with the era of pulp fiction he created numerous characters of which the most popular is Conan the Cimmerian. "The Hour of the Dragon" is the only novel length Conan tale that Howard wrote. First published in serial form in the pulp magazine "Weird Tales" in 1935 through 1936, it was one of the last Conan stories published prior to Howard's suicide. Set during Conan's reign as King of Aquilonia, the ...
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Hour of the Dragon (Annotated with an Essay on the History of the Fantasy Genre)

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In his short life Robert E. Howard produced hundreds of short stories and works of poetry. Commonly associated with the era of pulp fiction he created numerous characters of which the most popular is Conan the Cimmerian. "The Hour of the Dragon" is the only novel length Conan tale that Howard wrote. First published in serial form in the pulp magazine "Weird Tales" in 1935 through 1936, it was one of the last Conan stories published prior to Howard's suicide. Set during Conan's reign as King of Aquilonia, the story follows the attempts by a group of conspirators to depose him in favor of Valerius, heir to Conan's predecessor Numedides, whom he had slain to gain the throne. Set in the pseudo-historical Hyborian Age, "The Hour of the Dragon" is rich with the elements of sword and sorcery common to Howard's Conan tales and will delight all fans of the genre.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781434102669
  • Publisher: The Editorium
  • Publication date: 4/28/2009
  • Series: Conan Series
  • Pages: 196
  • Sales rank: 1,384,291
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.45 (d)

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  • Posted January 14, 2011

    Highest praise for Hour of the Dragon. Written as only REH could. The story of the King of all Kings in the fantasy realm. Long live Conan.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012

    Lots of typos

    Was this rewritten by a child?
    More typos than you would get if a stygian wrote it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2012

    my first conan book

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2012

    conan is always a hit

    An excellent read much enjoyed

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  • Posted November 23, 2008

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    I Also Recommend:

    ROBERT E. HOWARD = THE BEST OF THE BEST!

    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!<BR/><BR/>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<BR/><BR/>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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2001

    Robert E. Howard at His Best

    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

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