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Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP19 Jan 2023 4:10 p.m. PST
CeruLucifus20 Jan 2023 1:18 a.m. PST

It's a trick question, right? There's only one Conan novel, The Hour of the Dragon. The rest are short stories, unfinished fragments, or tributes by other authors.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP20 Jan 2023 3:40 a.m. PST

CeruLucifus for the win.

There are few sadder sights than L. Sprague de Camp trying to write a Conan story. Even Poul Anderson couldn't pull it off, and Anderson was a first-rate author. Karl Eric Wagner said flat-out it couldn't be done, and he should know.

Buy the Lone Star/Del Rey, and be content.

Deucey Supporting Member of TMP20 Jan 2023 6:01 a.m. PST

+1 to both!

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP20 Jan 2023 6:30 a.m. PST

Yeah, the de Camp & Carter ones are so barfable!

Hour of the Dragon wins by default.

Stryderg20 Jan 2023 6:50 a.m. PST

Well then, another vote for The Hour of the Dragon

Raynman Supporting Member of TMP20 Jan 2023 6:55 a.m. PST

Robert E. Howard said that his Conan stories were just him writing what was told to him by Conan late at night. Obviously, Conan never visited any of the other authors to give them the straight narrative.

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP20 Jan 2023 8:49 a.m. PST

Rofl. I did not realize that. Thanks for the tip!

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP20 Jan 2023 1:28 p.m. PST

Indeed, Howard stated that Conan was standing over him with an Axe until he finished!

RAOldham181220 Jan 2023 2:22 p.m. PST

How about favorite Conan Story? I like many of them but am partial to the "Tower of the Elephant".

mildbill20 Jan 2023 3:12 p.m. PST

Red Nails.

CeruLucifus20 Jan 2023 3:17 p.m. PST

Beyond the Black River.

Militia Mike20 Jan 2023 5:34 p.m. PST

Change the title to "Best Conan STORY written by Robert E Howard", and this will be legitimate. 😄

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP21 Jan 2023 6:30 a.m. PST

Conan never visited any of the other authors to give them the straight narrative.

The later authors after Howard died, no. But he was in a writing circle with HP Lovecraft, August Derleth, Clark Ashton Smith and others. They traded and critiqued their stores by mail (I think Howard was the only group member in Texas), though Lovecraft did visit a lot of places (wrote a bucket of travelogues). Those are pretty close to the original source.

Brown University has a collection of Lovecraft's letters (the ones he received and kept, not the ones he sent) in their special collections.

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