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Great War Ace Inactive Member21 Sep 2017 8:32 a.m. PST


It was updated in Feb of this year, so not a dead or stillborn project(?).

Anybody heard anything more?

Lin Carter and L. Sprague deCamp wrote that last Conan novel (can't remember the title and I'm not going looking for it), where a 70s-something Conon gives up his crown to his son and goes off adventuring, winding up in the Western Hemisphere, where his exploits are asserted to be the origin of the god Quetzalcoatl. Actually rather fun stuff. His fighting prowess was greater than ever, albeit his stamina was naturally diminished. Old Conan was a match for anything that came up against him. Even an underground horde of rats thirsting for his blood. I don't remember much more about it. He did bump into a "dragon" in the total darkness, nose to nose, but the wind was with him (good Luck rolls!); I don't remember how that turned out, other than he didn't get eaten. And near the beginning of the story, as he's down in some Zingaran port, he has a sword fight with some dandy using a rapier and defeats him handily. The book was written much like the novelization of a film. Soooo?………..

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP21 Sep 2017 8:57 a.m. PST

Lin Carter and L Sprague de Camp did not write Conan stories.
As far as I am concerned, only Howard did.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP21 Sep 2017 9:13 a.m. PST

I'd pay to see it!

boy wundyr x Inactive Member21 Sep 2017 9:44 a.m. PST

While I normally agree with Winston on this issue, Conan of the Isles was the rare decent Conan story from them.

Cyrus the Great21 Sep 2017 9:52 a.m. PST

So would I!

napthyme Sponsoring Member of TMP21 Sep 2017 11:50 a.m. PST

I have that book somewhere, can't find it now and can't remember the name of it.

boy wundyr x Inactive Member21 Sep 2017 1:13 p.m. PST

Conan of the Isles

Great War Ace Inactive Member21 Sep 2017 2:07 p.m. PST

Winston, you sound just like the late Rocky Russo. Anything "Conan" not Howard was literary heresy.

I don't know. My introduction to Conan was via Carter and de Camp, where each story had a preface in italics, putting it into the chronology of their ordering of Howard's stories. And of course, they did some heavy editing to weave the Howard stories together, which included their own creations to the mythos. Most of it was pretty good. Not Howard, but also not a destruction of his Hyborian world and Conan striding through it.

Then there were the subsequent "fan fic" books, by really well known authors, Wagner, Offutt, Anderson and many others. It was a time when the "in" thing was creating your own Conan novel. I did give up on them all after the first half dozen or so. I understand that the "work goes on" to this day. For some reason, Conan invites inspired writers to take him on.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP21 Sep 2017 2:14 p.m. PST

I feel the same way about Sherlock Holmes and Flashman.

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP21 Sep 2017 2:32 p.m. PST

Write on, Winston !

Hafen von Schlockenberg Inactive Member22 Sep 2017 8:33 a.m. PST

Robert Jordan wrote some pretty good Conans. As a commercial writer,Howard rewrote stories as a matter of course;if one didn't sell to the Westerns, he would turn it into a fantasy. Or a boxing story.

Speaking of which, I'd like to see a Dennis Dorgan movie.

I'd also like to see a good Conan movie.

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