Robert E. Howard's Conan the Cimmerian Barbarian: The Complete Weird Tales Omnibus

Robert E. Howard's Conan the Cimmerian Barbarian: The Complete Weird Tales Omnibus

Robert E. Howard Finn J.D. John / Dec 15, 2019

Robert E Howard s Conan the Cimmerian Barbarian The Complete Weird Tales Omnibus This page collection contains all of Robert E Howard s Conan the Cimmerian stories published during his lifetime contextualized with biographical details of their author The hardcover a Multimed

  • Title: Robert E. Howard's Conan the Cimmerian Barbarian: The Complete Weird Tales Omnibus
  • Author: Robert E. Howard Finn J.D. John
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  • Page: 133
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  • This 860 page collection contains all of Robert E Howard s Conan the Cimmerian stories published during his lifetime, contextualized with biographical details of their author The hardcover, a Multimedia Bundle Edition, includes the e book and audiobook editions as downloadable bonus content.Excerpt from Introduction When the first Conan of Cimmeria story appeared in theThis 860 page collection contains all of Robert E Howard s Conan the Cimmerian stories published during his lifetime, contextualized with biographical details of their author The hardcover, a Multimedia Bundle Edition, includes the e book and audiobook editions as downloadable bonus content.Excerpt from Introduction When the first Conan of Cimmeria story appeared in the pages of Weird Tales magazine in December 1932, nothing quite like it had ever before appeared in print.Author Robert E Howard had been writing stories broadly similar to it for half a decade but it was with Conan, and the Hyborian Age storyworld in which he was placed, that Howard finally fully doped out the sub genre that would become known as sword and sorcery, of which Howard is today considered the founding father Conan s origins date back to an experiment in 1926 titled The Shadow Kingdom, featuring the character Kull, exile of Atlantis The idea Howard s great innovation was, at its core, historical fiction set in a pre historical period That pre historical period being, of course, lost in the mists of time could contain anything Howard might like to include evil races of sentient snake things, sorcerers, undead creatures, demons walking upon the earth, anything In other words, Howard was creating a secular mythology And as with any mythology, secular or no, there would be a hero, a Ulysses or a Theseus, an exceptional man of legend striding through that myth world, sword in hand, righting wrongs and slaying supernatural monsters and, along the way, providing metaphorical insight onto his world and ours At the same time, he was finding success with another historical fiction fusion innovation The grim, savage English Puritan Solomon Kane Kane s world was the skull strewn chaos of Europe and north Africa during the Thirty Years War, in the early 1600s Little enough is known about specific events during that dark time that it was possible to take historical liberties with it as a storyworld, so that it could accommodate dark magic, walking skeletons, vampires, magic staffs, and, of course, N Longa the witch doctor Howard quickly realized he was onto something with Solomon Kane The first Solomon Kane story, Red Shadows, appeared in August 1928 in Weird Tales, and readers loved it Here was a dark, brooding world of menace and witchcraft connected pseudo genealogically to their own It was easy for readers to take the ride to suspend their disbelief and envision Kane s adventures as a part of the real world But, perhaps the connection with the real world was too close The countries of 1630s Europe are well known the causes of the conflict fully understood There was only so much Howard could do in Solomon Kane s world Moreover, Solomon Kane is just a hard character to root for Unlike Kull, he is, not to put too fine a point on it, really not a sane man So it makes perfect sense that after the shadowy, prehistoric world of Kull and the dark, necromantic world of Solomon Kane, Howard would combine these two precursors to develop a world that was far enough into the distant past to be free of actual historical constraints like Kull s yet close enough to the present to still exist as echoes and legends in the world s mythologies And so Howard created The Hyborian Age, circa 10,000 B.C And to play the role of our avatar as we explore this shadowy, almost historical world, he gave us Conan the Cimmerian to tread the jeweled thrones of the Earth under his sandalled feet.

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      • Robert E. Howard Finn J.D. John

        Robert Ervin Howard was an American pulp writer of fantasy, horror, historical adventure, boxing, western, and detective fiction Howard wrote over three hundred stories and seven hundred poems of raw power and unbridled emotion and is especially noted for his memorable depictions of a sombre universe of swashbuckling adventure and darkling horror He is well known for having created in the pages of the legendary Depression era pulp magazine Weird Tales the character Conan the Cimmerian, a.k.a Conan the Barbarian, a literary icon whose pop culture imprint can only be compared to such icons as Tarzan of the Apes, Count Dracula, Sherlock Holmes, and James Bond Librarian Note There is than one author in the database with this name.


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    1. I made it 2/3 through the collection before deciding that the gems were too few and far between to continue. Hopefully these story-by-story ratings will help someone else avoid the slog through mediocrity in future.The Shadow Kingdom: 4/5Set long before Conan’s time, starring Kull of Atlantis and featuring an evil snake cult – the likes of which I know appear in the later Hyborian Age stories. This is definitely a proto-Conan story and it suffers not at all for it.Red Shadows: 1/5A bland sto [...]


    2. Mighty Thews! Coal Black Hair! Smoldering ice blue eyes! You know himyou love him(?) He's Conan the (Cimmerian)BarbarianIt had been years since I had read any of these stories. I've read a smattering of Conan in my fantasy nerd history, but I've never taken a deep dive into the material. I had been wanting to scratch the original Howard stories off of my nerd to do list for a long time and I'm glad I made time for them. There's little question the impact these stories have made on fantasy lit, n [...]


    3. As with most pulp authors, I find that the stories of their lives are more interesting than the characters and stories they create. Conan is a one-dimensional, comic-book hero, and there's not much to write home about in Howard's overall corpus. But reading between the lines you'll find a wellspring of Freudian psychodrama spewing forth, page after page. Howard's subconscious issues toward race, sexuality, and masculinity all play themselves out in these fairly formulaic short pieces, and, much [...]


    4. Great stories! I fell in love with these. The narrator wasn't the best, but you could tell he had a great love of these stories as well.


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