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The Hour of the Dragon

We've seen some of Texan Robert E. Howard lately in his horror story Pigeons From Hell. Now we take a look at his most famous creation, Conan the Barbarian, and his short novel The Hour of the Dragon.

First appearing in Weird Tales Magazine beginning in December 1935, it was serialized through April 1936, not long before Howard committed suicide. It is quintessential Howard and Conan - swords, sorcery, black magic, a real Infinity Stone, great beasts, wolves, blood, gore, beheadings, beautiful women, revenge, a witch, prophecy, secret societies, and love.

As with other of Howard's works, this story is in the public domain and may be read online or downloaded here.

A similar Conan story, the Scarlet Citadel, was developed for an alternate market.


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Here's the direct link FM referenced above. Good Listen. The Man Behind the Sword. Except for Red Nails, all of the original Howard Conan stories were adapted in Marvel's Savage Sword of Conan magazine. My Conan comic collection is pretty complete and of all the 'old' comic characters, Conan is the only one I've kept up with. Marvel has (finally) just relaunched Conan - Conan the Barbarian and Savage Sword of Conan and I'm enjoying them both. Crush your enemies.See them driven before you.Hear the lamentations of their women. Despite Raffaella De Laurentiis, Conan the Barbarian (1982), with Arnold Schwarzenegger is a great movie and should not be confused with any other similarly titled films.
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You all might enjoy the Feb. 20, 2019 episode of the podcast "Imaginary Worlds" which is entitled "The Man Behind the Sword" about Robert Howard and the carton of Conan. This is a great podcast in general for people who like SF and fantasy.
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