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Conan the Barbarian: The Beginnings by Robert E. Howard

Conan the Barbarian: The Beginnings by Robert E. Howard (1906-1936) contains the first three Conan novelettes as well as Howard’s introduction to the Hyborian world of Conan.

“Give me a clean sword and a clean foe to flesh it in. Damnation! What would I not give for a flagon of wine!”

The Phoenix on the Sword (1932) – A soul-searing story of a fearsome monster spawned in darkness before the first man crawled out of the slimy sea

The Scarlet Citadel (1933) – A shuddery story of weird monstrosities in the underground crypts of Tsotha-lanti the magician – a tale of eery powers and red battle

The Tower of the Elephant (1933)- A strange blood-freezing story of an idol that wept on its throne and a valiant barbarian from the fringes of an elder civilization

The Hyborian Age (1936)- An introduction to the universe of Conan


The Phoenix on the Sword

Chapter 1

“Know, oh prince, that between the years when the oceans drank Atlantis and the gleaming cities, and the years of the rise of the Sons of Aryas, there was an Age undreamed of, when shining kingdoms lay spread across the world like blue mantles beneath the stars—Nemedia, Ophir, Brythunia, Hyperborea, Zamora with its dark-haired women and towers of spider-haunted mystery, Zingara with its chivalry, Koth that bordered on the pastoral lands of Shem, Stygia with its shadow-guarded tombs, Hyrkania whose riders wore steel and silk and gold. But the proudest kingdom of the world was Aquilonia, reigning supreme in the dreaming west. Hither came Conan, the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand, a thief, a reaver, a slayer, with gigantic melancholies and gigantic mirth, to tread the jeweled thrones of the Earth under his sandalled feet.”
—The Nemedian Chronicles

OVER shadowy spires and gleaming towers lay the ghostly darkness and silence that runs before dawn. Into a dim alley, one of a veritable labyrinth of mysterious winding ways, four masked figures came hurriedly from a door which a dusky hand furtively opened. They spoke not but went swiftly into the gloom, cloaks wrapped closely about them; as silently as the ghosts of murdered men they disappeared in the darkness. Behind them a sardonic countenance was framed in the partly opened door; a pair of evil eyes glittered malevolently in the gloom.

Excerpt From: Robert E. Howard. “Conan the Barbarian – The Beginnings.”

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