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jeff37923:
So, I'm going back to my roots a little bit and have been picking up Conan books. In my youth, I saw the movies and read a handful of stories, but not all of them. Looking at the books now, there are a bunch of authors where I was only familiar with Robert E. Howard, L. Sprague de Camp, and Lin Carter.

My question for the readers is, who do you think are the quintessential Conan story authors whose works I should read? Which authors really understood who Conan was as a character and could write about him?

HappyDaze:
I'm curious to see the answers this thread gets. I picked up the three Conan story collections several years ago, and they are exclusively REH's stories. I also own quite a bit of the Modiphius Conan line, and it too is exclusively based on the REH material. Because of this, the non-REH Conan stuff (aside from a few old Marvel comics from the early 80s) is a total blindspot for me.

yancy:
I don't have a shit ton to say about this unfortunately, because I too, recently got a collection of just about every Conan story written by Robert E. Howard, with no stories by anyone else, and haven't read lots of Conan work by other people since the early 80s.

I remember the older stuff (L. Sprague de Camp, Lin Carter) as being mostly dire. I do favorably remember the Marvel Comics stuff using Conan and Kull, at least compared to the short stories, and I've read some of those within the past decade, they hold up ok.

I did recently read both Karl Edward Wagner novels/novellas using Howard's characters, Legion from the Shadows (Bran Mak Morn) & The Road of Kings (Conan), and I'd tentatively recommend both of those as *okay*, not as awful as the things I remember. Really though, you'd be better off reading his Kane stuff, which includes several Conan-type stories much better than either of those were.

So really this is just an excuse for me to shill for KEW :/

Ratman_tf:
I got The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian, which is just the REH stuff, and enjoyed it.
I've intentionally stayed away from other authors, as I feel like Conan was REH's thing, and I really am not interested in the character interpreted by another author.

HappyDaze:

--- Quote from: Ratman_tf on June 06, 2021, 01:07:07 AM ---I got The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian, which is just the REH stuff, and enjoyed it.

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IIRC, Conan ejaculates three or four times in that one, right?

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