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.