The Hour of the Dragon, also known as Conan the Conqueror, is a fantasy novel by American writer Robert E. Howard featuring his sword and sorcery hero Conan. The plot is a loosely based melange of motifs from previous Conan short stories, most notably "The Scarlet Citadel", with which it shares an almost identical storyline. It takes place when Conan is about forty-five, during his reign as King of Aquilonia, and follows a plot by a group of conspirators to depose him in favor of Valerius, heir to Conan's predecessor Numedides, whom he had slain to gain the throne. To accomplish this they resort to necromancy, resurrecting Xaltotun, an ancient sorcerer from the pre-Hyborian empire of Acheron. With his aid the Aquilonian army is defeated by that of the rival kingdom of Nemedia and occupied. Conan, captured, is slated for execution until the sympathetic slave girl Zenobia risks her life to free him. Conan's quest to retrieve the Heart of Ahriman in order to defeat the wizard and regain his throne takes him through all the lands of Hyboria. After his eventual triumph he vows to make Zenobia his queen.
"Jewels of Gwahlur" is one of the original short stories starring the fictional sword and sorcery hero Conan the Barbarian, written by American author Robert E. Howard. Set in the pseudo-historical Hyborian Age, it concerns several parties, including Conan, fighting over and hunting for the eponymous treasure in Hyborian Africa.
Conan, following legends of this treasure, has travelled to Keshan and offered his services to train and lead Keshan's army against their neighbour, Punt. However, Thutmekri, a Stygian rogue with similar intentions, and his Shemitish partner, Zargheba, also arrive in the country with an offer of a military alliance with another of Punt's neighbours, Zembabwei, with some of the Teeth to seal their pact. The high priest of Keshan, Gorulga, announces that a decision on the matter can only be made after consulting Yelaya, the mummified oracle of Alkmeenon. This is all the treasure hunters require. Zargheba joins Gorulga in his expedition while Conan travels ahead of them.
In the abandoned city the initial atmosphere of the supernatural gives way to intrigue over the oracle. Zargheba has brought along a Corinthian slave girl, Muriela, to play the part of the oracle and tell the priests to hand all of the jewels to Thutmekri. Conan is first scared of the living oracle but quickly discovers the ruse. Intrigue and mystery follows as the imposter and the body of the genuine oracle switch and reappear. Gorulga, however, is an innocent in this, genuinely attempting to consult his oracle.
However, a fourth faction appears. A Pelishti traveller, Bit-Yakin, had visited the valley of the lost city in the past. When the people of Keshan visited the site to worship Yelaya as a goddess, Bit-Yakin provided prophecies from a hiding place. Eventually he died there; his undying servants buried him as per his instructions, and, got rid of their master's control, massacred all priests from Keshan who attempted to visit the city and consult the oracle afterwards. Bit-Yakin's servants, revealed to be large, gray-furred ape-like creatures, kill the survivors of Gorulga's party when they attempt to claim the jewels. Conan manages to acquire the chest containing the jewels but is forced to abandon them to save Muriela. They escape together and Conan ends the story by outlining a new plan.
"The Devil in Iron" is one of the original stories by Robert E. Howard about Conan the Barbarian. In "The Devil in Iron," an ancient demon, Khosatral Khel, is awakened on the remote island of Xapur due to the meddling of a greedy fisherman. Upon reawakening, Khel resurrects the ancient fortress which once dominated the island, including its cyclopean walls, gigantic pythons, and long-dead citizens.
Meanwhile, Conan — a leader of the Vilayet kozaks — is tricked by the villainous Jehungir Agha into pursuing the lovely Octavia to the island of Xapur. Jehungir Agha plans for Conan to fall into a prepared trap on the island. The unforeseen resurrection of the island demon and its ancient fortress, however, interrupts these plans.
When Conan arrives on Xapur, he must defeat not only the forces of the Agha led by Jelal Khan, but a giant serpent as well, and the iron-fleshed monstrosity that is Khosatral Khel.
Almuric features a muscular hero known on earth as Esau Cairn. He is transported through space to a world known as Almuric by unspecified scientific methods. While there, he battles with frightening monsters and beautiful women. Cairn becomes known as the Iron Hand due to his powerful punches and boxing skills. Robert E. Howard is probably best known for his character Conan the Barbarian and is regarded as the father of the sword and sorcery subgenre. Almuric shares similar elements with the John Carter of Mars series by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
Robert E. Howard
Der Fluch des roten Gottes und andere Erzählungen
Aus dem Amerikanischen von Martin Thau
Erzählungen um Schwertkämpfer und Abenteurer. Der Erfinder von Conan dem Barbaren verstand es wie kein Zweiter, den Leser in phantastische, blutvolle Welten zu entführen.
Cover: Steve Mayer mit Pixabay
Queen Taramis of Khauran awakens one day to find an identical twin sister, Salome, staring her in the face. As an infant, Salome was deemed a witch due to a crescent birthmark on her chest. This birthmark was believed to be a sign of evil, so she was left in the desert to die. However, a magician from Khitai (China) found her, brought her up, and instructed her in the arts of sorcery.
Salome has conspired with Constantius, known as "the Falcon," the Kothic leader of a force of Shemitish mercenaries, to take over the city state. Queen Taramis is taken to the palace dungeon, with the implication of torture and rape. Salome assumes Taramis' identity as queen of Khauran and names Constantius her royal consort. The Khaurani army is disbanded and replaced by Constantius' Shemitish mercenaries, an event which turns violent when the captain of the queen's guard, Conan the Cimmerian, refuses to obey the order.
After putting his back to a wall and killing a number of Constantius' Shemites, Conan is finally captured and crucified for his defiance. Olgerd Vladislav, the Zaporoskan leader of a band of Zuagir desert raiders, rides by with a scouting party and happens by the crucified Conan a mile from the city walls. Vladislav does not entirely help Conan. He has the base of the cross cut, leaving it to fate and Conan's hardiness that he is not crushed by the heavy wood. Vladislav then refuses to give Conan any water, claiming the Cimmerian must wait until after a ten-mile trek to the outlaw camp to prove his worthiness to his band.
“He was . . . a strange blending of Puritan and Cavalier, with a touch of the ancient philosopher, and more than a touch of the pagan. . . . A hunger in his soul drove him on and on, an urge to right all wrongs, protect all weaker things. . . . Wayward and restless as the wind, he was consistent in only one respect—he was true to his ideals of justice and right. Such was Solomon Kane.”
Collected in this volume are the seven stories (plus one poem) that make up the thrilling saga of the dour and deadly Puritan, Solomon Kane: Red Shadows (1928), Skulls In The Stars (1929), Rattle Of Bones (1929), The Moon Of Skulls (1930), The Hills Of The Dead (1930), The Footfalls Within (1931), Wings In The Night (1932) and Solomon Kane's Homecoming – A Poem (1936).
Together they constitute a sprawling epic of weird fantasy adventure that stretches from sixteenth-century England to remote African jungles where no white man has set foot. Here are shudder-inducing tales of vengeful ghosts and bloodthirsty demons, of dark sorceries wielded by evil men and women, all opposed by a grim avenger armed with a fanatic’s faith and a warrior’s savage heart.
Schwerter gegen Bestien: Fantasy Sammelband 1026 Seiten Sword & Sorcery
Robert E. Howard
Fast vierzig Jahre nach Robert E. Howards Tod sind die Werke des Conan-Autors in aller Welt zu Fantasy-Bestsellern geworden. Dies gilt besonders für Howards Sword-and-Sorcery-Erzählungen..
Dieser Band enthält Erzählungen um Solomon Kane, Kull von Atlantis Bran Mak Morn, Red Sonja und andere Helden Howards.
Die ultimative Howard-Sammlung!
Robert E. Howard - der Schöpfer von Conan, dem Barbaren – hat neben seinen berühmten Romanen vor allem auch ein umfangreiches Werk an farbenprächtigen, spannenden Fantasy-Erzählungen geschaffen, die in ihrem Einfallsreichtum zeitlos sind und bis heute nichts von ihrer archaischen Kraft und ihrer Wirkung verloren haben.
Der Band Die Geister der Nacht versammelt neben der titelgebenden Erzählung noch acht weitere Storys: Der Garten der Furcht, Der graue Gott stirbt, Der Herr von Samarkand, Der Marsch nach Walhall, Das Tal des Wurms, Der Donner-Reiter, Zwei gegen Tyrus sowie die zum Cthulhu-Mythos gehörende Erzählung Das Volk der Dunkelheit.
Als besondere Ergänzung enthält dieser Band überdies das Gedicht Des Träumers Lohn in der deutschen Übersetzung von Dr. Helmut W. Pesch.
Schritte in der Gruft
Die Abenteuer des Solomon Kane
Robert E. Howard, Autor der weltbekannten CONAN-Serie, hatte schon in frühester Jugend ein besonderes Interesse für Mythen, barbarische Völker, versunkene Kulturen und dunkle Geheimnisse entwickelt. Diesem Interesse verdanken wir auch die Figur des Solomon Kane, Howards ersten Fantasy-Helden.
Solomon Kane, ein Puritaner der elisabethanischen Zeit, ist ein glühender Verfechter der Gerechtigkeit. Auf Suche nach Abenteuern zieht er durch die Welt. Mit seinem Degen, den er meisterhaft zu führen versteht, rächt er begangenes Unrecht und bekämpft das Böse, wo immer er es findet.
Dieser Band enthält sechs Solomon Kane Abenteuer, die Europa und Afrika zum Schauplatz haben. Es sind die Stories:
AUF DEM PFAD DER RACHE
DAS SKELETT DES MAGIERS
SCHATTEN DES TODES
DER RUF DES DSCHUNGELS
SCHRITTE IN DER GRUFT