The Coming of Conan

The Coming of Conan is a collection of eight fantasy short stories by American writer Robert E. Howard, featuring his sword and sorcery heroes Kull and Conan the Barbarian, together with the first part of his pseudo-history of the "Hyborian Age" in which the Conan tales were set. It was first published in hardcover in the United States by Gnome Press in 1953 and by Boardman Books in the United Kingdom in 1954. The stories originally appeared in the 1930s in the fantasy magazine Weird Tales. The collection never saw publication in paperback; instead, its component stories were split up and distributed among other "Kull" and "Conan" collections.

The Coming of Conan
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Cover of first edition
AuthorRobert E. Howard
CountryUnited States
GenreSwords & sorcery, fantasy
PublisherGnome Press
Publication date
Media typePrint (hardback)


Chronologically, the short stories collected as The Coming of Conan are the earliest in Gnome's Conan series; the stories collected as Conan the Barbarian follow.


New York Times reviewer Villiers Gerson praised the stories as "unusual adult fairy tale[s] [with] a verve and dash seldom found in such thud-and-blunder stories."[1] P. Schuyler Miller praised the volume as "some of the best of the fantastic, bloody exploits of Conan the Cimmerian in a world that never was."[2]


  1. ^ "The Spaceman's Realm", The New York Times Book Review, June 13, 1954, p.25
  2. ^ "The Reference Library", Astounding Science Fiction, September 1954, p.151
Preceded by
Gnome Conan series
(chronological order)
Succeeded by
Conan the Barbarian