"About the Book This volume completes the set of Howard's Conan stories with some of his finest work, including ""Beyond the Black River"" and ""Red Nails"" alongside rare early drafts and synopses. Book Synopsis ""For headling, nonstop adventure and for vivid, even florid, scenery, no one even comes close to Howard.""--Harry Turtledove In a meteoric career that covered only a dozen years, Robert E. Howard defined the sword-and-sorcery genre. In doing so, he brought to life the archetypal adventurer known to millions around the world as Conan the barbarian. Witness, then, Howard at his finest, and Conan at his most savage, in the latest volume featuring the collected works of Robert E. Howard, lavishly illustrated by award-winning artist Greg Manchess. Prepared directly from the earliest known versions--often Howard's own manuscripts--are such sword-and-sorcery classics as ""The Servants of Bit-Yakin"" (formerly published as ""Jewels of Gwahlur""), ""Beyond the Black River,"" ""The Black Stranger,"" ""Man-Eaters of Zamboula"" (formerly published as ""Shadows in Zamboula""), and, perhaps his most famous adventure of all, ""Red Nails."" The Conquering Sword of Conan includes never-before-published outlines, notes, and story drafts, plus a new introduction, personal correspondence, and the revealing essay ""Hyborian Genesis""--which chronicles the history of the creation of the Conan series. Truly, this is heroic fantasy at its finest. Review Quotes ""Howard's writing seems so highly charged with energy that it nearly gives off sparks."" -Stephen King ""Howard honestly believed the basic truth of the stories he was telling. It's as if he'd said, 'This is how life was really lived in those former savage times!' "" -David Drake ""For stark, living fear . . . what other writer is even in the running with Robert E. Howard?"" -H. P. Lovecraft About the Author Robert E. Howard is one of the most prolific short story writers in American history, and has created such beloved characters as Conan the Barbarian, Kull of Atlantis, Soloman Kane, Bran Mak Morn, El Borak, and Dark Agnès de Chastillon. He tragically passed away in 1936."