Conan is one of those seminal characters that attracted acolytes by the score around the world. One of his devoted fan was a Swede named Björn Nyberg. (That seems to be the proper spelling, although the dust jacket leaves out the umlaut and the front flap spells it B’jorn!) He was in his late twenties when he set out to write an original Conan novel. Somehow his manuscript got to de Camp, who polished it and got it published in the September 1957 issue of Fantastic Universe, under the title “Conan the Victorious.” That version was expanded (or perhaps restored to original length) for the Gnome printing. Nyberg did a few more Conan stories in later years, but he’s not known to have written any original f&sf.
My scanner did not improperly cut off the rear cover. The dust jacket was apparently designed for a much fatter book.
The Return of Conan, by Björn Nyberg & L. Sprague de Camp, 1957, title #60, 191 pages, $3.00. 5000 hardbound copies printed.
Hardback. Jacket design by Wallace Wood. “The Return of Conan by Björn Nyberg/with the collaboration of L. Sprague de Camp/Based upon and continuing the Conan stories by Robert E. Howard” on title page. “First Printing” stated on copyright page. Manufactured in the U.S.A. by H. Wolff. Back cover: 35 titles. Gnome Press address given as 80 East 11th St., N.Y. 3.