Tales of Conan

Contents and original publication:

• “Introduction,” by P. Schuyler Miller (original to this volume)
• “Ghostly Note,” by L. Sprague de Camp (original to this volume)
• “The Blood Stained-God,” (original to this volume; based on an unpublished story by Robert E. Howard titled “The Curse of the Blood Stained-God”)
• “Hawks Over Shem,” (original to this volume; based on an unpublished story by Robert E. Howard titled “Hawks Over Egypt”)
• “The Road of the Eagles,” (original to this volume; based on an  unpublished story by Robert E. Howard titled “The Road of the Eagles”)
• “The Flame-Knife,” (original to this volume; based on an unpublished story by Robert E. Howard titled “Three-Bladed Doom”)

“The Blood-Stained God” appeared in the April 1956 Fantastic Universe, “Hawks Over Shem” in the October 1955 Fantastic Universe, and “The Road of the Eagle” in the December 1955 Fantastic Universe. Tales of Conan was the fourth of eight books Gnome published that year. There seems to be no record of exactly when in 1955 the book saw print, so there is no good answer to the question of whether the book is the original publication of these stories or whether Fantastic Universe was for one or two.

Floyd C. Gale reviewed it in the July 1956 Galaxy:

Action and blood there are aplenty in the good old tradition and Howard fans will find exciting reading.

Tales of Conan, by Robert E. Howard, 1955, title #49, 219 pages, $3.00. 5000 hardbound copies printed.

Hardback. Jacket design by Emsh. David Kyle map of Hyborean Age on pre-title page. “First Edition” stated on copyright page. Manufactured in the U.S.A. by H. Wolff. “Introduction” by P. Schuyler Miller. “Ghostly Note” by L. Sprague de Camp. Back cover: 39 titles. Gnome Press address given as 80 East 11th St., N.Y. 3.

Variants, red boards first, no known priority for others

1) Red boards, lettered in black
2) Green boards, lettered in black
3) Black boards, lettered in red
4) Gray boards, lettered in red
5) Gray cloth, lettered in red

Tales of Conan jacket front
Tales of Conan jacket flaps

Tales of Conan red boards cover

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