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For questions about the speculative fiction writings of Robert E. Howard, an American author who lived from 1906 to 1936. He created the character Conan the Barbarian and created the sword and sorcery genre.

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Did Robert E. Howard seriously think that Barbarism is the superior and most natural state of humanity?

I've read Conan stories for the first time a long while ago, and one of the things that struck me was the focus in writing on showcasing how great and ultimately succesful barbarism is and how meek ...
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Why did Howard never use the name "Amra" in any of the stories of Conan's time as a pirate?

It is well known in Hyborian lore that Conan the Cimmerian went by the name "Amra" [the lion] when he was a pirate. From 1959 to 1982, there was a magazine named Amra—which grew from a ...
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Did the pre-cataclysmic landmass of Thuria end up being today's Americas?

All fans of Robert E. Howard's work are familiar with this map of the pre-Cataclysmic era of King Kull's time, some 6,000 years before Conan: From reading Howard's famous essay on the chronology of ...
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Which Howard Book features Derketo?

I was playing Conan Exiles on the weekend, then on Wednesday Conan Adventures in an Age undreamt of with the core book and Conan the Thief only. In either, there is mentioning of Derketo as a Stygian, ...
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Did Robert E. Howard write anything other than Conan the Barbarian that’s not a collection of short stories?

I’ve been reading Kull: Exile of Atlantis and Conan the Barbarian. I love them, but I am wondering if there’s a larger non-short story book by Robert E. Howard?
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Was Edward Pickman Derby from "The Thing on the Doorstep" based on Robert E. Howard?

"The Thing on the Doorstep" (1937) is perhaps my all-time favorite horror story—one of H.P. Lovecraft's best pieces. One of the main characters is Edward Pickman Derby, who finds himself battling ...
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Was the unfinished Drums of Tombalku rewritten as Xuthal of the Dusk by Robert E. Howard?

Robert E. Howard left many stories unfinished or unpublished. After his death, Lin Carter and L. Sprague de Camp finished many incomplete stories, and they also reworked stories that featured other ...
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Is Thog Tsathoggua?

In "The Slithering Shadow," Conan fights Thog, the monster-god of the city of Xuthal. Both the thing's name and description are suggestive of Clark Ashton Smith's creation Tsathoggua. Something ...
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Looking for a story about a warrior who fights a octopus monster and beats it making noise

I remember this story from about 1970. It probably was a comic, but there's a chance that it was an ilustrated novel. Style and aesthetics were similar to Conan the barbarian. A warrior enters to a ...
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Is there any good resource which analyses Conan the Cimmerian continuity?

Conan the Cimmerian universe is a fairly large one, including multiple stories by Robert E. Howard (and seemingly somehow intertwined with his earlier Kull material) from many eras and many publishers;...
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Is there a suggested order of reading Conan books?

Is there a recommended order of reading for Conan books? The order should include both Robert E. Howard's and other authors' material. Don't really care about comics and other non-book sources.
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