Conan by Robert E Howard
Conan the Barbarian, or Conan the Cimmerian, is a sword and sorcery hero created by American author Robert E. Howard. The character exists in the “Hyborian Age,” which takes place after the destruction of Atlantis. Conan is a Cimmerian who was already one of the greatest warriors around by age 15. Once he destroyed the Aquilonian outpost, he went on adventures involving monsters, wizards, wenches and gorgeous princesses. At times, he has been a thief, outlaw, mercenary and a pirate.

The Conan the Barbarian Character first appeared in the publication Weird Tales in 1932. Howard finished 21 Conan stories during his life, and the character would later be written by authors such as Poul Anderson, Robert Jordan, L. Sprague de Camp, Lin Carter, Bjorn Nyberg, John Maddox Roberts, Harry Turtledove. However, we are focusing on only three of the publishers who have published Conan books – Gnome Press, Lancer/Ace and Donald M. Grant. Below is a list of these three Conan series in order of when the books were originally released (and in chronological order when necessary):

Publication Order of Conan (Gnome Press) Books


Conan the Conqueror(1950) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Sword of Conan(1952) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
King Conan(1953) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Coming of Conan(1953) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Conan the Barbarian(1954) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Tales of Conan(1955) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Return of Conan(1957) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Chronological Order of Conan (Gnome Press) Books


The Coming of Conan(1953) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Conan the Barbarian(1954) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Sword of Conan(1952) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
King Conan(1953) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Conan the Conqueror(1950) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Return of Conan(1957) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Tales of Conan(1955) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Conan (Lancer/Ace) Books


Conan the Adventurer(1966) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Conan the Warrior(1967) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Conan the Usurper(1967) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Conan the Conqueror(1967) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Conan the Avenger(1968) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Conan of the Isles(1968) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Conan(1968) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Conan the Freebooter(1968) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Conan the Wanderer(1968) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Conan of Cimmeria(1969) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Conan the Buccaneer(1971) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Conan of Aquilonia(1977) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Chronological Order of Conan (Lancer/Ace) Books


Conan(1968) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Conan of Cimmeria(1969) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Conan the Freebooter(1968) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Conan the Wanderer(1968) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Conan the Adventurer(1966) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Conan the Buccaneer(1971) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Conan the Warrior(1967) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Conan the Usurper(1967) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Conan the Conqueror(1967) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Conan the Avenger(1968) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Conan of Aquilonia(1977) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Conan of the Isles(1968) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Conan (Donald M. Grant) Books


The People of the Black Circle(1974) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Witch Shall Be Born(1975) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Tower of the Elephant(1975) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Red Nails(1975) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Devil in Iron(1976) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Rogues in the House(1976) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Queen of the Black Coast(1978) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Jewels of Gwahlur(1979) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Black Colossus(1979) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Pool of the Black One(1986) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Notes: Conan the Conqueror was also published as The Hour of the Dragon. The Return of Conan was written by Bjorn Nyberg and L. Sprague de Camp, based on the writing of Robert E. Howard. Tales of Conan consists of non-Conan stories written by Howard that were re-written as Conan stories.

The Lancer/Ace publications Conan and Conan of Cimmeria were co-authored with L. Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter. The Lancer publications Conan the Freebooter, Conan the Wanderer, Conan the Adventurer and Conan the Usurper were co-authored with L. Sprague de Camp. Conan the Buccaneer, Conan of Aquilonia and Conan of the Isles were written by L. Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter, based on Howard’s work. Conan the Avenger (aka The Return of Conan) was co-authored with Bjorn Nyberg and L. Sprague de Camp.

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Conan Synopses: The Coming of Conan includes the stories The Hyborian Age (Part 1), The Shadow Kingdom, The Mirrors of Tuzun Thune, The King and the Oak, The Tower of the Elephant, The God in the Bowl, Rogues in the House, The Frost-Giant’s Daughter and Queen of the Black Coast. The collection is the first Gnome Press collection in chronological order.

Conan the Barbarian (the second Gnome Press collection) collects the stories Black Colossus, Shadows in the Moonlight, A Witch Shall be Born, Shadows in Zamboula, The Devil in Iron.

The Lancer/Ace collection Conan collects the stories The Hyborian Age (Part 1), The Thing in the Crypt, The Tower of the Elephant, The Hall of the Dead, The God in the Bowl, Rogues in the House, The Hand of Nergal and The City of Skulls

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