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 / The Hour of the Dragon(1950)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Sword of Conan(1952)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
King Conan(1953)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Coming of Conan(1953)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Conan the Barbarian(1954)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Tales of Conan(1955)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Return of Conan(1957)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Chronological Order of Conan (Gnome Press) Books

Conan the Barbarian(1954)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Sword of Conan(1952)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
King Conan(1953)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Conan the Conqueror / The Hour of the Dragon(1950)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Tales of Conan(1955)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Return of Conan(1957)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Coming of Conan(1953)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Conan (Lancer/Ace) Books

Conan the Adventurer(1966)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Conan the Warrior(1967)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Conan the Usurper(1967)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Conan the Conqueror(1967)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Conan the Avenger(1968)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Conan of the Isles(1968)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Conan(1968)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Conan the Freebooter(1968)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Conan the Wanderer(1968)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Conan of Cimmeria(1969)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Conan the Buccaneer(1971)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Conan of Aquilonia(1977)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Conan (Donald M. Grant) Books

The Hour of the Dragon / Conan the Conquerer(1950)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The People of the Black Circle(1974)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
A Witch Shall Be Born(1975)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Tower of the Elephant(1975)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Red Nails(1975)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Conan in The Devil in Iron(1976)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Rogues in the House Conan(1976)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Queen of the Black Coast(1978)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Jewels of Gwahlur(1979)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Black Colossus(1979)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Pool of the Black One(1986)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Conan The Cimmerian Books

The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Bloody Crown of Conan(2004)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Conquering Sword of Conan(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

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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