84: The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian

84: The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian

How does a primitivist power fantasy become the kernel of a fleshed-out fictional world? How do you write an interesting story about an invulnerable hero? (Hint: giant snakes.) And when a pulp classic gets the full authorial-originalist textual-editing treatment, is the work honored or just entombed?

The Sometime Seminar discusses The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian (2003), which along with The Bloody Crown of Conan (2004) and The Conquering Sword of Conan (2005) collects all of the Conan stories written by Robert E. Howard in the early-to-mid-1930s in the order of their composition. (The editorial history of post-Howard Conan stories and books is quite complicated.)

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