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What your favorite Conan story?

Posted: Tue Feb 03, 2009 11:35 pm
by treeplanter
Just curious

Me: Beyond the black rivers and The Black stranger (you get the idea )

Posted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 12:41 am
by VincentDarlage
My favorite is the first Conan story I ever read: "The People of the Black Circle."

Posted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 1:11 am
by flatscan
Hour of the Dragon is the greatest Conan story IMHO. It takes Conan from Aquilonia all the way to Stygia. Howard crammed as much sword & sorcery goodness into that short novel as possible and it has been an inspiration to me throughout my Conan GMing career. :D

Posted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 5:06 am
by Demetrio
Black Colossus with The Tower of the Elephant a close runner up.

Posted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 6:32 pm
by Krushnak
the black stranger and red nails for me.

Posted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 7:08 pm
by thulsa
Red Nails, Shadows in Zamboula and Tower of the Elephant.

... and all the others! :-)

- thulsa

Posted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 8:32 pm
by Red Tulwar
Queen of the Black Coast, though The Flesh-Eaters of Zamboula is a close second!

Posted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 9:31 pm
by Diabolus
The Hour of the Dragon and The Black Stranger

Posted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 11:44 pm
by thelevitator
Another vote for Red Nails.

Posted: Thu Feb 05, 2009 2:39 am
by Style
Hands down the Black Stranger.

Some where distant after that is Red Nails, Queen of the Black Coast, and Beyond the Black River.

For a converted Kull tale, Phoenix and the Sword wasn't too shabby.

Posted: Thu Feb 05, 2009 5:35 am
by Magister_Ordo_Lyrae
I always liked A Witch Shall be born. Its one of my favorites. Beyond the black river is also a favorite.

Posted: Thu Feb 05, 2009 6:23 am
by Spectator
Maybe I'm just a freak on a leash but I love "The Slithering Shadow" / Xuthal of the Dusk.
I became positively soft-porn freak happy when I read about the Stygian noblewoman Thalis whipping the brythunian slave girl NAtala.

I also liked it since it had Conan doing something very sensible: Getting the Hell out of a bad situation with only a horse, girl, a little gem.
Very cool moral of the story:
Don't mess with stygian Demon-loving Beeyatches.

I love the stories that take place inthe Black Kingdoms most of all.

Posted: Thu Feb 05, 2009 9:31 am
by Malcadon
The Eye of Argon! :lol: JK!

Actually, its the first yarn I have read: Red Nails.

By the way, its not Conan, but The Beast from the Abyss is a must read essay for any REH fan, and I even find non-REH fans really enjoy it!

Posted: Thu Feb 05, 2009 10:24 am
by VincentDarlage
Spectator wrote:Maybe I'm just a freak on a leash but I love "The Slithering Shadow" / Xuthal of the Dusk.
That is my second-favorite story (after "People of the Black Circle"); it is also the second Conan story I ever read (Conan the Adventurer is the first Conan book I ever read, since those stories follow one after the other in it. Awesome cover to that book).

Posted: Thu Feb 05, 2009 2:14 pm
by sgstyrsky
Strangely, my two of my favorites are ones in which Conan shares the stage with other characters: "Beyond the Black River" and "A Witch Shall be Born".

However, I reserve a special place for "The Tower of the Elephant". The opening scene in the Maul, and the fight in the dark that ends with a strident yell of agony just blew my mind when I first read it.

Posted: Thu Feb 05, 2009 3:16 pm
by treeplanter
Spectator wrote:Maybe I'm just a freak on a leash but I love "The Slithering Shadow" / Xuthal of the Dusk.
I became positively soft-porn freak happy when I read about the Stygian noblewoman Thalis whipping the brythunian slave girl NAtala.
:lol: a soft porn freak heh? Xuthal of the dusk also rank pretty high, it's my favorite of the "Weird story". It's also the toughest combat for Conan, the only time he almost die

People of the black circle is pretty cool too

Posted: Thu Feb 05, 2009 3:26 pm
by Demetrio
The only reason The Slithering Shadow isn't my favourite is because I find Natala irritating beyond words.

Posted: Fri Feb 06, 2009 3:36 am
by Spectator
VincentDarlage wrote:
Spectator wrote:Maybe I'm just a freak on a leash but I love "The Slithering Shadow" / Xuthal of the Dusk.
That is my second-favorite story (after "People of the Black Circle"); it is also the second Conan story I ever read (Conan the Adventurer is the first Conan book I ever read, since those stories follow one after the other in it. Awesome cover to that book).
YEah the I love the Ace Cover of Frazetta's Conan on a pile of bodies/skulls/something. Truly kick-ass.
The Thing about People of the Black circle that always makes me go "What the Hell" is the magic puffballs, I just thought that was a little too "Cabbage-Patch Kid".

I think Red Nailsis also right up there I love the jungle, the dragon the greenstone city and the crazy Hatfield /McCoy blood-feud with a hot sadistic sorceror!

I thought A Witch shall be born had such great potential, I thought the ending though of this massive demon thing caling it quits after he gets peppered with some shemite arrows, bordered on the lame. C'mon you are a demon, when's stinking 1/2 pound non-magical arrow gonna hurt you.?

Posted: Fri Feb 06, 2009 4:04 am
by Clegane
I've always been quite partial to 'Rogues in the House', myself. Though I note that no one else has included it, so perhaps its just due to the fact that it was the first Conan story I read some 25-odd years ago.

Posted: Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:53 am
by cbrunish
The Devil in Iron and The God in the Bowl. Both truly entertaining!!!