The Conan Swordbook

The Conan Swordbook is a 1969 collection of essays edited by L. Sprague de Camp and George H. Scithers, published in hardcover by Mirage Press. The essays were originally published as articles in Scithers’ fanzine Amra. The book is a companion to Mirage’s other two volumes of material from Amra, The Conan Reader (1968) and The Conan Grimoire (1972). Most of the material in the three volumes, together with some additional material, was later reprinted in two de Camp-edited paperback anthologies from Ace Books; The Blade of Conan (1979) and The Spell of Conan (1980).

The Spell of Conan

The Spell of Conan is a 1980 collection of essays, poems and fiction edited by L. Sprague de Camp, published in paperback by Ace Books. The material was originally published as articles in George H. Scithers’ fanzine Amra.

The book is a companion to Ace’s earlier volume of material from Amra, The Blade of Conan (1979). Most of the material in the two volumes, together with some additional material, was reprinted from three previous books issued in hardcover by Mirage Press; de Camp’s collection The Conan Reader (1968), and the de Camp and Scithers-edited anthologies The Conan Swordbook (1969). and The Conan Grimoire (1972).

The Blade of Conan

The Blade of Conan is a 1979 collection of essays edited by L. Sprague de Camp, published in paperback by Ace Books.

The material was originally published as articles in George H. Scithers’ fanzine Amra. The book is a companion to Ace’s later volume of material from Amra, The Spell of Conan (1980). Most of the material in the two volumes, together with some additional material, was reprinted from three previous books issued in hardcover by Mirage Press; de Camp’s collection The Conan Reader (1968), and the de Camp and Scithers-edited anthologies The Conan Swordbook (1969). and The Conan Grimoire (1972).

The Fantastic Worlds of Robert E. Howard

Most of the articles are reprinted from issues of the Robert E. Howard United Press Association (REHUPA). Many are revised and expanded.

Other articles are from THE PULP COLLECTOR #18, STARLOG #238, CINEFANTASTIQUE (Jan 1997), and ROBERT E. HOWARD’S BLOOD & THUNDER #1.
Profusely illustrated by Virgil Finlay, Steve Fabian, Richard Corben, Roy G. Krenkel, Allen Koszowski, Hugh Rankin, Ray Capella, Rick McCollum, Jayem Wilcox, Lee Brown Coye, Ned Dameron, Ron Wilber, David Burton, T.J. Glenn, Jim Cawthorn, and original pulp illustrations by various artists.