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).

Contents

  • xi • Editor’s Note (The Spell of Conan) • essay by L. Sprague de Camp
  • 3 • Introduction: Swordsmen and Sorcerers at Play • (1971) • essay by Lin Carter
  • 11 • Skald in the Post Oaks • (1971) • essay by L. Sprague de Camp
  • 26 • Howard’s Style • (1961) • essay by Fritz Leiber
  • 32 • The Ghost of Camp Colorado • (1931) • essay by Robert E. Howard
  • 38 • Conan’s Ghost • (1968) • essay by L. Sprague de Camp
  • 44 • Untitled fragment (“The wind from the Mediterranean …”) • (1959) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard
  • 45 • The Trail of Tranicos • (1967) • essay by L. Sprague de Camp
  • 51 • Balthus of Cross Plains • (1959) • essay by George H. Scithers
  • 55 •   Review: Something about Eve by James Branch Cabell • (1930) • review by Robert E. Howard
  • 61 • The Testament of Snefru • (1961) • short story by John Boardman
  • 66 • The Lion’s Bridge • (1963) • short story by Raul Garcia Capella [as by Ray Capella]
  • 78 • When Set Fled • (1961) • short story by Fritz Leiber
  • 85 • Eddison’s Zimiamvian Trilogy • (1959) • essay by Robert E. Briney
  • 90 • Conan’s Great-Grandfather • (1961) • essay by L. Sprague de Camp
  • 96 •   Review: The Dying Earth by Jack Vance • (1961) • review by Robert E. Briney
  • 100 • Pratt’s Parallel Worlds • (1965) • essay by L. Sprague de Camp
  • 107 • Of Worms and Unicorns • (1968) • essay by David Hulan
  • 115 • Knights and Knaves in Neustria • (1966) • essay by L. Sprague de Camp
  • 120 • Fafhrd and Me • (1963) • essay by Fritz Leiber
  • 140 • Conan’s Imitators • (1962) • essay by L. Sprague de Camp
  • 149 • The Thong of Thor • (1962) • poem by John Boardman
  • 152 • Woe Is Me! • (1961) • poem by Avram Davidson
  • 154 • Transposition • (1963) • poem by L. Sprague de Camp
  • 155 • Thoth-Amon’s Complaint • (1972) • poem by L. Sprague de Camp
  • 157 • The Gray Mouser: 1 • [Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser] • (1959) • poem by Fritz Leiber
  • 158 • The Gray Mouser: 2 • [Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser] • (1959) • poem by Fritz Leiber
  • 161 • Pirettes • (1960) • essay by L. Sprague de Camp
  • 163 • The Insidious Doctor Conan • (1964) • essay by L. Sprague de Camp
  • 166 • The Conans of Albion • (1974) • essay by L. Sprague de Camp
  • 172 • Who Were the Æsir? • (1959) • essay by Poul Anderson
  • 181 • Howard and the Celts • (1975) • essay by L. Sprague de Camp
  • 200 • Who Was Crom? • (1960) • essay by Albert E. Gechter
  • 205 • Conan and Matho • (1961) • essay by L. Sprague de Camp
  • 211 • John Carter: Sword of Theosophy • (1959) • essay by Fritz Leiber
  • 218 • Conan and Pizarro • (1964) • essay by L. Sprague de Camp
  • 221 • Lord of the Black Throne • (1961) • essay by P. Schuyler Miller
  • 226 • The Heroic Barbarian • (1975) • essay by L. Sprague de Camp
Cover art by Sanjulian
Published by: Ace
Book no: ISBN-10: 0441116698
Year : July 1980
Edition : 1st
Format : Paperback
Pages : 244
Cover : Sanjulian
Illustrations : None
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Edited by L. Sprague de Camp

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).

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