This is one thick book, but very lightweight. The Complete Chronicles of Conan: Centenary Edition is a collection of fantasy short stories written by Robert E. Howard featuring his sword and sorcery hero Conan the Barbarian. These are not all “pure” Howard texts. Unfortunately the texts came from various sources. See ‘Source’ under contents.

The book was published in 2006 by Gollancz and is an omnibus of their earlier collections The Conan Chronicles, Volume 1: The People of the Black Circle and The Conan Chronicles, Volume 2: The Hour of the Dragon, though the stories are rearranged. The collection is edited by Stephen Jones and was issued to celebrate the centenary of Howard’s birth. Most of the stories originally appeared in the magazines The Phantagraph, Weird Tales, Super-Science Fiction, Magazine of Horror, Fantasy Fiction, Fantasy Magazine and The Howard Collector.

Contents

  • The Complete Chronicles of Conan: Centenary Edition • (2006) • interior artwork by Les Edwards
  • 1 • The Hyborian Age • [Conan] • (1938) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard
    Source: Red Nails, Berkley, edited by Karl Edward Wagner
  • 21 • Cimmeria • (1965) • poem by Robert E. Howard
    Source: The Howard Collector, edited by Glenn Lord
  • 23 • The Phoenix on the Sword • [Conan] • (1932) • novelette by Robert E. Howard
    Source: Skull-Face and Others, Arkham House
  • 44 • The Scarlet Citadel • [Conan] • (1931) • novelette by Robert E. Howard
    Source: Skull-Face and Others, Arkham House
  • 79 • The Tower of the Elephant • [Conan] • (1933) • novelette by Robert E. Howard
    Source: Skull-Face and Others, Arkham House
  • 101 • Black Colossus • [Conan] • (1933) • novelette by Robert E. Howard
    Source: Black Colossus, Donald M. Grant Publishers
  • 134 • The Slithering Shadow • [Conan] • (1933) • novelette by Robert E. Howard
    Source: Weird Tales.
  • 163 • The Pool of the Black One • [Conan] • (1933) • novelette by Robert E. Howard
    Source: The Pool of the Black One, Donald M. Grant Publishers
  • 188 • Rogues in the House • [Conan] • (1934) • novelette by Robert E. Howard
    Source: Skull-Face and Others, Arkham House
  • 209 • Shadows in the Moonlight • [Conan] • (1934) • novelette by Robert E. Howard
    Source: Black Colossus, Donald M. Grant Publishers
  • 236 • Queen of the Black Coast • [Conan] • (1934) • novelette by Robert E. Howard
    Source: Weird Tales.
  • 262 • The Devil in Iron • [Conan] • (1934) • novelette by Robert E. Howard
    Source: The People of the Black Circle, Berkley, edited by Karl Edward Wagner
  • 289 • The People of the Black Circle • [Conan] • (1934) • novella by Robert E. Howard
    Source: The People of the Black Circle, Berkley, edited by Karl Edward Wagner
  • 356 • A Witch Shall Be Born • [Conan] • (1934) • novelette by Robert E. Howard
    Source: The People of the Black Circle, Berkley, edited by Karl Edward Wagner
  • 393 • Jewels of Gwahlur • [Conan] • (1935) • novelette by Robert E. Howard
    Source: Jewels of Gwahlur, Donald M. Grant Publishers
  • 431 • Beyond the Black River • [Conan] • (1935) • novella by Robert E. Howard
    Source: Red Nails, Berkley, edited by Karl Edward Wagner
  • 478 • Shadows in Zamboula • [Conan] • (1935) • novelette by Robert E. Howard
    Source: Red Nails, Berkley, edited by Karl Edward Wagner
  • 505 • Red Nails • [Conan] • (1936) • novella by Robert E. Howard
    Source: Red Nails, Berkley, edited by Karl Edward Wagner
  • 574 • The Hour of the Dragon • (1969) • poem by Robert E. Howard
    Source: The Hour of the Dragon, Berkley, edited by Karl Edward Wagner
  • 575 • The Hour of the Dragon • [Conan] • (1977) • novel by Robert E. Howard (variant of Conan the Conqueror 1950)
    Source: The Hour of the Dragon, Berkley, edited by Karl Edward Wagner
  • 733 • The God in the Bowl • [Conan] • (1952) • short story by Robert E. Howard
    Source: The Tower of the Elephant, Donald M. Grant Publishers
  • 751 • The Black Stranger • [Conan] • (1987) • novella by Robert E. Howard
    Source: Echoes of Valor, Tor, edited by Karl Edward Wagner
  • 818 • The Frost Giant’s Daughter • [Conan] • (1969) • short story by L. Sprague de Camp and Robert E. Howard [as by Robert E. Howard] Source: Echoes of Valor II, Tor, edited by Karl Edward Wagner
  • 826 • Drums of Tombalku (Draft) • (1986) • short story by Robert E. Howard
    Source: The Pool of the Black One, Donald M. Grant Publishers
  • 847 • The Vale of Lost Women • [Conan] • (1967) • short story by Robert E. Howard
    Source: Magazine of Horror #15
  • 862 • Wolves Beyond the Border (Draft) • (2000) • short story by Robert E. Howard
    Source: Manuscript
  • 880 • The Snout in the Dark (Draft) • (1979) • short story by Robert E. Howard
    Source: Jewels of Gwahlur, Donald M. Grant Publishers
  • 888 • The Hall of the Dead (Synopsis) • (1976) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard
    Source: The Last Celt, edited by Glenn Lord
  • 890 • The Hand of Nergal • (1976) • short fiction by Robert E. Howard
    Source: The Last Celt, edited by Glenn Lord
  • 893 • Notes on Various People of the Hyborian Age • (1977) • essay by Julian May [as by Lee N. Falconer]
  • 897 • Afterword (The Complete Chronicles of Conan: Centenary Edition) • (2006) • essay by Stephen Jones
  • ep •  The Complete Chronicles of Conan: Centenary Edition (Map of the Hyborian Age) • (2006) • interior artwork by uncredited

Notes

Edited by Stephen Jones
Collects The Conan Chronicles Volume 1 and Volume 2 published by Gollancz/Millennium into one edition.
The cover is leather-style with Les Edwards’ art embossed in gold. The binding material has the exact feel of leather, but is a synthetic.
Full color frontispiece, full page illustrations, and spot illustrations. No dust jacket.
Gollancz is an imprint of the Orion Publishing Company.

Publisher: Neville Spearman
Year : January 2006
Book No. : 0575077662  (Hardcover)
0575077808  (
Trade paperback)
Edition : 1st
Format : Hardcover & Trade paperback
Pages : 944
Cover : Les Edwards
Illustrations : Les Edwards

Edward Waterman interviewed the editor, Stephen Jones. It also became known that the texts was not as pure as first believed. You can read more on The barbarian Keep.

Read more on the Barbarian Keep

My own copy of a rare set of Gollanz Fantasy Masterworks’ Conan Chronicles, clothbound. One of only two such sets made. Gilded titles on the side, Hard clothbound box. Two softcovers made into hardcovers.

This is one thick book, but very lightweight. The Complete Chronicles of Conan: Centenary Edition is a collection of fantasy short stories written by Robert E. Howard featuring his sword and sorcery hero Conan the Barbarian.

The book was published in 2006 by Gollancz and is an omnibus of their earlier collections The Conan Chronicles, Volume 1: The People of the Black Circle and The Conan Chronicles, Volume 2: The Hour of the Dragon, though the stories are rearranged. The collection is edited by Stephen Jones and was issued to celebrate the centenary of Howard’s birth. Most of the stories originally appeared in the magazines The Phantagraph, Weird Tales, Super-Science Fiction, Magazine of Horror, Fantasy Fiction, Fantasy Magazine and The Howard Collector.

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