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Conan the Barbarian

The Official Motion Picture Adaptation

L. Sprague de Camp Lin Carter



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01 January 2024
Two of the most famous contributors to the Conan legend write the official novel of Conan the Barbarian, the seminal fantasy film by John Milius.

The official adaptation of Conan the Barbarian, the seminal film written by John Milius and Oliver Stone, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Earl Jones. In the novel by L. Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter, the Cimmerian youth Conan witnesses the death of his parents at the hands of Thulsa Doom, a priest of Set. Enslaved, he is trained as a gladiator. Gaining his freedom he allies with Subotai, a Hyrkanian archer, and a skilled swordswoman thief named Valeria. Together they raid the Tower of the Serpent, then Conan breaks away to seek the cult of Doom-and revenge on the sorcerer who leads it.

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Imprint:   Miscellaneous
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 130mm, 
ISBN:   9781803365251
ISBN 10:   1803365250
Series:   Conan the Barbarian
Pages:   181
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Beginning in 1937, L. SPRAGUE DE CAMP was a major figure in SF and fantasy with novels that included the acclaimed Lest Darkness Fall. A member of the Swordsmen and Sorcerers Guild of America, he championed the Conan adventures beginning with the Gnome Press hardcovers in the 1950s. The 1960s Lancer paperbacks paired him with author LIN CARTER, who also was the editor for the influential Ballantine Adult Fantasy series.

Reviews for Conan the Barbarian: The Official Motion Picture Adaptation

Conan the Barbarian still weaves a spell capable of ensorcelling fans of fantasy adventure—James Berardinelli, ReelViews A film that lives in moments: the attack on Conan’s village; the “crush your enemies” scene; Conan practicing his swordsmanship on a windswept steppe; all enveloped in Basil Poledouris’ stirring, stentorian, never-bettered score—Travis Johnson, Flicks Arnold Schwarzenegger, the muscle man, stars in this mythical beast of a movie, based on pulp magazine tales of the 1930s. He's good as Conan, and the film is technically splendid—Peter Stack, San Francisco Examiner A dynamite movie for comic book fans... The moment Thulsa Doom turns into a snake will either thrill you or make you squirm, but you will watch in fascination—Scott Cain, Atlanta Journal Constitution Balls-to-the-wall swordplay flicks don't get much better than this—Luke Y. Thompson, New Times

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