Conan – The People Of The Black Circle Audiobook

This is a long reading at over 3.5 hours that took me a couple of days to get through. Now that I’ve heard it, I want to read it as well, to better become inspired by R.E. Howard’s writing style. On the first of February, I’ll am planning to begin a new novel, Guardians Of The Dead 2, written in the Sword And Sorcery sub-genre of fantasy, and that’s what all this fun research is for.

Is this the best Conan story Howard wrote?

Descrip: “The People of the Black Circle” is one of the original novellas about Conan the Cimmerian, written by American author Robert E. Howard. It is set in the pseudo-historical Hyborian Age and concerns Conan kidnapping a regal princess of Vendhya (pre-historical India) and foiling a nefarious plot of world domination by the Black Seers of Yimsha. Due to its epic scope and atypical Hindustan flavor, the story is considered an undisputed classic of Conan lore and is often cited by Howard scholars as one of his best tales. It is also one of the few Howard stories where the reader is treated a deeper insight on magic and magicians beyond the stereotypical Hyborian depiction as demon conjurer-illusionist-priests.


I first read Robert E. Howard’s Conan when I was 18 years old. The availability of his books were scarce. So I read Marvel’s Savage Sword of Conan the Barbarian adaptation of The People of the Black Circle. As I listen to Robert E. Howard’s words, they’re interspersed with the memory of John Buscema and Alfredo Alcala’s wonderful illustrations. Although nothing can compare to my imagination while reading Howard’s Conan books. Comic book artists and movie directors fall miserably short while trying to visualize Conan’s character. – Marty Emmons

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