Book Haul/Spotlight – Swords of Shahrazar by Robert E. Howard




I have been adding many new books to my collection recently. My interest in reading has shifted to older books and authors. So I thought instead of just a simple book haul post I would do more of a spotlight/introduction post as well. So in the post below you will not only find the usual book haul photo’s, but book and author info as well. I hope you will take the time to look it over and maybe take a chance at checking out books and authors that you may have forgot about or discover in these post!

I found this copy at my local used book store.

More Robert E. Howard to add to my collection!

Today we have:

Swords of Shahrazar  (Orbit 1976)

by Robert E. Howard





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Swords of Shahrazar
Year : 1976
Book No. : 0860078817
Edition : 1st
Format : Paperback
Pages : 122
Cover art : Christos Achilléos
Illustrations : None

  Swords of Shahrazar

“Swords of Shahrazar”
“The Treasures of Tartary”
“The Curse of the Crimson God”

2nd printing in 1976
Orbit Books are published by Futura Publications Limited.


Info from Howard Works.

A great resource!





Swords of Shahrazar  (Orbit 1976)

by Robert E. Howard

Kirby O’Donnell is a Howard hero less familiar to most readers. Howard only wrote three stories about O’Donnell’s exploits, of which only two actually saw print during his lifetime — “The Treasures of Tartary” and “Swords of Shahrazar” — neither in Weird Tales.





Robert Ervin Howard (January 22, 1906 – June 11, 1936) was an American author who wrote pulp fiction in a diverse range of genres. He is well known for his character Conan the Barbarian and is regarded as the father of the sword and sorcery subgenre.

Howard was born and raised in Texas. He spent most of his life in the town of Cross Plains with some time spent in nearby Brownwood. A bookish and intellectual child, he was also a fan of boxing and spent some time in his late teens bodybuilding, eventually taking up amateur boxing. From the age of nine he dreamed of becoming a writer of adventure fiction but did not have real success until he was 23. Thereafter, until his death at age 30, Howard’s writings were published in a wide selection of magazines, journals, and newspapers, and he had become successful in several genres. Although a Conan novel was nearly published in 1934, his stories never appeared in book form during his lifetime. The main outlet for his stories was the pulp magazine Weird Tales.

In the pages of the Depression-era pulp magazine Weird Tales, Howard created Conan the Barbarian. With Conan and his other heroes, Howard created the genre now known as sword and sorcery, spawning many imitators and giving him a large influence in the fantasy field. Howard remains a highly read author, with his best works still reprinted.


Info from Wikipedia







  1. I have that book! Its in the loft with all the rest of my paperbacks of REH. Back in the 1970s/1980s there was a Howard boom and lots of REH paperbacks came out. It was the only way I could afford to collect his work as the Donald Grant hardbacks were quite expensive, particularly here in the UK as they were only available from specialty bookstores. Amazon, of course, was still decades away…

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