The Black Stranger and Other American Tales

University of Nebraska Press, 2005. Cover by Mike Mignola. Out of print.


The Black Stranger

First published in Fantasy Magazine volume 1, issue 1, February 1953.

This story was rewritten by Howard as “Swords of the Red Brotherhood” with Conan replaced with Terence Vulmea.

This story was also rewritten by L. Sprague de Camp as “The Treasure of Tranicos” and first published in Conan the Usurper (Lancer, 1967).

The Gods of Bal-Sagoth

Originally published in Weird Tales, October 1931.

Published as “The Blond Goddess of Bal-Sagoth” in Avon Fantasy Reader #12 (Avon, 1950) and The Second Avon Fantasy Reader (Avon, 1969).



Nekht Semerkeht (unfinished)

Posthumously completed by Andrew J. Offutt and first published in Swords Against Darkness (Zebra, 1977). This version also appears in The Gods of Bal-Sagoth (Ace, 1979).

The version that appears in The Black Stranger and Other American Tales (University of Nebraska Press, 2005) is taken from Howard’s original typescript.

Supposedly the last story Howard worked on before his death.