Robert E. Howard is the father of "sword and sorcery" and, without a doubt, one of the best fantasy writers of the 20th century. Howard's writing style is unique and exciting. His books come alive through his use of detail and his ferocious, unrelenting passion for the characters and the worlds in which they live. When reading his books, I become completely absorbed into them. I lose track of time and where I am. From Bran Mak Morn to Conan and Solomon Kane, there is no shortage of great fiction. (Until you finish all of his books!)
Conan is, in a word, amazing. A barbarian with a bloodlust. My favorite of the Conan stories are easily Tower of the Elephant and The Frost Giant's Daughter, the latter being of a very primal nature. It is short, to the point, and needless to say, very good. I think it best captures the spirit of Conan. Simply put, if you have not read this, you are only depriving yourself of a fantastic read. Do not accept cheap clones of Conan stories! No other author has ever been able to duplicate what Robert E. Howard originally did ? never settle for anything less!