Would much prefer to see an anthology of sword & sorcery stories inspired by Conan and the Weird era of pulp[ rather than straight pastiches, even ones only set in the Hyborian age without Conan as a main character. The problem with putting out a "further tales of Conan" is that you're asking writers to labor under Robert E. Howard's shadow. Plus, we need more fresh sword & sorcery stories in the world--new worlds, new approaches, new characters.
Great to see you back, Taran.
That said, my main bitch (when I re-upped this thread) was the hubristic nature of "Mussimanno" (or whatever; he wasn't enough of a Howard fan to post beyond this thread) wanting to turn Conan/the Hyborian Age over to "unknowns". He didn't even specify that they even be familiar with Conan or the Hyborian Age.
Basically, it seemed to be: "OK, you got your training wheels. Go get that Co-Naaan story!"
Writing REH pastiches should be a highlight of one's literary career, not the first stepping-stone.
As I've stated elsewhere numerous times, I don't have a problem, categorically, with Howard pastiches.