Posted 03 October 2012 - 05:19 PM
Posted 03 October 2012 - 07:39 PM
Can someone please confirm the true chronology?
To be honest, there really isn't one. You can get a general idea of where some stories are because Howard said so in his letter to John Clark. But even their chronology has one definite mistaken placement (Devil In Iron before Slithering Shadow). And they don't take into account the unpublished stoies, which throw a whole different set of monkey wrenches into the machinery. Miller and Clark did a good job with what they had. Had they known the order the stories were written or there were unpublished stories, they might have come to some different conclusions as the others have done. Take the time and go through Amra's Chronology thread. There's an unbelievable amount of material there to justify his placements. See if you agree.
I'd ignore anything with pastiche mixed in, though.
Posted 03 October 2012 - 08:06 PM
Trying to force a chronology on Conan seems to me like trying to force a mythology on Lovecraft. It goes agains the author's intent.
Posted 03 October 2012 - 09:32 PM
Posted 03 October 2012 - 11:18 PM
People love to put Sherlock Holmes into a timeline too, which is even funnier because Doyle didn't care about story continuity. Which is why we get Watson's famous "floating wound."
Posted 07 October 2012 - 09:37 PM