Ahh, this ain't nothing - lets keep posting and rolling A-man!
One point I would like to make - how do you tell a Belit and Conan story without the backdrop of QoTBC? It's the only story REH wrote with Belit and Conan and if a writer wants to explore the relationship (which raises the question is it worth exploring? I say yes - look at Marvel's run and the mileage they were able to extrapolate from REH's short story and the uniqueness of the character Belit and her relationship with Conan) then said writer HAS to use the QoTBC as the backdrop. REH introduced them in QoTBC - hard to write a story without including the QoTBC as the backdrop to the characters of Conan and Belit.
Wood is writing a story outside the QoTBC story (as REH wrote it) but needed the story to introduce the characters. I get some people can not get over the QoTBC title and that the story doesn't follow the QoTBC plotlines - but once you understand that Wood is not doing a true adaptation but needed the backdrop of QoTBC as bookends to his extrapolation then you can enjoy the tale -or not- for what it is. Not an adaptation but an original pastiche that can only be compared to another pastiche. Of course it's not Howard - no pastiche is and ALWAYS falls short. It's also always subjective. Obviously, most fans here don't like it - that is cool and I get it. But, there is Howard and then there is pastiche - some feel writer X is a better pastiche writer than writer Y - but really it is subjective and open to debate. One can find many issues with even the best pastiche - big doctrinal, geographical, philosophical, etc. issues. T-man (Al Harron) has many with even the best pastiche writers - while others put some pastiche up there with Howard they like them so much. But every pastiche writer interjects their own uniqueness to the story - Wood is not the first writer to do so. In other words, this whole debate may be new to some - but it is old hat for many of us. We have been here before and understand that pastiche always falls short of Howard - ALWAYS!
Sorry for the ramble.
I have no issues going outside the QotBC and exploring new avenues as long as the personalities are not changed. In this case, Wood has essentially changed the personalities of the characters as has been expounded in numerous posts and threads on this subject.