Fire Asshurbanipal is one of Howard’s stories that feature in the Cthulhu Mysthos.
Fire Asshurbanipal first published in Weird Tales in December 1936, almost half a year after Howard’s death.
Steven Clarney along with his companion Yar Ali are off on an adventure. They want to find a mysterious lost city in hopes of find amazing lost treasure that is The Fire of Asshurbanipal!
The pearl, rumored found by a diver and stolen by a shaykh of the interior, they did not find, but they did pick up a Turk who was dying of starvation, thirst and a bullet wound in the thigh. As he died in delirium, he babbled a wild tale of a silent dead city of black stone set in the drifting sands of the desert far to the westward, and of a flaming gem clutched in the bony fingers of a skeleton on an ancient throne.
He had not dared bring it away with him, because of an overpowering brooding horror that haunted the place, and thirst had driven him into the desert again, where Bedouins had pursued and wounded him.
Yet he had escaped, riding hard until his horse fell under him. He died without telling how he had reached the mythical city in the first place, but the old trader thought he must have come from the northwest–a deserter from the Turkish army, making a desperate attempt to reach the Gulf.