Red Nails by Robert E. Howard


One of the strangest stories ever written. The tale of a barbarian adventurer, a woman pirate, and a weird roofed city. The city is inhabit by the most peculiar race of men ever spawned!


Red Nails — the tale of a barbarian adventurer, a woman pirate, and a weird roofed city.

Red Nails – the last of the stories about Conan the Cimmerian written by American author Robert Ervin Howard. Serialized in Weird Tales magazine from July to October 1936.

Death! Decay! Red Nails really is something special. It’s classic Conan! Conan lovers consider Red Nails to be one of the best.

In the pseudohistorical Hyborian Age Conan encountering a lost city. In this city the inhabitants are resigned to their own destruction.

The themes of decay and death. This story often cited by Howard scholars as one of his best tales.

“Red Nails” begins in the jungles far to the south of any known civilized or barbarian lands, where Valeria of the Red Brotherhood and Conan (her would-be lover) are set upon by a “dragon” (actually a dinosaur, though described with the characteristics of a stegosaurus and an allosaur) that mauls their horses. The pair retreats to a crag the monster cannot scale, but has no food or water. Conan recognizes some poisonous fruit growing nearby; they coat the tip of a spear with its juice, and pierce the jaws of the monster with it. Although blinded, the raging monster pursues them by their scent. Overtaken, Conan whirls to face the beast and lures it to its death.


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