The Things We Read

You can tell a lot about someone by what they read. Some read for information; some read for pleasure. I just read–everything. Looking at a book in the library that hasn’t been touched pains me. I might read Romance one day, Action-Adventures the next, but I truly love to read the old-time pulp stories.

Raymond Chandler, Jack Williamson, Robert A. Heinlein, and so many others started in the magazine business, writing short fictions to a varied and voracious market. The 1930s spawned so many titles that they never quite ended, but changed into the comic book industry. And you know that Marvel and DC only got bigger, exploding on the movie industry.

One of my favorite pulp figures is Conan the Barbarian, by Robert E. Howard. I got hooked in the mid-1960s with the Lancer paperbacks and I never looked back. It’s rare to find any of the 1930s pulp-magazines surviving today, but I just so happen to have one of my favorite Conan stories wrapped up in a plastic bag and proudly slipped between some of my oldest collectibles of Tarzan, Narnia, and Robert Heinlein YA Science-fiction.

The Queen of the Black Coast came out in May 1934, one of only seventeen stories that Howard wrote in his short lifetime. Now that the stories are public domain I can freely pass them on to you. Follow the links for a PDF of the originally scanned pages or an EPUB/MOBI file for you reading device. Enjoy, and tell someone young all the books you read when you were their age.

PDF Original Scanned Pages from Weird Tales, May 1934

EPUB version

MOBI version