A brand new Conan the Barbarian story is coming from ABLAZE publishing and this one pits the fearsome Cimmerian against the Man-Eaters of Zamboula.
The new series is the latest in ABLAZE’s adaptations of Robert E. Howard’s Conan stories. This adaptation is done by French writer and artist Gess known for his Carmen McCallum series and his more recent creation La Brigade Chimérique.
The story will see Conan visit the city of Zamboula where he discovers that foreigners who stay there end up disappearing.
The official description begins, “A crossroads of beliefs, languages and cultures, the mythical trading city of Zamboula is also the scene of many dark legends. Upon paying the city a visit, Conan is warned of the dangers of Aram Baksh’s home.”
“It is said that most of the foreigners who stay there disappear under obscure circumstances…and it is precisely there that the Cimmerian is spending the night,” the description continued.
It concludes, “But by lifting the veil on these mysterious cases of kidnappings, the Cimmerian will discover another secret, even more terrible, linked to the whole city of Zamboula…”
ABLAZE claims the story is “imbued with orientalism and macabre witchcraft.”
ABLAZE’s VP of Creative/Business Development Rich Young stated, “With all the highly skilled creative talent that has been working on The Cimmerian, each story very different from the next, everyone seems to have their favorites so far, and I’m sure this one will also gain some new fans, with the outstanding work Gess does here.”
The story is adapted from Robert E. Howard’s Shadows in Zamboula that was originally published in Weird Tales back in 1935.
The first issue of The Cimmerian: Man-Eaters of Zamboula will feature cover art by Gess. There will also be variant covers by Yanick Paquette, Moritat, Robin Recht, and Fritz Casas.
The book goes on sale in July. It will be solicited in the May 2021 issue of Diamond Previews.
You can take a look at some of the interiors below.
Do you plan on checking out The Cimmerian: The Man-Eaters of Zamboula?