The Slithering Shadow
by Robert E. Howard
Originally published in Weird Tales for September,
by Robert E. Howard, Popular Fiction Publishing Co. (1933)
Reprinted in The Sword of Conan, by Robert E. Howard, Gnome Press, Inc.
Current source: Conan the Adventurer, by Robert E. Howard and
L. Sprague de Camp, Ace Books New York, NY (August 1981)
When his plans for weilding the hill tribes into a single army fail, Conan
rides back through Hyrkania and Turan, avoiding King Yezdigerd's parols and
sharing the tents of his former kozak companions. Big wars rage in the West
and scenting greener pastures and larger loot, Conan returns to the Hyborian
kingdoms. Almuric, prince of Koth, has rebelled against the hated King
Strabonus. He has raised a formidable army from far and wide, and Conan signs
up with him. Strabonus' neighbors, however, come to his aid. The rebel cause
fails, and Almuric's motley army is driven south. They cut their way through
the lands of Shem, the borders of Stygia, and into the grasslands of Kush.
Here they are run down and wiped out by the combined black and Stygian forces
at the edge of the southern desert. Conan is one of the few survivors.