- Aug 21, 2010
From what I can recall, the lost/ancient cities motif pops up in the following stories:
The Devil in Iron
The Slithering Shadow
The Jewels of Gwalhur
Shadows in the Moonlight (more a ruined temple than a city)
A Witch Shall be Born (not sure on this one, it's been a while since I read it)
Pool of the Black One
Queen of the Black Coast
So yes, it was quite a commonly recurring element in the tales.
If your list is correct, that's nine stories out of 21, or 43% of Howard's Conan stories.
One could also crunch the numbers on how often Conan fights with an apelike creature or gets involved with a princess, or how often Howard indulged in scenes of woman-to-woman physical cruelty.
My memory is that the Kull stories are marked by none of these repetitions. I think we readers have less to "forgive" with them than with the Conan stories.