Shadows in Zamboula


Read by Mark Nelson

(4.4 stars; 202 reviews)

Despite a warning received in the Suq by an elderly desert nomad, Conan stays the night in a cheap tavern in Zamboula, run by Aram Baksh. As night falls, a black Darfarian cannibal enters to drag him away to be eaten. All of the Darfar slaves in the city are cannibals who roam the streets at night. As they only prey on travellers, the people of the city tolerate this and stay locked securely in their homes, while nomads and beggars make sure to spend the night at a comfortable distance from its walls. This night, however, Conan finds a naked woman chasing through the streets after her deranged lover; Conan rescues them from an attack by the cannibals. She tells him that she tried to secure her lover's unending affection via a love potion which instead made a raving lunatic of him. Promising Conan "a reward" in return for his assistance, they attempt to kill the high priest responsible for the man's madness. (Summary by Wikipedia) (1 hr 26 min)

Chapters

1 - A Drum Begins 17:22 Read by Mark Nelson
2 - The Night Skulkers 30:25 Read by Mark Nelson
3 - Black Hands Gripping 15:35 Read by Mark Nelson
4 - Dance, Girl, Dance! 23:29 Read by Mark Nelson

Reviews

(5 stars)

This is one of Howard's "sell out" Conan tales, designed to meet the tastes of Weird Tales audiences. But it transcends the formulaic plot. Queen of the Black Coast, Red Nails, and Beyond the Black River are Conan stories where Howard is at his uncompromising best. The reader brings the tale to life so well.

One of my favorite Conan shorts

(5 stars)

What's not to like. Fantastic short Conan story with a lot of action and some really gruesome subject matter. One of Conan's best payback moments happens here. Mark Nelson does another smashing job with Conan. This one is highly recommended.

Great short story

(4 stars)

Excellent story, great plot, detailed descriptions for a vivid experience. Strong storytelling with just the right subtle voice/accent changes for each character

hardcore

(5 stars)

this is a shorter yarn but actually one of the most violent and the ending is hair raising if you picture it 🤩

Great adventure!

(5 stars)

Robert E Howard always delivers. And the narrator is ABSOLUTELY excellent. 👍👍👍👍👍

Shadows in Zamboula, classic Howard. Mark Nelson is excellent .

(5 stars)

Shadows in Zamboula

(5 stars)

Well read, fun listen - thanks!

Fun Story

(4 stars)

Fun story... well narrated.