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''Queen of the Black Coast'' is a Literature/ConanTheBarbarian tale by Creator/RobertEHoward.

The story begins in Argos, with [[InMediasRes Conan fleeing for the docks, and the law in hot pursuit]]. He leaps aboard a merchant vessel, making good his escape, where he is welcomed by the captain - an infamous PirateGirl named Bêlit has been terrorizing the coastline, and strong warriors like Conan are in particular demand for protection from the pirates.

Naturally, before long said pirates attack the ship, and Conan slays numerous crew before Bêlit herself intervenes - not by fighting Conan, but by seducing him. The two [[LoveAtFirstSight fall in love]] almost immediately, finding in each other a kindred spirit in a world where they are outsiders. They ravage the coastline together, their combined martial prowess so great that they become nearly legendary icons of piracy, earning Conan the nickname Amra (The Lion) which would stick with him for the rest of his days, and by which many would later remember him.

Then, Bêlit suggests an adventure up a deadly and forbidden jungle river, to a mythical city of ruins where great treasure is said to wait for anyone brave (or stupid) enough to enter, setting up a confrontation with worse [[EldritchAbomination horrors]] than even they had imagined.

Renowned not only as one of Howard's best stories, but as one of the greatest examples of pulp fiction and heroic fantasy ever written. Not only is the narrative smooth flowing and well polished, but Howard's [[PurpleProse penchant for poetry]] reaches its zenith. Bêlit herself is among Howard's best known characters despite only appearing in this one story - she's been named among the best female pirates in fiction, and was a major inspiration for the character of Valeria in the 1982 Conan film.

The story has entered the public domain and may be read here: [[http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Queen_of_the_Black_Coast Queen of the Black Coast]].

!!Tropes included
* AllAmazonsWantHercules: Bêlit wants Conan.
* BackupFromOtherworld: [[spoiler:Bêlit's ghost helps Conan.]]
%%* BadassCreed: Conan's
* BadBoss: Bêlit. We'll give her a pass on reacting to the slaughter of half her crew by declaring her undying love for the slaughterer; arguably, that act saved the other half of her crew. But taking herself and Conan unobtrusively out of the way of a death trap, while doing nothing to warn four of her men and leaving them to get crushed so she can grab the treasure afterward... whoa. Harsh.
* BrainsAndBrawn: Bêlit and Conan. [[InformedAbility Or so we're told.]]
* BurialAtSea: [[spoiler:Bêlit's]] VikingFuneral.
* TheCorruption: The winged ape can drive you mad.
* DeadGuyOnDisplay: [[spoiler:The winged ape hangs Bêlit from the yard-arm of her own ship by the necklace she looted from his city, apparently to mess with Conan.]]
* DreamingOfTimesGoneBy: Conan has a true dream about the history of the jungle city [[spoiler:while sedated by the black lotus]].
* {{Greed}}: Bêlit goes a little nuts at the prospect of the treasure.
* HeartbrokenBadass: At the end of the story, Conan's lover Bêlit is dead. He gives her a funeral and then wanders off into the jungle.
* HeroicBSOD: After [[spoiler:finding Bêlit's corpse]], Conan dives into melancholy and becomes unable to think of anything except revenge.
* InformedAbility: We see very little of Bêlit's purported intelligence and plan making.
* InstantSedation: Conan getting sedated by black lotus.
* KangarooCourt: Conan fled one in the opening (after ''killing the judge'').
* LoveAtFirstSight: Between Bêlit and Conan.
* MatingDance: Bêlit dances like this for Conan.
* MightyWhitey: The all-black crew follow the pale-skinned Shemite Bêlit (and Conan, after he joins the ship as her co-captain and lover) unquestioningly, and treat her as more of a goddess than a human.
%%* NoBodyLeftBehind: After a brief stint in human form.
* OurWerebeastsAreDifferent: Werehyenas created by the winged ape from a group of lost soldiers.
* {{Pirate}}: Bêlit and her crew.
* PirateGirl: Bêlit, the Queen of the Black Coast.
%%* RedEyesTakeWarning: They're Evil Sorcerer's!
* ThisWasHisTrueForm: The werehyenas briefly resume human form after they are killed by Conan.
* TreasureRoom: They find a room with treasure... when disaster strikes.
* VertebrateWithExtraLimbs: The winged ape.
* VikingFuneral: [[spoiler:Bêlit's.]] Flaming ship and all.
* WingedHumanoid: The winged ape.