Many Stalwart Heroes
Books you can read to get the mood
Other then the books in the insperation section see here for more:
Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Barsoom series
Leigh Brackett’s Sea Kings of Mars
Robert E. Howard, particularly his tales of Conan the Barbarian and Kull of Atlantis, mostly in Weird Tales from 1932 and 1929 respectively.
Other books and series that define the genre of sword-and-sorcery include:
Michael Moorcock’s Elric sequence, beginning with The Dreaming City (published in Science Fantasy 1961), notable for its adherence to counterstereotype.
Fritz Leiber’s Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser sequence, beginning with “Two Sought Adventure” (1939).
Karl Edward Wagner’s Kane novels, beginning with Darkness Weaves (1970).
Lin Carter’s Thongor series, starting with The Wizard of Lemuria first published in 1965.
C. L. Moore’s Jirel of Joiry tales, beginning with “Black God’s Kiss” (1934), which introduced the first notable sword and sorcery heroine.
Clark Ashton Smith’s Zothique and Hyperborean tales, beginning with “The Empire of the Necromancers” and The Tale of Satampra Zeiros in 1932 and 1931 respectively.
Charles Saunders’ Imaro novels, beginning with Imaro (1981), a collection of short stories first published in the seventies for Dark Fantasy fanzine. Notable for being the first notable black sword and sorcery character.