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Dear Novalyne — Cordially, Bob. Essay

The above grisly postcard was sent by Howard from Santa Fe, New Mexico to  Novalyne Price, postmarked June 20, 1935 with a simple handwritten message on the back: Santa Fe, N. M. 19/6/35 Dear Novalyne; Cordially, Bob. Also on the back of the postcard was a description of the front of the card: The postcard was sent while he …

Dear Bob; Cordially Yours, Clark Ashton Smith Essay

Rusty Burke once observed that H. P. Lovecraft was Robert E. Howard’s only truly significant correspondent—not just in the number of letters exchanged and the importance of their content, or even in their length, but in the sheer breadth of subjects that the two men covered in their seven years of acquaintance through letters—and perhaps …

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Dating The Right Hook Essay

The Robert E. Howard Foundation’s recent publication of Sentiment: An Olio of Rarer Works contains the first real publication of The Right Hook numbers 2 and 3; number 1 appeared in a small press publication, Power of the Writing Mind, back in 2003. All three issues appeared in REHupa mailing #117 for September 1992, but …

Dark Agnes and Other Historical Adventures Essay

Robert E. Howard Properties and Del Rey have announced the next planned book in the Howard Library series: Dark Agnes and Other Historical Adventures, with a scheduled release in Spring 2011. Following the historical footsteps of El Borak and Other Desert Adventures, which takes us to Afghanistan and the surrounding areas  at the turn of the …

Cyber Monday Sale at Lulu Essay

  Over at Lulu Press, they’re having a “Cyber Monday” sale. Shoppers will receive a 30% discount by entering the coupon code CYBERMONDAY, from now until 11:59 (Pacific time) tomorrow night. This is good for Howard fans. Besides the items shown above, a search for Howard-related titles at Lulu revealed the following (most in both paper …

Issue #14 Essay

This issue of The Definitive Robert E. Howard Journal made its debut in Cross Plains at the 2010 Howard Days and is still available for purchase.  Issue #14 is limited to 200 numbered copies and is the largest issue of TGR ever published. The featured Howard story is a rare humorous western featuring Bearfield Elston.  This story …

Cross Plains Celebrates 100 Years Essay

All year long Cross Plains has been presenting a series of celebrations and events to mark its Centennial, culminating with a big parade that was held yesterday. Here is a nice write-up about the event by Jeff Craig at the Abilene Reporter-News: For residents of Cross Plains, Saturday’s centennial celebration was a chance to celebrate a resilient community’s …

Cross Plains – 1957 Essay

Some members of REHupa were having an email chat about early trips to Cross Plains. This reminded me of a letter that Glenn Lord wrote to Oscar J. Friend, who was the agent for the Howard heirs at that time. Glenn was searching out Howard’s poetry for Always Comes Evening. The letter is presented below:  13 June …

Countdown to PulpFest 2010 Essay

PulpFest 2010 is just four short weeks away – the event runs from Friday July 30 through Sunday August 1.  So if you are on the fence about attending, hop off and make your reservations today. With guest of Honor Willem F. Nolan, a sold out Dealers Room chock full of Weird Tales and hundreds …

Countdown to Howard Days Essay

With Howard Days just 49 days away, it is shaping up to be an exciting two day event for Howard fans. The full schedule is up over at the REHupa website, and a couple of familiar faces have been added. Paul Sammon, author of Conan the Phenomenon, is going to be one of the panelists.  Paul …

Cormac Fitzgeoffrey’s Kin in the Crusades – Part Two Essay

Geoffrey the Bastard, who in future would be the father of REH’s rage-filled adventurer Cormac Fitzgeoffrey, was in trouble. He was just fourteen, and his prospects for growing old enough to father anybody didn’t look sanguine. His father, William, who had been among the King of Sicily’s greatest war-captains, was dead in battle with the …

Cormac Fitzgeoffrey’s Kin in the Crusades – Part Three: Geoffrey the Bastard’s Road to Ireland Essay

Geoffrey the Bastard, barely mentioned in Robert E. Howard’s stories as the “renegade Norman knight” who became Cormac Fitzgeoffrey’s father, had taken part in the Second Crusade. He’d found it fully as much of a disaster as our modern history books describe it. Returning to Venice, he discovered that his mother was dead. While he’d …

Cormac & Clanton: Oh Where Oh Where Can You Be? Essay

Now that El Borak has finally gotten the volume he so richly deserves, and with Dark Agnes getting her due soon, two other Howard heroes are overdue for new, complete collections: Cormac Mac Art and Wild Bill Clanton The most recent collection of Cormac Mac Art stories was published 15 years ago as part of the …

Contents of Del Rey’s Sword Woman Announced Essay

Rusty Burke has just announced the contents of Del Rey’s Sword Woman and Other Historical Adventures over at the REHupa blog. The book will be available January 25, 2011. In addition to the stories and verse, the book is profusely illustrated by John Watkiss. The volume also features an introduction by Scott Oden, author of …

Contents of Del Rey’s El Borak and Other Desert Adventures Announced Essay

Recently editor Rusty Burke announced the line-up for the “Desert Adventures” book that collects all of Howard’s professional series desert adventures: Francis X. Gordon (“El Borak”):  “Swords of the Hills” (REH’s title for the story later published as “The Lost Valley of Iskander”) “The Daughter of Erlik Khan” “Blood of the Gods” “Sons of the …

Contents for The Best of Robert E. Howard, Volume 1: Crimson Shadows Essay

Rusty Burke recently annouced the stories and poems included in Volume 1, Crimson Shadows. Verse is in shown in italics: “The Shadow Kingdom” “The Ghost Kings” “The Curse of the Golden Skull” “Red Shadows” “The One Black Stain” “The Dark Man” “The Marching Song of Connacht” “Kings of the Night” “Recompense” “The Black Stone” “The …

Contents for The Best of Robert E. Howard, Vol. 2: Grim Lands Essay

Editor Rusty Burke recently announced the contents for this collection of Howard stories and verse, due out November 27th: Fiction: “By This Axe I Rule!,” “The Mirrors of Tuzun Thune,” “Wings in the Night,” “Pigeons From Hell,” “Black Canaan,” “The Bull Dog Breed,” “Black Vulmea’s Vengeance,” “The Tower of the Elephant,”“Red Nails,” “Lord of Samarcand,” …

Contact Without Friction! Essay

At least as early as the mid-1920s, a Pennsylvania chemist named Merlin Wand had started a list of “intellectually marooned” pen-pals. By 1927, he had acquired enough names to start a “one-man operation called ‘Contacts’ [which] was a clearinghouse for isolated book-lovers and neophyte writers.” (*) He began placing ads in various publications—The Survey, Haldeman-Julius …

Conan’s Wild, Wild West — Part IV Essay

One of the Conan stories Howard left unfinished was “Wolves Beyond the Border,” set in the Pictish Wilderness of “Beyond the Black River” and “The Black Stranger.” It was also somewhat of a new direction for the famous Cimmerian. In “Wolves,” the strong influence of author Robert W. Chambers is present. Howard had three of …

Conan’s Wild, Wild West — Part III Essay

With “The Black Stranger,” Howard and Conan return to the forests, rivers and forts of the Pictish Wilderness, which serves as a Hyborian version of the American frontier. The story might have been intended as a  sequel to “Beyond the Black River.”  However, Weird Tales editor Farnsworth Wright rejected the story; perhaps a bit peeved at …

Conan’s Wild, Wild West — Part II Essay

The Conan story “Red Nails” was fermenting in Howard’s mind for several months before he sat down at his Underwood and wrote it in July 1935. It would be the last Conan story he would write and also his grimmest and bloodiest one. Weird Tales owed him in excess of $800.00 at that time and despite …

Conan’s Wild, Wild West — Part I Essay

Robert E. Howard was born and raised in Texas during the early 1900s, a time not too far removed from the days of the Old Frontier.  While growing up, Howard talked to many old timers who still recalled the days when Indians were a threat to the frontiersmen and danger lurked at every turn of …

Conan: The Image of a Myth Essay

One of my duties for the Robert E. Howard Foundation is monitoring the email account. Besides the usual questions about when something will be printed or where a particular story or poem has appeared, we get a lot of requests for copyright information and contacts. Every once in a while we also get little nuggets …

Conan the Barbarian: Hoping for the best, but not expecting the worst Essay

Well my fellow barbarians and barbettes, we are only a mere 30 days away from the premiere of the much anticipated rebooted Conan the Barbarian movie. As the date nears, more and more promotional stuff is pouring out of Lionsgate to entice and intrigue us. The trailers, commercials and posters all look slick and professional, …

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