Robert E. Howard
Probably best known as the creator of “Conan” Robert E. (Ervin) Howard was a prolific writer in the 1920’s and 1930’s, with over 100 stories published in pulp magazines. Howard was a regular writer for Weird Tales, where his engaging characters and exciting writing style kept readers coming back for more. He also wrote for Oriental Stories, Magic Carpet, Golden Fleece and a number of other magazines.
A Texas native born in 1906, Howard took to reading and writing stories at an early age, wrote his first story at the age of 10 and made his first story sale at the age of 15. In a letter he wrote to Lovecraft, Howard shows his passion for writing:
"It is no light thing to enter into a profession absolutely foreign and alien to the people among which one’s lot is cast; a profession which seems as dim and faraway and unreal as the shores of Europe.... The idea of a man making his living by writing seemed, in that hardy environment, so fantastic that even today I am sometimes myself assailed by a feeling of unreality. Never the less, at the age of fifteen... having only the vaguest ideas of procedure, I began working on the profession I had chosen."
His stories were full of action – fights and sword play. His character, Solomon Kane, was a Puritan swordsman that fought against the wrongs he encountered. His collection of boxing stories, often included a tough but dumb sailor (such as Steve Costigan) who is lured into a boxing match, sometimes because of a woman, and always having the result of a bloody fight, something Howard is very good at portraying.
Howard created the genre that came to be called “sword and sorcery,” with the most well-known and best character created by Howard, Conan. The famous swordsman battles powerful sorcerers, deadly creatures and armies of thieves, often saving a frail damsel at the same time.
Sadly, Howard’s life was cut short in 1936. Dejected over the news that his mother would never emerge from a coma, he committed suicide. Over the years, his heroic characters have grown into pop culture icons and his fiction is thankfully once again back in print.
|The Bloody Crown of Conan
This lavishly illustrated volume gathers together three of Howard’s longest and most famous Conan stories–two of them printed for the first time directly from Howard’s typescript–along with a collection of the author’s previously unpublished and rarely seen outlines, notes, and drafts. Longtime fans and new readers alike will agree that The Bloody Crown of Conan merits a place of honor on every fantasy lover’s bookshelf.
|The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian
Conan is one of the greatest fictional heroes ever created - a swordsman who cuts a swath across the lands of the Hyborian Age, facing powerful sorcerers, deadly creatures, and ruthless armies of thieves and reavers.
|The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane
Collected in this volume, lavishly illustrated by award-winning artist Gary Gianni, are all of the stories and poems that make up the thrilling saga of the dour and deadly Puritan, Solomon Kane. Together they constitute a sprawling epic of weird fantasy adventure that stretches from sixteenth-century England to remote African jungles where no white man has set foot.
Robert E. Howard Stories in Pulp Fiction Magazine Replicas
Read Robert E. Howard with these page for page pulp fiction magazine replicas.
- Weird Tales: July 1925: "Spear and Fang" (First Published Story)
- Weird Tales: August 1925: "In The Forest of Villefere"
- Weird Tales: April 1926: "Wolfshead" plus "The Outsider" by HP Lovecraft
- Weird Tales: February 1928: "The Dream Snake" plus "Call of Cthulhu" by HP Lovecraft
- Weird Tales: August 1928: "Red Shadows"
- Oriental Stories: Spring 1931: "Hawks of the Outremer"
- Oriental Stories: Autumn 1931: "The Blood of Belshazzar"
- Oriental Stories: Spring 1932: "Lord of Samarcand"
- Strange Tales: June 1932: "People of the Dark"
- Oriental Stories: Winter 1932: "The Sowers of Thunder"
- Strange Tales: January 1933: "The Cairn on the Headland"
- Magic Carpet: July 1933: "The Lion of Tiberas"
- Weird Tales: September 1933: "Slithering Shadow"
- Magic Carpet: January 1934: "The Shadow of the Vulture"
- Jack Dempsey's Fight Magazine: May 1934: "The Slugger's Game"
- Weird Tales: November 1935: "Shadows in Zamboula"
- Golden Fleece: November 1938: "Black Vulmea's Vengeance"
- Golden Fleece: January 1939: "Gates of Empire"
Robert E. Howard Books For Sale
- Available in Fanzine
- Chronicler of Cross Plains #2 by Damon Sasser (Editor)
- Fantastic Worlds of Robert E. Howard by James Van Hise
- Garden of Fear by Robert E. Howard
- REH: Two-Gun Raconteur # 7 by Damon Sasser (Editor)
- REH: Two-Gun Raconteur # 8 by Damon Sasser (Editor)
- Robert E. Howard Companion #1 by Seele Brennt Publications
- The Dark Man: Journel of Robert E. Howard Studies #7 by Seele Brennt Publications
- Available in Graphic Novel / Comic Book
- The Chronicles of Conan Volume 1 by Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith
- Available in Hardback
- A Gent From Bear Creek and Other Stories by Robert E. Howard
- Arkham's Masters of Horror by Peter Ruber
- Far Below and Other Horrors by Robert Weinberg
- Gates of Empire by Robert E. Howard
- Graveyard Rats and Others by Robert E. Howard
- Howard: Treasures of Tartary by Robert E. Howard
- Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos by H.P. Lovecraft
- Tales of the Lovecraft Mythos
- The Complete Action Stories by Robert E. Howard
- The Iron Man and Other Tales of the Ring by Robert E. Howard
- Volume 2: Moon of Skulls by Robert E. Howard
- Volume 3: People of the Dark by Robert E. Howard
- Volume 4: Wings in the Night by Robert E. Howard
- Volume 5: Valley of the Worm by Robert E. Howard
- Volume 6: Gardens of Fear by Robert E. Howard
- Available in Paperback
- Cormac Mac Art by Robert E. Howard
- Far Below and Other Horrors by Robert Weinberg
- Graveyard Rats by Robert E. Howard
- The Barbaric Triumph by Don Herron
- The Bloody Crown of Conan by Robert E. Howard
- The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian by Robert E. Howard
- The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane by Robert E. Howard
- Volume 1: Shadow Kingdoms (Paperback) by Robert E. Howard
- Available in Pulp Replica
- Replica: Golden Fleece #02 Nov. 1938 by Golden Fleece
- Replica: Golden Fleece #04 Jan. 1939 by Golden Fleece
- Replica: Oriental Stories Winter 1932 by Oriental Stories
- Replica: Strange Tales January 1933 by Girasol
- Replica: Strange Tales June 1932 by Girasol
- Replica: Weird Tales April, 1934 by Girasol
- Replica: Weird Tales, January 1927 by Girasol
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