Friday, April 29, 2016

Howard Days is Six Weeks Away!

With Howard Days only six weeks away, June 10th & 11th are looming large for the hordes of Howard fans who are making plans to join us for The Best Two Days in Howard Fandom. Reading and poking around this blog will provide you with the necessary info for a wonderful weekend filled with panels, tours, exhibitions, auctions, featured guests and events - and this year there's even a full length feature showing of The Whole Wide World!

We certainly hope to see you with a Texas sized smile on your face, but even if you can't show up in Cross Plains, you can still help Project Pride extend the Legacy of Bob Howard for the whole (wide) world by making a small donation. Your money will help keep the Robert E. Howard Museum up and running throughout the year, is tax deductible and greatly appreciated!

And money isn't the only way you can help! Friday night at Howard Days features our Celebration Banquet. This year our Guest of Honor is Michael Scott Myers, screenwriter of The Whole Wide World and he'll be making his keynote speech at the Banquet. But another fun aspect of the Banquet is the Silent Auction. This is another way of donating to Project Pride, as 100% of the proceeds from the Silent Auction goes to the Robert E. Howard Museum.. And it's a way you can help the Legacy of REH without leaving your home.

Many of you reading this have Robert E. Howard books, magazines, comics, artwork, 3D art, paperbacks and all sorts of REH related items in your collections that would be perfect for the Silent Auction. Some of us have duplicates of our Howard items that would be also be perfect for the Silent Auction. So, make yourself feel good by donating these items to Project Pride, won't you?

You can send your items to;
Project Pride
Howard Days Silent Auction
POB 534
Cross Plains, TX 76443
Or, you can Paypal a monetary donation to: ProjPride@yahoo.com. Any amount is greatly appreciated!

Thanks so much for your generosity! We plan on keeping the Legacy of Robert E. Howard alive for many years to come because of fans like you!

http://www.howarddays.com/2016/04/howard-days-is-six-weeks-away.html

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Robert E. Howard and the Amateur Press (Part 5) 
by Bobby Derie

New post at the On An Underwood No. 5 blog.

http://onanunderwood5.blogspot.com/2016/04/robert-e-howard-and-amateur-press-part_27.html?spref=fb




CONAN THE AVENGER #25 
Now available!

Fred Van Lente (Writer), Brian Ching (Art), Michael Atiyeh (Color), and Simon Bisley (Cover)

The senses-shattering conclusion to Fred Van Lente’s epic Conan run!
In an act of vindictive desperation, the imposter queen Salome intends to sacrifice her twin sister Taramis—the rightful queen—to the demon Thaug, and then unleash the vile beast on the populace.

Can Conan save Taramis and her kingdom before it’s too late?

Full Color, 32 pages, $3.50

Dark Horse Comics
Preview



Tuesday, April 26, 2016


Robert E. Howard's Conan: 
     Adventures In An Age Undreamed Of

New post at The Cromcast: A Weird Fiction Podcast.

Season 4 Episode 11 is online!

Joining us this week are Jeffrey Shanks and Jason Durall to tell us all about the upcoming "Robert E. Howard's Conan: Adventures in an Age Undreamed Of" from Modiphius Entertainment! If you are wondering about this game, hopefully this will give you the answers that you seek!

http://thecromcast.blogspot.com/2016/04/season-4-episode-11-robert-e-howards.html


Monday, April 25, 2016

Skelos Press: SKELOS #1
Coming soon!

The first issue will contain a never-before-published REH piece illustrated by Mark Schultz.



Skelos Press on Facebook



REH Word of the Week: stanchion

New post at the REH: Two-Gun Raconteur blog.

http://www.rehtwogunraconteur.com/reh-word-of-the-week-stanchion/



Sunday, April 24, 2016

CONAN THE SLAYER #1
Coming July 13!

Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Sergio Dávila
Cover: Lee Bermejo
Variant Cover: Mark Schultz (30th Anniversary Variant)

The Cimmerian Becomes the Hunted!

Dark Horse Comics is proud to announce that Eisner Award–nominated writer Cullen Bunn (Harrow County, The Sixth Gun, Deadpool & the Mercs for Money, Uncanny X-Men, Aquaman, Sinestro) will team up with Sergio Davila (Red Sonja, Swords of Sorrow) for Conan the Slayer.

In the first issue of this pulse-pounding new series, Conan finds himself in uncharted territory—on the run!

Alone, battle weary, and with nothing but his sword, Conan of Cimmeria faces his inevitable death in the arid wastes . . . but instead stumbles into a camp of Kozaki raiders. With a knife at his throat and a band of Turanian hunters at his back, will the half-dead barbarian find a new ally in the Kozaki chief?

Full Color, 32 pages, $3.99, On Sale July 13.

CONAN THE SLAYER #1 is solicited in the May PREVIEWS.
The Diamond Item Code is MAY160016 (Bermejo cover).
The Diamond Item Code is MAY160017 (Schultz cover).

Dark Horse Comics
Lee Bermejo cover
Mark Schultz cover




CONAN VOLUME 20: A WITCH SHALL BE BORN 
Coming September 7!

by Fred Van Lente (Author), Brian Ching (Illustrator), José Luis (Illustrator), Andy Owens (Illustrator), Michael Atiyeh (Illustrator)

Writer Fred Van Lente's incredible run on Conan reaches its epic conclusion! Taramis, the beloved queen of Khauran, was born with a twin sister, Salome--but by an ancient doom placed on their bloodline Salome's chest bore a scarlet half-moon birthmark: the mark of the witch! Left to die in the desert, Salome survived instead, and grew up to embrace her malevolent destiny . . . and now she's back, to take vengeance on all of Khauran!

Featuring perhaps the most famous event in the Conan mythos, Conan's crucifixion, this spellbinding volume collects Conan the Avenger #20-25.

Hardcover, Full Color, 144 pages, On sale September 7.

CONAN VOLUME 20: A WITCH SHALL BE BORN is solicited in the May PREVIEWS.
The Diamond Item Code is MAY160080.

Dark Horse Comics
https://www.darkhorse.com/Books/25-941/Conan-Volume-20-A-Witch-Shall-Be-Born-HC


CONAN THE AVENGER #25
Arriving in comic shops April 27!

Fred Van Lente (Writer), Brian Ching (Art), Michael Atiyeh (Color), and Simon Bisley (Cover)

The senses-shattering conclusion to Fred Van Lente’s epic Conan run!
In an act of vindictive desperation, the imposter queen Salome intends to sacrifice her twin sister Taramis—the rightful queen—to the demon Thaug, and then unleash the vile beast on the populace.
Can Conan save Taramis and her kingdom before it’s too late?

Dark Horse Comics
Full Color, 32 pages, $3.50

Preview


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Swords of Robert E. Howard, Part 1
By Bobby Derie


New post at the REH: Two-Gun Raconteur blog.

http://www.rehtwogunraconteur.com/the-swords-of-robert-e-howard-part-1/



DARK HORSE PRESENTS #21   
 Now available in comic shops!

John Arcudi (Writer), Rich Woodall (Writer), Adam P. Knave (Writer), D.J. Kirkbride (Writer), Carla Speed McNeil (Writer/Art), Paul Levitz (Writer), Dennis Calero (Writer/Art), Aaron Lopresti (Writer/Art/Cover), Maxim Šimić (Art), Craig Rousseau (Art), Robert Wilson IV (Art), and Tim Hamilton (Art)

Aaron Lopresti gives his take on the Cimmerian sword swinger in Conan: The Swamp King!
This is a 5 page story.

Also new for this issue, writer and artist Dennis Calero returns to DHP with the next thrilling installment of The Suit!

This issue also features continuations of Paul Levitz and Tim Hamilton’s Brooklyn Blood and Rich Woodall and Craig Rousseau’s Kyrra: Alien Jungle Girl.

Finally, tune in for the conclusions of two stories: John Arcudi and Maxim Šimić’s Worlds Apart, and Adam P. Knave, D.J. Kirkbride, and Robert Wilson IV’s Laser Joan and the Rayguns!

Full Color, 48 pages, $4.99


Friday, April 15, 2016


Cimmeria by Innsmouth Gold
Music inspired by Robert E. Howard

All music composed and performed by Robert Poyton 
Vocal readings on tracks 1,5 by John Prusinski

https://innsmouthgold.bandcamp.com/





Otto Binder on H.P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard

New post at Black Gate

https://www.blackgate.com/2016/04/09/otto-binder-on-h-p-lovecraft-and-robert-e-howard/



Thursday, April 14, 2016

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

REH: Two-Gun Raconteur
New Blog post!

Pulp and Howard Scholar Rick Lai makes his first appearance
as a Guest Blogger on the TGR blog.

http://www.rehtwogunraconteur.com/pools-of-the-black-mass/



Monday, April 11, 2016

Upcoming REH related publications.
Estimated ship dates as of 04/11/2016
All dates are subject to change.
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04/20/2016
DARK HORSE PRESENTS #21 FEATURING CONAN: THE SWAMP KING!

04/27/2016
CONAN THE AVENGER #25

05/18/2016
THE SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN VOLUME 22 TPB

06/15/2016
THE WEIRD TALES OF CONAN THE BARBARIAN TPB

07/13/2016
CONAN THE SLAYER #1

07/20/2016
CHRONICLES OF CONAN VOLUME 32:
     THE SECOND COMING OF SHUMA-GORATH AND OTHER STORIES TPB

07/27/2016
KING CONAN: WOLVES BEYOND THE BORDER TPB

08/03/2016
CONAN VOLUME 19: XUTHAL OF THE DUSK TPB

09/20/2016
CONAN VOLUME 20: A WITCH SHALL BE BORN HC

REH Word of the Week: Drinking-Jack
By Damon C. Sasser

Posted on the REH: Two-Gun Raconteur blog.


Sunday, April 10, 2016

Robert E. Howard's Conan Roleplaying Game

This is Conan roleplaying as Robert E. Howard wrote it – savage pulp adventure battling ancient horrors in the Hyborian Age.

There is still time to join the Kickstarter project.

Click here to see what it is all about!


Frank Frazetta Art Museum

The Frazetta Art Museum is now open for the season.
It will be open every Thursday thru Sunday from 10am-4pm.

Experience seeing these amazing original works of art in the museum that Frank and Ellie built.

Frazetta Art Museum
141 Museum Lane
East Stroudsburg, PA 18301




Robert E. Howard and the Amateur Press (Part 2) 
by Bobby Derie

New post at the On An Underwood No. 5 blog

Robert E. Howard and the Amateur Press (Part 1) 
is located here if you missed it.



Saturday, April 9, 2016

Friday, April 8, 2016

KING CONAN: WOLVES BEYOND THE BORDER
by Robert E. Howard (Author), Timothy Truman (Author), 
Tomas Giorello (Art/Cover), Jose Villarrubia (Color)

King Conan grows weary of the crown, and when an old soldier visits him with talk of a cursed relic and rumors of Pictish tribes preparing a full-scale invasion on Aquilonia’s borders, Conan eagerly embarks on what could be his final adventure! Timothy Truman and Tomás Giorello expand on Robert E. Howard’s unfinished “Wolves Beyond the Border” tale! Collects issues #1–#4 of the miniseries.

Softcover, 7” x 10”, Full Color, 120 pages$17.99, On sale July 27.

Dark Horse Comics


Thursday, April 7, 2016

Robert E. Howard Foundation


The Adventures of Breckinridge Elkins is Coming!

The title says it all. The next book from the REH Foundation Press will be Volume One of the complete stories of Breckinridge Elkins. The next issue of the REH Newsletter will have the first look at the cover. 

Join the Robert E. Howard Foundation



Robert E. Howard Days
June 10 and 11, 2016!

The Robert E. Howard Foundation and Project Pride of Cross Plains, Texas are proud to announce the dates and Guest of Honor for the 2016 version of Howard Days, to be held June 10th and 11th at the Robert E. Howard Museum in Cross Plains.

This year’s Guest of Honor is Michael Scott Myers, screenwriter for the movie The Whole Wide World, the biographical film based on the book One Who Walked Alone, which recounted the relationship between Robert E. Howard and Novalyne Price. We are happy to welcome Michael as our GOH, as he is the perfect person to blend with our Howard Days theme this year, Anniversaries.


Joining Guest of Honor Michael Scott Myers at Howard Days will be legendary Marvel Conan artist Val Mayerik!

2016 finds us with a number of important Robert E. Howard Anniversaries: 110 years since his birth, 80 years since his death, 70 years since the publication of Skull Face and Others, 50 years since Conan the Adventurer from Lancer, 40 years since Glenn Lord’s The Last Celt, 30 years since Novalyne Price Ellis’ One Who Walked Alone and 20 years since the movie The Whole Wide World (which was based on Novalyne’s book).

Michael’s involvement with The Whole Wide World began with his being a student of Novalyne Price Ellis in Lafayette, LA. Having read her book about Howard, he knew what a wonderful movie it would make. So, our Guest of Honor is doubly qualified this year and we’re thrilled to have him.

There is lots more information to follow and you can read about it here and at the Howard Days blog. While the cold winds of January are blowing now, make plans to come to Texas in June where the warmth will be in both the air and in the fellowship of Robert E. Howard fans!


Robert E. Howard Days 



DARK HORSE PRESENTS #21
Coming April 20!

John Arcudi (Writer), Rich Woodall (Writer), Adam P. Knave (Writer), D.J. Kirkbride (Writer), Carla Speed McNeil (Writer/Art), Paul Levitz (Writer), Dennis Calero (Writer/Art), Aaron Lopresti (Writer/Art/Cover), Maxim Šimić (Art), Craig Rousseau (Art), Robert Wilson IV (Art), and Tim Hamilton (Art)

Aaron Lopresti gives his take on the Cimmerian sword swinger in Conan: The Swamp King!

Writer and artist Dennis Calero returns to DHP with the next thrilling installment of The Suit! 

This issue also features continuations of Paul Levitz and Tim Hamilton’s Brooklyn Blood and Rich Woodall and Craig Rousseau’s Kyrra: Alien Jungle Girl.

Finally, tune in for the conclusions of two stories: John Arcudi and Maxim Šimić’s Worlds Apart, and Adam P. Knave, D.J. Kirkbride, and Robert Wilson IV’s Laser Joan and the Rayguns!


Full Color, 48 pages, $4.99.

Dark Horse Comics



THE SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN VOLUME 22
Coming May 18!

Conan crosses paths with Valeria, a former pirate comrade as formidable as she is beautiful. When their mercenary band is fallen upon and captured by seemingly deathless Darfari warriors, there is only one way out for Conan and company—Conan must kill the moon! Final Savage Sword volume! Collects Conan stories from Marvel’s The Savage Sword of Conan the Barbarian #223–#235.

Trade paperback, B&W, 7x10, 592 pages, $19.99. 

Dark Horse Comics



CONAN THE AVENGER #25
Coming April 27!

Fred Van Lente (Writer), Brian Ching (Art), Michael Atiyeh (Color), and Simon Bisley (Cover)

The senses-shattering conclusion to Fred Van Lente’s epic Conan run!

In an act of vindictive desperation, the imposter queen Salome intends to sacrifice her twin sister Taramis—the rightful queen—to the demon Thaug, and then unleash the vile beast on the populace.

Can Conan save Taramis and her kingdom before it’s too late?


Full Color, 32 pages, $3.50


Dark Horse Comics




The Cromcast: A Weird Fiction Podcast 
Now online!

A Hyborean podcast featuring the works of Robert E. Howard, his pop culture legacy, & other weird fiction

Season 4, Episode 10: Tigers of the Sea 


Barbaric Wonder - Robert E. Howard Panel, ICFA 2016
Now online!

Barbaric Wonder: Robert E. Howard and the Evolution of Sword and Sorcery Discussion panel from the 2016 International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts, with Howard scholars and experts Jeffrey Shanks, Jonas Prida, Daniel Look, Dierk Gunther, and Frank Coffman. 

The panelists discuss the development of the sword and sorcery sub-genre for which Howard is often credited as the progenitor, Howard's primary heroic protagonists Conan the Cimmerian, Kull of Atlantis, Solomon Kane and Bran Mak Morn, and the influence of Howard's sword and sorcery on later fantasy from Dungeons and Dragons to Game of Thrones.


The Weird Tales of Conan the Barbarian
by Robert E. Howard 

Coming June 15! 


Before he conquered books, comics, and movies, Robert E. Howard's immortal character Conan the Cimmerian was born in the pages of the pulp magazine Weird Tales. 

Reprinted as they originally appeared in that legendary publication from 1934 to 1936, this ferocious anthology gathers many of the barbarian's most famous adventures: 


"Red Nails," "The Hour of the Dragon," "Queen of the Black Coast," and four others.


Paperback: 272 pages
$12.95


Dover Publications    Amazon.com



CONAN THE SLAYER #1
Coming July 13!

Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Sergio Dávila
Cover: Lee Bermejo
Variant Cover: Mark Schultz (30th Anniversary Variant)

The Cimmerian Becomes the Hunted!

Dark Horse Comics is proud to announce that Eisner Award–nominated writer Cullen Bunn (Harrow County, The Sixth Gun, Deadpool & the Mercs for Money, Uncanny X-Men, Aquaman, Sinestro) will team up with 
Sergio Davila (Red Sonja, Swords of Sorrow) for Conan the Slayer.

In the first issue of this pulse-pounding new series, Conan finds himself in uncharted territory—on the run!

Alone, battle weary, and with nothing but his sword, Conan of Cimmeria faces his inevitable death in the arid wastes . . . but instead stumbles into a camp of Kozaki raiders. With a knife at his throat and a band of Turanian hunters at his back, will the half-dead barbarian find a new ally in the Kozaki chief?


On Sale: July 13, 2016







Welcome to MESSAGES FROM CROM where you can get the latest news regarding Robert E. Howard books, pulp reprints, comics, audio, conventions, games, and whatever else seems applicable.

New news items will be posted throughout the week at the earliest opportunity.

To start things off, I am posting some old news items about upcoming publications.