Friday, June 29, 2018

Review: Western Weirdness and Voodoo Vengeance: An Informal Guide to Robert E. Howard's American Horrors - Fred Blosser 

New post at the Rough Edges blog.

Review: The Robert E. Howard Guide - Patrice Louinet 

New post at the Rough Edges blog.

Fiction House Press
Now available!

HAWKS OF OUTREMER by Robert E. Howard
TADO, SAMURAI by Lieutenant Edgar Gardiner
HSUN HSU by Hung Long Tom
BIBI LOVE Solon K. Stewart
THE DRAGOMAN'S SECRET by Otis Adelbert Kline
THIS EXAMPLE by S. B. H. Hurst
THE FANATIC by Kobold Knight
THE PEARL ROBBER by Frank Belknap Long, Jr
LET THERE BE LIGHT by Adolphe de Castro
THE MIRROR by Hung Long Tom

Pulp Sized Magazine, 7 x 10 inch, 148 pages
Retail Price $19.95
Our Price $12.95

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Arriving in comic shops July 4!

Brian Wood (Writer), Roy Thomas (Writer), Darick Robertson (Writer), Becky Cloonan (Art), Mike Hawthorne (Art), James Harren (Art), Dan Panosian (Art), Vasilis Lolos (Art), Daclan Shelvey (Art), John Lucas (Iink), Dave Stewart (Color), Dan Jackson (Color), and Massimo Carnevale (Cover)

Peerless in battle, Conan meets his match in the alluring pirate queen, Belit in the acclaimed Brian Wood adaptation of Howard's classic "Queen of the Black Coast."

Featuring the spectacular art of Becky Cloonan, James Harren, and Mike Hawthorne and the conclusion of the Roy Thomas penned "Road of Kings." Collects Conan Vol. 12: Throne of Aquilonia (Conan: Road of Kings #7-12, #14, #16-21), Conan Vol. 13: Queen of the Black Coast (Conan the Barbarian #1-6), Conan Vol. 14: The Death (Conan the Barbarian #7-12).

Trade paperback, 432 pages, $24.99

Dark Horse Comics

Sunday, June 24, 2018

New at Howard Works

Klubowe SFera   (Polish)
Conan: Okrwawiony bóg / Straznicy Larsha
"The Bloodstained God"
"The Hall of the Dead"

Klubowe SFera  (Polish)
Conan: Reka Nergala / Stalowy demon
"The Hand of Nergal"
"The Devil in Iron"

Robert Derie & Chris Gruber
A Robert E. Howard Sampler
"The Shadow Kingdom"
"The Black Stone"
"The Bull Dog Breed"
"A Gent from Bear Creek"
"Solomon Kane's Homecoming (1, original)  (poem)
"Graveyard Rats"
"Hawks of Outremer"
"Gods of the North"
"The Iron Terror"

Robert Derie
Essays on Robert E. Howard & Others

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Howard Days 2018: A Trip Report 
by Todd B. Vick

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

New at Howard Works

Klubowe SFera  (Polish)
Conan: Czerwone cwieki
Featuring:   "Red Nails"

Klubowe SFera  (Polish)
Conan: Skarby Gwalhura
Featuring:  "Jewels of Gwalhur"

Robert E. Howard Foundation
The Robert E. Howard Foundation Newsletter Volume 12 Number 1
Featuring: "The Road of the Eagles" (Part 1 of 2)

Robert Derie
Index to One Who Walked Alone and Day of the Stranger  
  by Novalyne Price Ellis

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Conan Omnibus Volume 7 
by Fred Van Lente (Author), Brian Ching (Illustrator)
Coming in November!

Highlighting the illustration of Brian Ching and Guiu Villanova, Conan Omnibus 7: Witchcraft and Warfare offers over 400 story pages of ancient empires, bloodstained steel, and vile magic.

Award-winning comics writer Fred Van Lente adapts Robert E. Howard's "Xuthal of the Dusk" and "A Witch Shall Be Born." To heal his broken heart, Conan travels to the desert kingdoms to peddle his sword arm and seek treasure. But there will be little time for mourning when the barbarian warrior encounters his nemesis, the Stygian necromancer Thoth-Amon!

Trade paperback, Full Color, 448 pages

The Colossal King Conan 
by Timothy Truman & Tomás Giorello
Coming in November!

Adapting several stellar Robert E. Howard works, Dark Horse's award-winning King Conan comics by Timothy Truman, Tomás Giorello, and José Villarrubia are all collected into one deluxe hardcover!

As the king of Aquilonia, Conan struggles with internal threats to his throne as well as dangers beyond his country's borders. Adaptations of Howard's short stories "The Scarlet Citadel," "The Phoenix on the Sword," and "Wolves Beyond the Border" are included, as well as the twelve-issue adaptation of Howard's only Conan novel, The Hour of the Dragon. Includes original series cover work by Gerald Parel, Darick Robertson, Andrew C. Robinson, and Sanjulián.

Hardcover, Full Color, 672 pages, $99.99

The Robert E. Howard Guide 
By Patrice Louinet
Now available in the U. S. and U.K.

Presenting the English translation of the award-winning book that introduced a new generation of French fans to the father of sword and sorcery. The Robert E. Howard Guide was born out of years of scholarship, but took its final form after answering the same questions from fans over and over again. In many ways, Howard remains a “famous unknown writer, "the man who single handedly defined modern fantasy, but whose life and works are still known mostly filtered through adaptations, pastiches and gross approximations. Because of those specificities, he is more often than not known for what and who he wasn’t, for sentences he never wrote, or for characters who bear little resemblance—if any—to his original creations. This, in turn, explains how and why this book was conceived. It is sometimes amusing, sometimes sarcastic, but, built on 30 years of Howard scholarship, it is always insightful. A serious work... that tries not to take itself too seriously.

Paperback: 204 pages
Publisher: Skelos Press
Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.2 x 22.9 cm

Friday, June 15, 2018

Howard Days 2018: The REH Foundation Awards for 2017
By Ben Friberg

Conan the Barbarian: The Original Marvel Years 
Omnibus Volume 1 Coming in January!



Know, oh prince, that in the year 1970, CONAN THE BARBARIAN, sword in hand, slashed his way into four-color life. This January, ahead of Conan’s triumphant return to Marvel Comics, Marvel is proud to announce the release of CONAN THE BARBARIAN: THE ORIGINAL MARVEL YEARS OMNIBUS. Fully remastered, this tome features Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith’s ground-breaking adaptation of Robert E. Howard’s iconic character.

Collecting CONAN THE BARBARIAN #1-26 from 1970-1973–as well as material from 1971’s SAVAGE TALES #1 and #4, CHAMBER OF DARKNESS #4, and CONAN CLASSIC #1-11–the CONAN THE BARBARIAN: THE ORIGINAL MARVEL YEARS omnibus presents each story in all its glory, from covers to letter pages, all painstakingly restored to match the beauty of the original editions.

Relive the early exploits of Conan across shining kingdoms of an age undreamed of, as he becomes thief, slayer and a legend.

Check out some sample artwork of the restored works below.

Aipt Comics    Flickering Myth

Conan Graphic Novels in German from Splitter Comics

"I was born on a battlefield! The clank of swords and the cries of the massacred were my lullaby."

Conan is back. Wilder. Stronger. More beautiful. Mightier than ever. For decades the barbarian from Cimmerien has been running his bloody craft in comics from the houses Marvel and Dark Horse. But these adaptations of the novels by Robert E. Howard are carved from a different wood: The best scenarists and draftsmen in France have come together to pay tribute to the god of Sword & Sorcery. Legendary stories, edited by greats such as Morvan (»Hercules«) and Alary (»Silas Corey«) and Gabella / Jean (»The Unicorn«). This reveals fresh perspectives on Conan and his dangerous world and the classic works shine in new splendor.

Each volume features a complete story based on an original work by Conan creator Robert E. Howard, and includes extensive bonus material on the creation of the myth Conan and the comic adaptations.

Conan der Cimmerier Bd. 1: Die Königin der schwarzen Küste
This item is expected to be available from 01.12.2018.

Conan der Cimmerier Bd. 2: Der schwarze Koloss
This item is expected to be available from 01.12.2018.

Conan der Cimmerier Bd. 3: Jenseits des schwarzen Flusses
This item is expected to be available from 01.02.2019.

The Cromcast Attends Howard Days 2018!

New post at the Cromcast wesbite.

Howard Days 2018: Glenn Lord Symposium parts 2 and 3.
By Ben Friberg

Part 2: Howard Scholar Bobby Derie explores Howard's trips across the Mexican border.

Part 3: Howard Scholar Nicole Emmelhainz explores gender dynamics in Howard's work.

Stephen Fabian and Robert E. Howard: Part Three
By Deuce Richardson

New post at the DMR Books blog.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Howard Days 2018: REH Gaming
Ben Friberg

Our panel discusses the history of gaming and the characters of REH.

Report on Robert E. Howard Days 2018
By Keith West

Conan le Cimmérien - Le colosse noir 
Conan le Cimmérien - La reine de la côte noire 

Good news for all German language speakers.
The Glenat Comics of Conan the Barbarian will be translated and published by Splitter Comics.
Volumes 1 and 2 will be published in December 2018.
Volume 3 will be published in February 2019.

Hot (and a little bothered) Off The Press by Gary Romeo
A Critique of Patrice Louinet’s The Robert E. Howard Guide

New post at the On An Underwood No. 5 blog.
Solomon Kane Kickstarter is live!

Play as a Virtue guiding Solomon Kane in a 1-4 player co-op game of storytelling, resource management & tactical miniatures play.

This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, July 5 2018 3:00 PM EDT.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Howard Days 2018: What's Up with REH.
By Ben Friberg

Fredrik Malmberg, Paul Herman and Patrice Louinet talk about upcoming REH related projects in television, comics and more.
Howard Days 2018: Solomon Kane's 90th Birthday.
By Ben Friberg

Howard Scholars Patrice Louinet, Bobby Derie, Dierk Gunther, and Karen Kohoutek discuss all things Kane.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

2018 Robert E. Howard Foundation Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2018 REH Foundation Award winners!

The winners were announced at a ceremony at Robert E. Howard Days in Cross Plains, Texas on June 8th. There were strong nominees this year in all categories, demonstrating how much great work is being done in Howard research and scholarship.

 The Atlantean — Outstanding Achievement, Book (non-anthology/collection)
Winner: FRED BLOSSER – Savage Scrolls: Scholarship from the Hyborian Age (Volume 1) (Pulp Hero Press)
FRED BLOSSER — AR-I-E’CH and the Spell of Cthulhu: An Informal Guide to R. E. Howard’s Lovecraftian Fiction (Black Stone Press)
BOBBY DERIE – The Robert E. Howard Bar Guide (Self Published)

The Valusian — Outstanding Achievement, Book (anthology/collection)
[No eligible candidates]

The Hyrkanian—Outstanding Achievement, Essay (Print)
Winner: BILL CAVALIER – “Robert E. Howard and his Influence on Dungeons and Dragons” – Knights of the Dinner Table 236
BOBBY DERIE – “Robert E. Howard’s Weird Detectives” – Occult Detective Quarterly 3
DIERK GUENTHER – “Local Color and Its Underlying Meaning in Robert E. Howard’s Weird Western, Southern Gothic Horror, and Detective Stories” – The Dark Man 8.2
CHARLES HOFFMAN – “’The Shadow Kingdom’ and the Origins of Gothic Horror in Robert E. Howard’s Heroic Fantasy” – Skelos 2

 The Cimmerian—Outstanding Achievement, Essay (Online)
Winner (Tie): BOBBY DERIE – “Conan and the OAK (5 Parts)” – On An Underwood No. 5
Winner (Tie): KAREN JOAN KOHOUTEK – “Queen by Fire and Steel and Slaughter: Bêlit’s Hymn” – On An Underwood No. 5
LEE BREAKIRON – “The Rise of the New Hyborian Legion (2 parts)” – REHEAPA
BOB BYRNE – “Robert E. Howard Wrote a Police Procedural? With Conan?? Crom!!!” – Black Gate

The Venarium — Emerging Scholar

The Stygian—Outstanding Achievement, Website or Periodical
Winner: ON AN UNDERWOOD NO. 5 (Todd Vick) 

The Black Lotus – Outstanding Achievement, Multimedia
Winner: THE CROMCAST (audio podcast) – Josh Adkins, Luke Dodd, and Jon Larson
HOWARD DAYS 2017 (videos)– Ben Friberg

The Black River—Special Achievement
Winner: DERRICK HUSSEY – For establishing the Robert E. Howard Fellowship Endowment at the University of Texas.
SCOTT CONNORS, KAREN JOAN KOHOUTEK, JONAS PRIDA, RICK LAI, and JEFFREY SHANKS – For participating in an REH panel at NecronomiCon Providence.
PATRICE LOUINET and JEFFREY SHANKS – For serving as advisors on the Conan Role Playing Game from Modiphius.

The Rankin — Artistic achievement in the depiction of REH’s life and/or work
Winner: TIM TRUMAN – Interior art for Vampire Classics (Graphic Classics) depicting “Horror from the Mound”
SIMON BISLEY – Cover art for Conan the Thief RPG book (Modiphius) depicting “Rogues in the House”
GERALD BROM– Cover art for Conan RPG Core Book (Modiphius) depicting “Xuthal of the Dusk”

Black Circle Award – Lifetime Achievement
(Individuals who have made significant and long-lasting contributions to REH scholarship, publishing, or the promotion of Howard’s life and works. Eligible candidates must have been publicly involved in Howard-related activities for a minimum of two decades. Sixty percent of the vote is required for induction into the Black Circle)

(No Winner – Sixty percent threshold not met)


Damon Sasser financial assistance needed.

Damon Sasser is a long time Howard scholar, fan, and creator and editor of the Howard fanzine and blog, Robert E. Howard Two-Gun Raconteur.

Damon recently fell and serious injured himself (he hit his head pretty hard).
His family is in need of financial assistance while they care for him.

If you are able and so inclined to contribute financial assistance, it would be greatly appreciated.
Any amount would help. Please give what you are able.

A GoFundMe account has been established at the link below.

Howard Days 2018: Glenn Lord Symposium part 1.
By Ben Friberg

At the Third Annual Glenn Lord Symposium, Howard Scholar and Rehupan Karen Kohoutek delivers her analysis of Black Colossus and the inner journey of its heroine, Yasmela.

Howard Days 2018: The “Clubs” of REH.
By Ben Friberg

Howard Scholars and Rehupans Bill Cavalier, Lee Breakiron and Rusty Burke explore the history of the groups within Howard fandom.

Howard Days 2018: Guest of Honor Speech
By Ben Friberg

Howard Days 2018 Guest of Honor Bill Cavalier, Howard Scholar, attendee of the first Howard Days and editor of the premiere Howard fanzine REHUPA, explains how his involvement in Robert E. Howard fandom saved his life.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Howard Days 2018: From Fan to Pro
By Ben Friberg

Professional authors explain how Howard has been an inspiration in pursuing their own writing careers. On the panel - Scott Cupp, James Reasoner, Dave Hardy, Jason Carney and Mark Finn. Unfortunately, there's a slight technical glitch where I had to change HD cards in the middle of Mr. Reasoner's introduction so I missed a few seconds of that.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

New at Howard Works

Thanks to Rafal Chojnacki ( for the tip on this title.

Mitrania (Swedish)
Spegelzonen. 13 Noveller
Featuring:  "The Mirrors of Tuzun Thune"

Klubowe Sokibus SF (Polish)
Conan: Za Czarna Rzeka
Featuring:  "Beyond the Black River"

Bill Cavalier
Cold Steel #121
Featuring: "The Bell of Morni" (poem)

Pulp Hero Press
Western Weirdness and Voodoo Vengeance
An Informal Guide to Robert E. Howard's American Horrors
Featuring: Articles about REH

Friday, June 8, 2018

Conan: Update on the new Marvel series!

According to an interview with Ralph Macchio, Marvel plans to publish three Conan titles in 2019.
Macchio states that each title will feature a different timeline from a different period in Conan's life.
Macchio also hopes to get Roy Thomas back to write some Conan.
Macchio is the consulting editor on the series with Mark Basso editor.

This information was contained in a podcast (link below) with Ralph Macchio.
The Conan part of the podcast occurs at approximately 2 hours and 42 minutes.

Comic Shenanigans Podcast

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Glenat's Conan Graphic Novel Series

The image below is from Glenat's CONAN pages in their foreign rights catalog.
It shows thumbnails from upcoming graphic novels and lists the stories that it plans to adapt to the graphic novel format. 12 albums are planned with 13 stories adapted.

The stories planned for adaptation are:
Queen of the Black Coast
Black Colossus
Beyond the Black River
Shadows in the Moonlight
The People of the Black Circle
The Frost-Giant's Daughter
A Witch Shall Be Born
The Scarlet Citadel
Red Nails
Rogues in the House
The Tower of the Elephant
The Pool of the Black One
The God in the Bowl

Thanks to Scott Tee for providing this information!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Arriving in comic shops June 13!

Written by Gail Simone
Art by Aaron Lopresti and Matt Ryan
Cover by Aaron Lopresti

What makes one a legend?
How do legends carve their names into history, when countless others are forgotten?
Wonder Woman and Conan the Barbarian are destined by the fates to be legendary, but when their stories collide, will both emerge victorious, or will the fickle gods cut their lives short?

Collects the entire six-issue miniseries.
Co-published by DC and Dark Horse Comics.

Hardcover, Full Color, 160 pages, $24.99

Archaeologists return to Cross Plains to finish digging behind home of famed author

Monday, June 4, 2018

The Art of Robert E. Howard
By Bill Thom

This is the first in a series of articles that provides a showcase for the many fine artists that have illustrated the works of Robert E. Howard over the years.

Michael William Kaluta (Part 3 of 3)          (Part 1 of 3) (Part 2 of 3)

All art copyright Michael William Kaluta and the respective owners.

Marvel Comics

The Art of Robert E. Howard
By Bill Thom

This is the first in a series of articles that provides a showcase for the many fine artists that have illustrated the works of Robert E. Howard over the years.

Michael William Kaluta  (Part 2 of 3) (Part 3 of 3)       (Part 1 of 3)

All art copyright Michael William Kaluta and the respective owners.

FAX Collectors Editions
The Swords of Shahrazar

The Swords of Shahrazar: The Curse of the Crimson God

The Swords of Shahrazar: The Treasures of Tartary

The Swords of Shahrazar: The Treasure of Shaibar Khan

Click here for Part 3