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The winners of the 2016 Robert E. Howard Foundation Awards were announced at a ceremony on June 10, at the REH Days celebration in Cross Plains, Texas. The REH Foundation Awards honor the top contributions from the previous year in Howard scholarship and in the promotion of Howard’s life and works. The top three nominees in each category were selected by the Legacy Circle members of the Foundation and the winners were voted on by the full membership of the Foundation.
Of special note, longtime Marvel Comics editor and writer, ROY THOMAS, received the Black Circle Award for Lifetime Achievment.
We are proud to announce to official nominees for this year’s REH Foundation Awards, honoring the top contributions from the previous year in Howard scholarship and in the promotion of Howard’s life and works. The top three nominees in each category were selected by the Legacy Circle members of the Foundation from an outstanding pool of eligible candidates and their contributions represent the best of the best:
All members of the REH Foundation will be eligible to vote on these nominees to determine this year’s winners (with the exception of the Black Circle which requires a premium membership). An email with voting instruction will be sent out to all members soon! The winners will be announced at a special ceremony at Robert E. Howard Days in Cross Plains on June 10.
Congratulations to all the nominnees and thank for your contributions to Howard’s legacy!
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The REH Foundation is proud to announce the preliminary ballot for the 2016 REHF Awards:
From this ballot, Legacy Circle members of the Foundation will select three official nominees in each category. Those nominees will be announced in March and the entire membership will then vote for the winners. The winners will be announced at a special award ceremony at Howard Days on June 10. Legacy members will receive an email with voting instructions very soon.
LEGACY MEMBERS – Click HERE to vote!
Congratulations to all who made the preliminary ballot and good luck!
For more information on the REHF Awards including past winners click HERE.
We’re proud to announce that the Guest of Honor for Howard Days 2016 is Michael Scott Myers, the screenwriter for the movie The Whole Wide World. Michael’s importance as our GOH is especially great for all of us, as he was also a student of Novalyne Price Ellis. Here’s hoping you’ll be amongst us to hear not only Michael’s revelations about TWWW but also his reminisces of Novalyne and her magnificent memoir of her relationship with Robert E. Howard.
All of the usual activities connected with Howard Days are in place: the Robert E. Howard Museum and Gift Shop are open to all, the adjacent Alla Ray Morris Pavilion is available for the Swap Meet, gaming, extemporaneous activities, and a couple of genuine Texas cook-outs, the Bus Tour of Cross Plains and surrounding environs, a special Postal Cancellation souvenir, the Celebration Banquet and Silent Auction, interesting panels on Howard and related topics, the Robert E. Howard Foundation Awards – all this plus much more that we can’t think of right now! We’ll be posting detailed information over the course of the next month.
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[EDIT: This post was updated to show the winners.]
Members of the Robert E. Howard Foundation have selected the winners of the REH Foundation Awards for Outstanding Achievement in REH Studies in 2014. The nominees were selected by the Legacy Circle at the beginning of April, and now the entire membership has chosen the winners. Ballots were sent and returned before midnight on May 3. The winners were announced at Howard Days in June.
For the BIG list that our nominees were selected from, click here.
Members voted for one (1) candidate in each category:
The Atlantean — Outstanding Achievement, Book By a Single Author
(for the purposes of this award, a book is any publication which is perfect-bound and over 50 pages)
WINNER: PARSONS, DEKE – J.R.R. Tolkien, Robert E. Howard and the Birth of Modern Fantasy (McFarland 2014)
The Valusian – Outstanding Achievement, Anthology
No Eligible Nominee
The Hyrkanian—Outstanding Achievement, Essay (Print)
(Essays must have made their first public published appearance in the previous calendar year. Short interviews, speeches, book introductions, short reviews and other minor works do not count.)
BREAKIRON, LEE– “The Cromlechers: The Story of the First Scholarly Robert E. Howard Journal.” The Dark Man Vol. 7, No. 2, December 2014
RICHTER, LARRY – “The Least of Bob Howard.” The Dark Man Vol. 7, No. 2, December 2014
WINNER: SHANKS, JEFFREY – “What the Thak?: Anthropological Oddities in Howard’s Works.” REH: Two-Gun Raconteur No. 17, June 2014.
The Cimmerian—Outstanding Achievement, Essay (Online)
(Essays must have made their first public published appearance in the previous calendar year. Short interviews, speeches, short reviews and other minor works do not count.)
BREAKIRON, LEE – “A Cimmerian Worthy of the Name” (5 parts) The Nemedian Chroniclers #15, REH Electronic Amateur Press Association
KOHOUTEK, KAREN JOAN – “I Put a Spell on You: Howard’s Conjure and Voodoo Stories.” REH: Two-Gun Raconteur
WINNER: ROEHM, ROB – “The Legend of the Trunk (8 parts)” REH: Two-Gun Raconteur
TAYLOR, KEITH – “Here Was Ragnarok, The Fall of the Gods (3 parts)” REH: Two-Gun Raconteur
The Aquilonian — Outstanding Achievement, Periodical
HALL, MARK—The Dark Man Vol. 7, No. 2, December 2014
WINNER: SASSER, DAMON—REH: Two-Gun Raconteur No. 17
The Venarium —Emerging Scholar
(The following candidates have begun making significant contributions to Howard scholarship through publications and/or presentations. Besides the contributions listed here, each of the nominees was active behind the scenes in 2014, preparing various publications, projects, and presentations for 2015.)
DERIE, BOBBY – Had a significant section on Howard in his book Sex and the Cthulhu Mythos
FRIBERG, BEN – Contributed an essay on “Pigeons from Hell” to the TGR blog.
WINNER: KOHOUTEK, KAREN JOAN – Contributed an essay to the TGR blog on Howard’s use of Voodoo
The Stygian—Outstanding Achievement, Website
(Eligible candidates are limited to internet sites with static content and material that is primarily devoted to scholarship on the life and works of Robert E. Howard. Websites must have been updated with new content at least once in the previous calendar year. Non-static social media like Facebook and Twitter would not be eligible.)
WINNER: SASSER, DAMON, et al. – REH: Two-Gun Raconteur (Website and Blog)
BARRETT, BARBARA, AND BILL CAVALIER – Robert E. Howard United Press Association (Website and Blog)
BREAKIRON, LEE, FRANK COFFMAN, GARY ROMEO, AND SCOTT SHEAFFER – The Robert E. Howard Electronic Amateur Press Association(Website and Blog)
THOM, BILL – Howard Works (Website)
GOLD, ERIK, PAUL MCNAMEE, DEUCE RICHARDSON, AND PETE RONCOLI – The Official Robert E. Howard Forum (Internet Forum)
The Black River—Special Achievement
(The following eligible candidates have produced or contributed something special that doesn’t fit into any other category: scholarly presentations, biographical discoveries, etc.)
BARRETT, BARBARA – For her weekly “REH Word of the Week” series at the REHupa and Official Robert E. Howard Forum websites.
WINNER: CHACZYK, ED – Organizing and promoting the online drive to raise money for repairs to the Robert E. Howard house.
FRIBERG, BEN – Howard Days Panels (videos)
KAHN, RACHEL – For By Crom! an autobiographical comic strip, which features Conan the Cimmerian as her spirit guide.
The Rankin—artistic Achievement in the depiction of REH’s life and/or work
(Art must have made its first public published appearance in the previous calendar year.)
WINNER: GIANNI, TOM: Cover art for Fists of Iron, Round Three (REHF Press)
GIORELLO, TOMAS and JOSE VILLARRUBIA: Cover and interior artwork for adaptation of “The Hour of the Dragon” King Conan: The Conqueror issues 1-6 (Dark Horse).
PETERS, MICHAEL L – Cover art for REH: Two-Gun Raconteur No. 17 depicting “Red Nails”
The Black Circle– Lifetime Achievement (at least 20 years)
(Given only sporadically as warranted, The Black Circle of Howard Fandom constitutes entering a highly select group of luminaries. To appear on this ballot, nominees must have at least twenty documented years in Howard fandom and receive at least 25% of all votes cast in a past year nominating cycle. The resulting nominees are put on the ballot for a winner-take-all vote. In years where no one has earned a place on the ballot, no award is given. Awards given posthumously will go to the Robert E. Howard Museum in Cross Plains, Texas.)
WINNER: WAGNER, KARL EDWARD (posthumous)
Black Circle Award – 2014 nominees
(To appear on next year’s ballot, nominees must have at least twenty documented years in Howard fandom and receive at least 25% of all votes cast in this nominating cycle. The resulting nominees are put on the ballot for a winner-take-all vote. In years where no one has earned a place on the ballot, no award is given. Awards given posthumously will go to the Robert E. Howard Museum in Cross Plains, Texas.)
De CAMP, LYON SPRAGUE (posthumous)
LOVING, BILLIE RUTH (posthumous)
Current Members of the Black Circle
Glenn Lord (2004)
Rusty Burke (2006)
Don Herron (2006)
Novalyne Price Ellis (2007)
Bill Cavalier (2011)
Dennis McHanney (2012)
Damon Sasser (2013)
Patrice Louinet (2014)
The Nomination Ballot for this year’s REH Foundation Awards has been sent out to members of the Legacy Circle. Nominations are due by April 5. The nominees will then be placed on a final ballot and the entire membership of the REH Foundation will determine the winners.
The REH Foundation Press is proud to present Fists of Iron, Round 4, the final volume of a four-volume series that presents the Collected Boxing Fiction of Robert E. Howard. This volume features the collected Kid Allison stories and measures in at 347 pages (plus introductory material). It will be printed in hardback with dust jacket, with the first printing limited to 200 copies, each individually numbered. Cover art by Tom Gianni and introduction by Mark Finn. The book is expected to ship in late-March 2015. [Now shipping.]
Intro: “A Boy and His Dog” by Mark Finn
The Man with the Mystery Mitts
The Wild Cat and the Star
Fighting Nerves (Kid Allison version)
Mike Dorgan and Bill McGlory:
The House of Peril
One Shanghai Night
The Tomb of the Dragon
The Sign of the Snake
The Fighting Fury
Fighting Nerves (Jim O’Donnel version)
Fists of the Desert
Fists of the Revolution
The Drawing Card
Untitled fragment (“Huh,” I was so . . .)
A Tough Nut to Crack (Allison version)
A Tough Nut to Crack (Clarney version)
One Shanghai Night – synopsis
Untitled notes (Knute Hansen)
The Lord of the Ring, (part 4), by Patrice Louinet
Every once in a while, when comparing a text to Howard’s typescript or looking into historical documents or publications, some interesting little item pops up: a transcription error, a new line of poetry, a previously unrecorded factoid. If the item is significant enough, we’ll usually announce it somewhere, or write it up in our Newsletter, but what about all those other, little things?
Starting this week, and from time to time as they occur, we’ll be posting these little curiosities to our Facebook page. The first installment features a new line discovered in Howard’s “The Wandering Years.” And we’ve got several items related to the poetry lined up for the weeks to come.
That’s right, Howard fanatics, previously unpublished Robert E. Howard, lines and words of it, will appear here: https://www.facebook.com/REH.Foundation. No membership required; all you have to do is like us.