[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)