10
Jun
2019

Winners of the 2019 Robert E. Howard Foundation Wards

Posted by Jeffrey Shanks in News   

Congratulations to the REH Foundation Award winners! The winners were announced at a ceremony at Robert E. Howard Days in Cross Plains, Texas on June 7th.


Atlantean — Outstanding Achievement, Book (non-anthology/collection)

Winner: DAVID C. SMITH – Robert E. Howard: A Literary Biography (Pulp Hero Press)

Finalists:
FRED BLOSSER – Western Weirdness and Voodoo Vengence (Pulp Hero Press)
DON HERRON and LEO GRIN – Famous Someday: A Robert E. Howard Biography (The Cimmerian Press)


The Hyrkanian—Outstanding Achievement, Essay (Print)

Winner: RICK LAI – “Poseidon and the Gods of the Robert E. Howard Universe” – Blood ‘n’ Thunder Presents #4: Pulpourri

Finalists:
BOBBY DERIE – “That Fool Olson” – Lovecraft Annual 12
DAMON YOUNG – “I Love, I Slay, And Am Content” – Island Magazine #124


The Cimmerian—Outstanding Achievement, Essay (Online)

Winner: DEUCE RICHARDSON – “Stephen Fabian and Robert E. Howard (3 Parts)” – DMR Books Blog

Finalists:
BOBBY DERIE – “Conan and E’ch-Pi-El: Robert E. Howard in the Biographies of H. P. Lovecraft” – On An Underwood No. 5
KEITH TAYLOR – “Black Vulmea – Robert E. Howard’s Roughneck Pirate (2 Parts)” – DMR Books Blog


The Venarium — Emerging Scholar

Winner: BOB BYRNE – Contributed essays for Black Gate

Finalists:
PHILIP EMERY – Completed Doctoral Thesis on REH and Sword and Sorcery
NICOLE EMMELHAINZ – Presented paper at Glenn Lord Symposium


The Stygian—Outstanding Achievement, Website or Periodical

Winners (TIE):ON AN UNDERWOOD NO. 5 (Todd Vick)
REH FOUNDATION NEWSLETTER (Lee Breakiron)

Finalist:
BLACK GATE (John O’Neill)


The Black Lotus – Outstanding Achievement, Multimedia

Winner: THE CROMCAST (audio podcast) – Josh Adkins, Luke Dodd, and Jon Larson

Finalists:
HOWARD DAYS 2018 (videos)– Ben Friberg
ROGUES IN THE HOUSE PODCAST – Matt Sullivan, Logan Whitney, and Alex Kostopoulos


The Black River—Special Achievement

Winner: JEFFREY SHANKS, ANDREW McFEATERS, THADRA STANTON, and HEATHER YOUNG – For the National Park Service Robert E. Howard House Archaeology Project

Finalists:
MARK HALL – For his years of service as editor of The Dark Man
ROY THOMAS – for his publication of Barbarian Life, the history of Conan in the comics.


The Rankin — Artistic achievement in the depiction of REH’s life and/or work

Winner: TOM GRINDBERG – Cover art for Conan the Pirate sourcebook for Conan RPG (Modiphius) – Depicts “Queen of the Black Coast”

Finalists:
BILL CAVALIER – Cover Art for Pictures in the Fire (REHF Press)
RONAN TOULHOAT – Conan le Cimmérien, Tome 2 : Le colosse noir (Glenat) – Depicts “Black Colossus”


Black Circle Award – Lifetime Achievement

Winner: N/A

Finalists:
FRED BLOSSER
PAUL HERMAN
DONALD WOLLHEIM (posthumous)
As a 60% majority vote was not achieved for any candidate, there is no Black Circle Award winner this year.


Crom Award (Board of Directors Award)

Winner: PROJECT PRIDE – For over three decades of interpreting and promoting the life and work of Robert E. Howard through the REH House and Museum.

The Crom Award is a special recognition given very infrequently by the REH Foundation Board of Directors.

6
May
2019

Post Oaks and Sand Roughs

Posted by Rob Roehm in News   

The REH Foundation Press is proud to present Post Oaks and Sand Roughs & Other Autobiographical Writings. Outside of the boxing stories, whenever Robert E. Howard used the name “Costigan” the autobiographical implications weren’t far behind. This volume collects those “other” Costigan tales, including the title novel as well as the previously unpublished early draft. It also contains other items that reveal details about the people and places in Howard’s life, including the “Lost Plains” stories, items from The Junto, personal essays, and more, all restored to the original text, where available.

With the introductory material, this volume checks in at over 400 pages and will be printed in hardback with dust jacket, in a limited quantity of 200 copies, each individually numbered. Cover art by Jim & Ruth Keegan; edited and with notes by Rob Roehm; Introduction and notes by Rusty Burke. This collection will make its debut at Howard Days 2019, in Cross Plains, Texas (be sure to let us know in your order if you plan on picking it up there), and begin shipping shortly thereafter. Pre-order yours today!

Price
Post Oaks and Sand Roughs is $45 for REHF Premium members, $50 for Regular members and non-members (all prices in US dollars) plus shipping. (How to become a member? See here.)

Shipping
Shipping options:

Domestic via USPS Priority: $10.50
Domestic via USPS Book Rate: $3.50
Canada via Global Priority: $34
Australia via Global Priority: $47
Europe via Global Priority: $47

Purchasing more than one book? For combined shipping prices, shoot us an email at info@rehfoundation.org.

Insurance to any US location is $2.20 extra. For international shipments (including Canada), insurance is not available for 1st Class, but is automatically included in Global Priority. All books will be securely packed. REH FOUNDATION PRESS IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR LOSS BY THE POST OFFICE. PURCHASE INSURANCE IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO TAKE THE RISK. Those wishing to ship via some other carrier (UPS, FedEx, etc.) will need to contact us at info@rehfoundation.org to make arrangements and determine costs.

Ordering and payment
Ordering

To order, pay directly via PayPal to paypal@rehfpress.com, via check (personal or cashier’s) or money order sent to: The REH Foundation Press, PO Box 2641, Sugar Land, TX, 77478-2641. ALL PAYMENTS MUST BE IN US DOLLARS. Be sure that all the necessary shipping information is included and accurate, and that the total price includes correct shipping and insurance (if wanted). NO FOREIGN MONEY ORDERS.

Books will not be shipped prior to checks clearing the bank. If you have any questions or comments regarding pricing or shipping, please contact us at info@rehfoundation.org.

Numbering
If you desire a specific number, please notify us with your order, and we will do our best to accommodate your preference. Those not requesting specific numbers will receive lowest numbers available. Those wishing to obtain numbers to match other REHFP volumes they have purchased should let us know as soon as possible.

Contents
Too Much Like Life, introduction by Rusty Burke

Autobiography:
The Wandering Years
An Autobiography
What I Did to Help Win the War
In His Own Image
Some People Who Have Had Influence Over Me
A Touch of Trivia
To a Man Whose Name I Never Knew
The Galveston Affair
The Beast from the Abyss

Autobiographical Fiction:
Untitled “A typical small town drug store”
Spanish Gold on Devil Horse
Post Oaks and Sand Roughs
Sunday in a Small Town
Ambition in the Moonlight
Musings of a Moron
Irony

Miscellanea:
What I Did in Vacation
What My Signature Means to Me
The Recalcitrant
Untitled “Mike Costigan, writer and self-avowed futilist”
The Splendid Brute
The Paradox
The Ivory Camel

Drafts:
Spanish Gold on Devil Horse (early draft)
Post Oaks and Sand Roughs (early draft)

Appendix 1: Post Oaks Documents
The Seven-Up Ballad (v)
Dula Due to Be Champ
Letters from Mom
Unsigned contract

Appendix 2: Autobiographical Letters

Letter to Argosy All-Story Weekly
Letter to Farnsworth Wright
Letter to Wilfred Blanch Talman
Letter to Dime Sports

Appendix 3: Uncollected Letters from Dr. I. M. Howard

Letter to E. Hoffmann Price, July 11, 1936
Letter to G. H. Sherman, September 30, 1936
Letter to Ray Teague, October 13, 1936
Letter to American Indemnity, November 10, 1936
Letter to Otis A. Kline, January 20, 1940
Letter to E. Hoffmann Price, March 8, 1943
Letter to E. Hoffmann Price, October 25, 1943
Letter to E. Hoffmann Price, December 28, 1943
Letter to E. Hoffmann Price, September 8, 1944

6
May
2019

Voting Is Open for the 2019 REH Foundation Awards

Posted by Jeffrey Shanks in News   

The voting is now open for the 2019 REHF Awards. Premium members can cast their ballots at the link below until midnight, Wednesday, May 15th.

2019 REH Awards Offical Ballot

Regular members can upgrade to a Premium Membership by going HERE.

Thanks to all fans and supporters for your participation!

The preliminary ballot for the 2019 REHF Awards has now been released. This ballot contains all of the eligible candidates for this year’s awards. REHF Legacy Members will choose three official Nominees in each of the categories from this list and those Nominees will be announced in a few weeks. From those three Nominees the Premium members will vote for the winners who will be announced at Howard Days in June. Legacy Members will soon be receiving an email with voting instructions. Click on the link below for the full preliminary ballot.

2019 REHF Awards Preliminary Ballot

12
Jun
2018

2018 Robert E. Howard Foundation Award Winners

Posted by Jeffrey Shanks in News   

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

Winner: DIERK GUENTHER
JASON RAY CARNEY
NICOLE EMMELHAINZ

 

The Stygian—Outstanding Achievement, Website or Periodical

Winner: ON AN UNDERWOOD NO. 5 (Todd Vick)
HOWARD WORKS (Bill Thom)
REH FOUNDATION NEWSLETTER (Lee Breakiron)

 

The Black Lotus – Outstanding Achievement, Multimedia

Winner: THE CROMCAST (audio podcast) – Josh Adkins, Luke Dodd, and Jon Larson
HOWARD DAYS 2017 (videos)– Ben Friberg
WEIRD FICTION ROBERT E. HOWARD (video) – Michael Moir

 

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)

FRED BLOSSER
CHARLES HOFFMAN
BILLIE RUTH LOVING (posthumous)

25
May
2018

Pictures in the Fire

Posted by Rob Roehm in Merchandise   

The REH Foundation Press is proud to present Pictures in the Fire. This volume collects the remaining weird fiction, as well as various other items that have not previously been published by either Del Rey or REHFP. All stories and poetry have been restored to the original text, where available. A large number of works in this volume will be making their debut in a mass market publication, including many first referenced in Glenn Lord’s The Last Celt more than 40 years ago.

This volume checks in at 452 pages, and will be printed in hardback with dust jacket, in a limited quantity of 200 copies, each individually numbered. Cover art by Bill “Indy” Cavalier; edited and with an introduction by Paul Herman. This collection will make its debut at Howard Days 2018, in Cross Plains, Texas. Pre-order yours today!

Price

Pictures in the Fire is $45 for REHF Premium members, $50 for Regular members and non-members (all prices in US dollars) plus shipping. (How to become a member? See here.)

Shipping

Shipping options:

Domestic via USPS Priority: $9.50
Domestic via USPS Book Rate: $3.50
Canada via Global Priority: $34
Australia via Global Priority: $47
Europe via Global Priority: $47

Purchasing more than one book? For combined shipping prices, click here.

Insurance to any US location is $2 extra. For international shipments (including Canada), insurance is not available for 1st Class, but is automatically included in Global Priority. All books will be securely packed. REH FOUNDATION PRESS IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR LOSS BY THE POST OFFICE. PURCHASE INSURANCE IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO TAKE THE RISK. Those wishing to ship via some other carrier (UPS, FedEx, etc.) will need to contact us at info@rehfoundation.org to make arrangements and determine costs.

Ordering and payment

Ordering

To order, pay directly via PayPal to paypal@rehfpress.com, via check (personal or cashier’s) or money order sent to: The REH Foundation Press, PO Box 2641, Sugar Land, TX, 77478-2641. ALL PAYMENTS MUST BE IN US DOLLARS. Be sure that all the necessary shipping information is included and accurate, and that the total price includes correct shipping and insurance (if wanted). NO FOREIGN MONEY ORDERS.

Books will not be shipped prior to checks clearing the bank. If you have any questions or comments regarding pricing or shipping, please contact us at info@rehfoundation.org.

Numbering

If you desire a specific number, please notify us with your order, and we will do our best to accommodate your preference. Those not requesting specific numbers will receive lowest numbers available. Those wishing to obtain numbers to match other REHFP volumes they have purchased should let us know as soon as possible.

 

Contents

Finding a Home, introduction by Paul Herman

Complete Stories

“For the Love of Barbara Allen”
Two Against Tyre
The Voice of El-Lil
Spear and Fang
Black Canaan (Early Version)
The Cobra in the Dream
The Ghost in the Doorway
A Thunder of Trumpets
The Shadow of Doom
The Haunted Hut
Under the Baobab Tree
The Hyena
Black Country

Fragments, Drafts, and other Esoterica

Nekht Semerkeht
Untitled, “As he approached . . .”
The Abbey
Age Lasting Love (with outline)
The Devil’s Woodchopper
The Door of the World
Redflame
Serpent Vines
Untitled Synopsis (Black Canaan)
The Isle of the Eons
The Brand of Satan
Dagon Manor
Dear Mrs. Shane
Fate Is the Killer
Incongruity
The Jade God
The Slayer
Through the Ages
The Wings of the Bat
Untitled, “ ‘You,’ said Shifty Griddle . . .”
Untitled, “Better that a man should remain . . .”
Untitled, “From the black, bandit-haunted mountains . . .”
Untitled, “I’m writing this . . .”
Untitled, “Old Man Jacobson . . .”
Untitled, “The matter seemed so obvious . . .”
Untitled, “The next day I was sluggish . . .”
Songs of Bastards
Bastards All!
Pictures in the Fire
The Dominant Male
Miss High Hat
Etched in Ebony
Untitled, “Arrange, Madame, arrange!”
Letter of a Chinese Student (1 and 2)
For the Honor of the School

Poetry

A Rattlesnake Sings in the Grass
The Masque
A High Land
Whence Cometh Erlik?
Lost Nisapur
Abhorrent Gods
A Song of Praise
The Tale of Glory
The Race Without Name
Let me dream by a silver stream
My Animal Instinct
The Wind Blows
The Wind Blows (variant)

11
Apr
2018

Presenting the 2018 REH Foundation Awards Nominees!

Posted by Jeffrey Shanks in News   

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. (Categories with more than 3 nominees represent a tie in the nomination voting)

All Premium members of the REH Foundation will be eligible to vote on these nominees to determine this year’s winners (Regular FREE members can upgrade to a Premium membership HERE). Voting deadline is April 30th! The winners will be announced at a special ceremony at Robert E. Howard Days in Cross Plains on June 8.

REH Foundation Premium members click HERE to vote!

Not a member yet or need to upgrade to Premium? Click HERE to sign up!

 

The Atlantean — Outstanding Achievement, Book (non-anthology/collection)
(Books may be print or digital, must be a minimum of 50,000 words, and must be substantively devoted to the life and/or work of REH. Reprinted works without significant revisions are not eligible.)

FRED BLOSSER — AR-I-E’CH and the Spell of Cthulhu: An Informal Guide to R. E. Howard’s Lovecraftian Fiction (Black Stone Press) – LINK

FRED BLOSSER – Savage Scrolls: Scholarship from the Hyborian Age (Volume 1) (Pulp Hero Press) – LINK

BOBBY DERIE – The Robert E. Howard Bar Guide (Self Published) – LINK

 

The Valusian — Outstanding Achievement, Book (anthology/collection)
(Books may be print or digital, must be a minimum of 50,000 words, and must be substantively devoted to the life and/or work of REH. Reprinted works without significant revisions are not eligible.)

[No eligible candidates]

 

The Hyrkanian—Outstanding Achievement, Essay (Print)
(Essays must have made their first public published appearance in the previous calendar year and be substantive scholarly essays on the life and/or work of REH. Short pieces, interviews, reviews, trip reports, and other minor works do not count.)

BILL CAVALIER – “Robert E. Howard and his Influence on Dungeons and Dragons” – Knights of the Dinner Table 236 – LINK

BOBBY DERIE – “Robert E. Howard’s Weird Detectives” – Occult Detective Quarterly 3 – LINK

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 – LINK

CHARLES HOFFMAN – “’The Shadow Kingdom’ and the Origins of Gothic Horror in Robert E. Howard’s Heroic Fantasy” – Skelos 2 – LINK

 

The Cimmerian—Outstanding Achievement, Essay (Online)
(Essays must have made their first public published appearance in the previous calendar year and be substantive scholarly essays on the life and/or work of REH. Short blog posts, speeches, reviews, trip reports, and other minor works do not count.)

LEE BREAKIRON – “The Rise of the New Hyborian Legion (2 parts)” – REHEAPA – LINK– LINK

BOB BYRNE – “Robert E. Howard Wrote a Police Procedural? With Conan?? Crom!!!” – Black Gate – LINK

BOBBY DERIE – “Conan and the OAK (5 Parts)” – On An Underwood No. 5 – LINK – LINK – LINK – LINK – LINK

KAREN JOAN KOHOUTEK – “Queen by Fire and Steel and Slaughter: Bêlit’s Hymn” – On An Underwood No. 5 – LINK

 

The Venarium — Emerging Scholar
(The following candidates have recently begun making significant contributions to Howard scholarship through publications and/or presentations over the past few years. Previous winners are not eligible)

JASON RAY CARNEY – Contributed essay to On an Underwood No. 5; presented papers at ICFA and Glenn Lord Symposium

NICOLE EMMELHAINZ – Presented paper at ICFA.

DIERK GUENTHER – Contributed article to The Dark Man; presented papers at ICFA and Glenn Lord Symposium

 

The Stygian—Outstanding Achievement, Website or Periodical
(Eligible candidates are limited to print or digital magazines, journals, blogs, or internet sites with substantive 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. Print periodicals must have had an issue published in the previous calendar year. Non-static social media like Facebook and Twitter would not be eligible.)

HOWARD WORKS (Bill Thom) – LINK

ON AN UNDERWOOD NO. 5 (Todd Vick) – LINK

REH FOUNDATION NEWSLETTER (Lee Breakiron) – LINK

 

The Black Lotus – Outstanding Achievement, Multimedia
(Eligible candidates have produced a multimedia or audio/visual work or series of works, such as videos, documentaries, podcasts, animation, etc. related to the life and work of REH)

THE CROMCAST (audio podcast) – Josh Adkins, Luke Dodd, and Jon Larson – LINK

HOWARD DAYS 2017 (videos)– Ben Friberg – LINK

WEIRD FICTION ROBERT E. HOWARD (video) – Michael Moir – LINK

 

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.)

SCOTT CONNORS, KAREN JOAN KOHOUTEK, JONAS PRIDA, RICK LAI, and JEFFREY SHANKS – For participating in an REH panel at NecronomiCon Providence.

DERRICK HUSSEY – For establishing the Robert E. Howard Fellowship Endowment at the University of Texas.

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
(Art must have made its first public published appearance in the previous calendar year.)

SIMON BISLEY  – Cover art for Conan the Thief RPG book (Modiphius) depicting “Rogues in the House” – LINK

GERALD BROM– Cover art for Conan RPG Core Book (Modiphius) depicting “Xuthal of the Dusk” – LINK

TIM TRUMAN – Interior art for Vampire Classics (Graphic Classics) depicting “Horror from the Mound” – LINK

 

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)

FRED BLOSSER

CHARLES HOFFMAN

BILLIE RUTH LOVING  (posthumous)

 

Fred Blosser is a longtime critic and commentator on the works of Robert E. Howard, beginning in 1970 with an essay in Glenn Lord’s The Howard Collector. For many fans, his essays in the back of Marvel’s Savage Sword of Conan were their introduction to non-fiction about Howard and his stories. He has authored numerous articles, reviews, and introductions over the years, including contributions to The Howard CollectorBarbarian ScrollThe Howard ReviewThe Dark ManThe Man from Cross PlainsTwo-Gun Bob, and Anniversary: A Tribute to Glenn Lord. Last year he released two books, Ar-I-E’ch and the Spell of Cthulhu: An Informal Guide to Howard’s Lovecraftian Fiction and Savage Scrolls: Scholarship from the Hyborian Age.

 

For over four decades Charles Hoffman has been one of the leading figures in Howard scholarship, since the publication of his seminal essay “Conan the Existentialist” in 1974 — widely regarded as the first true literary criticism of Howard’s work. With Marc Cerasini, he co-authored Robert E. Howard: Starmont Reader’s Guide and co-edited the initial two issues of Cromlech, the first scholarly journal dedicated to Howard. He has written a number of acclaimed essays on Howard’s work for The Dark Man, Crypt of Cthulhu, The Cimmerian, Skelos, and Spectrum, as well as for for the collections Two-Gun Bob: A Centennial Study of Robert E. Howard, The Barbaric Triumph, and The Robert E. Howard Reader.

 

For many years Billie Ruth Loving was the head librarian at the Cross Plains Public Library. She was one of the founding members of Project Pride and in 1986 helped welcome fans to the very first Robert E. Howard Days. With the Cross Plains Library she assisted in purchasing the Howard House, then donated it to Project Pride in order to have a museum for fans visiting Cross Plains. Over the years she served as the unofficial caretaker of the house and museum and was the primary local historian on Howard and his life.

 

Current Members of the Black Circle:

Glenn Lord
Rusty Burke
Don Herron
Novalyne Price Ellis
Bill Cavalier
Dennis McHaney
Damon Sasser
Patrice Louinet
Karl Edward Wagner
Roy Thomas

The preliminary ballot for the 2018 REHF Awards has now been released. This ballot contains all of the eligible candidates for this year’s awards. REHF Legacy Members will choose three official Nominees in each of the categories from this list and those Nominees will be announced in a few weeks. From those three Nominees the Premium members will vote for the winners who will be announced at Howard Days in June. Legacy Members will soon be receiving an email with voting instructions. Click on the link below for the full preliminary ballot.

2018 REHF Awards Preliminary Ballot

13
Jun
2017

Congratulation to the Winners of the 2017 REH Foundation Awards!

Posted by Jeffrey Shanks in News   

The winners of the 2017 Robert E. Howard Foundation Awards were announced on Saturday June 10 at Howard Days. Congratulations to all and thank you for your efforts in promoting the life and work of Bob Howard.

 

The Atlantean — Outstanding Achievement, Book (non-anthology/collection)

PATRICK BURGER – On the Precipice of Fascism: The Mythic and the Political in the Works of Robert E. Howard and Ernst Junger (Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood Publishing)

 

The Valusian — Outstanding Achievement, Book (anthology/collection)

[No eligible candidates]

 

The Hyrkanian—Outstanding Achievement, Essay (Print)

JEFFREY SHANKS – “Nameless Tribes and Races of Men: Anthropological World-Building in ‘Men of the Shadows’” – Skelos #1

 

The Cimmerian—Outstanding Achievement, Essay (Online)

PATRICE LOUINET – “’The Wright Hook’ (or, the origin of ‘Spear and Fang’)” – REH: Two Gun Raconteur Blog

 

The Venarium — Emerging Scholar

TODD VICK – Contributed essays to On an Underwood No. 5; Editor of On an Underwood No. 5 blog; presented paper at PCA and Glenn Lord Symposium

 

The Stygian—Outstanding Achievement, Website

ON AN UNDERWOOD NO. 5 (Todd Vick)

 

The Aquilonian — Outstanding Achievement, Periodical

REH FOUNDATION NEWSLETTER (Damon Sasser)

 

The Black Lotus – Outstanding Achievement, Multimedia

JOSH ADKINS, LUKE DODD, and JON LARSON – The Cromcast (audio podcast)

 

The Black River—Special Achievement

PATRICE LOUINET – For serving as adviser on the Conan board game from Monolith.

 

The Rankin — Artistic achievement in the depiction of REH’s life and/or work

ADRIAN SMITH – Artwork for Conan boardgame by Monolith (depicting various REH characters)

 

Black Circle Award – Lifetime Achievement

[None of the nominees achieved the minimum percentage of votes.]

 

26
Apr
2017

Presenting the 2017 REH Foundation Awards Nominees!

Posted by Jeffrey Shanks in News   

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. (Categories with more than 3 nominees represent a tie in the nomination voting)

All members of the REH Foundation including Regular (FREE) Members 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). Voting deadline is May 10th! The winners will be announced at a special ceremony at Robert E. Howard Days in Cross Plains on June 9.

REH Foundation members click HERE to vote!

Not a member yet? Click HERE to sign up!

 

The Atlantean — Outstanding Achievement, Book (non-anthology/collection)
(Books may be print or digital, must be a minimum of 50,000 words, and must be substantively devoted to the life and/or work of REH. Reprinted works without significant revisions are not eligible.)

PATRICK BURGER – On the Precipice of Fascism: The Mythic and the Political in the Works of Robert E. Howard and Ernst Junger (Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood Publishing) – Link

 

The Valusian — Outstanding Achievement, Book (anthology/collection)
(Books may be print or digital, must be a minimum of 50,000 words, and must be substantively devoted to the life and/or work of REH. Reprinted works without significant revisions are not eligible.)

[No eligible candidates]

 

The Hyrkanian—Outstanding Achievement, Essay (Print)
(Essays must have made their first public published appearance in the previous calendar year and be substantive scholarly essays on the life and/or work of REH. Short pieces, interviews, reviews, trip reports, and other minor works do not count.)

MORGAN HOLMES —“The Wild Wild West of Robert E. Howard” – Blood ‘n’ Thunder #48 – Link

KAREN JOAN KOHOUTEK – “The Outsider Scholar: Robert E. Howard, H. P. Lovecraft, and Scholarly Identity” – The Dark Man 8.1 – Link

RICK LAI —“The Sinister Skelos: Robert E. Howard’s Demonic Wizard” – Blood ‘n’ Thunder #49-50 – Link

JEFFREY SHANKS – “Nameless Tribes and Races of Men: Anthropological World-Building in ‘Men of the Shadows’” – Skelos #1 – Link

 

The Cimmerian—Outstanding Achievement, Essay (Online)
(Essays must have made their first public published appearance in the previous calendar year and be substantive scholarly essays on the life and/or work of REH. Short blog posts, speeches, reviews, trip reports, and other minor works do not count.)

BOBBY DERIE – “Robert E. Howard and the Amateur Press (5 Parts)” – On an Underwood No. 5Link

DIERK GUENTHER – “Gumshoes, Gats and Gals: Robert E. Howard’s Detective and Crime Stories” – REH: Two Gun Raconteur Blog Link

PATRICE LOUINET – “’The Wright Hook’ (or, the origin of ‘Spear and Fang’)” – REH: Two Gun Raconteur Blog – Link

 

The Venarium — Emerging Scholar
(The following candidates have recently begun making significant contributions to Howard scholarship through publications and/or presentations over the past few years. Previous winners are not eligible)

GUENTHER, DIERK – Contributed to TGR blog; presented papers at PCA, ICFA, American Literature Society of Japan National Conference, and Glenn Lord Symposium

DANIEL LOOK – Contributed to TGR blog; presented papers at PCA, ICFA, and Glenn Lord Symposium

TODD VICK – Contributed essays to On an Underwood No. 5; Editor of On an Underwood No. 5 blog; presented paper at PCA and Glenn Lord Symposium

 

The Stygian—Outstanding Achievement, Website
(Eligible candidates are limited to internet sites with substantive 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.)

HOWARD WORKS (Bill Thom) – Link

ON AN UNDERWOOD NO. 5 (Todd Vick) – Link

REH: TWO-GUN RACONTEUR BLOG (Damon Sasser) – Link

 

The Aquilonian — Outstanding Achievement, Periodical

THE DARK MAN (Mark Hall) – Link

REH FOUNDATION NEWSLETTER (Damon Sasser) – Link

 

The Black Lotus – Outstanding Achievement, Multimedia
(Eligible candidates have produced a multimedia or audio/visual work or series of works, such as videos, documentaries, podcasts, animation, etc. related to the life and work of REH)

JOSH ADKINS, LUKE DODD, and JON LARSON – The Cromcast (audio podcast) – Link

BEN FRIBERG – Howard Days Panels (videos) – Link

RANDALL LOBB, MARK HUSSEY, and ISAAC ELLIOT-FISHER – Chasing Conan (video interviews from the Riddle of Steel documentary) Link

 

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.)

FRANK COFFMAN, DIERK GUENTHER, DANIEL LOOK, JONAS PRIDA, and JEFFREY SHANKS – For participating in an REH paper session and panel at ICFA 2016.

DIERK GUENTHER – For giving a presentation on REH at the Annual National Conference 2016 of the American Literature Society of Japan in Okayama.

PATRICE LOUINET – For serving as adviser on the Conan board game from Monolith.

 

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.)

RICHARD BERNAL – Cover art for The Adventures of Breckinridge Elkins, Volume 1Link

JIM & RUTH KEEGAN – Artwork for “The Adventures of Two-Gun Bob,” [Various titles] – Link

ADRIAN SMITH – Artwork for Conan boardgame by Monolith (depicting various REH characters) – Link

 

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.)

FRED BLOSSER

BILLIE RUTH LOVING  (posthumous)

DONALD A. WOLLHEIM (posthumous)

 

Fred Blosser is a longtime critic and commentator on the works of Robert E. Howard, beginning in 1970 with an essay in Glenn Lord’s The Howard Collector. For many fans, his essays in the back of Marvel’s Savage Sword of Conan were their introduction to non-fiction about Howard and his stories. He has authored numerous articles, reviews, and introductions over the years, including contributions to The Howard CollectorBarbarian ScrollThe Howard ReviewThe Dark ManThe Man from Cross PlainsTwo-Gun Bob, and Anniversary: A Tribute to Glenn Lord. Earlier this year he released a new ebook, Ar-I-E’ch and the Spell of Cthulhu: An Informal Guide to Howard’s Lovecraftian Fiction.

 

For many years Billie Ruth Loving was the head librarian at the Cross Plains Public Library. She was one of the founding members of Project Pride and in 1986 helped welcome fans to the very first Robert E. Howard Days. With the Cross Plains Library she assisted in purchasing the Howard House, then donated it to Project Pride in order to have a museum for fans visiting Cross Plains. Over the years she served as the unofficial caretaker of the house and museum and was the primary local historian on Howard and his life.

 

A prominent member of First Fandom in the 1930s and the original Hyborian Legion in the 1950s, Donald A. Wollheim  went on to become one of the 20th century’s most important publishers of fantasy and science fiction. In the three decades between Howard’s death and the Conan boom of the 1960s Wollheim was one of the few who kept Two-Gun Bob in print, first in fanzines, then in digests and paperbacks. His REH-related publications include the original publication of the “Hyborian Age” essay in Phantagraph (1936), the LANY Hyborian Age chapbook (1938), The New Hieroglyph (1944), multiple Avon Fantasy Reader digests with REH stories (1947-52), Conan the Conqueror  (Ace 1953), and Almuric (Ace 1964).

 

Current Members of the Black Circle:

Glenn Lord
Rusty Burke
Don Herron
Novalyne Price Ellis
Bill Cavalier
Dennis McHaney
Damon Sasser
Patrice Louinet
Karl Edward Wagner
Roy Thomas