Pre-ordering available for The Collected Letters

Posted by Rob Roehm in News   

The REH Foundation is proud to present The Collected Letters of Robert E. Howard. This three-volume, limited-edition series collects all the known letters written by REH. The collection will include dozens of previously unpublished letters and hundreds of poems not found in any other collection.

HP Lovecraft to Robert Barlow, March 14, 1933:
“Some of the long argumentative & descriptive letters of our group really approach literature — the most remarkable ones coming from Robert E. Howard, whose reminiscences & historical sketches of his native Texas country are literature in the truest sense of the word; far more so than any save the very best of his stories.”

The Collected Letters of Robert E. Howard reveals a side of Howard’s personality that readers of his fiction might not suspect existed. Full of humor, philosophical musings, travelogue, historical sketches, and opinions on contemporary politics and events – local, national, and international – Howard’s letters provide important insight into the life and times of one of the most influential pulp-era writers of the twentieth century.

This three-volume set collects more than 330 letters, from the early ones to his Texas friends, most notably Tevis Clyde Smith, and continuing through correspondence with fellow writers Clark Ashton Smith, E. Hoffmann Price, and others. Also included are Howard’s letters to H. P. Lovecraft, which constitute one of the most intriguing correspondence cycles in the history of Fantasy fiction.

Each volume will be printed in hardback with dust jacket, in a limited quantity of 300 copies, and will be individually numbered. Cover design and artwork is by Jim & Ruth Keegan.



Volume 1, covering the years 1923-1929, and Volume 2, covering the years 1930-1932, are now available. The price for Volume 1 is $44 for REHF Members, $49 for non-members, plus shipping. Note that Volume 2 and Volume 3 (1933-1936) are somewhat larger, and cost $53 apiece for REHF members, $59 apiece for non-members. (How to become a member? See here.) We will begin taking pre-orders for Volume 3 shortly. As a bonus, each shipment will also include some of the new REH postcards, as well as a facsimile reproduction of an original REH letter.

Shipping (rates PER VOLUME updated as of 5/14/07)

Shipping options are

Domestic via USPS Priority, $9
Domestic via USPS Book Rate, $3
Canada via 1st Class, $12
Canada via Global Priority, $20
Australia via 1st Class, $21
Australia via Global Priority, $30
Europe via 1st Class, $22
Europe via Global Priority, $28
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

Some of the content in these letters could be considered adult in nature and inappropriate for children. Hence, we require that each purchaser certify to us that they are at least 18 years of age.

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 251242, Plano, TX 75025. 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).

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.


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.

Pre-ordering all three volumes

You may also pre-order the complete set, which includes all three books, at this time.

All three volumes may be ordered together for $150 for REHF members, $167 for non-members. Further, if you order all three at once, you will be guaranteed to receive the same number of each volume. Each volume will be shipped separately so shipping costs should be added for each book. If you want to wait and have them all shipped together, we will have to calculate the postage, and let you know what it is when we know, and have you pay us then.

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