Blood & Thunder Revised and Updated Edition

Posted by Rob Roehm in Merchandise, News   

Update: The Collector’s Edition is SOLD OUT. A paperback print-on-demand version is now available.

Robert E. Howard (1906-1936) is credited with the creation of heroic fantasy or “sword and sorcery” fiction. His characters strode, larger than life, through the wood pulp pages of Weird Tales and other legendary magazines, where he was widely considered to be one of the modern masters of the genre. The author of over 600 stories, ranging from the humorous to the horrific, and over 700 poems, his brief but spectacular career was cut short when he took his own life at the age of 30.

And yet, in the decades that followed Howard’s death, his character Conan the Cimmerian gained popularity beyond the wildest scope of its creator, overshadowing all of his other works. Alongside the success of “Conan the Barbarian” was a neatly packaged, sound byte biography of a tortured young man, full of volcanic rages, playing at war inside his head, while the citizens in the small town of Cross Plains laughed at him behind his back—a man so undone by his circumstances and so strangely devoted to his mother that, on her deathbed, he pre-empted seeing her die by committing suicide.

In Blood and Thunder: The Life and Art of Robert E. Howard, author Mark Finn dispels many of those old, outdated myths that have grown up around Howard and his fictional creations. Armed with twenty-five years of research and a wealth of historical documents, Finn paints a very different picture from the one that millions of fans of Conan have been sold throughout the years.

Using quotes from Howard’s own letters, first-hand accounts, interviews, and meticulous research, Finn shows that Howard was, in fact, a product of his time and place in rural Texas, and that his legendary fiction was shaped by Texas history, folklore, and Howard’s incomparable imagination.

Now in this updated and expanded second edition, Blood and Thunder: The Life and Art of Robert E. Howard is more complete and up-to-date with new information discovered since the book was initially published in 2006, as well as more detailed examinations of some of Howard’s most famous and important characters and stories.



The new Blood & Thunder is $19 for REHF Premium members, $21.75 for Regular members and non-members (all prices in US dollars) plus shipping. (How to become a member? See here.)

Shipping (rates updated as of 10/14/09)

Lulu shipping options are

Domestic via USPS Priority, $9
Domestic via USPS Book Rate, $4
Canada via “Mail,” $6 or via Priority, $9
Australia via “Mail,” $8 or via “Express,” $21
Europe via “Mail,” $6 or via “Ground,” $12

Combined shipping of this book is only available with our other print-on-demand titles.

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.

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