Additional Robert E. Howard Biographical Information


One Who Walked Alone: Robert E. Howard, The Final Years, by Novalyne Price Ellis (West Kingston, RI: Donald M. Grant, Publisher, 1986). A memoir of Robert Howard’s final two years by the woman who dated him: unquestionably the best first-hand account of Howard, particularly for this period.

The Collected Letters of Robert E. Howard, edited by Rob Roehm (REH Foundation Press, 2007). Extensively annotated by Rusty Burke, this three-volume series collects all of the known letters to Tevis Clyde Smith, Harold Preece, H.P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, and others. It’s Robert E. Howard in his own words.

Blood & Thunder: The Life & Art of Robert E. Howard, by Mark Finn (Austin, TX: MonkeyBrain Books, 2006). An updated biography that attempts to correct some of the problems in previous biographies. Incorporates new information and dispells many long-held beliefs regarding Howard’s life. As a Texan himself, Finn is able to “decode” many of Howard’s behaviors that were interpreted poorly in earlier biographical efforts.

Post Oaks and Sand Roughs, by Robert E. Howard (West Kingston, RI: Donald M. Grant, Publisher, 1990). A slightly fictionalized autobiographical novel which covers the period from 1924 to 1928. Although the chronological sequence is sometimes altered and certain episodes are undoubtedly exaggerated for effect, this is still a very revealing document covering Howard’s beginnings as a professional writer.

The Last Celt: A Bio-Bibliography of Robert E. Howard, by Glenn Lord (West Kingston, RI: Donald M. Grant, Publisher, 1976). Contains autobiographical material by Howard from school essays and letters, and biographical and memorial articles by Glenn Lord, E. Hoffmann Price, H.P. Lovecraft, and Harold Preece, in addition to an extensive bibliography of Howard’s work.

Report on a Writing Man, and Other Reminiscences of Robert E. Howard, by Tevis Clyde Smith (West Warwick, RI: Necronomicon Press, 1991). A collection of all the articles written about Robert Howard by one of his closest friends.

Day of the Stranger: Further Memories of Robert E. Howard, by Novalyne Price Ellis (West Warwick, RI: Necronomicon Press, 1989). An interview with Mrs. Ellis, a radio play she wrote in which Robert Howard is a character, and her speech given at a banquet in Howard’s honor at the 1988 World Science Fiction Convention.

Dark Valley Destiny: The Life of Robert E. Howard, by L. Sprague de Camp, Catherine Crook de Camp, and Jane Whittington Griffin (NY: Bluejay Books, 1983). This biography is marred by de Camp’s amateur psychologizing. A seemingly indefatigable researcher, de Camp is to be commended for having tracked down and interviewed so many of Howard’s associates and relatives before they passed away. However, he has arranged the information in such a way as to support preconceived ideas about Howard, not always favorable, and in fact subsequent research has called into question not just his interpretations, which were subject to dispute upon publication, but many of his purported “facts.” Nothing in the book should be accepted without cross-reference to other sources of information. Before reading Dark Valley Destiny, researchers should read this.