Archive for the ‘News’ Category

10
Oct

Call for Papers

   Posted by: Rob Roehm

Dr. Jonas Prida, Assistant Professor of English at College of St. Joseph in Rutland, Vermont, sends in the following:

Enduring Barbarism: Heroic Fantasy from the Bronze Age to the Internet
College of St. Joseph Popular Culture Conference
Contact email:
Dr. Jonas Prida
jprida@csj.edu

The inaugural popular culture conference will be held at the College of St. Joseph, located in Rutland, Vermont, April 13th-14th, 2012.

Proposal deadline: Dec 15th, 2011.

We are looking for a wide range of topics, figures, panels and cultural studies methodologies to explore the enduring figure of the barbarian in Western popular culture. Graduate students, established faculty, and independent scholars are encouraged to submit ideas. Possible paper topics:

the multi-faceted use of the barbarian in popular culture
rise and fall of heroic fantasy in the 1970s
comic book barbarism
heroic fantasy as a heavy metal trope
the gendered barbarian
explorations of lesser-known sword and sorcery texts
Italian sword and sandal movies
The barbarian’s future

We are actively interested in innovative panel ideas as well.

Please send 250 word paper proposals, 400-500 word panel ideas, or general questions to Dr. Jonas Prida at jprida@csj.edu

ROB ADDS: A number of members of REHupa have attended similar conferences in the past, and a few will attend the Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association (PCA/ACA) conference the same weekend as the above event. It sure would be nice to have Robert E. Howard represented at both.

1
Oct

Update

   Posted by: Rob Roehm

The first round of Spicy Adventures have been shipped and the remaining copies are available. There’s only around 40 left, so get yours while you can.

The first volume of the Collected Letters of Robert E. Howard is down to about 20 copies, which means that that’s all the complete sets we have left.

With the exception of Collected Poetry, which is sold out (though we do have plans for another edition), all the rest of our titles are still available. Click the covers on the sidebar for ordering information.

We’re putting the finishing touches on our Fall Newsletter now. It will be a special poetry issue containing copies of the typescripts Howard submitted for Images Out of the Sky.

13
Aug

Spicy Adventures

   Posted by: Rob Roehm

Back in 1983 Ace Books released She Devil, a collection of Robert E. Howard’s “Spicy” stories. Since then, that rare paperback has become increasingly expensive, with books in fine condition selling for $40 or more. Of the eight stories contained in the Ace collection, five were pulled from the pages of Spicy-Adventure Stories, a pulp magazine that specialized in such tales. According to Patrice Louinet, the typescripts that Howard sent to the magazine were “spicier” than they wanted, so an editor toned them down a bit. These unadulterated yarns have been unavailable to Howard fans and scholars—until now.

The Robert E. Howard Foundation is proud to present Spicy Adventures. Not only is this collection the first time many of these stories have appeared in hardback, it is the first time most have appeared with all the spice that Howard intended. Besides all of the complete tales, this volume contains a large miscellanea section with drafts and synopsizes that allow readers to glimpse Howard’s creative process.

The volume checks in at 211 pages, and will be printed in hardback with dust jacket, in a limited quantity of 200 copies, each individually numbered. Cover design and painting by Jim & Ruth Keegan; introduced and edited by Patrice Louinet, assisted by Rob Roehm. The book is expected to ship by the end of September.

Price

Spicy Adventures is $36 for REHF Premium members, $40 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)

Shipping options are

Domestic via USPS Priority, $9
Domestic via USPS Book Rate, $3
Canada via Global Priority, $33
Australia via Global Priority, $46
Europe via Global Priority, $46

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

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.

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Contents

Introduction by Patrice Louinet

Spicy Adventures

The Girl on the Hell Ship (aka “She Devil”)
Ship in Mutiny
Desert Blood
The Purple Heart of Erlik
The Dragon of Kao Tsu
Murderer’s Grog
Guns of Khartum
Daughters of Feud

Miscellanea

Untitled Synopsis (“John Gordon found himself in Samarkand”)
The Girl on the Hell Ship – draft
Untitled Synopsis (Ship in Mutiny)
Ship in Mutiny – draft
List of Characters (Desert Blood)
Untitled Synopsis (The Purple Heart of Erlik)
Untitled Synopsis (Daughters of Feud)

20
Jul

Spicy Adventures – Coming Soon

   Posted by: Rob Roehm

Pre-ordering information will be coming in another week or two, but I thought I’d share the Keegans’ latest masterpiece, inspired by “The Purple Heart of Erlik.” Can’t you just feel the pulp?

Here’s the table of contents:

Introduction by Patrice Louinet

The Girl on the Hell Ship (aka “She-Devil”)
Ship in Mutiny
Desert Blood
The Purple Heart of Erlik
The Dragon of Kao Tsu
Murderer’s Grog
Guns of Khartum
Daughters of Feud

Miscellanea

Untitled Synopsis (“John Gorman . . .”)
The Girl on the Hell Ship—draft
Untitled Synopsis (Ship in Mutiny)
Ship in Mutiny—draft
List of Characters (Desert Blood)
Untitled Synopsis (The Purple Heart of Erlik)
Untitled Synopsis (Daughters of Feud)

14
Jun

Now Available

   Posted by: Rob Roehm

 

The Robert E. Howard Foundation is proud to announce two new titles: School Days in the Post Oaks and The Collected Letters of Dr. Isaac M. Howard. These books are available in both hard and soft covers. Jackets designed by Jim & Ruth Keegan.

School Days in the Post Oaks is an anthology of newspapers articles covering Robert E. Howard’s life and times in the post oak country. The articles were pulled from community papers—Cross Plains Review, Brownwood Bulletin, Dallas Daily News, etc.—and school publications—The Tattler, The Progress, Daniel Baker Collegian, Yellow Jacket. These articles cover a range of activities: from Robert Howard’s graduation from Cross Plains High to his summer graduation from the Howard Payne Commercial School. They describe events that occurred both on campus and off; for example, Howard’s Brownwood High graduation is narrated in detail, even including the text of the commencement speech. Other articles describe what it was like to work for the Yellow Jacket, the overcrowding at BHS, the senior picnic, and more. Along the way, other Howardian personalities receive equal attention: Tevis Clyde Smith, Echla Laxson, Novalyne Price, C. S. Boyles and others.

This heaping helping of Howard’s “time and place” also includes all of Howard’s stories and poems from the above-named publications, including the recently found “Letter of a Chinese Student” and items whose authorship is uncertain. There’s even an index.

Hardbacks are $33 for Regular members and non-members; Premium members pay $30. Paperbacks are $20, or $18 for Premium members.

The Collected Letters of Doctor Isaac M. Howard is a lot more than the title implies. It begins with a “Prelude” section which contains letters to Robert E. Howard: items from August Derleth, C. L. Moore, Farnsworth Wright, Otis Kline, and others. Following a handful of newspaper articles describing Robert E. Howard’s death and funeral, Isaac Howard’s letters begin. These are interspersed with responding letters from Wright, Derleth, Kline, and E. Hoffmann Price, as well as other, related letters (in a letter from Kline to Carl Jacobi, it’s easy to see the myth-making of Howard’s suicide beginning). The sections with Isaac Howard’s letters end with a couple of newspaper articles announcing his death and a letter from Alla Ray Kuykendall which describes the doctor’s final moments.

As a post script, E. Hoffmann Price’s articles and letters regarding the Howards are included. Readers can eavesdrop on Price as he describes the contents of Howard’s fabled Trunk to August Derleth, and trace Price’s changing view on Two-Gun as Howard’s fame and popularity surpassed his own.

A “Miscellanea” sections concludes the volume, with a copy of Doctor Howard’s will, the Kline ledger and lists of stories and poems, letters from P. M. Kuykendall and Oscar J. Friend that detail a plan which could have altered the course of Howard publishing, and, finally, subject and title indexes.

This fat hardcover is $35 for non-members, $32 for members. The paperback is $25 for the public, or $22 for our members.

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Shipping (rates updated as of 12/14/10)

Lulu shipping options for one book are:

Domestic via USPS Book Rate, $5
Domestic via USPS Priority, $10
Canada via “Mail,” $9
Canada via Priority, $18
Europe via “Mail,” $7.50
Europe via Priority, $12

Combined shipping for both books:

Domestic orders, is $6.50 for Media Mail or $12.00 for Ground.

Canadian orders are $10.00 or $13.

Other orders should enquire about combined shipping here: info@rehfoundation.org.

Interested in adding another of our Lulu projects: The Wordbook, The Collected Drawings of Robert E. Howard, The Brownwood Connection, and “So Far the Poet . . .” Send an email to info@rehfoundation.org for rates.

Ordering and payment

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.

Non-members can order directly from our lulu storefront, here.

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.

22
May

Two New Titles to Debut at Howard Days

   Posted by: Rob Roehm

 

The wait is just about over. We’ve made arrangements with Project Pride to have both The Collected Letters of Doctor Isaac M. Howard and School Days: Cross Plains and Brownwood in the 1920s for sale at the Howard House gift shop during Howard Days. Supplies will be limited, but the books will be available to our members and through our Lulu store a few days after the event.

12
Apr

Also Coming Soon

   Posted by: Rob Roehm

11
Apr

Coming Soon

   Posted by: Rob Roehm

3
Apr

Polls are closed

   Posted by: Rob Roehm

Voting for the 2010 Robert E. Howard Foundation Awards is now finished. The results will be announced in Cross Plains during this year’s Howard Days celebration and posted on the website shortly thereafter.

27
Mar

REH Foundation Awards

   Posted by: Rob Roehm

Just one week left to show your appreciation for all the people who bring you the best in Howardian scholarship. The polls close on Sunday, April 3rd, at 12:00 noon, Central Time.

To vote, pick your favorites from the list of nominees (here) and distribute your votes between as many as you feel are diserving. Legacy Circle members have 30 votes to distribute in each category, Friends of REH have 20, and Supporting Members have 10.

Winners will be announced at Robert E. Howard Days in June.