17
Dec
2012

Back to School

Posted by Rob Roehm in Merchandise, Research   

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Now available: Back to School by Robert E. Howard. This volume presents, in black and white facsimile, all of the known, surviving school work of the author from Cross Plains, most of it never before published. Includes work from English, History, Biology, Geometry, Physics, and more. This soft cover book measures 8.5 X 11 and has 450 pages, with introduction by Rob Roehm.

NOTICE: No transcriptions are included, and Howard’s handwriting can be difficult to decipher (see sample below). Howard scholars and true fanatics are the intended audience for this collection. A small preview is available here.

To Order: Non members and Regular members can order the book at our Lulu Storefront for $30 plus shipping. Foundation Premium members can take advantage of their discount by sending $27, plus $4.50 for media mail or $9 for priority (Lulu rates), to paypal. Overseas orders should inquire about shipping costs (infofoundation.org). 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.

Combined shipping is only available with our other Lulu books, not the limited hard covers.

Contents:

A Note on the Text

Introduction by Rob Roehm

Cross Plains High School 1920-21: Schedule of Classes; Samuel Taylor Coleridge – Oct. 9, 1920; A Twentieth-Century Rip Van Winkle – Oct. 13, 1920; The Ancient Mariner – Oct. 15, 1920; The Punishment of the Ancient Mariner – Oct. 20, 1920; The Ghosts of Jacksonville – Nov. 3, 1920; Money Thrift, Time Thrift, Health Thrift – Nov. 17, 1920; A Boy, a Beehive, and a Chinaman – Dec. 1, 1920; Caius Cassius Longinus – Dec. 7, 1920; Marcus Junius Brutus – Dec. 8, 1920; Pictures in the Fire – 1921; The Value of Athletics to the School – Jan. 12, 1921; Mr. Dowser Buys a Car – Jan. 26, 1921; Sir Launfal (1) – Jan. 27, 1921; Parody (v) – Jan. 28, 1921; Sir Launfal (2) – Feb. 4, 1921; A Faithful Servant – Feb. 9, 1921; Vision of Sir Launfal – Feb. 14, 1921; Latin Notes – Feb. 18, 1921; The Lady of the Lake: Synopsis – Feb. 24, 1921; James-Fitz-James, Knight of Snowdown – Feb. 25, 1921; A South Sea Storm – March 2, 1921; Christmas Carol – March 4, 1921; Washington’s Farewell Address – March 14, 1921; The Man Without a Country – March 21, 1921; Ichabod Crane – March 30, 1921; Lessons Taught to the Great Stone Face – April 5, 1921; Silas Marner – April 7, 1921; Latin Examination – April 15, 1921

Cross Plains High School 1921-22: English Notes – Sept. 29, 1921; Physics Notes – Sept. 29, 1921; Geometry (1) – Sept. 20, 1921; American Literature – Oct. 26, 1921; Geometry (2) – Oct. 27, 1921; Physics – Oct. 31, 1921; Over the Rockies in a Ford – Nov. 15, 1921; The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Nov. 15, 1921; Written Examination – Nov. 18, 1921; American History – November 21, 1921; Geometry (3) – Nov. 22, 1921; An Autobiography – Nov. 29, 1921; The Ghost of Bald Rock Ranch – Dec. 13, 1921; American Literature Notes – Dec. 14, 1921; History of American Literature – Sept. 14, 1921-Dec. 16, 1921; American History (2) – Jan. 10, 1922; Geometry (4) – Jan. 18, 1922; Some People Who Have Had Influence Over Me – Feb. 7, 1922; L’Allegro – Feb. 14, 1922; Il’Penseroso – Feb. 14, 1922; Geometry (5) – Feb. 24, 1922; Cricket on the Hearth – March 2, 1922; History Examination – March 2, 1922; Macbeth – March 10, 1922; Geometry: Monthly Examination – March 24, 1922; English Class No. 3: Monthly Examination – March 28, 1922; Theorem – March 30, 1922; Ten Minutes on a Street Corner – undated; Biology Notebook: Problem I, Common Elements;  Problem XXV, The Paramecium;  Problem XXVII, The Earthworm;  Problem XXIX, The Crayfish;  Problem XXX, The Grasshopper;  Problem XXXII, Amphibia;  Problem XLIV, Experimentia;  Problem XLVIII, A Fish

Brownwood High School 1922-23: A Fishing Trip – Oct. 6, 1922; She Stoops to Conquer – Oct. 23, 1922; West Is West – pre-Dec. 1922; The Vicar of Wakefield – undated; Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – undated; Oliver Goldsmith, Outline – undated; The Characters of the Deserted Village – undated; English Notes: Romanticism – undated; Literature Notes: “The fight with Grendel” – undated

Miscellanea: Friends – undated; The Wings of the Bat – undated, missing first page; William Shakespeare Notes – undated; Drama – undated; Othello – undated; Outside Notes: Versification – undated; Adventures in Arabia – undated; Symbolism for Correction – undated; “Golden Hope” Christmas, draft – pre-Dec. 1922; The Sea (v), draft – pre-May 1923; Stray Papers (Physics, Trigonometry, math scratch); Literature Text Book

Sample Page: Sample

8
Dec
2012

Coming Soon

Posted by Rob Roehm in Merchandise   

21
Aug
2012

Coming Attractions

Posted by Rob Roehm in Merchandise, News   

It’s been a while since our website was updated, so I thought I’d better post something just so everyone knows that we’re still here. The Foundation’s Board of Directors (mostly Paul Herman) have been keeping busy sorting through Glenn Lord’s vast collection of Robert E. Howard material. Many previously unknown items have been discovered, including the drawing above, though nothing earth shattering (no previously unknown Conan novels). Foundation members can look forward to some great stuff in future Newsletters.

In other news, all pre-orders and orders for Adventures in Science Fantasy have been shipped and should have been received by now. With the exception of Collected Poetry, all of the volumes pictured as you scroll down the right side of the page are available for purchase. We’ve only got two or three copies of Collected Letters volume 1 left, so if anyone wants a complete set, they’d better act soon.

We’ve got lots of volumes in the works, including several volumes of Boxing Stories, Western Stories, and a collection of Howard’s autobiographical work (including the novel Post Oaks and Sand Roughs), but the book closest to publication is entitled Pirate Treasury. This will include the first book publication of the Malachi Grim version of “Blades of the Brotherhood” (our Legacy Circle members received a facsimile copy of this story in 2007). It will also include the world premiere of the incomplete, untitled story that begins “Help! Help! They’re murderin’ me!” This story is listed in The Last Celt but was not located until very recently, well after the publication of The Last of the Trunk. There are other goodies included as well, all items taken from Howard’s original typescripts or manuscripts. Contents listed below (subject to change):

Pirate Treasury

The Pirate (verse)
A Pirate Remembers (verse)
A Buccaneer Speaks (verse)
The Isle of Pirates Doom
A Song of the Anchor Chain (verse)
Blades of the Brotherhood
Buccaneer Treasure (verse)
Swords of the Red Brotherhood 
Flint’s Passing (verse)
Black Vulmea’s Vengeance
A Dying Pirate Speaks of Treasure (verse)

Miscellanea

List of Names (The Treasure of Henry Morgan)
The Treasure of Henry Morgan
Untitled, “So there I was . . .”
Untitled, “Help! Help! . . .”
Untitled Synopsis (The Shadow in the Well)
The Shadow in the Well—unfinished draft

Humor

A Pirut Story
Bill Boozy was a pirate bold (verse)
At the Inn of the Gory Dagger (verse)

12
Apr
2012

Adventures in Science Fantasy

Posted by Rob Roehm in Merchandise, News   

UPDATE: This collection is SOLD OUT!

The REH Foundation Press is proud to present Adventures in Science Fantasy, a collection of Robert E. Howard’s sort of science fiction stories. Michael A. Stackpole, author of Conan the Barbarian (the novelization of the recent film) and many other books, writes in his introduction:

Howard’s stories do not adhere to one definition of science fiction, which holds that science must be part of the solution of any problem. In fact, in most of these stories, the application of science is the genesis of the problem, and man’s heroic spirit is the solution.

This volume checks in at 298 pages, and will be printed in hardback with dust jacket, in a limited quantity of 300 copies, each individually numbered. Cover art by Mark Schultz; introduction by Michael A. Stackpole; and edited by Rob Roehm. The book is expected to ship by the end of April or early May.

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Contents

The Science Fiction of Robert E. Howard: Introduction by Michael A. Stackpole

Adventures in Science Fantasy

The Last Laugh
The Gondarian Man
The Supreme Moment
The People of the Black Coast
King of the Forgotten People
Almuric
The Challenge from Beyond

Miscellanea

A Twentieth Century Rip Van Winkle
The Iron Terror
The Last Man
The Last White Man
A Room in London
The Man Who Went Back
Untitled Synopsis (“Hunwulf”)

26
Mar
2012

Voting Begins

Posted by Rob Roehm in Events, News   

The Robert E. Howard Foundation is now collecting ballots from its members for the 2012 REH Foundation Awards. Follow the voting rules here and send your ballots to REHFAwards@gmail.com before April 15, 2012. The list of nominees follows:

The Atlantean Outstanding Achievement, Book (This is for scholarly work relevant to Robert E. Howard, not collections of his fiction. For the purposes of this award, a book is any REH-related publication which is perfect-bound and over 50 pages, single or co-authored.)

BEELER, ANN – Footsteps of Approaching Thousands

BARBARIAN FESTIVAL COMMITTEE – Cross Plains Remembered

The ValusianOutstanding Achievement, Anthology (This is for scholarly work relevant to Robert E. Howard, not collections of his fiction. For the purposes of this award, an anthology is a book, perfect-bound and over 50 pages, that collects scholarly REH-related articles and essays by multiple authors.)

McHANEY, DENNIS – Anniversary: Glenn Lord and The Howard Collector

ROEHM, ROB – Lone Scout of Letters

School Days in the Post Oaks

The HyrkanianOutstanding Achievement, Essay (Essays must have made their first public published appearance, online or print, in the previous calendar year. Short interviews, speeches, most book introductions, short reviews and other minor works do not count.) [NOTE: Multi-part blog posts can only be nominated when completed. The date of the final installment will determine the year of its eligibility.]

BAUM, JACK “Howard Finds” in REH Foundation Newsletter vol 5, no 1

BREAKIRON, LEE “Arrested Development: The Fanzines of Arnie Fenner & Byron Roark” in Two-Gun Raconteur 15

BURKE, RUSTY* “Gloria” in The Dark Man, Vol 6, No 1&2 (co-written with Rob Roehm)

FINN, MARK “The New Robert E. Howard Manifesto” from the Two-Gun blog

“Six Guns and Scimitars” in Robert E. Howard’s Savage Sword #1

“Southwestern Discomfort” from the REHupa website, posted December 22, 2011

HOLMES, MORGAN “Top Notch, Street & Smith and F. Orlin Tremaine” in Two-Gun Raconteur 15

JONES, HOWARD ANDREW “Howard’s Journey” in Sword Woman (Del Rey)

LENO, BRIAN* “Robert E. Howard and the Crabs on the Coast” from the Two-Gun Blog, posted July 4

“Atali, the Lady of Frozen Death” in Two-Gun Raconteur 15

LOUINET, PATRICE “Robert E. Howard, Founding Father of Modern Fantasy for the First Time Again” in Contemporary French and Francophone Studies

MURPHY, BRIAN* “Tolkien and Howard: Still the Two Towers of Fantasy” from the Black Gate blog, posted January 6, 2011

ROEHM, ROB* “The Vinson Papers,” Parts 1 through 10 plus Addendum, from the Two-Gun blog, posted July 2 through July 25

“Sick Days” from the Two-Gun blog, posted March 6

“Gloria” in The Dark Man, Vol 6, No 1&2 (co-written with Rusty Burke)

SAMMON, PAUL M. “Behind the Phenomenon” in REH: Two-Gun Raconteur 15

SASSER, DAMON* “Cecil Lotief and a Gift from the Middle East” (Appeared 7/15)

“REH Splashes the “Spicys” (5 Parts appearing 8/15 – 9/27)

“Would you shoot a brave man in the back?” (3 Parts appearing 11/2 – 12/1)

SHANKS, JEFFREY* “Gouged Eyes and Chawed Ears: The Rough-and-Tumble World of Breckinridge Elkins” Two-Gun Raconteur #15

“Theosophy and the Thurian Age” in The Dark Man, Vol 6, No 1&2

STURRIDGE, MATHEW DAVID “Romanticism and Fantasy” in five parts (Aug 28, 2011 – Oct 24, 2011) Black Gate blog

TAYLOR, KEITH* “John A. Murrell – The Hellbender” Two-Gun blog, Oct 27th 2011

“Robert E. Howard’s Historical Sense” Two-Gun blog, Oct 12th 2011.

“The Blood of Belshazzar: Archetypal Cursed Gem” Two-Gun blog, June 9th, 2011

*Published several blog posts that might qualify in the essay category.

The AquilonianOutstanding Achievement, Periodical (For the purposes of this award, a periodical is any publication which has a stated intention of being a continuous series of items, even if only one issue appeared during the year in question, and even if the periodical’s length would otherwise qualify it as a book.)

HALL, MARK – The Dark Man: The Journal of Robert E. Howard Studies vol. 6

LORD, GLENN – The Howard Collector #19

ROBERT E. HOWARD FOUNDATION – The REHF Newsletter vol. 5

SASSER, DAMON – REH: Two-Gun Raconteur # 15

The StygianOutstanding Achievement, Website (Nominees are limited to Internet sites with a main purpose of archiving REH scholarship. Chat groups and e-mail lists do not qualify. To get on the ballot, each website must have updated their content at least once in the past year.)

BARRETT, BURKE, CAVALIER, FINN, SASSER, SHANKS – REHupa blog

COFFMAN, BREAKIRON – REH-e-upa website

HARRON, AL – Blog that Time Forgot and Conan Movie Blog

LENO, ROEHM, SASSER, TAYLOR – Two-Gun Raconteur

REH FOUNDATION (Bill Thom) – Howard Works

The CimmerianOutstanding Achievement, Blog Posts (Vote for at least three, identifying which should win 1st place, 2nd place, or 3rd place. Nominees have added to the Howardian discussion and/or pool of knowledge in some meaningful way.)

BARRETT, BARBARA –  The Cimmerian Blog, REHupa.com, Black Gate

BURKE, RUSTY – REHupa.com

CAVALIER, BILL “INDY” – REHupa.com

FINN, MARK – REHupa.com

HARRON, AL – The Cimmerian Blog, The Blog that Time Forgot

KEEGAN, JIM & RUTH – Jim & Ruth’s Two-Gun Blog

LENO, BRIAN – REH: Two-Gun Raconteur Blog

ROEHM, ROB – REH: Two-Gun Raconteur Blog

SASSER, DAMON – REH: Two-Gun Raconteur Blog, REHupa.com

SHANKS, JEFFREY – REHupa Blog

TAYLOR, KEITH – REH: Two-Gun Raconteur Blog

The Venarium AwardEmerging Scholar (Nominees have never won a Foundation Award before, and in the last year displayed the beginnings of what could be a movement into the upper echelon of Howard movers and shakers. You can only be nominated for this award once, in the year you make your first big push into the wider world of Howard publishing and scholarship.)

SHANKS, JEFFREY – A former blogger on the defunct Cimmerian blog, in 2011 Jeff was one of the more active posters at rehupa.com, had two articles published, and presented at the Popular Culture Association’s conference. [VOTE either APPROVE or DISAPPROVE]

The Black River AwardSpecial Achievement (The following nominees have produced something special that doesn’t fit into any other category: scholarly presentations, biographical discoveries, etc.)

EVERETT, JUSTIN and DIERDRE PETTIPICE for chairing the pulp studies session at the 2011 PCA/ACA conference and specifically calling for and chairing two sessions on Robert E. Howard.

FINN, MARK and JEFF SHANK for braving the ivory towers of academia and presenting papers on REH at the 2011 PCA/ACA conference in the new Pulp Studies category.

ROEHM, ROB for his work in tracking down information, photos and documents for Lone Scout of Letters, School Days in the Post Oaks and The Collected Letters of Doctor Isaac M. Howard.

The Rankin Award 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.)

KEEGAN, JIM & RUTH for their ongoing “Adventures of Two-Gun Bob” strip in Dark Horse Comics and their covers for Spicy Adventures, Tales of Weird Menace, and Steve Harrison’s Casebook, all published by the Robert E. Howard Foundation Press.

FURMAN, NATHAN for “REH’s Heroes of the Historicals Portfolio,” Two-Gun Raconteur #15

GIORELLO, TOMAS  for King Conan: The Scarlet Citadel, Dark Horse Comics

GUZMAN, GABRIEL for Kull: The Cat and the Skull, Dark Horse Comics

HINKLE, CLAYTON for “Sailor Costigan and the Yellow Cobra” illustrations, Two-Gun Raconteur #15

MANCHESS, GREGORY for Solomon Kane: Red Shadows, Dark Horse Comics

PETERS, MICHAEL L. for the cover of Two-Gun Raconteur #15

SCOTT, GREG for “El Borak: The Incident at Hakim’s Rest,” in Robert E. Howard’s Savage Sword #2, Dark Horse Comics

WATKISS, JOHN for illustrations in Sword Woman and Other Historical Adventures, published by Del Rey

The Black Circle Award Lifetime Achievement (Given only sporadically as warranted, The Black Circle of Howard Fandom constitutes entering a highly select group of luminaries. To appear on this ballot, nominees must have at least twenty documented years in Howard fandom and receive at least 25% of all votes cast in a past year nominating cycle. The resulting nominees are put on the ballot for a winner-take-all vote. In years where no one has earned a place on the ballot, no award is given. Awards given posthumously will go to the Robert E. Howard Museum in Cross Plains, Texas.)

McHANEY, DENNIS

SASSER, DAMON

Nominees: The Black Circle Award 2013 — Nominees for next year’s Award (Use your votes here to nominate people for next year’s Black Circle Award ballot. All nominees who get at least 25% of this nominating vote will appear on the final ballot next year. Once someone gets onto the Black Circle ballot they are removed from the nominating list below, and they remain on the final winner-take-all ballot above from then on, until they either win or stand alone on the ballot and fail a 60% approve vote, in which case they are bumped back down to the nominating ballot for possible reappraisal in future years. Anyone on the below ballot who gets no nominating votes in a given year is removed from the ballot until such time as a Foundation voter casts a write-in vote for them again.)

BLOSSER, FRED

CERASINI, MARC

De CAMP, LYON SPRAGUE (posthumous)

HOFFMAN, CHARLES

LOVING, BILLIE RUTH (posthumous)

THOMAS, ROY

WAGNER, KARL EDWARD (posthumous)

5
Mar
2012

Adventures in Science Fantasy – Coming Soon

Posted by Rob Roehm in News   

We’ve just received this fabulous cover for our next collection, Adventures in Science Fantasy, and thought everyone would like to see it. This scene from Almuric was done by Mark Schultz, whose work should be familiar to all our members. Everything will be sent to the printer tomorrow. Once we receive and approve the proof copy, we’ll open it up for pre-orders.

Patience is a virtue.

26
Feb
2012

Nomination Period Extended

Posted by Rob Roehm in News   

Lots of people have asked for a list of possible nominees for the REHF Awards, especially in the essay category. I’ve compiled the list below (with help from Barbara Barrett and the nominations that have already been sent in) and present it as an aid. The list is probably incomplete. If you are aware of something that is missing, please send the titles to info@rehfoundation.org.

Due to “real life” difficulties, we’re extending the deadline to submit nominations to  March 11, 2012. Check back on occasion as the list will be updated when new titles are received. You can nominate up to three (3) in each category. Send nominations to REHFAwards@gmail.com

The AtlanteanOutstanding Achievement, Book (This is for scholarly work relevant to Robert E. Howard, not collections of his fiction. For the purposes of this award, a book is any REH-related publication which is perfect-bound and over 50 pages, single or co-authored.)

BEELER, ANN – Footsteps of Approaching Thousands

BARBARIAN FESTIVAL COMMITTEE – Cross Plains Remembered

The ValusianOutstanding Achievement, Anthology (This is for scholarly work relevant to Robert E. Howard, not collections of his fiction. For the purposes of this award, an anthology is a book, perfect-bound and over 50 pages, that collects scholarly REH-related articles and essays by multiple authors.)

McHANEY, DENNIS – Anniversary: Glenn Lord and The Howard Collector

ROEHM, ROB – Lone Scout of Letters

The HyrkanianOutstanding Achievement, Essay (Essays must have made their first public published appearance, online or print, in the previous calendar year. Short interviews, speeches, most book introductions, short reviews and other minor works do not count.) [NOTE: Multi-part blog posts can only be nominated when completed. The date of the final installment will determine the year of its eligibility.]

BAUM, JACK

“Howard Finds” in REH Foundation Newsletter vol 5, no 1

BREAKIRON, LEE

“Arrested Development: The Fanzines of Arnie Fenner & Byron Roark” in Two-Gun Raconteur 15

BURKE, RUSTY*

“Gloria” in The Dark Man, Vol 6, No 1&2 (co-written with Rob Roehm)

FINN, MARK

“The New Robert E. Howard Manifesto” from the Two-Gun blog

“Six Guns and Scimitars” in Robert E. Howard’s Savage Sword #1

“Southwestern Discomfort” from the REHupa website, posted December 22, 2011

HOLMES, MORGAN

“Top Notch, Street & Smith and F. Orlin Tremaine” in Two-Gun Raconteur 15

JONES, HOWARD ANDREW

“Howard’s Journey” in Sword Woman (Del Rey)

LENO, BRIAN*

“Robert E. Howard and the Crabs on the Coast” from the Two-Gun Blog, posted July 4

“Atali, the Lady of Frozen Death” in Two-Gun Raconteur 15

LOUINET, PATRICE

“Robert E. Howard, Founding Father of Modern Fantasy for the First Time Again” in Contemporary French and Francophone Studies

MURPHY, BRIAN*

“Tolkien and Howard: Still the Two Towers of Fantasy” from the Black Gate blog, posted January 6, 2011

ROEHM, ROB*

“The Vinson Papers,” Parts 1 through 10 plus Addendum, from the Two-Gun blog, posted July 2 through July 25

“Sick Days” from the Two-Gun blog, posted March 6

“Gloria” in The Dark Man, Vol 6, No 1&2 (co-written with Rusty Burke)

SAMMON, PAUL M.

“Behind the Phenomenon” in REH: Two-Gun Raconteur 15

SASSER, DAMON*

“Cecil Lotief and a Gift from the Middle East” (Appeared 7/15)

“REH Splashes the “Spicys” (5 Parts appearing 8/15 – 9/27)

“Would you shoot a brave man in the back?” (3 Parts appearing 11/2 – 12/1)

SHANKS, JEFFREY*

“Gouged Eyes and Chawed Ears: The Rough-and-Tumble World of Breckinridge Elkins” Two-Gun Raconteur #15

“Theosophy and the Thurian Age” in The Dark Man, Vol 6, No 1&2

STURRIDGE, MATHEW DAVID

“Romanticism and Fantasy” in five parts (Aug 28, 2011 – Oct 24, 2011) Black Gate blog

TAYLOR, KEITH*

“John A. Murrell – The Hellbender” Two-Gun blog, Oct 27th 2011

“Robert E. Howard’s Historical Sense” Two-Gun blog, Oct 12th 2011.

“The Blood of Belshazzar: Archetypal Cursed Gem” Two-Gun blog, June 9th, 2011

 

*Published several blog posts that might qualify in the essay category.

The AquilonianOutstanding Achievement, Periodical (For the purposes of this award, a periodical is any publication which has a stated intention of being a continuous series of items, even if only one issue appeared during the year in question, and even if the periodical’s length would otherwise qualify it as a book.)

HALL, MARK – The Dark Man: The Journal of Robert E. Howard Studies vol. 6

LORD, GLENN – The Howard Collector #19

ROBERT E. HOWARD FOUNDATION – The REHF Newsletter vol. 5

SASSER, DAMON – REH: Two-Gun Raconteur # 15

The StygianOutstanding Achievement, Website (Nominees are limited to Internet sites with a main purpose of archiving REH scholarship. Chat groups and e-mail lists do not qualify. To get on the ballot, each website must have updated their content at least once in the past year.)

COFFMAN, BREAKIRON – REH-e-upa website

HARRON, AL – Blog that Time Forgot and Conan Movie Blog

BARRETT, BURKE, CAVALIER, FINN, SASSER, SHANKS – REHupa blog

LENO, ROEHM, SASSER, TAYLOR – Two-Gun Racconteur

The CimmerianOutstanding Achievement, Blog Posts (Vote for at least three, identifying which should win 1st place, 2nd place, or 3rd place. Nominees have added to the Howardian discussion and/or pool of knowledge in some meaningful way.)

BARRETT, BARBARA (The Cimmerian Blog, REHupa.com, Black Gate)

BURKE, RUSTY (REHupa.com)

CAVALIER, BILL “INDY” (REHupa.com)

HARRON, AL (The Cimmerian Blog, The Blog that Time Forgot)

KEEGAN, JIM & RUTH (Jim & Ruth’s Two-Gun Blog)

LENO, BRIAN (REH: Two-Gun Raconteur Blog)

ROEHM, ROB (REH: Two-Gun Raconteur Blog)

SASSER, DAMON (REH: Two-Gun Raconteur Blog, REHupa.com)

SHANKS, JEFFREY (REHupa Blog)

TAYLOR, KEITH (REH: Two-Gun Raconteur Blog)

The Venarium AwardEmerging Scholar (Nominees have never won a Foundation Award before, and in the last year displayed the beginnings of what could be a movement into the upper echelon of Howard movers and shakers. You can only be nominated for this award once, in the year you make your first big push into the wider world of Howard publishing and scholarship.

The Black River AwardSpecial Achievement (The following nominees have produced something special that doesn’t fit into any other category: scholarly presentations, biographical discoveries, etc.)

The Rankin AwardArtistic 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.)

The Black Circle AwardNominees for next year’s Award (Use your votes here to nominate people for next year’s Black Circle Award ballot. All nominees who get at least 25% of this nominating vote will appear on the final ballot next year. Once someone gets onto the Black Circle ballot they are removed from the nominating list below, and they remain on the final winner-take-all ballot above from then on, until they either win or stand alone on the ballot and fail a 60% approve vote, in which case they are bumped back down to the nominating ballot for possible reappraisal in future years. Anyone on the below ballot who gets no nominating votes in a given year is removed from the ballot until such time as a Foundation voter casts a write-in vote for them again.)

BLOSSER, FRED

CERASINI, MARC

De CAMP, LYON SPRAGUE (posthumous)

HOFFMAN, CHARLES

LOVING, BILLIE RUTH (posthumous)

THOMAS, ROY

WAGNER, KARL EDWARD (posthumous)

OTHER?

29
Jan
2012

Barbarian Days in Review

Posted by Rob Roehm in News   

 

Over the course of two or three years, about 2007-09, the Howard Days celebration in Cross Plains played host to an actual Hollywood film crew who were shooting a documentary about the event. On Thursday I previewed the final product, Barbarian Days. Due to my involvement in some of the events discussed in the film, my opinions are mixed, and don’t necessarily reflect the opinions of the REH Foundation’s board of directors. For a more balanced review, check out Damon Sasser’s thoughts on the film. What follows are my observations based on a single viewing.

The film is about Howard’s fans, not Howard. For viewers new to Howard or not connected to fandom, the film provides a decent overview of the Howard Days experience, though, in my opinion, not enough attention is paid to program events, the scholarly discussions, etc. To be fair, that probably wouldn’t be very entertaining to a general audience, which is what this film is aimed at, I think. It looks good, it sounds good, and if you don’t know any of the people onscreen personally, it’s an entertaining look at some slightly odd individuals having a good time. We all have our own little quirks, and this film does a fair job of showing them without making a freak show out of it. It does get a tad melodramatic at times, but that’s just Hollywood.

Regular Howard Days attendees will likely be less satisfied, but still entertained. For as long as I’ve been attending there have been people filming various parts of the event, all low-budget fan films. With a history like that, it is nice to see a quality production; as I’ve said, it looks and sounds pretty good, though I could have done without some of the extreme close-ups of people’s sweaty faces. Knowing most of the interviewees fairly well, I was a tad irritated at times by the cherry-picking of quotes, but I understand that it’s all in the name of entertainment and most of this is fairly harmless (I can say that as I am not one of the principals; they may have different opinions). In fact, the film is a good time capsule of what was going on a few years ago, with lots of talk of Rusty Burke’s someday-biography and the emergence of the boxing stories into the critical arena. I would probably even want to own a copy when/if a DVD becomes available, except for one thing—a walk through the film will reveal the objectionable scene.

The film opens with some text explaining the basics of Robert E. Howard and the statement that viewers will now “meet the guardians of his legacy.” As the credits roll, viewers are treated to scenes from the Barbarian Festival: the parade, street vendors and entertainers. Interspersed between these shots are comments from the citizenry of Cross Plains—comments that show a general disinterest in Howard: “He lived over there” and “I saw that Conan movie.”

From there, we jump to the annual bus tour of the surrounding area, already in progress. Between shots of the towns of Cross Cut and Burkett, several regular Howard Days attendees listen to tour guide Don Clark talk about the area. The bus arrives at the Howard House and we are treated to some of the locals’ reactions to the visiting fans, all good natured.

From this point on, most of the film focuses on four fans: Rusty Burke, Bill “Indy” Cavalier, Mark Finn, and Chris Gruber. Comments from a host of other attendees are mixed in with the four named to add gravitas or provide a counterpoint to their statements. Through their conversations, we get a short history of Howard Days and Howard fandom in general, with due accolades given to both REHupa and the late lamented journal The Cimmerian. Howard’s life is touched on here and there, with clips from The Whole Wide World thrown in for good measure. A lot of time is spent on what Howard character individual fans most identify with and what drew them to Howard in the first place. The philosophical statements of the fans are overlaid with shots from the Milius Conan film and some overly dramatic music. Up to this point, I was enjoying the film just fine.

More attention is given to the late-night activities at Howard Days than the panel discussions that go on during the day, which brings us to the part of the film that pretty much ruined it for me: the 2007 Gruber-Grin altercation. Rather than leave the topic out, since no one would comment about it on camera, the film-makers decided to use parts of Leo Grin’s published account of the incident as word bubbles in a comic-book reenactment. This animated sequence in no way resembles what actually occurred and suggests that there was physical violence when there was none. I suppose this makes for good movies, but I was disappointed to see it here.

My opinion having soured, the rest of the film didn’t do much for me. From there we learn about the “real lives” of the featured four and the part that Robert E. Howard plays in those lives. The 2005 Cross Plains fire is discussed, with eye-witness testimony from members of Project Pride, and the resulting fire-relief project The Man from Cross Plains. The film ends with statements by the “Howard widows,” the wives of the fans.

And there you have it. If I hadn’t been a participant in the events portrayed in the reenactment, I’d probably be giving this a thumb’s up review. Despite my objections to that scene, I’ll still recommend the film to those that are curious about the Howard Days experience. If you don’t know the people onscreen personally, Barbarian Days is a pretty good show.

23
Jan
2012

2011 Foundation Award Nominations

Posted by Rob Roehm in News   

In the past, everyone and anyone who produced anything Howard-related was automatically nominated for an REH Foundation Award. This year, to make being nominated an honor in itself, we’re limiting the ballot to the top five nominees sent in by our membership and fandom at large. You can help in this process by sending three nominees in each of the following categories to REHFAwards@gmail.com. All emails must be “signed” with first and last names. The top five nominees in each category will go on the ballot for Foundation members to select the winners.

Note: All fans can nominate; only Foundation members will vote to decide which nominees receive awards.

Nominate up to three (3) in each of the following categories for Outstanding Achievement in 2011. Deadline for nominations is February 29, 2012.

The AtlanteanOutstanding Achievement, Book (This is for scholarly work relevant to Robert E. Howard, not collections of his fiction. For the purposes of this award, a book is any REH-related publication which is perfect-bound and over 50 pages.)

The Valusian Outstanding Achievement, Anthology (This is for scholarly work relevant to Robert E. Howard, not collections of his fiction. For the purposes of this award, an anthology is a book, perfect-bound and over 50 pages, that collects scholarly REH-related articles and essays by multiple authors.)

The HyrkanianOutstanding Achievement, Essay (Essays must have made their first public published appearance, online or print, in the previous calendar year. Short interviews, speeches, most book introductions, short reviews and other minor works do not count.) [NOTE: Multi-part blog posts can only be nominated when completed. The date of the final installment will determine the year of its eligibility.]

The AquilonianOutstanding Achievement, Periodical (For the purposes of this award, a periodical is any publication which has a stated intention of being a continuous series of items, even if only one issue appeared during the year in question, and even if the periodical’s length would otherwise qualify it as a book.)

The StygianOutstanding Achievement, Website (Nominees are limited to Internet sites with a main purpose of archiving REH scholarship. Chat groups and e-mail lists do not qualify. To get on the ballot, each website must have updated their content at least once in the past year.)

The CimmerianOutstanding Achievement, Blog Posts (Nominees have added to the Howardian discussion and/or pool of knowledge in some meaningful way. This award is for the blogger, not individual blog posts.)

The Venarium AwardEmerging Scholar (Nominees have never won an individual Foundation Award before, and in the last year displayed the beginnings of what could be a movement into the upper echelon of Howard movers and shakers. You can only be nominated for this award once, in the year you make your first big push into the wider world of Howard publishing and scholarship.)

The Black River AwardSpecial Achievement (Nominees have produced something special that doesn’t fit into any other category: scholarly presentations, biographical discoveries, etc.)

The Rankin AwardArtistic 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.)

The Black Circle AwardNominees for next year’s Award (Given only sporadically as warranted, The Black Circle of Howard Fandom constitutes entering a highly select group of luminaries. To appear on this ballot, nominees must have at least twenty documented years in Howard fandom.)

9
Jan
2012

Hoffman is Guest of Honor

Posted by Rob Roehm in Events, News   

The Robert E Howard Foundation, along with The Robert E Howard United Press Association and Project Pride, is pleased to announce that Charles Hoffman has accepted our invitation to be Guest of Honor at Robert E. Howard Days, June 8-9, 2012.

Chuck’s seminal essay, “Conan the Existentialist,” appearing in Amra 61 in March 1974, is widely regarded as the first true literary criticism of Howard’s work. Before its appearance, discussions of REH tended to take the form of book reviews or light-hearted “Hyborian scholarship.” Chuck was the first to stake out a claim for Howard as a writer whose work would repay critical scrutiny; he demonstrated clearly that the claim that “philosophical meanings” were absent from Howard’s work was untrue. He revised the essay for a later appearance in the magazine Ariel, and it has since been reprinted in Cromlech #1 and The Barbaric Triumph.

Chuck co-authored, with Marc Cerasini, Robert E. Howard: Starmont Reader’s Guide 35, a book that remains the most impressive critical overview of Howard’s entire corpus. A revised edition, originally planned for publication in 2006, will be published by the Foundation in 2012.

Chuck and Marc edited the first two issues of the journal Cromlech, the first publication devoted to serious scholarship and criticism of REH. Rusty Burke has cited it as the inspiration for his creation of The Dark Man: The Journal of Robert E. Howard Studies.

Chuck has written a number of acclaimed essays on Howard’s work for The Dark Man, The Cimmerian, and Spectrum, as well as for Two-Gun Bob: A Centennial Study of Robert E. Howard (Hippocampus Press, 2006), Crimson Shadows: The Best of Robert E. Howard, Volume One (Del Rey, 2007), and The Robert E. Howard Reader (Borgo Press, 2010).

We know that Howard fans will enjoy this rare opportunity to meet Chuck in person and to share in his penetrating insights and his witty, sometimes piquant observations on Howard and popular culture.