2011 Results

   

Awarded for outstanding achievement in Robert E. Howard studies during the calendar year 2010.

The winners of the annual Foundation Awards were announced on the evening of Friday, June 10th 2011, live at Robert E. Howard Days in Cross Plains.

THE WINNERS

The AtlanteanOutstanding Achievement, Book
BOB and ROB ROEHM, for The Brownwood Connection

The Valusian Outstanding Achievement, Anthology
DENNIS McHANNEY, for The Book of the Howard Review

The Hyrkanian Outstanding Achievement, Essay
First Place: BARBARA BARRETT and AMY KERR, for “Feminism and the Women in Robert E. Howard’s Fiction” (from The Two-Gun Blog)
Second Place: PAUL HERMAN, for “Hunting for Deer but Finding Bigfoot” (from REHF Newsletter V4N4)
Third Place: DAVID A. HARDY, for “Gunfighters of the Wild East” (from El Borak and Other Desert Adventures)

The AquilonianOutstanding Achievement, Periodical
REH FOUNDATION, for REHF Newsletter, volume 4

The StygianOutstanding Achievement, Website
SASSER, LENO, LOUINET, ROEHM: REH Two-Gun Raconteur Blog

The Cimmerian Outstanding Achievement, Blog Posts
First Place: ROB ROEHM (REH: Two-Gun Raconteur Blog)
Second Place: AL HARRON (The Cimmerian Blog, The Blog that Time Forgot)
Third Place: BARBARA BARRETT (Black Gate, The Cimmerian Blog, REHupa.com, REH Two-Gun Raconteur Blog)

The Venarium Award Emerging Scholar
No award given

The Black River AwardSpecial Achievement
ROB ROEHM: for unearthing two previously unknown Howard stories from the Yellow Jacket.

The Rankin Award Artistic Achievement in the depiction of REH’s life and/or work
JIM & RUTH KEEGAN

The Black Circle AwardLifetime Achievement
BILL “INDY” CAVALIER

The Black Circle Award2012 nominees
DENNIS McHANEY
DAMON SASSER

THE 2010 FOUNDATION AWARDS — LIST OF NOMINEES

The Atlantean Outstanding Achievement, Book
(for the purposes of this award, a book is any publication which is perfect-bound and over 50 pages.) Vote either “Approve” or “Disapprove”

WINNER: ROEHM, BOB and ROB: The Brownwood Connection (REHF Press)

The Valusian Outstanding Achievement, Anthology
(for the purposes of this award, a book is any publication which is perfect-bound and over 50 pages.)

WINNER: McHANEY, DENNIS: The Book of the Howard Review (Dennis McHaney)

SWEITZER, DARRELL: The Robert E. Howard Reader (Wildside Press)

The Hyrkanian Outstanding Achievement, Essay
(Vote for at least three essays, identifying which should win 1st place, 2nd place, or 3rd place. Essays must have made their first public published appearance in the previous calendar year. Short interviews, speeches, book introductions, short reviews and other minor works do not count. Remember, you can split your total number of votes between several essays: 5 first place votes for X and 5 first place votes for Y; ballots are weighted, with first place votes multiplied by three, second place by two, third place by one.)

BARRETT, BARBARA
1st PLACE WINNER: “Feminism and the Women in Robert E. Howard’s Fiction” (with Amy Kerr – REH Two-Gun Raconteur Blog)
“Robert E. Howard: The Sword Collector and His Poetry” (Black Gate Blog)

BREAKIRON, LEE
“Fandom at a Crossroads: Jonathan Bacon and the Legacy of REH” (The Dark Man, V5N2)

CONNORS, SCOTT
“Weird Tales and the Great Depression” (The Robert E. Howard Reader)

D’AMMASSA, DON
“Howard’s Oriental Stories” (The Robert E. Howard Reader)

EMERY, PHILIP
“Celtic Influences in the Works of Robert E. Howard” (The Dark Man, V5N1)

FINN, MARK
“The Old Time Radio Adventures of Sailor Steve” (REH: Two-Gun Raconteur #14)

GARSTAD, BENJAMIN
“Death to the Masters: The Role of Slave Revolt in the Fiction of Robert E. Howard” (Slavery and Abolition)

HARDY, DAVID A.
3rd PLACE WINNER: “Gunfighters of the Wild East” (El Borak and Other Desert Adventures)
“The Monster in the Jungle” (REH: Two-Gun Raconteur #14)

HERMAN, PAUL
2nd PLACE WINNER: “Hunting for Deer but Finding Bigfoot” (REHF Newsletter V4N4)

HERRON, DON
“Castrated, but Still Limping Along: The Dark Man 1990-2010” (REH: Two-Gun Raconteur #14)

HOFFMAN, CHARLES
“Return to Xuthal” (The Robert E. Howard Reader)
“‘The Shadow of the Beast’: A Closer Look” (The Dark Man, V5N1)

JOSHI, S. T.
“Barbarism Vs. Civilization” (The Robert E. Howard Reader)

KAHAN, JEFFREY
“‘Marchers of Valhalla,’ Creation, and the Cult of Castration” (The Dark Man, V5N1)

KERR, AMY
1st PLACE WINNER: “Feminism and the Women in Robert E. Howard’s Fiction” (with Barbara Barrett – REH Two-Gun Raconteur Blog)

LENO, BRIAN
“It Really Wasn’t a Game: El Borak and the Victorian Cold War” (REH: Two-Gun Raconteur #14)

MURPHY, BRIAN
“Unmasking ‘The Shadow Kingdom’: Kull and Howard as Outsiders” (REH: Two-Gun Raconteur #14)

PRICE, ROBERT M.
“How Pure a Puritan Was Solomon Kane?” (The Robert E. Howard Reader)

RICHARDSON, DEUCE
“Kahan, Castration and a Seriously Cocked-up Misreading of ‘Marchers of Valhalla’” (REH: Two-Gun Raconteur #14)

ROMEO, GARY
“Fictionalizing Howard” (The Robert E. Howard Reader)

SANAHUJAS, SIMON
“From Bran Mak Morn to Beyond the Black River: The Evolution of the Picts” (REH: Two-Gun Raconteur #14)

SASSER, DAMON
“Conan’s Wild, Wild West” (REH Two-Gun Raconteur Blog)

SHANKS, JEFFREY
“Cro-Magnon Atlanteans: Robert E. Howard and the Works of Lewis Spence” (The Cimmerian Blog)

TAYLOR, KEITH
“Don Othna in ‘The King’s Service’” (The Cimmerian Blog)
“Uther Was a Black-Bearded Madman” (The Cimmerian Blog)

WEINBERG, ROBERT
“What He Wrote and How They Said It” (The Robert E. Howard Reader)

The Aquilonian Outstanding 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

WINNER: THE ROBERT E. HOWARD FOUNDATION: The Robert E. Howard Foundation Newsletter

SASSER, DAMON: REH: Two-Gun Raconteur

The Stygian Outstanding 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, HOLMES, KERR, SASSER: The REHupa website

COFFMAN, FRANK: The REH-e-APA website

THE ROBERT E. HOWARD FOUNDATION: HowardWorks

WINNER: SASSER, LENO, LOUINET, ROEHM: REH Two-Gun Raconteur Blog

The Cimmerian Outstanding 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.)

3rd PLACE WINNER: BARRETT, BARBARA (The Cimmerian Blog, REHupa.com, Black Gate, REH: Two-Gun Raconteur Blog)

BURKE, RUSTY (REHupa.com)

CAVALIER, BILL “INDY” (REHupa.com)

CORNELIUS, JIM (The Cimmerian Blog)

2nd PLACE WINNER: HARRON, AL (The Cimmerian Blog, The Blog that Time Forgot)

HOLMES, MORGAN (REHupa.com)

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

KERR, AMY (REHupa.com)

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

LOUINET, PATRICE (REH: Two-Gun Raconteur Blog)

MARTINS, MIGUEL (The Cimmerian Blog)

MAYNARD, WILLIAM (The Cimmerian Blog)

MURPHY, BRIAN (Black Gate, The Cimmerian Blog)

RICHARDSON, DEUCE (The Cimmerian Blog)

1st PLACE WINNER: ROEHM, ROB (REH: Two-Gun Raconteur Blog)

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

SHANKS, JEFFREY (The Cimmerian Blog)

TAYLOR, KEITH (The Cimmerian Blog)

TROUT, STEVE (The Cimmerian Blog)

The Venarium Award Emerging 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.)

No nominee

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

BARRETT, BARBARA and KERR, AMY: for presenting a paper to the Popular Culture Association’s conference in St. Louis.

BURKE, RUSTY: for noting every change to REH’s typescripts in the “Notes on the Text” section in the Del Rey release El Borak and Other Desert Adventures.

EVERETT, JUSTIN and DIERDRE PETTIPIECE: for organizing the REH panels and presenting a paper at the Popular Culture Association’s conference in St. Louis.

HERMAN, PAUL: for tracking down what is quite possibly Robert E. Howard’s typewriter.

WINNER: ROEHM, ROB: for unearthing two previously unknown Howard stories from the Yellow Jacket.

SASSER, DAMON: for discovering the index card at Greenleaf Cemetery that shows that Isaac Howard purchased the burial plots, not Robert, as was previously supposed.

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.)

BRADSTREET, TIMOTHY: illustrations for El Borak & Other Desert Adventures (Del Rey)

CAVALIER, BILL: REHF Awards plaque; cover illustration for Black Canaan (REHF); illustration of scene from “The Shadow Kingdom” for “Unmasking ‘The Shadow Kingdom’: Kull and Howard as Outsiders” (REH: Two-Gun Raconteur 14)

CHALONER, GARY: Robert E Howard’s Breckinridge Elkins, “Mountain Man,” chapters 1-8 (breckinridgeelkins.com)

GIORELLO, TOMÁS: artwork for adaptation of “Iron Shadows in the Moon,” Conan the Cimmerian issues 22-25 (Dark Horse)

WINNER: KEEGAN, JIM & RUTH: The Adventures of Two-Gun Bob (biographical strip running in most issues of Dark Horse’s REH comics); cover art and interior plates for El Borak & Other Desert Adventures (Del Rey); cover art for The Early Adventures of El Borak (REHFP)

NORMAND, DIDIER: illustration of scene from “Red Nails” for “The Monster in the Jungle: ‘Red Nails’ and the Return of the Repressed” (REH: Two-Gun Raconteur 14)

PACE, RICHARD: illustrations for “The Curly Wolf of Sawtooth” (REH: Two-Gun Raconteur 14)

PAVLET, TERRY: scenes from “Nekht Semerkeht” (REH: Two-Gun Raconteur 14)

PETERS, MICHAEL L.: cover for REH: Two-Gun Raconteur #14; “The Hills of the Dead: A Solomon Kane Portfolio” (REH: Two-Gun Raconteur 14)

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.) Vote either “Approve” or “Disapprove”

APPROVED: CAVALIER, BILL “INDY”

The Black Circle Award 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)
NOMINEE: McHANEY, DENNIS
NOMINEE: SASSER, DAMON
THOMAS, ROY
WAGNER, KARL EDWARD (posthumous)

CURRENT MEMBERS OF THE BLACK CIRCLE
Glenn Lord (2004)
Rusty Burke (2006)
Don Herron (2006)
Novalyne Price Ellis (2007)

The Crom Award Board of Directors’ choice
(an occasional award given by the Board for special achievements that do not qualify for other awards and would otherwise go unrecognized)

VOTING RULES

Voting is open to all members of the Robert E. Howard Foundation, including Board members, with votes distributed on the following weighted scale:

Supporting Members – 10 votes
Friends of REH – 20 votes
Legacy Circle – 30 votes

The above total is the number of votes you have to allocate to each award category. Note that you apply your total votes to each category. For example, if you have 30 total votes, you get to apply 30 votes to the book categories, 30 to the magazine category, 30 to the first place essay, 30 to the second place essay, etc.

Voters can distribute their group of votes any way they wish for each award. You can choose to place all of your votes with a single nominee, or you can spread them among several nominees in that category.

Some categories have years where no viable nominee or winner presents itself. In such cases, no award for that category is given for that year.

Although every effort has been made to find and list all possible nominees for an award, feel free to write-in anything that isn’t on this list, as long as it was first publicly published (i.e. outside of REHupa) during the previous calendar year.

In categories where there is only one nominee, the nominee still needs your vote. Such people require at least a 60% vote of approval to get the award, a benchmark designed to prevent any truly horrible books from winning an award by default, simply because there was nothing else in that category for that year. So for one-nominee categories who you support, assign your votes to them as APPROVE, or withhold your votes with a DISAPPROVE if you do not feel they are deserving of any award. Any returned ballots with nothing written in such categories will be counted as APPROVE.

Voting opens as soon as a list of nominees are posted and announced and closes at the end of March. The winners are then announced at a ceremony during the annual Robert E. Howard Days festival in Texas (held each year on the second weekend in June).

Individual votes are kept in the strictest confidence; only gross aggregate percentages are ever revealed to anyone.

We highly appreciate comments on why you made each vote, which may be used in a future issue of the REHF Newsletter.