2014 Results


The Atlantean—Outstanding Achievement, Book

No Eligible Nominee


The Valusian—Outstanding Achievement, Anthology

No Eligible Nominee


The Hyrkanian—Outstanding Achievement, Essay

Winner: Jeffrey Shanks for “History, Horror, and Heroic Fantasy: Robert E. Howard and the Creation of the Sword and Sorcery Subgenre” (Critical Insights: Pulp Fiction of the 1920s and 1930s)


The Cimmerian—Outstanding Achievement, Online Essay

Winner: Rob Roehm for “The Business” in five parts (REH: Two-Gun Raconteur blog)


The Aquilonian—Outstanding Achievement, Periodical

Winner: Bill Cavalier, Rob Roehm, and Paul Herman for The REH Foundation Newsletter


The Stygian—Outstanding Achievement, Website

Winner: Brian Leno, Patrice Louinet, Rob Roehm, Damon Sasser, Keith Taylor for the REH: Two-Gun Raconteur blog


The Venarium Award—Emerging Scholar

Winner: Patrick Burger


The Black River Award—Special Achievement

Winner: Ben Friberg for filming the panels at Howard Days, editing them, and making them available on YouTube.


The Rankin Award—Artistic Achievement in the depiction of REH’s life and/or work

Winner: Tom Gianni for cover art for Pirate Adventures (REHFP), cover art for Fists of Iron, Round 1 (REHFP), cover art for Robert E. Howard’s Western Tales.


The Black Circle Award—Lifetime Achievement

Winner: Patrice Louinet


The Black Circle Award—Nominees for next year’s Award

Nominee: Karl Edward Wagner


The Crom Award—Board of Directors’ choice

Winner: Paul Herman for scanning the Howard typescripts in the Glenn Lord collection and facillitating their transfer to the


A list of the nominees is here.


Three nominees are selected in each category by the Legacy Circle members of the Robert E. Howard Foundation from all of the eligible candidates. All members of the Foundation then vote on their choice from the available nominees in each category. Each member casts only one vote in each category and votes are counted equally regardless of membership level.

Some categories have years where no viable nominee or winner meet the eligibility requirements. In such cases, no award for that category is given for that year. In categories where there is only one nominee, the nominee still requires at least a 60% vote of approval to win.

Voting opens as soon as a list of nominees is posted and announced. 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.