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Robert E Howard


(Robert Ervin Howard)
USA flag (1906 - 1936)

Some of the pulp fiction of the short-lived Texan Robert E. Howard are straightforward Westerns or historical romance; his contribution to the history of fantasy was to realize that setting his stories of ruthless hard men in Atlantis or a mythical age shortly after its fall enabled him to write without the trammels of historical accuracy. His Conan stories feature a young barbarian warrior who carves himself a kingdom and rules with a degree of wisdom and justice; they are notable for their violent energy--in one of the films with Arnold Schwarzeneggar there is a moment when Conan, crucified by an enemy, bites out the throat of a vulture that gets too close too soon, and it is worth pointing out that this, unlike most of the film, is pure unadulterated Howard. Howard's early death--he shot himself when his mother died--meant that pious friends like L Sprague de Camp finished a number of unpublished stories, and then, as with H P Lovecraft, the Howard mythos became something which endlessly newer writers have quarried -Poul Anderson and Robert Jordan.
 


Genres: Fantasy, Horror
 
Series
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Bran Mak Morn
   Worms of the Earth (1932)
   Bran Mak Morn (1969)
   The Last King (2001)
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Conan
   The Phoenix On The Sword (1932)
   The Scarlet Citadel (1933)
   The Tower of the Elephant (1933)
   Black Colossus (1933)
   The Pool of the Black One (1933)
   A Witch Shall Be Born (1934)
   Gods of the North (1934)
   Queen of the Black Coast (1934)
   Shadows in the Moonlight (1934)
   The People of the Black Circle (1934)
   Rogues in the House (1934)
   The Devil in Iron (1934)
   Jewels of Gwahlur (1935)
   Beyond the Black River (1935)
   Red Nails (1936)
   The Hour of the Dragon (1950)
   The Sword of Conan (1952)
   King Conan (1953)
   Conan the Barbarian (1954)
   The Sword Woman (1977)
   The Complete Chronicles of Conan (2006)
continued in the series: Conan
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Cormac Mac Art
   Tigers of the Sea (1975)
continued in the series by Andrew J Offutt
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Conan of Cimmeria
   1. The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian (2002)
     aka Conan of Cimmeria: 1932-1933
   2. The Bloody Crown of Conan (2003)
     aka Conan of Cimmeria: 1934
   3. The Conquering Sword of Conan (2005)
     aka Conan of Cimmeria: 1935-1936
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Novels
   Almuric (1964)
   Post Oaks and Sand Roughs (1989)
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Collections
   The Garden of Fear (1945)
   Skull-Face (1946)
   Always Come Evening (poems) (1957)
   The Dark Man and Others (1963)
   The Pride of Bear Creek (1966)
   Red Shadows (1968)
   Wolfshead (1968)
   King Kull (1969)
   Singers in the Shadows (poems) (1970)
   Echoes from an Iron Harp (poems) (1972)
   Marchers of Valhalla (1972)
   The Incredible Adventures of Dennis Dorgan (1975)
   Pigeons from Hell (1976)
   The Second Book of Robert E. Howard (1976)
   Black Vulmea's Vengeance (1976)
   The Iron Man (1976)
   Night Images (1976)
   The Book of Robert E. Howard (1976)
   Robert E. Howard Omnibus (1977)
   The Last Ride (1978)
   Kull (1978)
   Black Canaan (1978)
   The Gods of Bal-Sagoth (1979)
   The Howard Collector (1979)
   Hawks of Outremer (1979) (with Richard L Tierney)
   Mayhem on Bear Creek (1979)
   Lord of the Dead (1981)
   The Ghost Ocean (poems) (1982)
   Heroes of Bear Creek (1983)
   The Dark Barbarian (1984)
   The Last Cat Book (poems) (1984)
   The Adventures of Lal Singh (1985)
   Road of Azrael (1987)
   Cthulhu (1987)
   Shadows of Dreams (poems) (1989)
   The Conan Chronicles: v. 2 (1990)
   The Challenge From Beyond (1990) (with others)
   Nameless Cults (1993)
   Eons of the Night (1996)
   Trails in Darkness (1996)
   Beyond the Borders (1996)
   The Essential Conan (1998)
   The Ultimate Triumph (1999)
   Waterfront Fists (2003)
   Far Below and Other Horrors from the Pulps (2003)
   Graveyard Rats (2003)
   The Complete Action Stories (2003)
   The Black Stranger (2005)
   Boxing Stories (2005)
   The End of the Trail (2005)
   Lord of Samarcand (2005)
   The Riot At Bucksnort (2005)
   A Gent from Bear Creek and Other Tales (2005)
   Gates of Empire (2006)
   Treasures of Tartary (2006)
   Kull: Exile of Atlantis (2006)
   The Robert E. Howard Reader (2007) (with Darrell Schweitzer)
   The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard (2008)
   Heroes in the Wind (2009)
   Conan's Brethren (2009)
   El Borak and Other Desert Adventures (2010)
   The Singer in the Mist and Others (poems) (2010)
   The Wildside Book of Fantasy (2012) (with others)
   Swords Against Darkness (2017)
   The Cthulhu Stories of Robert E. Howard (2020)
   The Robert E. Howard Rare Tales MEGAPACK (2023)
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Novellas and Short Stories
   The Dream Snake (1928)
   The Hyena (1928)
   The Mirrors of Tuzun Thune (1929)
   The Shadow Kingdom (1929)
   Kings of the Night (1930)
   The Black Stone (1931)
   The Dark Man (1931)
   The Thing on the Roof (1932)
   People of the Dark (1932)
   The Cairn on the Headland (1933)
   The Slithering Shadow (1933)
     aka Xuthal of the Dusk
   The Frost Giant's Daughter (1934)
     aka Gods of the North
   The Haunter of the Ring (1934)
   Shadows in Zamboula (1935)
   The Fire of Asshurbanipal (1936)
   The Vultures of Whapeton (1936)
   The God in the Bowl (1952)
   The Sowers of the Thunder (1973)
   Swords of Shahrazar (1976)
   The Return of Skull-Face (1977) (with Richard A Lupoff)
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Series contributed to
Conan (Lancer/Ace Books)
   1. Conan (1967) (with Lin Carter and L Sprague de Camp)
   2. Conan of Cimmeria (1968) (with Lin Carter and L Sprague de Camp)
   3. Conan the Freebooter (1968) (with L Sprague de Camp)
   4. Conan the Wanderer (1968) (with Lin Carter and L Sprague de Camp)
   5. Conan the Adventurer (1966) (with L Sprague de Camp)
   7. Conan the Warrior (1967) (with L Sprague de Camp)
   8. Conan the Usurper (1967) (with L Sprague de Camp)
   9. Conan the Conqueror (1967) (with L Sprague de Camp)
   10. Conan the Avenger (1967) (with L Sprague de Camp and Björn Nyberg)
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Omnibus editions show
 
Books containing stories by Robert E Howard
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The Lure of Atlantis (2023)
Strange Tales from the Sunken Continent
(British Library Tales of the Weird, book 40)
edited by
Michael Wheatley
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Black Cat Weekly #96 (2023)
(Black Cat Weekly, book 96)

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Award nominations
2014 Retro Hugo Award for Best Novelette (nominee) : Pigeons from Hell: And Other Weird and Fantastic Adventures
2002 British Fantasy Award for Best Collection (nominee) : The Hour of the Dragon
2001 British Fantasy Award for Best Collection (nominee) : The Conan Chronicles: v. 1


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