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Tim Truman is the Guest of Honor at Howard Days 2013

Posted by indy on 18th February 2013

Like I was sayin’…Tim Truman is the Guest of Honor at  Robert E. Howard Days this year. Come and meet Tim at the Robert E. Howard Museum in Cross Plains, Texas on June 7th & 8th.

Here’s a bit of bio from Tim:

Timothy Truman has become one of its most original storytellers and stylists in the American comic book industry. As a writer and artist, he played a key role in developing the independent comics movement. His work on Grimjack (co-created with writer John Ostrander), was on the leading edge of a wave of the “grim and gritty” comics of the 1980′s In 1985, Truman continued his tear through the indy scene with Scout, the near-future saga set against the background of a ravaged United States. Both titles blended elements of pulp fiction, science fiction, and blue-collar social commentary that Truman has successfully explored throughout his career.

In 1989, Timothy took his brand of seedy, intricately textured, character-driven adventure to DC for Hawkworld, for which he received the 1991 European Haxtur Award. His interest in frontier and Native American history led him to write, draw, and self publish the highly-regarded graphic novel Wilderness: the True Story of Simon Girty, a biography of the infamous Revolutionary War-era renegade.

Timothy continued to explore Western themes with best-selling Texas author Joe R. Lansdale. Their brilliant take on DC Western anti-hero Jonah Hex is the stuff of legend, and won a prestigious Bram Stoker Award in 1996. The duo also worked together on The Lone Ranger and Tonto. Other projects have included Star Wars, The Spider, Turok: Dinosaur Hunter, The Prowler, The Kents, Black Lamb, and Justice League: Gatekeeper as well as two new Grimjack epics, Killer Instinct and The Manx Cat, for IDW Publishing and Comicmix. Most recently, Timothy collaborated with his son, author Benajmin Truman, on a western-horror miniseries starring their creation, the aging gunslinger Kit Hawken. The stories were collected in the graphic novel A Man Named Hawken.

Since 2006, Timothy has been a leading writer for Dark Horse Comics’ bestselling Conan titles. He is currently scripting the massive, 12-issue adaptation of Robert E. Howard’s King Conan novella, Hour of the Dragon.

As a commercial illustrator, Timothy has done book cover paintings for Subterranean Press and CD covers for Rhino Records and others, contributing artwork to releases from the Grateful Dead, Santana, Hot Tuna, Jim Lauderdale, Robert Hunter, and the late Irish blues guitarist Rory Gallagher. Also an accomplished guitarist and musician, he operates a small recording studio at his home in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

For more information about Timothy and his work, visit his website at

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Charles Saunders’ New Dossouye Novel: The Dancers of Mulukau

Posted by Damon Sasser on 2nd February 2012

Charles Saunders has a new book out, Dossouye: The Dancers of Mulukau, which is a sequel to the first Dossouye volume published nearly four years ago. This new book is a novel rather than a collection of interconnected short stories as was the case with the first volume.

About the time the first Dossouye volume was published, Charles wrote of the evolution of his female warrior character on his blog. He also reveals the various real life women who provided him with inspiration for his ground breaking tales of this heroine of an alternate African universe.

Of course, everyone is familiar with his sword and sorcery hero Imaro and his world Nyumbani, which were inspired by Howard’s Conan yarns and the Hyborian Age. Word is Charles has new Imaro novel in the pipeline.

Getting back to Dossouye, Charles has a new post on his blog about the book. And here is the blurb from the Lulu website where you can order The Dancers of Mulukau:

The Dancers of Mulukau make benign magic with the elegant movements of their feet. From healing to entertaining, from ending droughts to mending walls, the Dancers bring peace and harmony wherever they go. Yet a mysterious, veiled people called the Walaq consider the very existence of the Dancers to be an abomination that must be eliminated. Dossouye, having wandered far from her native kingdom of Abomey, is hired to help protect the Dancers as they engage in their vital responsibilities. Along with her formidable war-bull, Gbo, the woman-warrior battles human and demonic foes that work in league with the Walaq against the Dancers.

The Dancers of Mulukau is published by Sword & Soul Media, with cover art by Mishindo who did the cover for the first Dossouye book, as well as Imaro: The Trail of Bohu and Imaro: The Naama War.

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Margaret Ann McNeel, RIP

Posted by Rusty Burke on 11th January 2012

This morning I learned the sad news that we’ve lost another member of our community. Margaret Ann McNeel, one of the founders of Project Pride and a friend to all of us for many years, passed away this morning. I attended her 80th birthday party last year, which you can read about in an earlier post on this blog — it has much of the story of the founding of Project Pride and of Margaret’s service to the Cross Plains community. I will repeat the short biographical paragraph here:

Margaret Ann Clark was born on January 3, 1931, to Thomas Jefferson (Jeff) and Jesse Mae Adams Clark. Her father was a farmer and for some years operated a grocery store; her mother worked at Higginbotham’s General Merchandise. Margaret graduated from Cross Plains High School in 1948, and on June 3 of that year married Carl Fred (“Pat”) McNeel. They had two children, Carl Fred III (1949-2000), and Susan Ann (born 1955), who has demonstrated the same commitment to serving the Cross Plains community that her mother has displayed. Pat operated an oil-field supply company for a number of years before ill health caused him to turn, in 1967, to running an insurance business. Margaret Ann worked with him in the insurance office until his death in 1985, at which time she sold the business to Gene Greenwood, but continued to work in the office until she finally retired in 2007.

Margaret had been in declining health for some time, but her loss is still a blow. She showed me many kindnesses over the years, providing a great deal of information, photographs, and introductions to people who could provide more assistance. Mere words recounting some of her accomplishments can never begin to adequately convey what an energetic force for good Margaret Ann was. In that earlier post, I encouraged everyone to emulate her spirit of community service. In doing so, we can ensure that she continues to be a force for good for many years to come. She herself has now gone to a well-deserved rest.

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Hoffman is Howard Days GOH

Posted by Rusty Burke on 9th January 2012

The Robert E Howard Foundation, The Robert E Howard United Press Association, and Project Pride are pleased to announce that Charles Hoffman has accepted our invitation to be Guest of Honor at Robert E. Howard Days in June 2012.

Chuck is one of the most formidable essayists in Howard studies. His “Conan the Existentialist,” which appeared in Amra 61 (March 1974), was the opening salvo of what has come to be called “the new criticism” of Howard, criticism that took him seriously as a writer whose work had depth and substance along with the excitement and adventure. Prior to that essay, most Howard “criticism” consisted of book reviews (though some, like those of Schuyler Miller and Fritz Leiber, showed real insight) or introductions by fans who failed to take him seriously (John D. Clark famously proclaiming, “Don’t look for hidden philosophical meanings or intellectual puzzles in these yarns–they aren’t there.”). Chuck showed that Howard could not only provide rousing action, but rewarded closer reading as well. Patrice Louinet says, “‘Conan the Existentialist’ is the essay that made me want to study & write about Howard. It was a pure revelation.”

Chuck co-authored, with his long-time friend 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, is expected from the REH Foundation Press in 2012. (There’s a fine interview with Chuck and Marc, conducted by Steve Tompkins, over at the Cimmerian Blog archive.) Chuck and Marc also edited the first two issues of the journal Cromlech, the first periodical publication devoted to serious scholarship and criticism of REH. Determined that Howard studies should have a continuing vehicle for such work, I used Cromlech as my model when I started The Dark Man.

Chuck has written a number of acclaimed essays on Howard’s work, several of which you can read at his blog (which he hasn’t updated in a very long time, something I hope he will be prompted to remedy soon). You’ll have to dig back into his archive, but it’s worth the effort. It was due to my profound respect for his body of work that I asked Chuck to provide the essay, “Robert E. Howard: Twentieth-Century Mythmaker,” for the first volume of The Best of Robert E. Howard (Del Rey).

Make your plans now to attend Howard Days in Cross Plains, Texas, June 8-9, 2012, and take advantage of this all-too-rare opportunity to meet one of the towering figures of Howard studies!

Posted in Cross Plains, news, People, REH Days, REH Foundation |

Glenn Lord Has Passed Away

Posted by indy on 1st January 2012

We’ve just received word that our Friend and Mentor Glenn Lord passed away today.

Updates and information will certainly follow when we have more details.

What an incredibly sad way to end 2011. Rest in Peace, Glenn.

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Happy Birthday to Glenn Lord!

Posted by Rusty Burke on 18th November 2011

Glenn Lord, the father of Howard fandom and scholarship, celebrated his 80th birthday on November 17, and a number of Howard fans will join him to continue the celebration on the 19th. We celebrate not only one of the nicest and finest men who have ever graced this earth, but also the towering figure in Robert E. Howard’s literary afterlife. It was Glenn who shepherded nearly all of Howard’s work into print, and who worked with young fanzine editors — and the Official Editor of a nascent Robert E Howard United Press Association — to create what we know today as Howard Fandom. From his tireless efforts to track down and publish all of Howard’s poetry (of course, it turned out that Always Comes Evening barely scratched the surface, but it served to bring all the others to light, and is still arguably the finest single collection of REH’s verse), to his pivotal journal The Howard Collector (celebrating its 50th birthday this year, still considered to be The Standard for Howard zines), to his landmark Howard bio-bibliography The Last Celt, to his unwavering assistance behind the scenes to anyone engaged in Howard publishing and scholarship, Glenn has long been the glue that holds us all together. Let’s hope he will be doing so for years to come!

Dennis McHaney’s fine Anniversary: Glenn Lord and the Howard Collector, containing tributes from Don Herron, Morgan Holmes, Roy Thomas, Dennis McHaney, Patrice Louinet, Fred Blosser, James Reasoner, Frank Coffman, Rusty Burke, Leo Grin, Paul Herman, Bill Cavalier, Damon Sasser, Barbara Barrett, and Rob Roehm, a history of The Howard Collector with index by McHaney, and five works of Howard fiction from the pages of that journal, is available in both hardback and paperback from


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Paul Sammon to Speak at Cross Plains Fundraiser

Posted by Damon Sasser on 26th September 2011

As noted over at the TGR blog, Cross Plains had a big parade this past weekend celebrating the town’s centennial. All year long the town has been holding events and celebrations to mark this milestone and more are to come during the final quarter of the year.

Coming up next month is a fundraising dinner for the Cross Plains Public Library on October 22th at 6:30 pm. The event will take place at the First United Methodist Church in Cross Plains. Admission is only $12.00 per person and gets you a croissant sandwich meal. Paul Sammon will be the guest of honor and will give a talk on the movie industry, concentrating on the books to movies process. 

Since 1972, the author/filmmaker/still photographer has combined his passions for film and literature by working on motion pictures, photographing them, and writing about them. Paul has worked on many films, documentaries and “Making Of” featurettes; functioned as an actor, extra, still photographer, unit publicist, video cameraman and 2nd unit director. He has co-produced/co-directed a number of television series and specials, and appeared as a guest commentator on numerous “Special Edition” DVDs for films.

Paul has worked with people such as Ridley Scott, Irvin Kershner and edited The King Is Dead, a 1995 collection examining the Elvis Presley phenomenon and authored the massive Conan the Phenomenon volume. He also writes fiction, having short stories published in Peter Straub’s Ghosts (1995) and Cemetery Dance Magazine #15 and is a longtime time Howard fan who frequently attends Howard Days.

Movies Paul Sammon has worked on include Conan the Barbarian (1982), Dune, F/X, Blue Velvet, RoboCop, The Silence of the Lambs, The Addams Family and Starship Troopers, just to name a few.

If you’ve ever had questions about movie making, writing, photography or television, you’ll not want to miss it! For guaranteed seating, make your reservation by calling (254) 725-7722.

The library is also doing a project right now where folks read One Who Walked Alone and then watch The Whole Wide World and discuss the relationship of the two to each other.

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News from Cross Plains, June

Posted by Rusty Burke on 7th June 2011

Well, it appears that my attempt to celebrate the Cross Plains Centennial Year by posting news stories from old copies of the Review got sidetracked this spring. Given that I’m flying off to the “hometown of my heart” tomorrow for Howard Days, at which we will be celebrating “Howard History” as well as the Centennial, I thought a quick buzz through some June papers would be in order.

June 23, 1916

Cross Cut Items: Dr. Howard gave the young folks a party Saturday night all present report a nice time.

June 1, 1923

Gas Fire Takes Heavy Toll at Cross Cut; Man Severely Burned: Fire originating from gas breaking out between the 8 and 10 inch casing at the McDonough No. 5, of Crabb & McNeel and Tom Bryant, Saturday, completely destroyed the rig and tools and seriously burned James Hecht, tool dresser, working on the well.

Robert Howard, who has been in Brownwood High School, is back home after graduating.

Cleanup Campaign Gets Cooperation of Citizenship: The Clean-up campaign which is scheduled to start next Tuesday, is going to have the support of the citizenship. All are interested in the movement apparently, and many have so expressed themselves. The Mayor has issued proclamation that the business houses would close on Tuesday morning during the next two weeks, in order that all may take part in the work.

Atticus Webb, well known as “one of the leaders in the state against the liquor traffic,” was scheduled to speak at the Methodist Church on Sunday. The other churches were not holding services, so that everyone could go and hear Dr. Webb.

June 22, 1923

Dr. Howard, wife, and son returned Saturday from a two week trip to Marlin, Texas.

The Cross Plains Motor Co. was offering a Ford One-Ton truck body for $380.

June 7, 1929

Sad Death of Geo. B. Scott: George B. Scott, cashier at the First State Bank (later Citizens Bank, now Texas Heritage), was fishing with a friend in the Philpeco Country Club Lake, midway between Cross Plains and Rising Star, when the boat they were in capsized and Mr. Scott drowned. [Scott was the father of Jack Scott, known to REH fans as the long-time newspaperman who first reported the death of Robert E. Howard. Jack, who also served several terms as Cross Plains mayor, was a very good friend to the Howard community.]

Robert Howard is visiting relatives in Brownwood this week.

Dr. Howard who has moved to Spur visited with his family here past week end. [Dr. Howard's residence in Spur did not last very long.]

Dr. S.E. Shoultz, “Magnetic Masseur,” was offering free examinations at his office, first door south of the Piggly Wiggly store.

Lotief’s Dry Goods was offering “New Wash Frocks” for $1.95 and silk dresses from $4.95 to $6.95.

At the Howell theater in Coleman, you could see “The Barker,” starring Milton Sills, Dorothy Mackail, Betty Compson, and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Thursday through Saturday, and then an “All-Talking Super-Special,” “Strange Cargo,” a thrilling South Seas adventure, Monday and Tuesday.  Coming June 13-15, “Hearts in Dixie” (see Robert E Howard Goes to the Movies), and soon — Jolson’s “The Jazz Singer.”

June 14, 1929

Jack Scott was recently elected editor of the Brand, student newspaper at Simmons University in Abilene (now Hardin-Simmons).

Lewis T. Nordyke, of Cottonwood, was the editor-in-chief of the Grassburr, yearbook of John Tarleton Agricultural College in Stephenville. Nordyke went on to become a successful journalist and author. Anyone with an interest in life in Callahan County during Robert E. Howard’s era should read Nordyke’s Nubbin Ridge, a memoir of his life on the family farm near Cottonwood.

Several persons were arrested in the Cross Cut and Blake communities of Brown County for selling liquor, including a deputy sheriff.

June 21, 1929

Extension of Katy Branch to Abilene: From the time that officials of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad (MKT, or Katy) decided to run a spur line from DeLeon to Cross Plains, there had been interest in extending that line to Abilene. This is another lengthy article boosting the idea. Nothing ever came of it.

June 28, 1929

Cross Plains The City Where Dreams Come True

Editors Note: No better picture of the type of man and womanhood that first settled Cross Plains could probably be sketched from an artist’s pen than the following editorial clipped from the Cross Plains Review, February 24, 1911. It breathes of the spirit that prompted those sturdy pioneers of more than a score of years ago to match their strength and wits against adversities of this then inhabited West. It is published herein because of the encouragement that it should be to us to Carry On in times such as these.

If a thousand years are but as a watch in the night, the great heart of the ages has hardly throbbed a beat since the Indians left the Cross Plains country. Yesterday we had the cowboy, the coyote and long-horn cattle. Tick tock, goes the great clock, and we have the thriving railroad town, and a country thickly dotted with nice farm houses and people with happy and prosperous farmers. What a country of dreams we have. Not idle unreasonable dreams, but beautiful dreams come true. God said let there be light and there was light. He smiled and there was Cross Plains. [The article continues, but that's enough for you to get the gist of it.]

June 3, 1932

Norris Chambers was running a “Children’s Bedtime Story” series in the Review every week; this week’s offering was “The Paradise Beyond.” [Norris was the son of Solomon Chambers, one of Dr. Howard's best friends, and is well known to Howard fans as a font of information on REH and his family.]

In a listing of Professional services, Dr. I.M. Howard was “Giving Special Attention to Stomach and Intestinal Diseases.” He had an office over the Citizens State Bank (where the Staghorn Cafe is now).

The Liberty was showing Buck Jones in “The Fighting Sheriff.” Coming Monday and Tuesday, “Business and Pleasure,” with Will Rogers.

June 10, 1932

Norris Chambers’ offering this week in “Children’s Bedtime Story” was “The Razenian Genius,” Chapter IV, “Danger Threatens.”

June 17, 1932

Farrow Case Is Set Wednesday: Case of Walter Farrow, Cross Plains cafe man billed for murder in connection with the fatal shooting of Archie Davidson, 29, here Saturday night, will come up in district court at Baird Wednesday. Judge S.M. Long set his bond at $3,500. [REH fans should be familiar with this shooting. He mentioned it in a long list of shootings described in a letter to August Derleth, July 4, 1935: “And there was Arch Davidson, the last man killed in a fight in this town – he was warned to keep out of Walt Farrow’s place, but he kicked open the door and lurched in, in his bravado – and there he froze suddenly, with the knowledge of death on him, in the glare in Farrow’s eyes, in the sixshooter in Farrow’s lifted hand. Then the gun crashed and the bullet tore his brains out and hurled him headfirst out into the crowded street, where women shrieked suddenly to see that limp shape lying with the shattered head in a slowly widening pool of crimson.”]

Court of C.C. Rules Against Jerry Kent: Jerry Kent, Cross Plains youth who is under 40 year sentence for the slaying of his grand uncle, Bob Ensor, has again seen his dim ray of hope to evade “prison walls” fade starkly before him. The court of criminal appeals at Austin, which affirmed the case in May, Wednesday over-ruled the appealant’s motion for rehearing. [Another case mentioned by REH in the letter to Derleth: “I remember the last time I saw Bob Ensor – coming out into the road out of the hills where he had lived for more than fifty years, he and his wife in single file like Indians, and he tall and lean and dark and silent, with much of the Indian in him – a brave and dangerous man, quiet, decent, whose record as a deputy marshal was without a stain. A week later he was dead not far from where I saw him last – shot down from the brush in an old feud that had smoldered for thirty years.” Judging from the news accounts, I’m inclined to agree with Jack Scott’s assessment of Howard’s relating of these stories as “hyperbolic.”]

Queen of Sky Sails Over Cross Plains: The silvery sided dirigible Akron, mightiest airship aloft, sailed majestically past Cross Plains Sunday afternoon, shortly before seven o’clock. The elevation is said to have been approximately 5,400 feet. Hundreds of local people saw the giant dirigible, which remained in vision more than 20 minutes. Its speed was reported by the Associated Press to have been 50 miles an hour average. The ship was enroute to Lakehurst, NJ from San Francisco.

The ad for Smith Drug Store and Cross Plains Drug Store was headed “Just Selling Drugs.” “I ain’t mad at nobody,” it declared, “because I don’t meddle in other people’s affairs. I simply mind my own business — and that is to sell you the best Drugs, Toilet Articles and Sundries that money can buy.” You could get a 10 cent bar of Palmolive soap for only a nickel, or a four-ounce jug of imported olive oil for 29 cents.

Dr. and Mrs. I.M. Howard and Robert left the first of the week for Marlin. Dr. Howard will do special observation in the Marlin clinics, where he is accorded exceptional fraternal privileges.

June 24, 1932

Jury Out On Farrow Case: Excerpt: “Farrow appeared cool in the courtroom until he took the stand. he was nervous under the rapid fire questioning of the district attorney. He testified that he was so nervous and excited the night of the killing that he could not exactly remember things that happened in that connection.

“‘Archie had a wild look in his eye and I thought he was coming over the counter after me,’ Farrow stated.”

The jury’s verdict was not available at press time. (Farrow was convicted of “murder without malice” and given a three-year suspended sentence.)

In an article about the hiring of a new agriculture teacher for the high school is this: “Announcement was made to the board, while in session Monday night, by Superintendent Nat Williams that Cross Plains high school had regained state affiliation in fourth year English, a credit which was lost two years ago. Work done by Miss Enid Gwathmey and English students during the past school term received commendation from the state department.” [Enid Gwathmey was a cousin of Novalyne Price; she and Williams figure prominently in One Who Walked Alone.]

Norris Chambers’ “Children’s Bedtime Story” was “The Razenian Genius,” Chapter VII, “Loop the Loop.”

June 2, 1933

‘Wire Artist’ Here Saturday: Bunny Dryden Will Walk Wire 40 Feet In Sky Tomorrow: Bunny Dryden, theatrically called ‘The Great Lafayette,’ will walk across Main Street on a high wire, 40 feet above the pavement, here Saturday. His exhibition is being brought to Cross Plains by local merchants.

Norris Chambers took over the “Cross Cut” news column in the Review. He wrote “It remains to be seen whether we can successfully keep up this news column. It seems as if we have always done things backwards. We tried to write bed-time stories, and we turned out Gothic Romance without a particle of realism; we attempted to produce a few novels, they were only extended bed-time stories, so don’t be surprised if this column turns out to be a regularly kept DIARY instead of a chronicle.”

At the Liberty, you could see “Somewhere in Sonora,” starring John Wayne. Monday and Tuesday would bring Will Rogers in “Too Busy To Work.” Admission was 10 cents or 15 cents.

June 9, 1933

Highway 36 Is Now Designated To Here From Gulf Coast: Highway 36 from the Gulf Coast through Comanche has been designated to Cross Plains. [Unfortunately, my copy of this is difficult to read. But at the time, there was no Highway 36 coming into Cross Plains from the east (from Rising Star) and continuing on to Abilene (past the Howard House). This was the earliest news of the highway’s coming.]

The Liberty was showing “Speed Demon.” Monday and Tuesday would bring Warner Baxter in “Dangerously Yours,” with Zane Grey’s “Robber’s Roost,” starring George O’Brien, scheduled for the following Friday and Saturday.

At the Palace Theatre in Cisco, the feature on Sunday and Monday was “Peg O’ My Heart,” with Marion Davies, followed on Thursday and Friday by Maurice Chevalier in “A Bedtime Story.”

June 16, 1933

Highway 36 Looms As A Reality: Temporary surveys on highway 36, from the Gulf Coast through Cross Plains to Abilene, began Thursday morning and those familiar with the project informed the Review yesterday at noon that possibilities of the road actually being constructed were highly probable. A recent law passed by the federal government would pay for the road. The only obstacle facing local citizens is that of securing a 100 foot right of way from here to the Western portion of the county line.

Great Britain Publisher Asks Cross Plains Author For All Manuscripts

The writing of Robert E. Howard, of this place, have reached across the ocean, invading England with a storm of popularity.

One of Great Britain’s largest publishing concerns recently made request for his future works and even offered premiums on scores of articles and stories that had been published in this country.

Dennis Archer, Publisher (The Search Publishing Company) at London has asked the Cross Plains author to submit a collection of his stories formerly published in various magazines, with the view of bringing them out in book form. This company is incorporated under the Royal Charter of England and includes in its advertising catalogues the works of Anton de Bruyne, Michael Arlen, Brandon Fleming, Lord Dunsany and Countess of Warwick.

Robert Howard, who is the son of Dr. and Mrs. I.M. Howard, of this place, has been writing successfully and profitably for more than eight years. Stonestreet and Smith, publishers of no less than a dozen largest selling magazines on American newsstands, have printing his manuscripts as fast as they are turned out and are pressing him for more.

Almost every month he is featured by one of the publications on its cover page.

Despite the renown success with which the Cross Plains author has already met, the recent offer of the England publishing company is perhaps the bright spot in his career of letters and bids fair to win him international prominence.

It has been a tradition among writers for decades that the hardest publications ‘to crack’ — sell stories to — were those in England. Robert Howard’s recent success in this line and because of the fact that the Great Britain company solicited his articles places him in a class by himself. Other American novelists and freelance writers regard his recent achievement as accomplishing the impossible and will perhaps watch his career anxiously.

[Whew! What a dazzling feat of press agentry! The true story is somewhat more prosaic, and has a less glorious outcome — Howard did send them a short story collection, they returned it saying that such collections weren’t going well at the moment but encouraging him to send a novel, which he did (The Hour of the Dragon), only to have the company go into receivership.]

The Liberty had “Robber’s Roost” with George O’Brien, to be followed on Monday and Tuesday by Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell in “Tess of the Storm Country.”

Gaynor was also the lead in “Adorable,” at the Palace in Cisco.

June 23, 1933

Juakana Westerman and Jack Scott Are Wed Thursday Noon: [Jack and “Kanie” would be married for 67 years, until her death in 2000. Jack passed away three years later.]

The annual picnic this year would be the 50th anniversary event, and was scheduled for July 26.

At the Liberty: Buck Jones in “White Eagle.” Monday and Tuesday, “Second Hand Wife” with Sally Eilers and Ralph Bellamy.

That’s all there’s time for in this installment: gotta pack our bags for Cross Plains, where I hope we’ll see a bunch of you!

If you’d like to learn more about Cross Plains and its history, check out Ann Beeler’s delightful new book, Footsteps of Approaching Thousands. It’s available from the Cross Plains Public Library, which will be the beneficiary of all profits from the book.



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A Tribute to Glenn Lord

Posted by indy on 23rd May 2011

Like I was sayin’…Robert E. Howard Days always has all kinds of neat little surprises happening that attendees get first crack at. This year is no different, and now we have a second book making it’s debut at this year’s festivities.

Howard Days 2011 Co-Guest of Honor Dennis McHaney is bringing Anniversary: A Tribute to Glenn Lord and The Howard Collector. This McHaney authored & edited anthology is filled not only with tributes to our Howard Mentor, Glenn Lord, but it also contains a history of Glenn’s seminal Howard magazine, The Howard Collector. For the hardcore collector, five REH stories that appeared within the pages of THC are also reprinted in this volume. Contributors to this Anniversary Anthology include: Don Herron, Morgan Holmes, Roy Thomas, Dennis McHaney, Patrice Louinet, Fred Blosser, James Reasoner, Frank Coffman, Rusty Burke, Leo Grin, Paul Herman, Bill Cavalier, Damon Sasser, Barbara Barrett and Rob Roehm. Wow, quite a line-up to sing the praises of the World’s #1 REH Fan, Mr. Glenn Lord!

The first printing of 50 copies of Anniversary will be available to contributors and attendees only at Howard Days 2011 in Cross Plains. The book will then go on sale via Lulu on the Monday following HD for the great price of $20.

And while I’d like to show y’all the cover to this exciting tribute volume, Dennis is keeping it under wraps until Howard Days. He assures me it is wonderful – and that’s a pretty good description of our friend Glenn Lord, too.

See you in Texas in two weeks!

Posted in Biography, Glenn Lord, People, REH Days |

Jeffrey Catherine Jones RIP

Posted by indy on 19th May 2011

The magnificent artist Jeffrey Catherine Jones died early this morning. Another marvelous talent has left us, and while we are saddened at her passing we can be grateful for all that she left behind. Her legacy in the world of Robert E. Howard is forever secure.

I like to think that now she’ll be spending time in The Studio once again, this time sharing space with Frank Frazetta, N.C. Wyeth and Hal Foster. Rest in peace, Jeffrey Catherine Jones. Thank you for making my world a better place.

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