Category Archives: History

A Primer (of sorts) for Howard Days

The theme of Howard Days this year is Howard History, which relates to how much REH enjoyed re-writing history in the “guise of fiction”. The panels at HD this year will reflect that, and shown above is a new publication from the REH Foundation Press that could almost act as a primer for those attending […]

Happy Birthday, Ol’ Two-Gun!

January 22nd marks the 108th anniversary of the birth of Robert E. Howard. Let’s everyone raise a toast of our favorite libation to his memory and honor the Legacy of what he left us by reading some of his words. You won’t go wrong on either account! Happy birthday, Bob!

REH Word of the Week: Pathan

noun 1. A member of a Pashto-speaking people of eastern Afghanistan and northwest Pakistan, constituting the majority population of Afghanistan most of whom are Muslim in religion. [origin: 1638; Hindi & Urdu Paṭhan, from Pashto (eastern dialect) Paxtana, plural of Paxtun] HOWARD’S USAGE: Allah! . . . . The long light lifts amain, And down […]

REH Word of the Week: pinyon

noun 1. (var. piñon); Any of several pine trees bearing edible, nutlike seeds, especially Pinus edulis, of the western United States and Mexico. Also called nut pine. [origin: Spanish piñón, pine nut, pine cone, augmentative of piña, from Latin p nea, from feminine of p neus, of pine, from p nus, pine tree; see pei […]

Strap Buckner: Breckinridge Elkins Prototype?

In my recent Two-Gun Raconteur article on rough-and-tumble fighting I mentioned that one of the figures from Western folklore that might have been a model for Breckinridge Elkins was the Texas pioneer Strap Buckner (Shanks 51). As Buckner is not as well known today as other folk heroes like Paul Bunyon, John Henry, or Pecos […]

REH Word of the Week: seven-up

  noun 1. Seven-up also known as Old Sledge, is a card game derived from All Fours. It works well with three players, but is usually played by four in two fixed-partnerships. A standard deck of fifty-two cards is used. There are four possible points per deal: High trump card, Low trump card, Jack of […]

Robert E. Howard and The Outline of History by H. G. Wells

A few months ago on the REHupa email list I brought up a question about The Outline of History by H.G. Wells and its presence in Howard’s library. For those who aren’t familiar with it, The Outline of History was a massive work by Wells that was essentially a macro-history of the world, from the […]

REH Word of the Week: Lotus

noun 1. Lotuses are five species of water lilies, three in the genus Nymphaea and two in Nelumbo. Growing from the mud at the bottom of ponds and streams, the exquisite Lotus flower rises above the water and is usually white or pink with fifteen or more oval, spreading petals, and a peculiar, flat seedcase […]

Blown to Fragments — Pioneer, 1922

Robert E Howard was well aware of the dangers of working in the oil field. In a letter to August Derleth in July 1935, for instance, he relates two violent deaths that occurred on oil rigs, and many of his letters speak of the toughness of the oil field workers. In a December 1932 letter […]

REH Word of the Week: caballero

noun 1. a Spanish gentleman; a cavalier 2. a man who is skilled in riding and managing horses; a horseman. [from Spanish: gentleman, horseman, from Late Latin caballārius rider, horse groom, from caballus horse] HOWARD’S USAGE: Then Steve yelped in exultation as his pick rang on a bit of metal. He snatched it up and […]