Category Archives: Influences

Southwestern Discomfit: An Analysis of Gary Romeo’s Controversial Article on Robert E. Howard and Racism

by Mark Finn Author’s Note: I am indebted to fellow scholars Jess Nevins, Rob Roehm, and Barbara Barrett for their comments and also in the sharing of their research with me in the rewriting of this paper. MF Introduction REHupa #173 was a watershed mailing, way back in February 2002, for a number of reasons. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Dreams in the Fire

One of the (many) cool things about Howard Days is that there are usually several Howard-related surprises that HD attendees get the first look at. This year is no different with nifty stuff showing up that if I told you about it it wouldn’t be a surprise now, would it? But I will tease you […]

A New REH Manifesto

Mark Finn, familiar to Howard fans all over the world for his marvelous REH biography, Blood and Thunder: The Life and Art of Robert E. Howard, has a number of words for all the recent internet misinformation regarding Ol’ Two-Gun. If you would like to read the entire Manifesto, just click on the CRITICISM tab […]

Friending Imaro

It looks like everyone’s favorite Ilyassai warrior has found his way onto Facebook.  Charles Saunders’ epic hero now has his own fan club page where you can keep up with his latest adventures and those of his creator. Here is a recent update from Charles from the Facebook page on all the great fantasy fiction […]

Road Trip! – The Cross Plains Blood Trail

For those of you who have some spare time this June while attending Howard Days, you might want to do a bit of wandering around the area surrounding Cross Plains and visit the sites of some historical and notorious events smack dab in the middle of Howard’s old stomping grounds.  After reading about some of […]

A. Conan Doyle, HPL, and REH

The success of the recent Sherlock Holmes movie with Robert Downey, Jr. got me thinking about Arthur Conan Doyle.  Downey appears to give Sherlock Holmes a London accent whereas Doyle had referred to Holmes’ northern origin. Holmes is a name that originated in Lancashire in England.  There are some Scottish Holmes but they are no […]

Corgi Star Rover Cover

Bill “Indiana” Cavalier came through with a scan for the Corgi paperback edition of Jack London’s The Star Rover. Here it is: Nothing to write home about. I would have liked to see a Frank Frazetta or Jeff Jones cover.

Building a “Robert E. Howard Library”- Jack London

Some of those who are Robert E. Howard fans are interested in what he read and what influenced him.  I mentally subdivide the category into two groups. One includes the Howard’s Weird Tales and the H. P. Lovecraft circle. The other group are those that Howard sought out and enjoyed generally in his younger days. Many are classic adventures […]