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Robert E. Howard Days 2015

Posted by indy on 17th November 2014


ROBERT E. HOWARD DAYS 2015 – Here Before You Know It!

The annual Robert E. Howard Days celebration will take place at the REH Museum in Cross Plains, Texas, on June 12th & 13th, 2015. Sponsored by Project Pride of Cross Plains, REHupa and the Robert E. Howard Foundation, the two-day event promises once again to be THE place to be for fans of REH.

All of the activities associated with Howard Days are in place: tours of the REH Museum & Grounds, the Celebration Banquet and Silent Auction, the Bus Tour of Cross Plains, the REHF Awards presentation, panels of REH interest and the many extemporaneous discussions and poetry readings among Howard fans and scholars, the Caddo Ranch Barbeque, the Swap Meet at the Pavilion, the special Postal Cancellation souvenir – all this and more await you at Howard Days. We’re also in discussion about some new events: an organized tour to Howard’s gravesite in Brownwood, a REH trivia contest (with prizes!), plus a more “formal” program booklet to have for another nice souvenir. The REH Foundation is also in the process of selecting a Guest of Honor for Howard Days 2015.

For those of you interested in getting on the Howard Days/Project Pride mailing list, please write to Project Pride, POB 534, Cross Plains, TX 76443, e-mail:, or check the internet:, or the Robert E. Howard Days Facebook page for additional information.

As 2015 brings about the 125th birthday of H.P. Lovecraft, we’ve decided to theme HD 2015 around the relationship shared by REH and HPL. As we know, these two giants of 20th Century literature struck up a voluminous correspondence-friendship that fortunately became the two book set:  A MEANS TO FREEDOM. It provides a fascinating look into the lives and opinions of both men, as well as how they influenced each other in their writing endeavors.

This and other topics are on tap for REH fans from all over the world to enjoy in Cross Plains next June. If you’ve never been to REH Days, what are you waiting for? Make plans now to come to Texas and find out why we call it: The Best Two Days in Howard Fandom!

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Home Stretch for Howard Days!

Posted by indy on 19th May 2014

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Three and a half weeks and counting! Howard Days will be here before we know it but the’s still time to make plans to come down for the Two Best Days in Howard Fandom!

If you haven’t already registered, there’s still seating available at the Friday night Celebration Banquet. Not only will you have a great Texas meal, listen to our 2014 Guest of Honor Patrice Louinet and his wonderful French accent and hob nob with Howard fans from all over the world – you’ll have a chance to bid on all kinds of neat Robert E. Howard items in the Silent Auction.

But to insure the Auction (of which 100% of the proceeds go directly to supporting the REH Museum) is of the usual great quality, we still need your help. If you do have any Robert E. Howard items that you might like to donate, now’s the time to send them to:

Project Pride/REH Silent Auction, POB 534, Cross Plains, TX 76443

This is also the address to use for registration (only $15.00 per person for breakfast, lunch and dinner on Friday) or you can use PayPal:

Please help us make Robert E. Howard Days just a little bit more special while helping out the Legacy of Ol’ Two-Gun Bob Howard! It is much appreciated! Hope to see you there!

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Tom Gianni Special Guest at Howard Days

Posted by indy on 6th May 2014

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Robert E. Howard Days is happy to announce that Tom Gianni will be a Featured Attendee at Howard Days this year.

Tom is the cover artist for four REHF Press volumes of Howard’s work: FISTS OF IRON (Boxing stories, Vols. 1 and 2 so far), PIRATE ADVENTURES and WESTERN TALES. He has been nominated for the REH Foundation Rankin Award, which honors the best in artwork in the Howard Community for 2013. (Winners will be announced on Friday June 13).

Tom will be in Cross Plains and will have original art and prints available that you may add to your collection. He will also appear on at least one panel and will be signing as many books as he can before his hand wears out! Tom is graciously donating an original sketch for the Silent Auction held at the Celebration Banquet on Friday evening.

Please visit his website: GIANNIART.COM.

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Donations Needed for the REH Silent Auction

Posted by indy on 18th April 2014

One of the highlights of Robert E. Howard Days every year is the wonderful Celebration Banquet that Project Pride throws for all the registered attendees. Along with the great Texas grub and fine dinner conversation, Guest of Honor Patrice Louinet will present a short talk about his involvement with REH.
But, if a highlight can have a highlight, the REH Silent Auction is it! Held in conjunction with the dinner at the Cross Plains Community Center, the Auction features scores of Robert E. Howard items for your silent bidding. There is always a wide selection of unique and eclectic Howard items: books, magazines, fanzines, chapbooks, statues, posters, original art, videos & cd’s, comic books and so on – an amazing array of Robert E. Howard stuff! Shown above is a relief carving I did a few years ago that has been recycled twice! (I bought it back for myself last year!) One year there was an original, large hand-drawn map of the Hyborian World and you will always fine some rare REH collectible among all of the esoteric offerings. You never know what will be there, which is a HUGE part of the fun – especially when friendly bidding wars ensue!
But all this fun of a Silent Auction can’t happen without your generous donation. Now’s the time to go through your Howard collection and see if there’s something you could donate to the Silent Auction. All of the money from the Silent Auction goesdirectly towards the upkeep of the Robert E. Howard Museum. It’s a great way for you to not only share some of your extra Howard stuff with the world but you will continue to insure the Legacy of REH. Winner winner chicken-fried steak dinner!
So, with eight weeks to go until Howard Days, now’s the time to gather up those Howard items and send them to: REH Silent Auction c/o Project Pride, POB 534, Cross Plains, TX 76443. You’ll be glad you did (the donations are tax-deductible), just not as glad as the folks doing the bidding!


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Help Out the House

Posted by indy on 15th February 2014

The Robert E. Howard Museum in Cross Plains, Texas, is in need of a little help! Repairs are almost constantly needed for this 100+ year old structure. Some of you fine folks in Howard Fandom have started a grassroots effort to Help out the House by sending them a couple of bucks for upkeep, repairs and a new coat coat of paint. (All are needed.) Any amount is appreciated!

When the House was originally purchased by Project Pride back in 1989, many people were generous with their donations to help turn this historic structure into the Mecca that it has become for fans of Robert E. Howard. Rusty Burke once said that if everyone who had ever read a REH story would donate just one dollar, they would have no money problems!

So, if you can see your way clear, send a couple of pazoors to Project Pride, POB 534, Cross Plains, TX 76443 or via Pay Pal at

It will be much appreciated!

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Robert E. Howard Days 2014 Guest of Honor: Patrice Louinet

Posted by indy on 16th January 2014

The Robert E. Howard Foundation, REHupa and Project Pride of Cross Plains, Texas are most pleased to announce that Patrice Louinet is the 2014 Guest of Honor at REH Days, in Cross Plains on June 13 & 14.

Mr. Louinet’s name is easily recognized by Howard fans everywhere as being one of the premier scholars in Robert E. Howard studies. From his first “real” essay in The Dark Man #4 to his editing, essay and preparation work on Wandering Star’s The Ultimate Triumph, The Coming of Conan and The Bloody Crown of Conan, along with Del Rey’s The Conquering Sword of Conan and volumes for the REH Foundation Press, Patrice has been a major factor in the revival of not only Howard’s work but of the ongoing REH scholarship.

Well, what has he done for us lately, you ask? I’ll let him explain: “I am equally proud of what I have been doing here, to wit: I have edited and translated 10 Howard books so far, with the 11th in the works (and should be published around June) with Editions Bragelonne. My work on that series (ie translations, intros and essays) earned me the ‘Special Award’ of the Imaginales in 2012, the Imaginales being France’s most important festival/con in the Fantasy genre. Spreading the Good Word in every conceivable way I can think of, I was heavily involved in the audio edition of the Howard books, have been writing and developing a documentary on Bob H. for the past year, have spoken REH at La Sorbonne, on national tee-vee and radio and am the co-creator of”

Patrice also mentions that there should be a number of major announcements in the next few days/weeks so he’ll be adding to this list. Quite a bio for quite a Guest of Honor!

Robert E. Howard Days 2014 is shaping up to be a really good one, so start making your plans to join us in Cross Plains June 13th & 14th for two days of the very best time in Howard Fandom. We’ll be getting the REH DAYS 2014 information up & running soon. Check back here periodically and also look to the Robert E. Howard Facebook page, along with,,, and others.

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REH Days is A-Comin’!

Posted by indy on 1st May 2013

Hope you’ve been making your plans to get on down to Cross Plains, Texas June 7-8 for The Best Two Days in Howard Fandom!

Almost all of the info you need to know about Howard Days can be found by clicking the little REH DAYS 2013 tab at the top of this page. I’ve got things updated: the “TO BE ANNOUNCED” panel on Saturday is now the REH and Texas panel. Hopefully we’ll have Texans Mark Finn, Paul Herman and Damon Sasser sitting in on this one, joined by former Texan Rusty Burke. At least, that’s the plan.

Like I said, hope your plan is to join us. Gonna be another good one!

Any questions? will get you some answers!

Indy over & out.

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Robert E. Howard Days 2013 Schedule

Posted by indy on 13th March 2013

For those of you clamoring for information (I can hear you clamoring out there!), here’s a summary look at what we have scheduled for Howard Days this year.

The basic theme of Howard Days this year is REH in the Comics. We have at least three panels where the impact of REH in comic books will be discussed by both pros and fans, but that’s not all! Rob Roehm and his dad Bob Roehm will present a fascinating look at their travels with Ol’ Two-Gun. And there’s the ever-popular To Be Announced panel, so stay tuned for that one. We’re also repeating what turned out to be a pretty popular panel: Fists at the Ice House at 9 pm on Friday. (Note: this schedule is subject to change…)

All the normal goings-on are still happening: House tours, Gift Shop, bus tour, special REH postal cancellation, swap meet, Celebration Banquet & Silent Auction, REH Foundation Awards & Legacy Circle Members Luncheon, Poetry Readings at the House and the Caddo Peak Ranch Barbeque. Plus we’ve got a few surprises for HD attendees this year, so you won’t want to miss out!

I’m in the process of updating the REH DAYS page with more details and should have it up & running very soon. In the meantime, hope this information helps! Also, you can register at any time – check out the info at the bottom of the page.



8:30 – 9 am: Coffee and donuts at the Pavilion, compliments of Project Pride

9 am – 4 pm: Robert E. Howard House Museum open to the public.

9 am – 4 pm: REH Postal Cancellation at Cross Plains Post Office

9 am – 11 am: Bus Tour of Cross Plains & Surrounding Areas

10 am – 5 pm: Cross Plains Public Library open

11:00: PANEL: REH in the Comics

Noon: Lunch hosted by Project Pride. Donations Welcome.

10:00 am to 4 pm: Pavilion available for REH items Swap Meet

1:30 pm: PANEL: Tim Truman, Guest of Honor

2:30 pm: PANEL: Travels with Bob, Rob and Bob

5:30 – 6:30: Silent Auction items available for viewing & bidding at Banquet site

6:30: Robert E. Howard Celebration Banquet & Silent Auction at the Cross Plains Community Center.

Following the Banquet & Silent Auction: The Fourth Annual Robert E. Howard Foundation Awards.

9:00 pm PANEL: Fists at the Ice House (meet at the Pavilion and walk to the Ice House).

Afterward there will be some extemporaneous REH Poetry Reading at the Pavilion.


9 am – 4 pm: Robert E. Howard House Museum open to the public.

9 am – 4 pm: BARBARIAN FESTIVAL held this year at Treadway Park, 3 blocks west of REH House

10 am – 3 pm: Cross Plains Public Library open

10:30 am PANEL: REH and Dark Horse Comics

10:00 a.m. to 4 pm: Pavilion available for REH items Swap Meet

Noon: The Robert E. Howard Foundation Legacy Circle Members Luncheon.

Lunch & Festival Activities at your leisure during the day

2:00 pm PANEL: To Be Announced

3:30 pm PANEL:What’s Up with REH? (at the Pavilion)

5 pm: Sunset BBQ at the Caddo Peak Ranch

PLEASE NOTE: The Robert E. Howard House Museum will be open again this year on Thursday (June 6th) from 2-4 pm. No docents on duty.


PLEASE NOTE: You do not have to pre-register to partake of the weekend’s festivities. All are welcome to attend, visit the House and enjoy all of the activities free of charge. Project Pride likes to pre-register folks primarily to get a head count of how many will be attending the Banquet on Friday night. All the panels, tours, Swap Meet, Pavilion activities etc. are presented at no cost. Your registration fee covers coffee & donuts Friday morning, lunch at the Pavilion Friday noon, the Friday Banquet and the Saturday BBQ.

The cost for pre-registration this year is only $15 per person. Please send your name(s) & address with a check or money order or  register via PayPal:

Project Pride
Attn: REH Days 2013 Pre-registration
PO Box 534
Cross Plains, TX 76443

Please pre-register before June 1, 2013.

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Robert E. Howard Days 2013

Posted by indy on 17th February 2013


Robert E. Howard Days will take place June 7-8, 2013, at the the Robert E. Howard House & Museum in Cross Plains, Texas.

This annual gathering of fans of Ol’ Two-Gun Bob Howard is presented by the fine folks of Project Pride of Cross Plains, sponsored by the Robert E. Howard Foundation with the help of the members of REHupa, the Robert E. Howard United Press Association.

The REH Foundation is proud to announce the 2013 Guest of Honor is Tim Truman, artist and author from Dark Horse Comics. Tim is currently at work on adapting The Hour of the Dragon for Dark Horse.

All of the regularly scheduled events will be taking place again this year: the Howard House and Gift Shop open on Friday & Saturday (and for a short while on Thursday), panels of interest to everyone, the Friday night Celebration Banquet and Silent Auction, the special postal cancellation, the REH Swap Meet at the Pavilion, bus tours of the town + surrounding area, the Saturday night Barbeque at the Caddo Peak Ranch, plus (maybe most importantly) the gathering of friends and fans to honor the Legacy of REH.

Cross Plains Barbarian Days is also that Saturday, and the REH Foundation will host a Legacy Circle Members Luncheon.

The detailed information will be posted soon here and at the REH Foundation site as well as at the Conan Forum and Two-Gun Raconteur.

But now’s the time to make your plans on being there for the best 2+ days in Howard Fandom. If you’re a returning attendee, you know what a great time it is – and if you’ve never been, come to Cross Plains and find out! There’s plenty of room for everyone – it’s TEXAS!

Hope to see you there. We’re in the process of getting the details ironed out, so check back soon. Any questions? Let me know at

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It’s Time for Howard Days!

Posted by indy on 4th June 2012

Saddle up your palomino, check the saddle bags, keep your powder dry and slap the Bowie on the whetstone – it’s time for Robert E. Howard Days in Cross Plains, Texas!

The best two days in REH Fandom will commence officially on Friday June 8th, but there’s a whole passle of folks who arrive on Thursday and even Wednesday to enjoy the fine hospitality afforded us by the wonderful Cross Plains people and especially by the gang at Project Pride.

Howard Days activities unofficially start on Thursday: the Robert E. Howard Museum will be open from 2-4 pm for the early arrivals. Come on by and get a less crowded look at the House – while there are no docents on Thursday,  you can still tour the inside and marvel at the fact that Robert E. Howard created his many worlds of wonder right there in that tiny room. That’s something that blows my mind to this day! Relax in the adjacent open air Pavilion, which is our main meeting place for the course of the weekend.

Thursday late afternoon we usually caravan to Humphrey Pete’s in Brownwood for dinner and much conversation (mostly swapping lies), followed by a sunset trip to Greenleaf Cemetery to pay our respects to Ol’ Two-Gun and his family. All are welcomed to join us – Howard Days is like a big family reunion anymore – we’re happy to see y’all!

Susan McNeel tells me that if you are not inclined to trek to Humphrey Pete’s, there’s a Fish Fry at the Senior Center in Cross Plains on Thursday evening. Show up there and support the Seniors while getting some good fish fry supper! They’ll be glad to see you!

Whatever you decide to do over the time of Howard Days (don’t forget the Barbarian Festival at Treadway Park on Saturday), I can guarantee you’ll have a good time. I have never been disappointed going to Cross Plains, where my old and new friends gather ever year to honor the Legacy of Robert E. Howard, Author and Poet Extraordinaire!

Hope to see you there!

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