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Robert E. Howard Days Info

Posted by indy on 15th April 2013

I’ve got the REH Days info tab at the top of this page up to date with this June’s schedule. Indy Sez click and peek!

The 2:00 panel on Saturday is still “To Be Announced”. We might make that a “catch-all” panel that includes information from the REH Foundation plus news of the World Science Fiction Convention to be held in San Antonio, Texas. The bell has tolled there for lots of Robert E. Howard activity – panels, displays and other cool stuff – which is only fitting for a Texas convention. Mark Finn has been wrangled into, uh…I mean graciously accepted the role of lead dog in hopes of lassoing the Howard Heads Gang into doing right by Ol’ Two-Gun.

So, it’s looking like two trips to the Lone Star state for this ol’ cowboy this year. First up is Howard Days June 7-8 – there’s still plenty of time and plenty of room for you to come on down! Check the REH DAYS tab, saddle that bay mare, strap on the Bowie and those pistolas and head for the Best Two Days in Howard Fandom!

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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.

2013 HOWARD DAYS SCHEDULE SUMMARY VERSION

FRIDAY JUNE 7

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.

SATURDAY JUNE 8

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.

HOWARD DAYS PRE-REGISTRATION

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: ProjPride@yahoo.com

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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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 www.timothytruman.com.

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Winner of REH Museum T-shirt Contest Announced

Posted by indy on 8th March 2012

Congratulations to the winner of the design contest for the new t-shirt to be sold at the Robert E. Howard: Michael Peters!

This dynamite design will now emblazon the official t-shirt of the Howard Museum – the only catch is that it won’t be “released” until Robert E. Howard Days on June 8th.

But Howard Days is only a few short months away and will be here before you know it, so start making plans now! You need this new shirt for your collection and the best way of getting it is AT the Museum. Y’all come!

Posted in news, REH Cartoons, REH Days |

ROBERT E. HOWARD DAYS 2012

Posted by indy on 5th March 2012

Robert E. Howard Days 2012 is happening June 8th and 9th in Cross Plains, Texas, and we’d surely like to see you there! This annual festival to celebrate the life and work of Ol’ Two-Gun Bob Howard features the gathering of Howard fans from all over the world at the very spot where he created all of his marvelous work.

Project Pride of Cross Plains, The Robert E. Howard Foundation and the Robert E. Howard United Press Association join forces each June to present two days of REH fellowship and everyone is invited. Come and enjoy tours of the Howard House and the town of Cross Plains, a Bus Tour, a Banquet and a Barbeque, panels, a silent auction, swap meet, a commemorative postal cancellation, plus some special events – and best of all, the opportunity to gather with fellow Howard fans to celebrate his life and legacy.

This years is the 80th anniversary of the birth of REH’s most famous creation, Conan of Cimmeria, and we’re having a party! While nobody knows the words to Happy Birthday in the original Cimmerian tongue, there will be cake! (Without the 80 candles – too much of a fire hazard!)

So make plans to join us in Cross Plains June 8th and 9th. I’m in the process of getting the fully detailed schedule together, but all of the usual fun activities continue this year. Here’s a short schedule so you can start planning. Hope to see you there!

2012 HOWARD DAYS SCHEDULE 

FRIDAY JUNE 8

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

10 am – 5 pm: Cross Plains Public Library open

11:00: PANEL: Glenn Lord Tribute

Noon: Lunch hosted by Project Pride. Donations Welcome.

11:00 am to 4 pm: Pavilion available for REH items Swap Meet

1:00 pm: PANEL: Conan the Existentialist

2:30 pm: PANEL: Conan’s Birthday!

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 Third Annual Robert E. Howard Foundation Awards at the Cross Plains Community Center

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

SATURDAY JUNE 9

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 at the Gates of Academia

Noon 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

HOWARD DAYS PRE-REGISTRATION

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 still only $15 per person. Please send your name(s) & address with a check or money order or  register via PayPal: ProjPride@yahoo.com

Project Pride
Attn: REH Days 2011 Pre-registration
PO Box 534
Cross Plains, TX 76443

Please pre-register before June 1, 2012.

 

 

Posted in Cross Plains, news, REH Celebration, REH Days |

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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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 |

Robert E. Howard Museum T-shirt Contest

Posted by indy on 3rd October 2011

Arlene Stephenson, President of Project Pride in Cross Plains, Texas has announced that The ROBERT E. HOWARD MUSEUM Gift Shop is looking for a new t-shirt design for 2012.

Artists may submit their black and white designs to Arlene either digitally to arscp04@yahoo.com or in hardcopy to Project Pride, POB 534, Cross Plains, TX 76443. Deadline is February 15, 2012. (Please send photocopies if submitting via mail – no original art, please.)

Entries should include the text: The Robert E. Howard Museum & Cross Plains, Texas shown somewhere prominently within the artwork, but the rest of the design is up to the individual artist. The rules of good taste prevail, of course: no violent depictions or nudity will be considered.

Artists will retain all rights to their artwork and if an individual’s artwork is chosen, it should be considered as a donation to the Robert E. Howard Museum.

Payment will be in the form of two “contributor’s copies” of the t-shirt plus the honor and glory of being the Howard House t-shirt artist!

The winning entry will be announced by March 1, 2012, with the new t-shirt shown here and on display for sale at the REH Museum soon after.

 

Posted in Cross Plains, news, REH Days |

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.

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

Griot means “storyteller,” which is what Charles Saunders does best

Posted by Damon Sasser on 19th August 2011

The second of three planned 2011 projects authored by Charles Saunders is now available. Griots, a sword and sorcery anthology features his brand new Imaro novella. The volume features 14 stories set in African or African-inspired backgrounds. Other contributors include Linda Addison, Milton J. Davis, Kirk Johnson, Djeli A. Griot and Maurice Broaddus. The book features illustrations for each story, as well as a stunning cover by Natiq Jalil. Griots is edited by Milton J. Davis and Charles Saunders and published by MVmedia.

The first of Charles’ projects to appear this year was Damballa, his first venture into the world of pulp fiction, published in June. The novel is set in the real world of 1930s New York, which is a departure from Charles’ work in alternate fantasy worlds. The character of Damballa utilizes skills and knowledge from two worlds — Western and African culture. Charles is a longtime boxing fan and this first Damballa adventure centers around the hero stopping the sabotage of a fictional boxing match modeled after the real-life fight between Joe Louis and Max Schmeling.

And coming soon is Dossouye: The Dancers of Mulukau, a sequel to the first Dossouye volume published three years ago. This new book is a novel rather than a collection of interconnected short stories as was the case with the first volume. The Dancers of Mulukau will be 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.

If you have not read Charles’ work before, these projects make a good starting point – believe me, you won’t be disappointed.  Also, check out his blog, which has a great essay titled “Fantasy Superfight: Conan vs. Tarzan.”

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