Category Archives: Popular Culture

Charles Saunders’ New Dossouye Novel: The Dancers of Mulukau

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 […]

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 […]

Conan the Barbarian A Thrill Ride

There are two Conans. The first one, Conan of Cimmeria, was created by Robert E. Howard in 1932 and adventured his way through Weird Tales, The Avon Fantasy Reader, and any number of books over the years. The other, Conan the Barbarian, was created as a simulacrum of the original, able to adventure through Code-approved […]

Conan the Barbarian 3D: The Aftermath

The battlefield stretched silent, crimson pools among the still sprawling figures seeming to reflect the lurid red-streamered sunset sky. Furtive figures slunk from the tall grass; birds of prey dropped down on mangled heaps with a rustle of dusky wings. Like harbingers of Fate a wavering line of herons flapped slowly away toward the reed-grown […]

Conan the Barbarian (2011) is upon us. . .

. . . for better or for worse. While those of us who are stateside are still waiting patiently (or maybe impatiently in some cases) for the film’s debut on Friday, many European fans have already had an opportunity to view Marcus Nispel’s take on Howard’s most iconic character. The reviews from across the pond […]

REH Word of the Week: yegg

                    noun (Slang; also “yeggman”) 1. a safe cracker. 2. an itinerant burglar. 3. a thug. [origin: 1901?; unknown; possibly from the German Jaeger (“hunter”); more likely from the surname of John Yegg, a late 19th century tramp who allegedly organized a ring  of traveling burglars […]

Damballa is Here!

Charles Saunders, lifelong Howard fan and author of the Imaro series, has a new pulp novel just out — here are the details: From the heart of Africa to the streets of Harlem, a new hero is born sworn to support and protect Americans of all races and creeds; he is Damballa and he strikes from […]

The Scholarship Train Keeps Rollin’…

Thanks to our pals Drs. Justin Everett and Dierdre Pettipiece, this spring brings us a new, expanded stop at the Robert E. Howard Scholarship Station. A nice note from Dr. J tells us this: The schedule has now been set for the PCA in San Antonio and Deirdre and I are pleased to announce two […]

Adventures Fantastic

Howard friend, fan and REH Foundation member Keith West has started up a new blog: Adventures Fantastic. I’m certain that anyone showing up here will find it of interest, so Indy sez “Check it out!” Tune your tricorders and secret decoder rings to: and you’ll be glad you did. Indy out.