REHupa

The Robert E. Howard United Press Association.

Criticism

Over the years REHupans have written all manner of articles about Howard and his work. Explore the following links to sample a mere fraction of them:

RUSTY BURKE

Textual Changes to The King and the Oak: This Howard poem was printed in several variants. Learn what changed between them before the pure-text version finally appeared.

Religion in the Days of King Kull: We all know about Crom in Conan’s time, but what gods did Kull and his contemporaries worship? Rusty analyzes the texts to find out.

An REH Purist’s Manifesto: Back when pure-text Howard was hard to find, fans needed a rallying cry demanding different publishing standards. Read the one Rusty provided Howardom with in the 1990s.

CHARLES GRAMLICH

REH: Found Poems: Chuck gives readers an impressive demonstration of just how much natural poetry can be found in Howard’s prose.

DALE RIPPKE

Mysteries of the Hyborian Age: Dale specializes in “Hyborian scholarship,” studying the minute details of the Conan stories to tease out a clearer picture of the history and topography of his mythical Hyborian Age. Within this section are several essays touching on these matters, which have since been published in a Cimmerian Award-winning book titled The Hyborian Heresies.

The Tao of Conan: Why everything you know about Conan is wrong.

GARY ROMEO

Conan vs. Bambi: Gary is the all-time expert at putting REH up against popular culture in unanticipated ways. Here he shows how one of Howard’s best Conan tales has thematic links with a treasured children’s story.

The Tower of the Elephant: Gary gives us one of his uniquely intriguing takes on this classic Conan tale, which has a pro-animal, pro-environmental message simmering beneath the text. It’s “An Inconvenient Truth” for barbarians!

Revisiting Dark Valley Destiny: Romeo is well-known in Howard fandom as one of the most outspoken defenders of L. Sprague de Camp’s involvement with Conan and Howard. Here he gives de Camp’s REH bio a reevaluation for the new millennium.

Comparing The Miscast Barbarian with A Short Bio of REH: Gary analyses two similar-length biographical treatments of Howard and illuminates their pros and cons.

Southern Discomfort: The times Howard lived in were fraught with racism, and our country is yet trying to come to grips with that legacy. Here Romeo investigates how those times affected Howard and what the modern reader has to acknowledge about the work and letters that are left to us.

The Lamp Burns….: Continuing his quest to challenge commonly held perceptions about Howard’s life, Gary gives us his thoughts on the wound that keeps on wounding — Howard’s suicide.

Defending the Lancers: Gary Romeo is sick of people dismissing the Lancer series as corrupted REH, and gives us the alternate view of a series for the ages, one that put Howard on the map for keeps.

STEVE TOMPKINS

The Chants of Old Heroes, Singing in Our Ears: On the occasion of the release of Del Rey’s The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian, Tompkins wrote this review/essay about the first appearance of Howard’s Cimmerian in unadulterated pure-text.

JAMES VAN HISE

Pastiche: The Burning Issue: Whether it’s kosher to write “continuing adventures” of Conan has long been a point of contention among REHupans. James Van Hise offers his own opinions on the matter to website readers.

Conan Stories Never Seen in Weird Tales: What is the history behind the various stories that for one reason or another were never published during Howard’s lifetime? James Van Hise delves into that subject for us.

Lord of the Dead: James writes about a seldom discussed detective story written by Robert E. Howard, one that can be considered a sequel to his famous Sax Rohmer homage “Skull-Face.”

MARK FINN

New Robert E. Howard Manifesto: Mark Finn is the author of Blood and Thunder: The Life and Art of Robert E. Howard and shares his thoughts on what’s real and not-so-real about the Bob Howard’s travels on the internet information superhighway.

Southwestern Discomfit: An analysis and rebuttal of Gary Romeo’s controversial article on Robert E. Howard and Racism.