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2004 Howard News

01-01-2004    Robert Weinberg named Guest of Honor for 2004 Howard Days.

01-11-2004    New Chronology of Howard's Conan stories by Dale Rippke online.

04-03-2004    HOWARD DAYS 2004 schedule is online.

04-10-2004    Howard House Hostess and Project Pride Legend Billie Ruth Loving, R.I.P.

05-01-2004    Short REH mention in Texas Highways magazine.

05-08-2004    New book of Conan essays from REHupan Dale Rippke available.

05-09-2004    New Howard book to kick off new Project Pride fundraising initiative.

06-26-2004    New issue of THE DARK MAN available.

07-07-2004    Robert E. Howard nominated for Lifetime Achievement Award.

07-08-2004    New edition of REH stories, TREASURE OF TARTARY, released.

08-17-2004    New Conan action figures available.

09-01-2004    New Conan t-shirt available.

10-19-2004    New set of Howard books announced.

12-07-2004    Bison Books Howard series flyer available


01-01-2004

Robert Weinberg named Guest of Honor for 2004 Howard Days

Project Pride in Cross Plains is proud to announce that the Guest of Honor for the 2004 Robert E. Howard Days is none other than two-time World Fantasy Award winner Robert Weinberg. Bob’s name has long been legendary in Howard fandom: writer, editor, bookseller, critic, collector, owner of Weird Tales magazine—over the last 40 years he’s done it all. Howard fans everywhere owe Bob a deep debt of gratitude for his decades of Howard promotion, and we can think of no greater way to say thanks than to have him come down to Howard’s hometown of Cross Plains as the 2004 Howard Days Guest of Honor.

While in Cross Plains Bob will be giving the keynote address at the annual Howard Days Banquet, a 20 minute speech entitled “Sacred Ground: My Life With Robert E. Howard”. He’ll also be sitting on several panels expounding on all things Howard, and several of his Howard books will be available at the Robert E. Howard museum for you to purchase and get signed. It’s not every day that Howard fans get to meet and mingle with such a longstanding icon of Howard fandom. 2004 is shaping up to be the best Howard Days ever, with more to see and do than ever before, so be sure to make your reservations early.

In anticipation of Bob’s forthcoming appearance, Project Pride presents here a comprehensive interview conducted especially for this occasion. See y’all in June!

An Interview with Robert Weinberg

Robert Weinberg's Official Website

 

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01-11-2004

New Chronology of Howard's Conan stories by Dale Rippke online

REHupan Dale Rippke has spent years studying Howard's original Conan stories (see his Mysteries of the Hyborian Age articles). In "The Dark Storm Conan Chronology: A Post-Modern Look at Conan’s Life According to the Writings of Robert E. Howard", he brings all of his Conan research to bear on fixing the faulty chronologies that have appeared in the past. It's a lengthy and fascinating look into the creation of Howard's Conan stories, and how various publishers have misinterpreted his work in the past.

The Dark Storm Conan Chronology: A Post-Modern Look at Conan’s Life According to the Writings of Robert E. Howard

Dale Rippke's Heroes of Dark Fantasy website

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04-03-2004

Howard Days 2004 Schedule Online

Project Pride, the organization in Cross Plains that runs the Howard Days Festival, has released the official schedule for Howard Days 2004. Here is that schedule, along with some additional information added by myself.

The annual Robert E. Howard Days will be held this year on Friday and Saturday, June 11th and 12th, 2004. As vacations go it is quite cheap, and every year the attendees have an absolute blast. If you have never made the trek, you are missing out on a lot of fun, as well as a lot of interesting Howard events. Over 130 people attended last year, and this year is shaping up as being even more jam-packed. Many Howard luminaries will be there, many Howard books will be premiering for the first time, and there will be a plethora of new Howard panels and tours. It's an incredible weekend, one no Howard fan should miss. This year there is much more to do than ever before, so read all of the accompanying information carefully when planning your trip. 

Pre-registration is necessary for the Friday Dinner Banquet, so mail in your registration by May 31st.

2004 GUEST OF HONOR - Robert Weinberg

Project Pride in Cross Plains is proud to announce that the Guest of Honor for the 2004 Robert E. Howard Days is none other than two-time World Fantasy Award winner Robert Weinberg. Bob’s name has long been legendary in Howard fandom: writer, editor, bookseller, critic, collector, owner of Weird Tales magazine—over the last 40 years he’s done it all. Howard fans everywhere owe Bob a deep debt of gratitude for his decades of Howard promotion, and we can think of no greater way to say thanks than to have him come down to Howard’s hometown of Cross Plains as the 2004 Howard Days Guest of Honor.

While in Cross Plains Bob will be giving the keynote address at the annual Howard Days Banquet, a 20 minute speech entitled “Sacred Ground: My Life With Robert E. Howard”. He’ll also be sitting on several panels expounding on all things Howard, and several of his Howard books will be available at the Robert E. Howard museum for you to purchase and get signed. It’s not every day that Howard fans get to meet and mingle with such a longstanding icon of Howard fandom.

In anticipation of Bob’s forthcoming appearance, Project Pride presents here a comprehensive interview conducted especially for this occasion.

An Interview with Robert Weinberg

Robert Weinberg's Official Website

SILENT AUCTION

Last year, the first Silent Auction was a smashing success. Dozens of items were donated, raising upwards of $1000 for Project Pride. This money has been essential in keeping the Howard House and Museum in repair, and in allowing Project Pride to continue to host Howard Days. This year they are hosting the silent auction again, so please donate whatever you can in the way of Howard books and memorabilia. Any old paperbacks you may have, any artwork or comic books or movie scripts or anything else Conan or Howard that you wouldn't mind parting with...every little bit helps. Last year we had dozens of paperbacks, many old issues of REHupa, a Whole Wide World signed movie script, a jean jacket with Robert E. Howard painted on the back(!), and many other excellent donations. Let's make this year even better, and do our part to help Howard's legacy stay alive in his hometown.

Cross Plains is one of the smallest towns in all of Texas that has managed to build a library, as well as one of the smallest that has created a historical museum.  Neither of these things magically popped into existence: both took years of hard work and sacrifice before they became a reality. People who don't live in very small towns seldom realize what an achievement this is. It is a constant struggle for the people of Cross Plains to raise enough money each year to keep these two bastions of Howard history alive.

This is a chance to help along Howard's legacy in a tangible way, and as an added bonus all donors will get their name in lights by being officially noted at the 2004 Howard Days banquet. The silent auction will also be a great way for Howard Days attendees to find some interesting new items to read. So don't delay, send Project Pride some Howard stuff to auction today!  The address is:

Project Pride
P.O. Box 534
Cross Plains, TX 76443
ATTN: REH Days Silent Auction

BARBARIAN FESTIVAL

The "Barbarian Festival" is an annual one-day fair/hunting festival which Cross Plains hosts on the same weekend as Howard Days. It is like a huge sidewalk sale/BBQ/county fair, with dozens of booths selling all kinds of neat stuff, lots of food, singing and dancing, games for kids, and much more. Howard Days attendees (especially non-Howard fans like spouses and kids) will be able to spend time at the festival and have a lot of fun things to do. 

The festival will run from 10am-4pm on Saturday. There will be food and craft booths, an old-time car/tractor/motorcycle show, a hoola-hoop contest, a petting zoo, and various other entertainments. The festival was a big hit last year with Howard fans, so come on down and join in the fun.

HOWARD PANELS

This year there are seven(!) Howard Panels being held during Howard Days, the most ever. One of these, the "Old-Timers Panel," is a Howard Days staple, while the other six are brand new. In each of these panels, attendees get to listen to Howard experts pontificate on a variety of subjects. Attending these panels is one of the joys of Howard Days, because it is a rare occurrence to have so many Howard experts gathered together in one place to share their knowledge with an audience. See the schedule for detailed breakdowns of all the panels, and plan on attending the ones which interest you.

GREENLEAF CEMETERY

One of the highlights of Howard Days is to be able to visit Howard's gravesite and pay your respects. Howard's final resting place is in one of the more idyllic and peaceful cemeteries you are ever likely to visit, and I highly recommend you schedule the time to go while you are down there.

Howard is buried in Greenleaf Cemetery (located on Brady Highway, right off Highway 377 in Brownwood TX, 76801).  This is about a 1/2hr drive south of Cross Plains, so many people go to Brownwood, eat lunch or dinner there, then visit the grave in the same trip. Some people take the Cross Plains Walking Tour on one afternoon, then visit the grave on the other afternoon. Other people use Thursday afternoon or Sunday morning to do this. The cemetery is right off Highway 377, it is hard to miss. There is a historical marker by the grave. If you are worried about getting lost, ask around for someone who's been there before to go with you. There is a website on the Internet called FIND-A-GRAVE which has information and directions to Howard's gravesite.

Last year, REHupan Rusty Burke found yet another gravesite worth visiting, that of Novalyne Price Ellis, the author of One Who Walked Alone, and the protagonist of the movie The Whole Wide World. Novalyne is buried in Clear Creek Cemetery, near Bangs, Texas (a few miles directly west of Brownwood). For directions on getting there, go here.

Directions to Clear Creek Cemetery from Brownwood: Clear Creek Cemetery is located 7 miles west from Brownwood on Highway 67. Make a left turn on County Road 153 South, which is about 1 1/2 miles.  Turn right on County Road 180 West, approximately 2 miles.  The Cemetery is on the left side of the road.  Map Coordinates are Latitude 314211NM Longitude 0990507 East. S to County Road 180 west.  Go approximately 2 miles, the Cemetery is on the left side of the road. Latitude 314211N, Longitude 0990527W. Bangs East.

2004 HOWARD DAYS SCHEDULE

The Howard House is located at 625 W. 4th Street (aka Highway 36 where it meets Mesquite street, just a half mile west of Main Street, which is the big north-south street in Cross Plains). It is now a museum and official historical landmark. It will be open Friday from 9am-4pm, and on Saturday from 9-11:30am and again from 2-4pm (note, that means it is opening one hour earlier than last year). There will be frequent tours of the Howard House conducted by Project Pride, various souvenirs and mementos will be available to purchase, and a nice pavilion sits next door where you can talk, eat lunch, and mingle with other guests and with Cross Plains residents.  

When you first arrive on Friday morning it is recommended that you register at the front porch, where you will receive a nametag and other useful materials. There will also be a guestbook for you to sign your name and city of origin in, and they will use this information to introduce you at the banquet on Friday night. There are bathrooms and a full kitchen in the Pavilion for those who need them.  

Several restaurants are located close by:

Jean's Feed Barn: (349 West Highway 36)  Most people come here for breakfast each morning, usually around 8-9am.

Jack's Place:  (416 West Highway 36, Cross Plains TX 76443).  Another possibility for breakfast.

Dairy Queen:  (Highway 279 & 36)  Great place to stop for lunch or a cold drink after the walking tour.

Subway Sandwiches:  (416 South Main Street - aka Highway 279 -  Cross Plains  TX 76443)

And in Cisco:

Linda's Corner Cafe: (116 E 6th St, Cisco, TX 76437). Very similar to Jean's Feed Barn, this is THE PLACE to eat a great breakfast in Cisco.

Many Howard fans can be found eating breakfast at Jean's Feed Barn or at Linda's Corner Cafe between 8am-9am on Friday and Saturday morning, so if this is your first Howard Days, feel free to come over, introduce yourself, and join one of the tables full of Howard fans.

Friday Schedule: 

9 AM - 4:00 PM: Howard House open for tours, starting at the front door. There are also many interesting souvenirs being sold in the back room, including a wide variety of posters, books, t-shirts, hats, etc.

10 AM - 11AM:  Pavilion Panel #1: "The Old-Timers Panel." There are precious few people left who actually knew the Howards. At this panel you will hear stories from several of the ones who are left: old-timers who lived in Cross Plains in the 1920's and 1930's, folks who saw the Howards, met them, and knew them. 

These people are also goldmines of information concerning the town itself, what it was like to live there during the oil-booms, etc. There won't be many more chances to talk to such people, so make it a point to get to Howard Days this year, before it's too late!

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM: "Lunch in the Howard Pavilion." Project Pride always prepares a nice lunchtime spread for all attendees. The lunch will be free, but donations are encouraged and gladly accepted.

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM:  "Bus Tour of Howard's Cross Plains and Environs, led by longtime Cross Plains resident and historian Alton McCowen." Alton McCowen is a longtime resident who has forgotten more about Cross Plains than most of us will ever know. This tour will take you on a leisurely ride through the town and backwoods of Howard's Cross Plains, showing attendees the place where the old town was, where Howard's school used to stand, and more. There will even be an interesting geographical lesson where attendees will learn the difference between mesquite trees, post oaks, live oaks, and sand roughs. All of this is of deep interest to Howard fans, as Howard often mentioned such aspects of the Texas landscape in his writing. 

You do NOT need a reservation to take this tour, just meet Alton in the Pavilion outside the Howard House at 12:30 PM.. Note that this same tour is offered on Saturday afternoon as well, so you can decide on which day you want to go.

1 PM - 5 PM:  "Viewing the Howard Holdings of the Cross Plains Public Library" (149 N. Main Street, Cross Plains TX 76443) The Cross Plains Public Library will be open for the purpose of viewing their Howard collection. The Library has an extensive collection of original Howard typescripts, rare Howard books, and old Weird Tales magazines. There will also be Howard books for sale here, including the excellent memoir by Novalyne Price Ellis, One Who Walked Alone. In addition, Guest of Honor Robert Weinberg is bringing down some choice items from his amazing Howard collection especially for Howard Days. You are unlikely to ever see so many interesting and rare Howard items in a single place, so don't miss your chance to visit the library at some time during the festivities.

2:30 PM - 4PM: Main Panel #1: "The Unique Magazine: Weird Tales." Hosted by Robert Weinberg and Don Herron. Last year we had panels on pulps in general and on Howard's writing friends in Weird Tales, but this year we have a panel that will go all-out and delve into the fascinating history of the most important magazine of Howard's career, the magazine that spawned Conan, Kull, Solomon Kane, Bran Mak Morn, and many other tales, many of them Howard's best. What better person to take us on this trip than Robert Weinberg, the current owner of Weird Tales and the man who wrote The Weird Tales Story, a book so good it won a World Fantasy Award. Weinberg is one of the world's experts on Weird Tales, so this is a can't miss opportunity to learn about the magazine from the master himself. In addition, Howard critic and professional writer Don Herron will be there to share his many reminisces of all the Weird Tales writers he has met and known throughout the years, an extensive list. This will undoubtedly be one of the most informative and fascinating panels ever in the whole history of Howard Days, so you don't want to miss it.

This panel will convene at the Cross Plains High School (1464 N. Main Street, aka Highway 279, at the north end of town).

panelists: ROBERT WEINBERG (owner of Weird Tales, author of the award-winning The Weird Tales Story and many other books, has one of the greatest Howard collections in the world), DON HERRON (editor of two books of Howard criticism including the legendary The Dark Barbarian and author of numerous essays on Howard and other pulp writers).

4:30 PM - 5PM: Pavilion Panel #2: "In Search of Cimmeria". Hosted by Gary Romeo and Mark Finn. Robert E. Howard ran all over the state of Texas in search of colorful stories, local history, or just a good time. He wrote about many of these road trips in letters to friends and acquaintances. Now you can recreate some of Howard's most memorable road trips with driver Gary Romeo and navigator Mark Finn. They will provide all of the play-by-play and color commentary on the places Howard visited, like Austin, Ft. Worth, and Galveston, as well as Brownwood, Peaster, and Ft. Collins. What was Howard looking for? Why did he drive so far, so often? How can you visit these same places? All of this and more will be covered.

This panel will be held outside of the Howard House in the Pavilion.

panelists: GARY ROMEO (longtime member of the Robert E. Howard United Press Association, has researched and written extensively on the Howard Boom both in REHupa and on the Internet), MARK FINN (professional writer, columnist, essayist, also a REHupan).

7PM: "Friday Night Banquet." The yearly Friday Night Banquet is an event you don't want to miss. It is held at the Cross Plains Community Center (located at 701 E. 8th street, a couple blocks east of Main St.). The food is always great (with luck, it will be chicken fried steak with all the trimmings like last year). After dinner, Howard Days Guest of Honor Robert Weinberg is going to delight attendees with an informative speech on his role in Howard fandom, and on his opinions of Howard himself. The speech is titled "Sacred Ground: My Life With Robert E. Howard." Don't miss the banquet, it should be one of the highlights of the weekend.

To attend this event you must have pre-registered through the mail (see below for information on pre-registering).  NO TICKETS will be sold at the door, so don't procrastinate, pre-register ASAP.

After-banquet festivities: After the banquet, the night is far from over. One of the best parts about Howard Days is going back to the Howard House after the banquet to sit with other Howard fans and talk into the wee hours of the morning. Generally we meet in the Howard pavilion or in front of the 36 West Motel (501 West 4th Street aka West Highway 36) which is right down the street from the Howard House. It has a nice garden area out front with numerous park benches to sit and talk, and many people bring soda or snacks to share. Numerous Howard fans stay at the Motel, which means restrooms are generally available to all for as long as everyone is out there talking. All Howard fans are encouraged to show up, make new friends, and have some interesting Howard discussions.

Something to remember: beverage-wise, Cross Plains is still as "dry" as it was in Howard's time, if you get my drift (or draft, so to speak).  Anyone who has an idea to bring little fiesta-beverages to the late-night discussions would be wise to keep that fact discreet while amongst the Cross Plains locals (and they would be wise to do their shopping long before they enter Callahan County...the closest package store is off of Highway 279, about halfway between Cross Plains and Brownwood). 

Saturday Schedule:

8 AM - 10AM:  "Postal cancellation at the Post Office." Bring postcards or mail to the post office, where upon request it will be stamped with an official Robert E. Howard design and artwork before being mailed. You can buy postcards at the Howard House, address it to one of your Howard friends who couldn't attend, get it stamped with the official Howard Days 2004 logo, and mail it to them as a souvenir. Or have Howard Days attendees autograph a postcard and then mail it to yourself as a memento. 

9 AM - 11:30 PM and 2PM -4 PM:  Howard House open for tours, starting at the front door. There are also many interesting souvenirs being sold in the back room, including a wide variety of posters, books, t-shirts, hats, etc. Note that the House will be closed for a bit around lunchtime, but will re-open at 2 PM.

10 AM - 4 PM: "The Annual Barbarian Festival." As noted earlier, Cross Plains will be holding their annual "Barbarian Festival" on Saturday. This isn't a festival dedicated to Howard, it is more of a country fair-type event. There will be food and craft booths, an old-time car/tractor/motorcycle show, a hoola-hoop contest, a petting zoo, and various other entertainments. The festival is a great place to go and have lunch on Saturday afternoon.

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM:  Main Panel #2: "The Howard Boom, Old...and New." Hosted by Robert Weinberg, Don Herron, and Damon Sasser. A reminiscence on the scope and effect of the original Howard boom in all its forms, by three people who participated in it during the 1970s. Includes discussions on the de Camp series, other Howard books, magazines and journals like The Howard Collector and Amra, comic book and movie projects, criticism, and REHupa. The panelists will also discuss the new renaissance in Howard publishing, and how this stacks up to the original Howard Boom.

This panel will convene at the Cross Plains High School (1464 N. Main Street, aka Highway 279, at the north end of town).

panelists: ROBERT WEINBERG (current owner of Weird Tales, author of the award-winning The Weird Tales Story and many other books, has one of the greatest Howard collections in the world), DON HERRON (editor of two books of Howard criticism including the legendary The Dark Barbarian and author of numerous essays on Howard and other pulp writers), DAMON SASSER (publisher of one of the most famous Howard fanzines of the Howard Boom, REH: Two-Gun Raconteur, which recently started production again for the first time in many years).

LUNCH: attendees can have lunch at the Barbarian Festival on Saturday, or at the various restaurants in town.

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM:  "Bus Tour of Howard's Cross Plains and Environs, led by longtime Cross Plains resident and historian Alton McCowen." Alton McCowen is a longtime resident who has forgotten more about Cross Plains than most of us will ever know. This tour will take you on a leisurely ride through the town and backwoods of Howard's Cross Plains, showing attendees the place where the old town was, where Howard's school used to stand, and more. There will even be an interesting geographical lesson where attendees will learn the difference between mesquite trees, post oaks, live oaks, and sand roughs. All of this is of deep interest to Howard fans, as Howard often mentioned such aspects of the Texas landscape in his writing. 

You do NOT need a reservation to take this tour, just meet Alton in the Pavilion outside the Howard House at 12:30 PM.. Note that this same tour is offered on Friday afternoon as well, so you can decide on which day you want to go.

1 PM - 3 PM:  "Viewing the Howard Holdings of the Cross Plains Public Library" (149 N. Main Street, Cross Plains TX 76443) The Cross Plains Public Library will be open for the purpose of viewing their Howard collection. The Library has an extensive collection of original Howard typescripts, rare Howard books, and old Weird Tales magazines. There will also be Howard books for sale here, including the excellent memoir by Novalyne Price Ellis, One Who Walked Alone. In addition, Guest of Honor Robert Weinberg is bringing down some choice items from his amazing Howard collection especially for Howard Days. You are unlikely to ever see so many interesting and rare Howard items in a single place, so don't miss your chance to visit the library at some time during the festivities.

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM: Pavilion Panel #3: "The Great Robert E. Howard Book Signing!" This is a pretty amazing year for Howard books. Most notable is Don Herron's excellent follow-up to his legendary book of Howard criticism, The Dark Barbarian. Robert Weinberg has two of his excellent Howard-related books, The Weird Tales Story and The Annotated Guide to Robert E. Howard’s Sword and Sorcery, both roaring back into print. REHupan Ben Szumskyj released his jam-packed perfect-bound fanzine, Robert E. Howard: The Power of the Writing Mind. Damon Sasser is coming out with new issues of his famous Howard fanzine REH: Two-Gun Raconteur. Paul Herman is releasing public domain Howard books at a blistering pace. Del Rey books has released The Coming of Conan in trade paperback, and this summer is releasing The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane. Wandering Star is poised to release Volume II of their deluxe The Complete Conan of Cimmeria. A series of new Howard titles are scheduled to be released from Bison Books. The critical journal The Dark Man is coming back after a three year layoff, and other journals are also in production. Dark Horse Comics is publishing a Conan comic book, and a Conan RPG game and video game are in the works. This is beginning to look like the start of a second Howard Boom.

Many of these books are going to be available at Howard Days, and many of the authors and contributors are going to be there to sign them. By buying these books in Cross Plains and getting them signed with a "Howard Days 2004" moniker, you will be vastly increasing the worth of your books. In this panel, you will have a chance to listen to all of the authors talk about the making of these books, as well as get all of your stuff signed. A portion of every sale is going directly to Project Pride for the purpose of maintaining the Howard House and Museum, so in addition to adding some titles to your collection you are donating to a good cause. There has never been such a staggering conflux of Howard books and their authors in one place before, so come on down, bring a lot of money, and partake in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to add some truly rare and valuable signed books to your collection.

This panel will be held outside of the Howard House in the Pavilion.

2:30 PM - 3 PM: Pavilion Panel #4: "Howard at the Icehouse." Hosted by Mark Finn and Chris Gruber. In the 1920s and 1930s, the ice house was an important part of the local economy for one important reason: beef and dairy products that were refrigerated could go farther distances on the trains and reach more markets. Ice was also a hallmark of civilization and refinement. In boom-town Cross Plains, those things were important, but the local ice house served another important purpose: it was where the town's roughnecks gathered at the end of the week to hold amateur boxing matches. Join Howard scholars and boxing fans Chris Gruber and Mark Finn for a walk in Robert E. Howard's footsteps as they mosey on down to the remains of the ice house. There, they will discuss Howard's lifelong interest in boxing, how it shaped and influenced his writing, and read short excerpts from Howard's stories and letters about "the sweet science."

This panel will be held outside of the Howard House in the Pavilion.

panelists: MARK FINN (professional writer, columnist, essayist, and a REHupan), CHRIS GRUBER (editor of the new forthcoming Robert E. Howard boxing anthology from Bison Books, also a REHupan).

4 PM - 4:30 PM: Pavilion Panel #5: "The Making of the sequel to The Dark Barbarian." Hosted by Don Herron. In 1984, Don Herron's critical anthology The Dark Barbarian was released, and Howard studies was never the same. Many of the ideas and theories put forth in that book have become "common knowledge" among Howard fans. Now, twenty years later, Herron has put together a sequel to this first book, one filled to the brim with fascinating new essays on Robert E. Howard and his work. At this panel, hear Don talk about Howard criticism, why he decided to make another book, and all of the trials and tribulations that go into putting such a book together. In addition, several of the book's essayist will be on hand to contribute to the discussion and sign your books!

This panel will be held outside of the Howard House in the Pavilion.

panelists: DON HERRON (editor of two books of Howard book of criticism including the legendary The Dark Barbarian and author of numerous essays on Howard and other pulp writers), and other contributing essayists.

5 PM:  "Sunset BBQ on Caddo Peak." Sadly, between last Howard Days and this one, we lost a great friend in Frank Murray, the man who with his family so graciously hosted the annual Caddo Peak BBQ each year for Howard fans. Frank was one of the nicest people you could ever meet, and all of us who knew him from Howard Days will miss him dearly.

His family, however, has generously decided to continue hosting the event for Howard fans, and so once again we will be able to partake in the wonderful Howard Days tradition on Saturday night of heading over to West Caddo Peak in a caravan, eating a great BBQ dinner, and watching the sun set from an excellent vantage point in the hills. 

West and East Caddo peaks are popular landmarks in Cross Plains, being the two highest points for miles around, and Howard mentioned them in his letters fondly. It's very beautiful and serene, and Howard likely watched the sun set on occasion there himself. People planning on going to the peak generally meet outside the Howard House between 4:30pm-5pm, and then at 5pm everyone carpools together from there. This event is hosted by the Middleton family from Abilene, who own the ranch and surrounding property and are always gracious enough to let all of us Howard fans onto the peak.

When everyone arrives at the Peak, one finds a vista of lush rolling foothills, among which are setup tables and chairs for the BBQ. While dinner is being prepared, those who are up to the challenge can make the hike up West Caddo Peak.  Those that do will find a beautiful place with stunning views of the surrounding countryside in all directions.  If you climb the peak, bring your camera.

After everyone is settled, a full BBQ dinner will be served, and you get to sit and eat in a pristine and idyllic wilderness. After dinner, attendees will get to stand on the foothills, watch the glorious Caddo Peak sunset, and say goodbye to their local friends. This is always a fitting conclusion to a memorable weekend.

Soon after sunset people head back to Cross Plains. Technically this is the official end of Howard Days, but again, many people stay out in front of the Howard House or the West 36 Motel on Saturday night and talk into the wee hours of the morning. Far too many attendees always miss these great Saturday evening discussions. Frequently it's one of the best things about Howard Days, a time when new friendships are solidified and much interesting Howard conversation is heard. Don't miss it.

REGISTRATION

As stated above, you need to mail in a reservation (preferably by MAY 31) for the Friday Banquet ($10 per person). Project Pride would also appreciate a head count for how many people are going to Caddo Peak for the BBQ on Saturday, so include that information as well.

To register, simply send Project Pride a letter telling them how many people are coming to the Banquet and Caddo Peak, and enclose a check or money order for the appropriate amount made out to PROJECT PRIDE. It is helpful to include the names of the people in your party and the city you are from, so they can properly introduce you at the banquet (they introduce all of the out-of-towners). Mail your registration information and check to:


Project Pride
PO Box 534
Cross Plains, TX, 76443
ATTN: REH-Days 2004 Registration

 

FURTHER INFORMATION:

Some further helpful tidbits....

FLYING IN:  Most people fly in to either Dallas or Austin, rent a car, and drive to Cross Plains from there. Dallas is slightly closer (about a two-hour drive), but the Austin drive is more scenic and pleasant.

DRIVING TIP:  When driving in Texas and not being sure where to go, you may be tempted to head down one of the many side streets that branch off the highways, streets that are usually just labeled by a number. This is a bad idea, as these are generally ranch roads that lead out aimlessly into the middle of nowhere. Nothing Howard-related (Howard House, Greenleaf Cemetery, Lakeview Inn and other hotels, etc.) are hidden on side-streets. Everything is located on main highways and roads, so stick to them. This advice goes especially for the Lakeview Inn. When driving towards the Inn from Brownwood, you will see several roads with "Resort" or "Lake Brownwood" signs branching off from the main highway. Do NOT take these. The Lakeview Inn is all by itself right on the highway, so just keep driving north on the main highway and don't give up and turn around, you'll see it.

LODGING: The two most popular places to stay are the 36 West Motel in Cross Plains and the Oak Motel in Cisco (which is on the frontage road right off the 20 highway coming from Dallas). As of April the 36 West Motel is almost fully booked for Howard Days, with only a couple of single rooms left. Many REHupans and distinguished guests stay at the Oak Motel, which is twenty minutes away from Cross Plains but which also is a much nicer motel than the 36 West. So if you want to stay up late and talk to REHupans, stay at the Oak Motel.

The other popular places Howard fans stay are the Best Western hotel in Cisco, and The Lakeview Inn, which is halfway between Cross Plains and Brownwood.

Below is lodging information recycled from last year for your convenience.  Some prices might have changed a bit:

MOTEL TOWN RATES and INFORMATION

36 West Motel

(254)725-4550

Cross Plains

Highway 36

$43.85/night for a single, plus $5.50 extra per extra person (as of 04/03/2004 there are only a few rooms left, but cancellations are always possible). Located a short walk from the Howard House and Museum.

The Oak Motel

(254)442-2100

Cisco

300 East Interstate 20

@ 35.00/night. Where a lot of REHupans are staying. They have a very nice motel with a huge courtyard where Howard fans can be found talking late into the night. Only a quick 20 minute (21 mile) drive away from Cross Plains.

Lakeview Inn (formerly the Flagship Resort)

(915)784-5432

Lake Brownwood

Highway 279

$80.00/night. Located on 279 halfway between Cross Plains and Brownwood. About 20 minutes from Cross Plains.

Best Western

(254)442-3735

Cisco

1898 Highway 206 West

$54.00/night plus tax. 21 miles (about 20 minutes) from Cross Plains.

Best Western

(915)625-4176

Coleman

1401 Highway 84 Bypass

$58.00/night for King Size, $65 for two Queen-sized.

Best Western

(915)646-3511

Brownwood

410 East Commerce

$70.00/night for Single, $80 for Double.32 miles (about a half hour) from Cross Plains.

Post Oak Inn

(915)643-5621

Brownwood

606 Early Boulevard

$48.00 32 miles (about a half hour) from Cross Plains.

Gate 1 Inn

(915)643-5463

Brownwood

4410 Highway 377 South

$45.00 32 miles (about a half hour) from Cross Plains.

Days Inn

(915)646-2551

Brownwood

515 East Commerce

$59.00 for Single, $64.00 for Double. 32 miles (about a half hour) from Cross Plains.

Lake Brownwood State Park

(512)389-8900

Campsites Available (must make reservations by phone)

$12.00 per night + $2.00 entrance fee per person per night.

RESTAURANTS: In addition to the four previously-mentioned restaurants in Cross Plains, there are many more restaurants in Brownwood, about a half an hour south of Cross Plains, and many people go there to eat. In addition to the normal array of fast-food joints, there are several restaurants in Brownwood that are noteworthy.

HUMPHREY PETE'S is a good steakhouse. PULIDO'S is a good Mexican restaurant.  There are many other restaurants throughout Brownwood.

If you have any further questions about REH-Days, including where to stay, what to do, who is going, sharing a room, etc. you should post your question to the REH Inner Circle List, where many REHupans and attendees can assist you. Or you can email the webmaster.

 

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04-10-2004

Howard House Hostess and Project Pride Legend Billie Ruth Loving, R.I.P.

Billie Ruth Loving, the woman responsible for much of the Howard renaissance in Cross Plains, passed away on Saturday, April 10, 2004, after a long illness. Obituaries and memoriams will be posted below as they become available.


Billie Ruth Loving 1920-2004

CROSS PLAINS -- Billie Ruth Loving, age 83, of Cross Plains, entered into rest Saturday, April 10, 2004 at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene after a series of illnesses.

Billie Ruth was born May 4, 1920 in Cross Plains, Texas to Ira B. and Mittie Gains Loving. She worked in several cities during her life. During World War II, she worked as a cryptographer for the War Department. After the war she returned to Texas where she taught English for 35 years in various schools. She enjoyed theater and designed costumes for many plays during her teaching career. she was a member of the Cross Plains Church of Christ.

After her retirement, she returned to Cross Plains where she served as librarian instituting a children's reading program. One of her proudest accomplishments was working with Project Pride in the establishment of Howard Days honoring hometown author Robert E. Howard. She served as docent of the Howard House from its establishment until her health failed.

Billie Ruth is survived by two nephews, Ira Evans of San Antonio and Billy Dale Strickland of Glen Rose; as well as many cousins and a host of friends.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 13, 2003 at Higginbotham Funeral Chapel with Bob Pipes officiating. Burial will be in Cross Plains Cemetery in Cross Plains with Higginbotham Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

The family will receive friends and relatives Monday, April 12, 2004 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. for a time of visitation at Higginbotham Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Cross Plains Public Library, P.O. Box 333, Cross Plains, TX 76443, or Project Pride, Pox 699, Cross Plains, TX 76443.


Ex-librarian who hyped 'Conan' creator dies

By Staci Semrad / Abeline Reporter-News Staff Writer    April 13, 2004

http://www.reporternews.com/abil/nw_obituaries/article/0,1874,ABIL_7967_2803084,00.html

Perhaps nobody knew more about the creator of "Conan the Barbarian" than small-town librarian Billie Ruth Loving, who died Saturday at age 83.

She helped put Cross Plains — population 1,068, some 45 miles southeast of Abilene — on the literary map by initiating efforts to restore the Cross Plains home of the late Robert E. Howard, author of "Conan the Barbarian."

She also was instrumental in forming the annual celebration known today as Howard Days, a weekend celebration every June that draws Howard fans from around the world to view the setting where Howard lived and wrote before committing suicide in 1936.

A Cross Plains native, Loving worked as a cryptographer for the War Department during World War II, then spent 35 years teaching English in schools across Texas. After retiring from teaching, she moved back to Cross Plains, where she began working as librarian.

Since returning to Cross Plains about 20 years ago, Loving made many contributions to the town, library board member Joan McCowen said.

The first was a children’s library program that’s still active. About a year after returning to town, Loving recruited young mothers to help her with the program, which invited preschoolers to gather weekly for reading, singing and learning.

In 1987, Loving helped establish Project Pride, an organization aimed at making Cross Plains more attractive, said Margaret McNeel, another charter member of the organization.

"She really did help it get off the ground and help us get where we are now." McNeel said.

Loving came up with the idea to restore the house where Howard once lived — an effort that became a Project Pride focus, said McCowen, current treasurer of Project Pride. Loving’s literary background was key in understanding the potential of Howard’s old house to draw visitors, she said.

When Howard Days began, only a dozen or so fans attended the celebration, McNeel said. Today, it draws an annual average of 250 people, some from as far away as France and Italy, she said.

"It’s turned out to be a big bonus for Cross Plains to have people from all over the country come here for that weekend," McCowen said. "? It’s new money coming into the city."

Loving became known as the Howard House Hostess, and as such was in charge of the house, McCowen said.

About five years ago, Loving retired from her librarian job after her diabetic condition worsened and required the amputation of both of her legs, McCowen said. Loving remained active in Project Pride until six months ago, when she became ill, McCowen said.

Funeral services are at 2 p.m. today at Higginbotham Funeral Home Chapel.

Contact working issues writer Staci Semrad at semrads@reporternews.com or 325-676-6734


 

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05-01-2004

Short REH mention in Texas Highways magazine

REH fan Christopher Fulbright has penned a short ode to Howard for the popular magazine Texas Highways. You can read the article online here:

http://www.texashighways.com/currentissue/speakingoftexas.php?id=199

Christopher will be at Howard days, for anyone who wants to discuss his article.

 

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05-08-2004

New book of Conan essays from REHupan Dale Rippke available

REHupan Ben Szumskyj has posted the following information on a new Howard book he has edited in conjunction with REHupan Dale Rippke:

Ladies & Gentlemen,

 
I'd like to announce a project that has just been released, in time for Robert E. Howard Remembrance Days on June 11th and 12th, 2004 in Cross Plains, Texas.
 
THE HYBORIAN HERESIES: A Scholarly Excavation into the World of Robert E. Howard, by Dale E. Rippke, is a volume of essays by the noted REHupan and REH independent scholar. His web-site "Heroes of Dark Fantasy" is well known in the fantasy community and he has dedicated much of his time to exploring, analyzing and researching the worlds created by the likes of Wagner, Leiber, Moorcock, Saunders and HOWARD.
 
Published by Ron Hanna's WILD CAT BOOKS, the essays within the volume are as follows:
 
The Dark Storm Conan Chronology: A Post-Modern look at Conan’s life according to the writings of Robert E. Howard
 Mysteries of the Pre-Cataclysmic Age – Part 1
The Mystery of the Great Cataclysm – Part 2
Mysteries of the Cataclysmic Age – Part 3
The Mystery of Pre-Human Stygia – Part 4
The First Great Migration – Part 5
The Coming of the Hyborians – Part 6
The Age of Acheron – Part 7
The Mystery of the Green-Stone Cities – Part 8
Hyborian Dawn – Part 9
The Unknown West – Part 10
Omega Hyboria – Part 11
The Age of Fire and Ice – Part 12
The Mystery of Bêlit
Children of the Fallen
 
Two of these are brand new essays, never seen before by the eyes of man! Edited by myself, I also provided an afterword. Dale wrote a personal introduction and both back and front covers are done by artist extraordinaire, REHupan David Burton.
 
Ron's description is as follows:

Dale E. Rippke, the "...noted Sword-and-Sorcery historian has collected together his essays into Robert E. Howard's worlds of the Hyborian Age! Includes articles on Conan the Cimmerian, the Age of Acheron, the Great Cataclysm, the Mystery of Bêlit, and many others! Edited by Benjamin Szumskyj with Cover Art by David Burton... A portion of the proceeds from each sale will be donated to Project Pride, the civic group that preserves and maintains the Howard museum in Cross Plains, Texas... This is a must-have for all fans and scholars of Robert E. Howard, one of pulp fiction's finest writers that ever lived... and whose life ended too soon..."

 
The book is 6"x9"... 103 pages... and a reasonable $14.99. As stated above, a portion of sales will be donated to Project Pride.
 
The volume of essays can be bought directly from the publisher at the following e-link: http://my.lulu.com/content/51571.
 
Thank you for your time. It's an excellent book and is looking forward to find a home on your REH filled bookcase...
:)
 
Cheers & God Bless
Benjamin Szumskyj, Dale E. Rippke and the Crew

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05-09-2004

Don Herron's new Howard book kicks off Project Pride fundraising initiative

Twenty years after his critical anthology The Dark Barbarian gave Robert E. Howard the full attention and respect his writings always deserved, Don Herron is ready to premiere a follow-up collection. Entitled The Barbaric Triumph, this exciting critical anthology features a stunning selection of essays from a variety of scholars. REHupans represented in the book are Mark Finn, Edward A. Waterman, Steven R. Trout, Steven Tompkins, and Leo Grin, while other contributing scholars include Paul Spencer, Charles Hoffman, Lauric Guillaud, Donald Sidney-Fryer, Scott Connors, George Knight, and Herron himself. Furthermore, working in tight coordination with John Betancourt of Wildside Press, Don has planned it so that the new collection will see first publication on June 11th 2004 in Howard's hometown, during the annual Robert E. Howard Days festival.

Don was seized by the idea that the new book should debut in Cross Plains in tribute to REH when he came to town as Guest of Honor in 2003. Profoundly impressed by the work the volunteers of Project Pride had put into the Howard home, he was nevertheless concerned that attendees treated the event more or less like a yard sale, bringing books to sell or swap to the captive audience brought in by the efforts of the Cross Plains committee. Since that committee is fronting for the deal, Don felt that all book sales should go through them, with a portion of the proceeds being donated for the upkeep of the museum. The festival is one of the only means Project Pride has for securing money, and if the house is going to be maintained for future generations, each Howard Days needs to be made as profitable as possible. As Don’s appearance at last year’s Howard Days was the most popular and profitable ever for Project Pride, with well over a hundred people in attendance, he thinks a new sponsorship plan is an excellent way to keep that streak going.

Not that other initiatives haven’t already made great strides in increasing the fundraising capabilities of the event. The Silent Auction was supported by a variety of fans last year, raising over a thousand dollars, and REHupan Jim Keegan generously donated over a thousand dollars worth of his recent Howard publication, The Black Stranger Typescript, for Project Pride to sell and keep the profits from. But Don thought that someone should step up to the plate and make donations from each book sale at Howard Days a standard practice. To jumpstart this new system, Don has generously announced that during Howard Days 2004 half the profits from each sale of The Barbaric Triumph will go directly to Project Pride. In addition, contributors Mark Finn and Leo Grin will be there with Don to sign your books as a special Cross Plains limited edition, greatly increasing its value as a collectible.

Inspired by Don’s leadership, many other publishers have signed on to his plan, selling Howard books in Cross Plains at a discount that lets Project Pride keep at least 25% of the profits. This year’s official sponsors include Wildside Press (The Barbaric Triumph, The Weird Tales Story, The Dark Barbarian, Gates of Empire and Others), Mythos Books (REH: The Power of the Writing Mind), Spectrum (a special all-Conan issue of Spectrum magazine), Wandering Star (The Complete Conan of Cimmeria), Del Rey books (The Coming of Conan, The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane), and Damon Sasser (REH: Two-Gun Raconteur) among others. In addition, many of these publishers—as well as this year’s Guest of Honor Robert Weinberg—have promised some interesting donations for the Howard Museum and the silent auction, including several surprise, one-of-a-kind treats for fans that will make amazing additions to any collection.

With the Howard centennial coming up in only two years, it’s important to ensure that Howard Days continues to be a viable event. By leveraging the debut of his new Howard book to coincide with Howard Days, Don has paved the way for taking the event to a new level of security and profitability. With Don’s idea, everyone wins: the authors and publishers sell many more copies of their books, Project Pride gets a regular stream of much-needed funding for the Howard Museum, and fans get to purchase books signed by the authors as limited Howard Days editions, making them far more valuable. Don is certain that everyone connected to Howard fandom will see the value of allowing Project Pride to host all book sales and donate a percentage to maintain the Howard Home.

So if you’re a Howard author or bookseller who wants to be a sponsor for Howard Days—and sell a lot of your books in the process—contact webmaster@rehupa.com. And if you are a fan who wants to add some true gems to your Howard collection, come on down. Thanks to Don’s new sponsorship program, there will be more Howard products available in Cross Plains than ever before.

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06-26-2004

New Issue of THE DARK MAN available.

Mark Hall, editor of the newly invigorated The Dark Man, reports:

The latest issue of THE DARK MAN: THE JOURNAL OF ROBERT E. HOWARD STUDIES (Issue #7) is available from Seele Brennt Publishers. Articles include Ed Waterman and Glenn Lord on REH materials in the University of California's Bancroft Library, Steve Tompkins on THE HOUR OF THE DRAGON, and Fred Blosser reviews the Del-Rey Conan volume. You can check out a small sample at:

http://www.seele-brennt.com/samples/TDM7.pdf

Best, Mark Hall (Editor, TDM)

Seele Brennt publishers: http://reh.seele-brennt.com/

The Dark Man Website: http://www.robert-e-howard.org/TDM/

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07-07-2004

Robert E. Howard nominated for Lifetime Achievement Award.

John C. Snider, editor at Sci-Fi Dimensions, reports:

Hello!

I wanted to let you know that Robert E. Howard has been nominated for Lifetime Achievement in the 2004 Southeastern Science Fiction Achievement Award. I've attached the complete press release below. Interested fans can still participate in the Voting process through September 30, 2004.

Thanks!
John C. Snider, Editor
www.scifidimensions.com

PRESS RELEASE: NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR 2004 SOUTHEASTERN SCIENCE FICTION ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

July 6, 2004 - The online magazine scifidimensions (http://www.scifidimensions.com) is pleased to announce the nominees for the 2004 Southeastern Science Fiction Achievement Award (the SESFA).

Best Novel of 2003 (Works >40,000 words) – In alphabetical order
Hyperthought by M.M. Buckner (Ace Books)
Omega by Jack McDevitt (Ace Books)
Pattern Recognition by William S. Gibson (G. P. Putnam’s Sons)
Veniss Underground by Jeff VanderMeer (Prime Books)

Best Short Fiction of 2003 (Works <40,000 words) – In alphabetical order
"Daddy Mention and the Monday Skull" by Andy Duncan (Mojo: Conjure Stories, Aspect)
"The Door Gunner" by Michael Bishop (The Silver Gryphon, Golden Gryphon Press)
"The Haw River Trolley" by Andy Duncan (The Silver Gryphon, Golden Gryphon Press)
"Threads" by Jessica Reisman (SCIFICTION, 8/23/2003)

Lifetime Achievement in SF/F/H – In alphabetical order
Joe Haldeman
Robert E. Howard
Murray Leinster
Manly Wade Wellman

Participants who pay a modest $7.00 membership fee may vote on the Nominees through September 30, 2004. The winners will be announced no later than October 5, 2004.

The SESFA Award (http://www.sesfa.com), now in its third year, is designed to honor accomplishment in science fiction, fantasy or horror by individuals born or living in the Southern United States. The SESFA, a fan-based award selected by participants who pay a small membership fee, is administered under the auspices of the online science fiction magazine scifidimensions.

scifidimensions (http://www.scifidimensions.com) is an online science fiction magazine edited by John C. Snider. Published monthly since February 2000, scifidimensions covers books, movies, television, comics, science and other topics of interest to genre fans.

The SESFA Award is sponsored by Biting Dog Press ( http://www.bitingdogpress.com) and artist Dan Henderson (http://www.mindspring.com/~hendall).

Contact:
John C. Snider, Editor
www.scifidimensions.com
410 Roswell Farms Road
Roswell, GA 30075 USA
Phone: 678 585 0406
Email: editor@scifidimensions.com

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07-08-2004

New book of REH stories, TREASURE OF TARTARY, released.

Sean Wallace reports the following:

Our next Robert E. Howard book is now available and I thought I'd give you a heads up. Since this is a true REH first edition, limited to only 600 copies, expect it to sell out quickly.

Here are the details:

TREASURE OF TARTARY AND OTHER HEROIC TALES, by Robert E. Howard
Edited by Paul Herman. Introduction by James Reasoner
ISBN: 0-8095-1558-X, Wildside Press, 218 pages, $35.00 (hardcover)

Includes 5 stories: "Treasure of Tartary," "Son of the White Wolf" "Black Vulmea's Vengeance," "Boot Hill Payoff," and "The Vultures of Whapeton."


The first edition is limited to 600 hardcover copies, smythe-sewn, with a full-color dust jacket. A copy of the front cover is attached.

Other Robert E. Howard hardcovers still available:

The Gates of Empire ($39.95)
The Complete Action Stories ($39.95)
Graveyard Rats ($35.00)
Waterfront Fists ($39.95)

Sean
 

Wildside Press: www.wildsidepress.com

Treasure of Tartary Order Page

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08-17-2004

New Conan action figures available.

Corrinne Robinson, Public Relations Coordinator for McFarlane Toys, reports that six new Conan-themed action figures have been released by her company. Click here to see pictures and details of all the figures:

http://www.spawn.com/toys/series.aspx?series=181

If you have questions, contact:

Corrinne Robinson, McFarlane Toys

Public Relations Coordinator

Crobinson@mcfarlane.com

1711 West Greentree Drive, Suite 208

Tempe, AZ 85284

480-491-7070 ext 240

Fax: 480-491-4010

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09-01-2004

New Conan t-shirt available.

Howard fan Ethan Nahté reports:

Attention all Howard fans: Titan Comics in Dallas has a new Conan t-shirt available. This is the 4th shirt in the series, but the first with Gianni's work. If ordered through Titan, the shirts will be $16.00 for Small-X Large & $20.00 for XX Large (Sorry, they don't offer XXXL). Shipping is $3.00 for the 1st shirt and an extra dollar for each additional shirt.

I would need any orders by Sept. 24th. Interested fans can E-mail me (nahteboy@hotmail.com) or call me at the Titan Comics @ (214) 350-4420 or E-mail the store at info@titancomics.com.

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10-19-2004

New set of Howard books announced

Sean Wallace of Wildside Press has made the following announcement:

Wildside Press is proud to announce the launch of a new R. E. Howard publishing project, starting in December with Shadow Kingdoms, the first volume of The Weird Works of R. E. Howard.

Shadow Kingdoms is the first of ten matching limited-edition hardcover volumes collecting the classic fantasy fiction of legendary pulp author ROBERT E. HOWARD, the creator of Conan the Barbarian and Kull the Conqueror. For the first time, Howard's fantasy works are presented in chronological order, starting with Howard's first professional sale, "Spear and Fang" (in Shadow Kingdoms), with series editor Paul Herman meticulously restoring the texts back to their original magazine appearances.

These first editions feature high-quality Smythe-sewn bindings, gorgeous cover illustrations by Stephen Fabian, and new introductions by leading fantasy and Robert E. Howard scholars. Order now to reserve your copy or subscribe to the entire series at once to guarantee receiving all the future volumesand save more than $50 on the set. Please visit the Wildside Press bookstore for ordering details.

Shadow Kingdoms, $35.00

The Weird Works of R. E. Howard 10-Volume Set: $300.00

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12-07-2004

Bison Books Howard series flyer available

The five-volume set of Howard books from the University of Nebraska Press' Bison Books imprint has been announced for an April release. A PDF flyer has been made available, giving details about each book along with excerpts from the Introductions and pricing information. Click on the link to access the PDF:

Bison Books flyer

 

 

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