Archive for October, 2007

With Christmas just a mere seven weeks away, it’s time to think about the Howard fans on your Christmas list.  For the first time in many years, there is a large amount of Howard in print, besides the De Rey editions, the Bisons are still around, not to mention the Wildside books, the Girasol volumes, several fanzines (including TGR!), not to mention all the Howard items on eBay.  So get that mouse clicking and bring some Christmas cheer to your favorite Howard fan.

This entry filed under Howard Fandom, Howard's Fiction.

Here’s a piece on an old Cross Plains hotel from the Texas Escapes website:

Cromer Hotel
Cross Plains, Texas

by Danny Michael Fritchle

I am submitting this to see if any of your readers remember this building. This is the Cromer Hotel in Cross Plains, Texas. My Grandmother, Inez Cromer Brown operated it from 1947-1969. The original hotel was about half this size and was first located in the town of Turkey Creek. It was the Kemper Hotel then. It was moved to the present town site and added on to the size you see in the photo.

It was a typical western hotel with about 43 rooms and 2 baths (down the hall). At the time this picture was taken, there was a row of car garages in the back of the hotel. Those were torn down in the 1950’s. Two rooms in the 1950’s were remodeled with private baths. The regular rooms in the 1960’s rented for $2.35 a night and the rooms with baths were $3.50 a night.

When my grandmother purchased it, the name was the Mathis Hotel. The purchase price in 1947 was $14,000. She sold it in 1969 for $6,000 to get it off her hands as she was getting older and could not care for it anymore. She said it paid for itself a couple of times over before she sold it.

The hotel was not air conditioned and was really warm in the summers. The hotel had the original furniture from the 1800’s, including brass beds and dry sinks. It even had the original pitchers and bowls from the western era. I can’t remember the address of the hotel, but it was located across the street from the fire station in Cross Plains. The kitchen portion of the hotel was located where the “jutting out” portion is on the picture. That was originally the back porch of the original hotel in Turkey Creek. There was a huge dining room in the center of the hotel on the lower level. The menus were set for each day and people from town would come down and pay to eat there. The meals for the “roomers” were included with their rooms. She only would light the hallways of the hotel with 7 watt light bulbs and at one time called to complain to the electric company because her monthly bill had gone over three dollars. Many a trucker stayed at the Cromer Hotel. She rarely rented to women as she said they could “cause trouble.”

She sold the hotel in 1969 and moved to be near her daughter in Springdale, Arkansas where she passed away in 1973.

This entry filed under Howard's Texas.

Editor Rusty Burke recently announced the contents for this collection of Howard stories and verse, due out November 27th:

Fiction: “By This Axe I Rule!,” “The Mirrors of Tuzun Thune,” “Wings in the Night,” “Pigeons From Hell,” “Black Canaan,” “The Bull Dog Breed,” “Black Vulmea’s Vengeance,” “The Tower of the Elephant,”“Red Nails,” “Lord of Samarcand,” “Son of the White Wolf,” “The Shadow of the Vulture,” “The Man on the Ground,” “Old Garfield’s Heart,” “The Vultures of Wahpeton,” “Wild Water,” and “Gents on the Lynch.”

Verse: “The King and the Oak,” “Which Will Scarcely by Understood,” “Solomon Kane’s Homecoming,” “Timur-land,” “Echoes from an Anvil,” “Black Harps in the Hills,” “The Grim Land,” “Never Beyond the Beast,” “Musings,” “Cimmeria,” “A Song of the Naked Lands,” and “Flint’s Passing.”

Cover and interior art by Jim and Ruth Keegan.

The second in a series of five paperbacks from Cosmos Books has just been published. People of the Dark: The Weird Works of Robert E. Howard continues where Shadow Kingdoms leaves off by offering a selection of stories from the proposed ten volume set of Wildside’s Weird Works series, which reprints the majority of Howard’s fiction and poetry from the pages of Weird Tales magazine.

This mass market paperback is available from, and you can view the complete contents here.

This entry filed under Howard's Fiction, News, Weird Tales.