Archive for September, 2008

Hippocampus Press will soon publish the correspondence of famed weird fictioneers H. P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard in a two volume set. Both sides of the correspondence will be presented, allowing readers to follow the intense and often heady exchange of ideas between these two titans of literature. Meticulously edited and exhaustively annotated by reigning Howardian and Lovecraftian scholars Burke, Joshi, and Schultz, and presented with appropriate indices and appendices, this release marks a milestone in the study of both Howard and Lovecraft. Complete ordering details can be found here.

Paul Herman with the assistance of Glenn Lord, has assembled the first new bibliography of Robert E. Howard since 1976. This massive volume contains more than twice as much information as the preceding  bio-bibliography, The Last Celt. Robert E. Howard is considered the Godfather of Sword and Sorcery, and the creator of the international icon, Conan the Cimmerian, yet wrote successfully in numerous genres. The Neverending Hunt lists every story, poem, letter and publication in which a Howard work has appeared.

This past Summer’s Pulpcon celebrated the 75th anniversary of the creation of Conan with one of its Guests of Honor, Glenn Lord.  He was already a longtime Howard fan before he became the literary agent for the Howard heirs in the early 1960s, a position he held until the early1990s. Here is a link to an audio interview with Glenn conducted by Howard scholar and editor Rusty Burke, and posted at the Pulp Companion website.

Recently Wildside Press published Hours of the Dragon: The Weird Works of Robert E. Howard, Volume 8.  The volume includes The Hour of the Dragon and Howard’s “Hyborian Age” essay, along with an introduction by Paul Herman.

For some bizarre reason, Wildside is pluralizing the titles of some of the Howard stories these volumes are named after (Shadow Kingdoms, Gardens of Fear, the upcoming Black Hounds of Death), which is a bit annoying.  Further, the publication schedule has crawled to a snail’s pace.  I don’t know if this is due to the fact Paradox took control of all things Howard shortly after the series began publication, but by the time all ten volumes appear in their hardcover format, it will be some five or six years after the first volume, Shadow Kingdoms,  appeared. For folks that pre-paid upfront for the ten volume set, that is a long time to wait.

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