Archive for March, 2009

Make plans to attend this excellent event and hang out with fellow Howard heads who regularly attend in their quest for Weird Tales and other pulps containing Howard stories. Here is the latest on this year’s highly anticipated pulp convention in Chicago:

The first pulp convention of the year, the Windy City Pulp & Paper Convention, is now only 3 months away! To be held on May 1 – May 3, 2009, we’re returning to last year’s hotel, the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center (in the suburbs of Chicago). Windy City has been the largest pulp convention in the country the past few years, with over 125 dealer tables and over 400 attendees last year. To date we’ve sold around 100 tables, and if our pattern of the last few years holds, we anticipate selling out of tables in late February.

For our ninth show, we’re returning to last year’s hotel, the Westin Lombard, in the West suburbs of Chicago.  The Westin is a new hotel, located about 20 minutes SW of O’Hare Airport and about a half hour West of Midway Airport.  Room rates are $104/night (to get the con rate, you must book by 5:00 p.m. on April 9, 2009!).  Parking is free.  The hotel is in the midst of a shopping and restaurant corridor – it’s adjacent (within walking distance) to Yorktown Mall and about a mile from Oak Brook Shopping Center.  For those with families, it’s also only 7 miles from the Brookfield Zoo, one of the nation’s top zoos.  Movie theaters are also a short walk away.  And if you like to gamble, the Aurora River Boat is about 10 miles away.  If you are flying in and not renting a car, please check the website for details on various cab companies and shuttle services that offer fixed price transportation to and from the hotel.  Please mention the con when booking rooms.

As always, you can check the con’s website for updates and registration information and forms. We hope to see you in Chicago in May at pulp fandom’s largest party.

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

Even though Leigh Brackett was not a contemporary of Robert E. Howard (she didn’t have her first story published until 1940), she had a strong admiration for his writings.  Her novel, The Sword of Rhiannon backed up Conan the Conqueror’s first paperback publication as an Ace Double novel in 1953.  No doubt many Howard fans were introduced to Brackett’s work, and vice versa.  Paizo Publications has just published a new edition of this classic sword and planet tale:

The Sword of Rhiannon
by Leigh Brackett, with an introduction by Nicola Griffith

Greed pulls archaeologist Matt Carse into the forgotten tomb of the Martian god Rhiannon and plunges the unlikely hero into the Red Planet’s fantastic past, when vast oceans covered the land and the legendary Sea-Kings rule from terraced palaces of decadence and delight.

This pivotal novel in the sword and planet fantasy subgenre is one of the greatest adventure tales from one of the most important authors in the history of science fiction! Talented enough to co-write The Big Sleep film with William Faulkner and imaginative enough to pen the original screenplay for The Empire Strikes Back, Leigh Brackett is a giant in the science-fiction field, and The Sword of Rhiannon is one of her most popular adventure tales. An introduction by popular modern writer Nicola Griffith (Ammonite, Slow River) puts the book into a modern context for readers as yet unfamiliar with Brackett’s rare genius.

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Despite the lack of a barbarian motif on their new logo, the folks at the Barbarian Festival always put on a good show every year during Howard Days. Check out their website for full details on all the activities. Every year a horde of Howard fans surge into the festival, mingling with the locals and on occasion, shocking them with their geekish appearance.

This entry filed under Howard Days, Howard Fandom, News.

REHupa editor Bill Cavalier has posted preliminary details of this upcoming event over at the REHupa website.  With the publication of The Collected Poetry of Robert E. Howard, this year’s Howard Days has a heavy emphasis on Howard’s poetry, with Guest of Honor poet Larry D. Thomas.  Mr Thomas is the 2008 Poet Laureate of Texas.  Be sure and check out the outstanding line-up and make plans to attend.  It is a pilgrimage every Howard fan should make at least once in their lives