Archive for May, 2009

Prion Books in the UK has just published yet another edition of the Conan stories that are in the Public Domain under the highly original title of Conan the Barbarian. It seems like we are treated to a new edition of this book simply re-packaged by the same old group of publishers at least twice a year, whom I assume are aiming them at the Howard completists. Since these books don’t include, due to copyright laws, the Conan stories published after Howard’s death they are not a even truly complete editions.

I mean, how many copies if the same book do you need?  My answer would be one, but others might say they can never have enough and it is to those collectors these editions must be aimed at.

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

Project Pride of Cross Plains, Texas, the community organization directly responsible for the restoration and maintenance of the Robert E. Howard Museum, has announced the publication of A Word from the Outer Dark.

This nifty little paperback tome is a generous collection of 100 poems by Robert E. Howard, and pretty well covers the broad scope of Howard’s poetic greatness: heroic, history, horror, love, self-reflection, boxing, humor, Texas and the Old West – all this and more is represented here.  Visit the Howard Works website for a complete contents listing.

Props go out to Paul Herman for getting this book out, with the assistance of Rob Roehm for the restored texts (taken from The Collected Poems of Robert E. Howard from the REH Foundation Press), Dennis McHaney for his graphics wizardry, and David Burton for a bang-up cover painting.

This 5×7, 213 page volume  is now available exclusively from the Robert E. Howard Museum, for the extraordinary price of $15.00, plus a $2.00 S/H fee. If you can’t wait for REH Days to buy your copy directly at the House, you can order them via mail from Project Pride, POB 534, Cross Plains, Texas 76443.

Do your part and buy the book knowing the proceeds will go toward maintaining the Howard House Museum.

Mike Chomko, a good friend of TGR, is one of the main organizers of the premiere Pulp magazine event of the year.  If you only one make it to one convention this year, make it PulpFest. The event runs Friday, July 31st through Sunday, August 2nd at the Ramada Plaza Hotel and Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio.  Edgar Award-winning writer, editor, and publisher Otto Penzler will be the Guest of Honor at this year’s PulpFest.  Otto, whose recent  anthology The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps has done more to renew interest in Golden Age pulp fiction than any mainstream publication in recent history, is a perfect GoH for a show like PulpFest in that he is also a world–class collector of crime fiction, many of whose most notable authors—including Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Cornell Woolrich, Erle Stanley Gardner, and John D. MacDonald—toiled in the pulp vineyards before achieving mainstream success with major publishers.  Sounds like PulpFest is the place to be if you are an aficionado or fan of the Pulps.

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Explore the poetry of Robert E. Howard with this index guide to his verse from The Robert E. Foundation Press. The index can be used to locate specific names and places, even obscure words. It contains many categories such as ANIMALS, WEAPONS, TREES, and more, so that these words and related subject words can be easily explored. For example, under the listing for ANIMAL are all of the animals Howard mentions in his verse, from APE to WOLF, and everything in between. Each word is followed by a list of the poems in which that word appears. Many words also show descriptive adjectives that highlight Howard’s impressive ability to create powerful images. The index also contains a list of themes like WANDERLUST and HISTORY for readers interested in a particular topic. The book was designed with The Collected Poetry of Robert E. Howard in mind, but can be used with any of Howard’s verse collections. There’s even a page number guide keyed to the major collections to help locate the poems. All this and more is contained in The Wordbook.

A preview of The Wordbook is available at The Foundation’s Lulu Press webpage. Non-members can purchase the book there for $22.99; Lulu’s shipping prices in the U.S. are $6.13 for Media Mail and $15.34 for Priority; other
options, including foreign shipping, are available at checkout.

Foundation members will want to take advantage of their discount by sending $20, plus $6 for Media Mail or $15 for Priority (Lulu’s rates) to paypal@rehfpress.com; or pay via check (personal or cashier’s) or money order sent to: The REH Foundation Press, PO Box 251242, Plano, TX 75025. All payments must be in U.S. dollars. A hard cover edition of The Wordbook is also available: $33 for members,  $36.99 for non-members. Add $6.50 for Media Mail and $10.00 for Lulu’s shipping.

This entry filed under Howard Scholarship, Howard's Poetry, News.