Archive for June, 2009

One of TGR”s French fans, Fabrice Tortey has just had a huge volume of Howard scholarship published.  Echos de Cimmerie is filled with essays, rare photographs and Howard fiction.  While the book is in French, both American and French writers contributed to it. The Cimmerian published a few of the translated essays last year and Donald Sidney-Fryer also provided an early review of it as well. You can see the contents here and order the book from

Al Harron over at The Cimmerian website has just posted the first in a series of blog posts about one of Howard’s most violent characters, Crusader Cormac Fitzgeoffrey. Here are Al’s opening remarks:

Black hair, light eyes, mighty build, a touch of the Celt. Such descriptions suit many a Howard protagonist, as much a blessing as a curse, both in terms of character and criticism. It is a frequent accusation that Howard’s heroes are all copies, xeroxes of the great Gaelic hero that is typical of his historical and fantastic adventures. However, a closer examination between the heroes reveals not only nuances unique to a character, but surprising gulfs of personality, to the point where even suggesting the character be a copy of another seems ludicrous.

In a happy coincidence as I was working on this post, Paradox announced that the fourteenth volume of the essential Del Rey collections would be devoted to historical tales, specifically citing Dark Agnes and Cormac Fitzgeoffrey. Knowing that Del Rey will produce a fine book with new illustrations of the sorely neglected Norman-Gael, I couldn’t be more thrilled. Thus it seems timely for me to begin an exploration of the enigmatic and intriguing Cormac Fitzgeoffrey, one of my very favourite Howard characters, despite the few stories he graced with his shadow.

You can continue reading Al’s post here.

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

Frequent contributor to TGR, Charles Saunders has just posted one of his old articles about Robert E. Howard’s boxing stories on his blog. The title is “Ringside at Cross Plains.”  It’s a bit of speculation about the real-life fighters who may have served as models for REH’s ring warriors. If nothing else, it is a  fun look at the past. Of course, Charles says he had a lot more fun writing “Fists of Cross Plains.”

Robert E. Howard Properties and Del Rey have announced the next planned book in the Howard Library series: Dark Agnes and Other Historical Adventures, with a scheduled release in Spring 2011.

Following the historical footsteps of El Borak and Other Desert Adventures, which takes us to Afghanistan and the surrounding areas  at the turn of the 20th century, “Dark Agnes” will take readers further back in time, from the years of the Crusades up to 16th century France.

Dark Agnes de la Fere who when faced with an arranged marriage to a brutal husband in 16th century France cuts the ceremony short with a dagger-stroke and flees. Dark Agnes’ instinctive skill in combat wins her the name of Sword Woman. Her skill is tested on the coast of France where she foils a plot by Britain’s devious Cardinal Wolsey to undermine the French king, and again in the benighted alleys of Chartres, as she faces the vengeance of an executed sorcerer who will not die.

In addition to Agnes, the volume will feature Cormac Fitzgeoffrey, Howard’s half-Irish, half-Norman man of war who follows Richard the Lion-Hearted to 12th century Palestine – Outremer – under the banners of the Third Crusade.

Filling out the volume will be a selection of Howard’s finest Historical stories, hand picked series editor Rusty Burke. As is the case with all the books in the Del Rey Howard library series, “Dark Agnes” will be fully illustrated. The announcement of volume’s artist will come at a later date.

Presently in production is El Borak and Other Desert Adventures, which is due out February 2010.

This entry filed under El Borak, Howard's Fiction, News, Rusty Burke.