Archive for October, 2009

The latest issue of The Robert E. Howard Foundation Newletter (Vol. 3, No. 3) is in the mail. This quarterly publication is sent to  Friends of REH and Legacy Circle members. This issue contains rare facsimile pages fromThe Junto (an amateur press publication that Howard contributed to), a letter to Emil Petaja, the typescript for “The Voice of Doom,” and young Bob’s original manuscript for “West Is West,” complete with his English teacher’s corrections and grade (C+).

The issue is also full of News & Events, with complete coverage of Howard Days ‘09 (including Guest of Honor Larry D. Thomas’ banquet speech) and some interesting REH news from France on a rare find. If you are not a member of the Foundation, shame on you.  You are missing out are some rare and exclusive Howard fiction and information, but not to worry,  join now to avoid missing out on goodies like this Newsletter.

Coming in early 2010 from Girasol Collectables: The Weird Writings of H. P. Lovecraft.  This two volume set is a companion to the previously published The Weird Writings of Robert E. Howard, and like the REH collection, it contains all of Lovecraft’s stories published in Weird Tales magazine.

It will be the same format as the REH books — facsimile scans right from the original pages, with no edits or reset text, containing all of HPL’s material from their original publication.

This two volume set is one oversized volume to cover the bed-sheet issues from 1923 and 1924, and a smaller 7×10 sized volume for the later standard sized issues. Cover art by British fantasy artist Ian Miller.

Limited Edition of 200 copies with a re-release price of $150 plus $10 shipping and handling until January 15, 2010 (Save $25 within North America); after January 15, 2010 the price increases to $175.

If you can make it to Houston next month, be sure and stop by Tampico Mexican Restaurant (2115 Airline Drive) for Glenn’s 78th birthday bash on Saturday, November 14th. The fun starts at 4:00 pm, with dinner being around 5:00 pm and birthday cake after that.  There are plenty of watering holes in Houston for those that want to continue celebrating. If you fly in, be sure and rent a car since Houston is pretty spread out and only has a bare bones transit system.
      
Also, we want to give Glenn a special gift and seeing as he is currently displaced from his home in Pasadena due to extensive damage from Hurricane Ike, a gift card or cash could go toward repairs and furnishings he needs. So that being said, donations are being accepted for his gift. If you would like to contribute, here is where you can send your hard-earned pazoors:

PayPal:

dcsasser “at” yahoo.com

Checks or Money Orders to:

Damon Sasser
6402 Gardenspring Brook Lane
Spring, TX 77379  

If you like to send Glenn a birthday card, his address is: 

P. O. Box 775
Pasadena, TX 77501  
This entry filed under Glenn Lord, Howard Fandom, News.

Today is the 15th anniversary of the death of Karl Edward Wagner. Karl was a master of fantasy and horror who has yet to be fully recognized for the genius he was. I corresponded with Karl back in the heyday of his success and found him to be a sensitive, giving person. He was indeed a gentle giant and helped this publisher with advice and support.  Karl was the first person to take on the de Camp Conan machine. He gave Howard fandom its first true editions of Conan stories with three wonderful volumes before his effort was cut short by the machinations of de Camp and his allies.

There a number of websites devoted to KEW, but one of my favorites is East of Eden. A group of his fans are working to organize an annual celebration, much like Howard Days, in his home town of Knoxville, Tennessee, with his good friend and artist John Mayer spearheading the effort. Like Howard, few folks today in KEW’s hometown know who he is.  Let’s cross our fingers and hope something will come about, even it is just a small start, it would be at least something to have in his honor.

We should all do our part to keep his lamp burning, so hoist high your flagons today in his honor and read your favorite Kane story and remember a true giant among fantasy writers..