Archive for November, 2009

Coming in February 2010, the first complete collection of Robert E. Howard’s  desert adventures featuring three of REH’s most famous heroes: El Borak, Kirby  O’Donnell and Steve Clarney. The stories gathered in this volume have been  restored to the earliest, most definitive versions available today.  Of special  interest is the first unadulterated publication of the short version of “Three-Bladed Doom.”  Check out this article to get the whole story on this tale’s previous corruption.

El Borak and Other Desert Adventures

Contents:

Francis X. Gordon (“El Borak”):
“Swords of the Hills” (previously published as “The Lost  Valley of Iskander”)
“The Daughter of Erlik Khan”
“Blood of the Gods”
“Sons of the Hawk” (previously published as “The Country of  the Knife”)
“Son of the White Wolf”
“Hawk of the Hills”
“Three-Bladed Doom” –  both versions: “long” and “short”

Kirby O’Donnell:
“Gold from Tartary” (previously published as “The Treasures of Tartary”)
“Swords of Shahrazar”
“The Trail of the Blood Stained God”

Steve Clarney:
“The Fire of Asshurbanipal” (straight adventure version)

Plus:

Introduction by Steve Tompkins

“Gunfighters of the Old East” by Dave Hardy

Illustrations by Tim Bradstreet and Jim and Ruth Keegan.

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

On November 14th family, friends and fans of the legendary Glenn Lord gathered at Tampico Mexican restaurant in Houston to celebrate the 78th birthday of the Godfather of Howardia.  Folks from all over the country and France attended the party.  Glenn was showered with gifts including cash, gift cards, books, champagne (straight from France!), and even a silver Liberty Bowl.  All in all a classy celebration for a classy gentleman.  Here’s hoping there will be many, many more birthdays to celebrate.

This entry filed under Glenn Lord, Howard Fandom, News.

Yesterday a private collector paid a whopping $1 million for Frazetta’s famous painting for the cover of Lancer’s Conan the Conqueror paperback, which was published in 1967. The previous record price for a Frazetta painting was the $251,000 All Star Auctions fetched for the cover to Escape on Venus by Edgar Rice Burroughs in 2008.  The selling of the Conan painting was somewhat of a surprise to me since he and Ellie hung on to those paintings and showcased them for many years in his Pennsylvania art museum.  With the passing of Ellie in July, one wonders what will become of Frazetta’s legacy since she was the person who ran the Frazetta operations.  Hopefully, this is a one time thing and the rest of his fantastic paintings won’t wind up on the wall of some billionaire’s mansion, unseen forever by the general public.

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

A large and representative selection of the poetic work of Robert E. Howard, with a general introductory essay, 30 chapter introductions, and commentary by Professor Frank Coffman, one of the foremost authorities on Howard’s verse and “ways with words.”

Three indexes add to the value of this ample selection: by title, by first lines, and a “Form Finder” index to allow quick access to Howard’s work with the ballad, the sonnet, blank verse, free verse and other forms and techniques.

Well over half of Howard’s more than 700 poems are included in this text, set in a text size and format for presentation that enhances readability and enjoyment. For those who are familiar with Howard’s prose fictional works, but who remain uninitiated in the many qualities and nuances of Howard’s verse, this compilation and commentary will offer insights into the complexity, quality and breadth of his work. For those who believe they know Howard’s poetic work, some new perspectives will broaden their appreciation.

Available in both softcover and hardcover editions at Lulu.com.

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

Howard scholar and author of the Howard biography Blood and Thunder Mark  Finn, contributes to this massive and expensive volume ($225.00 a pop) on the lives and careers of many Weird Tales writers. Among the writers featured you will find H.P.  Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, Robert E. Howard, Frank Belknap Long, Seabury  Quinn, E. Hoffmann Price, Henry Kuttner, C. L. Moore, Lee Brown Coye, Hannes  Bok, August Derleth, Edmond Hamilton, Manly Wade Wellman, Fritz Leiber,  Ray Bradbury, Robert Bloch, Donald Wandrei, Mary Elizabeth Counselman, and others. Centipede Press is the publisher.

The sections contain letters and essays by the writers, with many interviews and memoirs about the writers, often by other writers from the Circle. With dozens of color and black & white photographs, and many of the articles never before reprinted (several coming from 1930s and 1940s fanzines that are now very difficult to find), this is an important and illuminating look at a group of people that defined an era. There is also a lengthy article on Weird Tales cover art with full-color reprints on nearly fifty Weird Tales covers, many of them printed at full page size.  Ordering details can be found at Centipede’s website.

So start saving up those pazoors, boys and girls!