In November 2011, along with many of his family members and other Robert E. Howard fans, I attended Glenn Lord’s 80th birthday party at the Monument Inn in La Porte, Texas. As usual, there was lots of good conversation with good friends. Besides a special birthday cake (baked by Glenn’s wife Lou Ann, if I remember correctly) the big highlight was the new book Anniversary: Glenn Lord and the Howard Collector that was distributed to all the guests by its editor, Dennis McHaney. It contained a series of Glenn Lord tributes by such Howardists as Fred Blosser, Rusty Burke, Bill Cavalier, Frank Coffman, Leo Grin, Paul Herman, Don Herron, Morgan Holmes, Patrice Louinet, Dennis McHaney, James Reasoner, Rob Roehm, Damon Sasser, Roy Thomas and me. In addition to these articles, this limited edition book included a history of the Howard Collector (the prozine founded by Glenn Lord) and five REH stories. I remember how pleased Glenn was as he paged through it.

It was a wonderful weekend for me. The day before I had lunched with Lou Ann and Glenn in Galveston.  Glenn was pretty quiet at first but later we discussed a variety of subjects. The highlight for me that afternoon was listening to Glenn’s low voice as he quoted lines from several of his favorite REH poems. (For more details about the luncheon and the birthday party, see here.)

Like the Galveston lunch, the birthday party the next day was perhaps not as short as it seemed. But both were over all too soon. As I left, I kissed Glenn on the cheek and got a hug in return. I had also attended his 78th birthday celebration in 2009 and I planned to attend them every other year in the future. Sadly, there wouldn’t be any more. He died on December 31, 2011 – just six weeks later.

Glenn and I only met a few times. Yet anyone with a deep appreciation of Howard’s prose and poetry realizes the debt of gratitude we all owe Glenn. He began his search for more Robert E. Howard texts because he loved REH’s poetry. Lou Ann told me many stories about searches in dusty attics, garages, and storerooms. Over the years, this meant sifting through literally thousands of pieces of papers just to track down more original Robert E. Howard typescripts.

That Howard fans today can read REH’s words as he wrote them is due to Glenn Lord. He is the Father of Howard Fandom as well as the glue that bonded us together. I still miss him!

For further information and background about Glenn Lord, see:

In Memoriam” by Damon Sasser, February 14, 2012, which provides links to the tributes and remembrances written by Howard fans, and includes a Glenn Lord biography, an audio interview with Glenn, information about the funeral arrangements and an obituary.

The Legacy of Glenn Lord: REH’s Life’s Work Preserved for Posterity” by Damon Sasser, August 12, 2013.

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1   Gary    
January 3rd, 2017 at 1:57 pm

“That Howard fans today can read REH’s words as he wrote them is due to Glenn Lord.” True enough (he collected the original manuscripts), but Glenn Lord was not above editing REH or letting other authors edit REH. He farmed out King Kull to Lin
Carter, some detective stories to Richard Lupoff, a story to August Dereleth, etc. The Donald M. Grant books were edited. The Selected Letters from Necronomicon were edited. Glenn was a great REH fan. But he wasn’t a “purist” during the REH Boom.

2   Barbara Barrett    
January 3rd, 2017 at 9:20 pm

As you also pointed out, Gary, we have the original manuscripts. Editing REH’s writing couldn’t have happened if the typescripts hadn’t been discovered and gathered together. Thanks to these, the REHF has published REH’s words as he wrote them.

3   Gary    
January 4th, 2017 at 1:40 pm

No dispute there. De Camp and Lord both edited REH back when the money was in paperbacks. Now that we are in a whole new ball game we can thank Lord for collecting the manuscripts and thank the REHF and Cabinet Holdings for publishing the pure texts.

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