Tuesday, June 08, 2004
Robert E. Howard, who is known best for his fantasy tales and the creation of Conan in particular, was born January 22, 1906, in Peaster, Texas, some forty-five miles southwest of Fort Worth. In 1919 his family settled in Cross Plains, a small town in Central Texas.
In high school,Howard began submitting short stories to the publications and made his first sale, which was to Weird Tales, in 1924. By 1930 Howard had become a regular in this publication. The December 1932 issue of Weird Tales introduced Conan the Cimmerian, a Howard character who would be by far his most famous character and who would soon overshadow all his other heroes such as Solmon Kane, Kull, Bran Mak Morn, Breckinridge Elkins, Steve Costigan and Belit.
It was at the height of his career in June of 1936 that Howard, despondent over the poor prognosis for his ailing mother, took his own life. We are left to wonder what tales a mature Howard might have written for us.
I've been reading Howard's work since my early teens, quite some time ago, and still enjoy much of his material. Most everyone is familiar with Conan but there is so much more from Howard worth your time. Today would be a good day to look into some of the Robert E. Howard titles that I have available.