Authors > Robert E. Howard

Probably best known as the creator of “Conan” Robert E. (Ervin) Howard was a prolific writer in the 1920’s and 1930’s, with over 100 stories published in pulp magazines. Howard was a regular writer for Weird Tales, where his engaging characters and exciting writing style kept readers coming back for more. He also wrote for Oriental Stories, Magic Carpet, Golden Fleece and a number of other magazines.

A Texas native born in 1906, Howard took to reading and writing stories at an early age, wrote his first story at the age of 10 and made his first story sale at the age of 15. In a letter he wrote to Lovecraft, Howard shows his passion for writing:

"It is no light thing to enter into a profession absolutely foreign and alien to the people among which one’s lot is cast; a profession which seems as dim and faraway and unreal as the shores of Europe.... The idea of a man making his living by writing seemed, in that hardy environment, so fantastic that even today I am sometimes myself assailed by a feeling of unreality. Never the less, at the age of fifteen... having only the vaguest ideas of procedure, I began working on the profession I had chosen."

His stories were full of action – fights and sword play. His character, Solomon Kane, was a Puritan swordsman that fought against the wrongs he encountered. His collection of boxing stories, often included a tough but dumb sailor (such as Steve Costigan) who is lured into a boxing match, sometimes because of a woman, and always having the result of a bloody fight, something Howard is very good at portraying.

Howard created the genre that came to be called “sword and sorcery,” with the most well-known and best character created by Howard, Conan. The famous swordsman battles powerful sorcerers, deadly creatures and armies of thieves, often saving a frail damsel at the same time.

Sadly, Howard’s life was cut short in 1936. Dejected over the news that his mother would never emerge from a coma, he committed suicide. Over the years, his heroic characters have grown into pop culture icons and his fiction is thankfully once again back in print.

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The Weird Tales of Conan the Barbarian

Before he conquered books, comics, and movies, Robert E. Howard's immortal character Conan the Cimmerian was born in the pages of the pulp magazine Weird Tales. Reprinted as they originally appeared in that legendary publication from 1934 to 1936, this ferocious anthology gathers many of the barbarian's most famous adventures.

Year: 1934     Genre:

Conan the Cimmerian Barbarian

This collection contains all of Robert E. Howard's Conan the Cimmerian stories published during his lifetime, contextualized with biographical details of their author. This pulp-size softcover is the same physical size and layout as the original 1930s pulp magazines in which the stories first ran.

Year: 1935     Genre: FantasyHistorical FantasySword and Sorcery

The Cthulhu Stories of Robert E. Howard

In the early twentieth-century, in the pages of Weird Tales and other pulp magazines, H.P. Lovecraft created the Cthulhu Mythos and offered it to his friends, creating a shared mythology for much of their weird fiction. Robert E. Howard, creator of Conan the Barbarian, was one of those good friends.

Year: 2020     Genre: Cthulhu Mythos

Jan 22, 1906 -- Jun 11, 1936

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Robert E. Howard, Science Fiction CollectionScience Fiction
The Bloody Crown of ConanSword and Sorcery, Conan the Cimmerian
The Conquering Sword of ConanSword and Sorcery, Conan the Cimmerian
The Savage Tales of Solomon KaneFantasy
1934The Weird Tales of Conan the BarbarianConan the Cimmerian
1935Conan the Cimmerian BarbarianFantasy, Historical Fantasy, Sword and Sorcery, Conan the Cimmerian
2003The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian: Book OneSword and Sorcery, Conan the Cimmerian
2003Waterfront Fists and Others: The Collected Fight Stories of Robert E. HowardAdventure
2008The Horror Stories of Robert E. HowardHorror
2020The Cthulhu Stories of Robert E. HowardCthulhu Mythos




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