Happy Birthday #RobertEHoward

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Today we celebrate the 110th Birthday of the man who is indisputably my favorite author —Robert E. Howard.

Born on January 22, 1906 in Texas, Howard was raised in the  small town of Cross Plains. From the bedroom of his parents’ house he hammered out some of the finest adventure yarns ever conceived, each filled with fiery and passionate prose the likes of which few have ever been able to duplicate.

From Howard’s Underwood No. 5 sprang the likes of Conan of Cimmeria, Kull of Atlantis, Solomon Kane, Occult Detective Steve Harrison, and so many others.

He is the irrefutable creator of the sword and sorcery genre and has influenced countless writers in the decades since his death.

Robert E. Howard was a prolific author and his tales dominated Depression-era pulp fiction magazines such as Weird Tales and Fight Stories. He was a member of H.P. Lovecraft’s Circle and their correspondences are as much required reading as any of their published works.

Howard took his own life on June 11, 1936 at the age of 30 and the world is lesser for it.

One can scarcely imagine what wonders he might have shared had he chosen to stay with us a little longer.

Happy Birthday, Two-Gun… and thanks for the stories you left us.

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