All My Robert E. Howard Essays (April 2023)

All My Robert E. Howard Essays (April 2023)

I am the in-house mystery guy (that’s how I hoodwinked John O’Neill into giving me a weekly column). Eight years later, he’s still trying to configure the Fire Wall to keep me from getting up my Monday morning post! I organized the Discovering Robert E. Howard, and Hither Came Conan series’ here at Black Gate. And contributed, of course. That’s the advantage of being in charge of them!

Robert E. Howard is my second-favorite writer (trailing only the terrific John D. MacDonald), and I’ve written quite a bit about him here at Black Gate. With more to come, of course. I’ve got part of a series written, in which I’ll look at the first dozen of Roy Thomas’ Conan the Barbarian comics; including how the series came about. And I’m pretty sure Solomon Kane will succeed Hither Came Conan in the all star contributor series.

I came late to Howard. I have loved mythology since grade school. The Iliad remains one of my all-time favorite stories, and I have a copy of Schleimann’s Ilios. That led me to Dungeons and Dragons in Middle School, and I know I was reading The Lord of the Rings somewhere around the 8th grade. I was a fantasy fan for life.

I bought the first Ace Conan paperback, but it sat on my shelf, unread. Not sure why. I know I read David C. Smith’s Oron, but not that one. As my son was playing with the Thomas the Train layout in the kids section of Barnes and Noble one day, I started reading the first Dely Rey Conan book. I read that the next time we were there. And I bought it. And Robert E. Howard would move up the ranks of my favorite writers, as I bought more Del Reys. Conan still holds the top REH spot, followed by El Borak, and then Solomon Kane. But I just continued to like Robert E. Howard, more and more.

I’m off to my first-ever Howard Days in a few days! It’s gonna be great!!  Here are all of my own Robert E. Howard-related essays here at Black Gate. A couple are pretty good, I think. Mostly in the first two sections below. Check out a couple, please. By Crom!

Hither Came Conan is a Book!

REH Wrote a Police Procedural?

REH Goes Hardboiled

Ramblings on REH

Ruminations on ‘The Phoenix on the Sword’

The Khoraja Saga

Arthurian Elements in The Conan Canon

Weird Menace from REH

Spicy Adventure from REH



Some Conan Pastiches are More Equal than Others

Tor Conans – Quality may Vary

‘Iron Shadows in the Moon,’ The Bible, and Dark Horse

Are Conan Pastiches ‘Official’?

Roy Thomas & Conan the Barbarian

Review – Conan of Venarium

Review – A Pair of (Steve) Perry Pastiches

The Animated Red Nails That Never Was


Hither Came Conan is a Book!

Here comes Hither Came Conan

Hither Came Conan looks for the Best Conan Story

Hither Came Conan – Rogues in the House

Hither Came Conan – One More To Go

Discovering Robert E Howard – The Entire Series


REH Digital Rights Sold

REH Pastiches Coming in 2018 (I was hoodwinked on that one…)


The New Conan RPG

Conan – Age of Exiles

Adventures in an Age Undreamed of – Part One

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Bob_TieSmile150.jpgBob Byrne’s ‘A (Black) Gat in the Hand’ made its Black Gate debut in 2018 and has returned every summer since.

His ‘The Public Life of Sherlock Holmes’ column ran every Monday morning at Black Gate from March, 2014 through March, 2017. And he irregularly posts on Rex Stout’s gargantuan detective in ‘Nero Wolfe’s Brownstone.’ He is a member of the Praed Street Irregulars, founded (the only website dedicated to the ‘Sherlock Holmes of Praed Street’) and blogs about Holmes and other mystery matters at Almost Holmes.

He organized Black Gate’s award-nominated ‘Discovering Robert E. Howard’ series, as well as the award-winning ‘Hither Came Conan’ series.

He has contributed stories to The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories – Parts III, IV, V, VI and XXI.

He has written introductions for Steeger Books, and appeared in several magazines, including Black Mask, Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine, The Strand Magazine, and Sherlock Magane.

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Keith West

Hi, Bob. Let me welcome you to Howard Days in advance. I look forward to meeting you.

James McGlothlin

See you in Cross Plains later this week!


stay safe and have fun brotha

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