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Collected letters available on Amazon

The Collected Letters of Robert E. Howard volume 1, Ultimate Edition, is now available on Amazon in both hardcover and paperback. For people outside the US, this is especially good news since the total cost is reduced.  The main reason for the delay on both the paperback and Collected Letters volume 2 and 3 have […]

Letter from REH to Wilfred B. Talman, November 26, 1930

This letter appeared on eBay early in November 2022 and is so far unknown, that is it is not published in any of the Collected Letters. It appears to be original and signed by Howard. According to scholar Patrice Louinet it looks perfectly legit. The Talman letters are privately owned. The punch holes come from the fact that Talman kept the letters in a binder. Patrice says the signature and typewriting are the real deal. The seller claims that his client bought these letters from L. W. Curry approximately around 2007 and owns several more. Only this was put up for sale.

In the letter Howard thanks Talman for sending him a letter regarding contributions to Talman’s paper. It was Lovecraft who introduced them and gave Howard’s address to Talman (and also Talman’s to Howard).

Rogues in the Candlelight

Rogues in the Candlelight. This is a title Howard mentioned in a letter to an unknown recipient. The letter was never sent and is numbered 368 in Collected Letters of Robert E. Howard Volume 3 and starts with (“I’m writing mainly . . .”). Here he mentions that he was thinking of using for a pirate story. It is unknown if he ever did or not. There is no other record of it.


I’ve collected the few letters I could find, written to Robert E. Howard or to his father, Dr. Isaac M. Howard below. One day I hope it would be possible to be able to show every letter and typescript that Howard wrote. 

A Two-Fisted Santa Claus (synopsis)

“A Two-Fisted Santa Claus” by Robert E. Howard features Steve Costigan, the rough and tumble sailor, unexpectedly thrust into the role of Santa Claus. On a journey that mixes humor with action, Costigan finds himself in a series of misadventures involving bandits, mistaken identities, and a mission to bring joy to children at a mountain mission during Christmas. This tale combines Howard’s signature style of robust storytelling with a festive theme, showcasing his ability to weave humor into his action-packed narratives.

A New Game for Costigan (synopsis)

A New Game for Costigan. The original typescript lists the author as “Patrick Ervin”, a pseudonym REH used in connection with his Dennis Dorgan stories. Otis Adelbert Kline and later agents retained the original typescript (titled “A New Game for Dorgan”), and it was eventually donated to Cross Plains Library. In OAK’s logs the title is originally “A New Game for Costigan”, then “Costigan” is struck out and “Dorgan” is written above it, along with “Patrick Ervin”.

Alleys of Darkness (synopsis)

Featuring Dennis Dorgan but was originally a Costigan story. Since Howard also had ‘The Shadow of the Vulture’ in the same issue, they used the pseudonym, Patrick Ervin. Alternate title ‘Alleys of Singapore’. First published in Magic Carpet Magazine, January 1934. Howard wrote the story in May, 1933.

Sailor Costigan and the Turkish Menace (synopsis)

In the synopsis for “Sailor Costigan and the Turkish Menace,” Steve Costigan lands in the bustling city of Singapore and inadvertently gets entangled in a case of mistaken identity and crime. As Steve walks down a back street at night, he witnesses a robbery where a bulky man assaults another man and steals his briefcase. Steve chases the assailant but loses him in the maze of dark alleys.