Edward Waterman designed and created a website called wanderingplanet.com around 1998-2004 for Wandering Star. The point of it all was to re-establish Robert E. Howard as a classic American author with a wide library base. Here you could buy limited collector’s editions and they hoped one day to expand to different forms and versions, including hardcover, trade paperbac and mass market paper back offerings.

The first of these books where ‘The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane‘:

Almost a hundred years ago, Robert E. Howard created the Solomon Kane character. Since then, thousands of Howard fans worldwide have enjoyed collecting these classic stories.

For the first time the Solomon Kane stories are presented in an un-expurgated, artistic and beautiful hard back edition, skillfully illustrated with seven full-color paintings and over two hundred original drawings.The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane comes complete with gilt-edged paper, a golden foil stamped cover, durable stitch binding, and an embossed slipcase cover.

Each book is individually numbered and signed by the artist. One thousand copies of this deluxe limited edition have been printed. Fifty copies of an ultra-limited collector’s edition are also available, bound in goatskin with matching slipcase.

As a bonus, each book comes with a unique compact disc recording of Howard’s Solomon Kane poems dramatically read by Paul Blake with background music performed by Paul Berrow, Michael Berrow, Peter Dale, Roger Taylor, and Jake Roberts. Also included is a folder with an extra set of full-color plates of Gianni’s art.

The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane contains the complete Solomon Kane stories, unabridged and unexpurgated, including unfinished story fragments and synopses with a complete set of textual notes. One of the stories, “The Footfalls Within,” is published here in its original form for the first time since the initial magazine publication in 1931.

Money received over production costs will be dedicated to other projects revealing the depth of Howard’s contributions to literature.

Collected in this volume, lavishly illustrated by award-winning artist Gary Gianni, are all of the stories and poems that make up the thrilling saga of the dour and deadly Puritan, Solomon Kane. Together they constitute a sprawling epic of weird fantasy adventure that stretches from sixteenth-century England to remote African jungles where no white man has set foot. Here are shudder-inducing tales of vengeful ghosts and bloodthirsty demons, of dark sorceries wielded by evil men and women, all opposed by a grim avenger armed with a fanatic’s faith and a warrior’s savage heart.

These books now sell for $600.00 and up to $2000 for the leatherbound limited editions.

After this came ‘The Ultimate Triumph‘. The Ultimate Triumph brings together classic American author Robert E. Howard, universally acknowledged master of the adventure tale, with Frank Frazetta, the master of fantasy art. The reuniting of these two giants has produced an exciting masterpiece incomparable to anything previously published. Just imagine a perfect match… Frazetta’s fierce art equalling Howard’s powerful storytelling.

Collected in this volume are seven stories and five poems which represent some of the best of Howard’s work featuring barbarians. Also included is a forword by Frank Frazetta; an essay from the noted French scholar, Patrice Louinet; a section with excepts from Howard’s letters to H.P. Lovecraft in which he discusses “barbarism vs. civilization;” and… a complete set of textual notes, creating a record of any deviations from the meticulously restored and unexpurgated text.

There where three different editions of this book:

  • A Classic Edition – featuring over 120 black and white illustrations.
  • A Collector’s Edition – featuring all black and white illustrations found in the Classic edition, plus four previously unpublished color water-color plates, gilt-edged paper, a golden foil stamped cover, durable stitch binding, an embossed slipcase cover, and a numbered book mark. Each book is individually numbered and limited to one thousand five hundred copies.
  • An Ultra Deluxe Edition – This ultra deluxe edition is complete with all the features of the Collector’s Edition, plus one additional unpublished color plate, and a beautiful fine leather binding with matching slipcase. Each book is individually numbered, and only one hundred copies will be printed.

Right now these are selling for $65.00 to $200.00 depending on edition and quality.

Bran Mak Morn: The Last King hearkens back to the age when the book was considered a work of art. Every one of Robert E. Howard’s classic stories featuring his tragic hero, Bran Mak Morn, is illustrated by renowned artist, Gary Gianni. The book is illuminated by 12 color oils and over 40 pen and ink illustrations. This book is a masterpiece of skill, workmanship, and craft and is yet another worthy addition to Wandering Star’s already enviable achievements.

All of the texts inside these covers have been meticulously restored to their original condition, with a compendium appendix that details all editorial decisions. The texts are unexpurgated and “pure,” having been taken directly from their original, 1930’s appearances in Weird Tales Magazine or from Howard’s original typescripts, with only one exception. This collection includes the stories, story fragments, poetry, and an amazing image- facsimile of two of Howard’s actual and rare story manuscripts. Also included are brand new essays and timelines by renowned Howard scholars Rusty Burke and Patrice Louinet that will not be seen anywhere else; and letters by Robert E. Howard himself detailing his passion for the Picts and the ancient Celts. It bears repeating that this is the most complete and thorough assemblage of Howard’s Bran Mak Morn material ever published. Click here for Contents

Available as a trade edition, a signed and numbered edition limited to 850 copies, and as an extremely limited leather edition of 50, signed and numbered.

  • Trade Edition
    featuring 12 color oils and over 40 ink illustrations, this handsome hard cover includes the complete text of the latest book lover’s masterpiece from Wandering Star.
  • Limited Edition
    signed and numbered by the artist, this book comes complete with gilt edging, a gorgeous slipcase cover with embossed plate, and an additional signed limited color painting on the inside cover. Also included with the book is a compact disc containing an unabridged dramatization of Howard’s story, “The Worms of the Earth,” read by former members of the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company and accompanied by original music. Limited to 850 copies.
  • Ultra Limited Deluxe Edition
    includes everything found in the Limited Edition, plus both the book and slipcase are bound in beautiful leather. This ultra deluxe edition is only for the true Howard collector. Limited to only 50 copies.

And then there was Conan!

The first volume was published in 2002, first in the United Kingdom by Wandering Star Books under the title Conan of Cimmeria: Volume One (1932–1933), and the following year in the United States by Ballantine/Del Rey under the present title. The Science Fiction Book Club subsequently reprinted the complete set in hardcover; the set is noted for presenting the original, unedited versions of Howard’s Conan tales. This volume includes thirteen short stories as well as miscellanea for Howard fans and enthusiasts (e.g., drafts, notes, maps, etc.), and is illustrated by noted comic book artist Mark Schultz.

The texts for this edition were based on Howard’s original typescripts or the first published appearance if a typescript was unavailable.

  • Limited Edition: Signed and numbered by the artist, this book comes complete with gilt edging, a gorgeous slipcase cover with embossed plate, dust jacket, full color paintings, and hordes of astounding illustrations. Limited to 1950 copies.
  • Ultra Limited Edition: Also known as the Artists Edition, it includes everything found in the Limited Edition, plus eight additional preliminary sketches. This Ultra Limited Edition offers the reader greater insight into the artistic process that created the wonderful illustrations and artwork. Limited to only 100 copies.
  • Leatherbound Edition: Includes everything found in the Limited and Artists Editions plus an extra color plate of the dust jacket painting from the Limited Edition. Also included are character studies and an eight page artist’s sketchbook. Both the book and slipcase are bound in exquisite leather. This ultra deluxe edition is only for the true Howard collector. Limited to only 100 copies.

Volume two (Complete Conan of Cimmeria Volume Two) came the next year. Included was untitled drafts and synopsis. This also came in three different editions:

  • Limited Edition: Signed and numbered by the artist, this book comes complete with gilt edging, gorgeous slipcase cover with embossed plate, dust jacket, full color paintings, and hordes of astounding illustrations. Limited to 1950 copies.
  • Ultra Limited Edition: Also known as the Artists Edition, it includes everything found in the Limited Edition, plus eight additional preliminary sketches. This Ultra Limited Edition offers the reader greater insight into the artistic process that created the wonderful illustrations and artwork. Limited to only 100 copies.
  • Leatherbound Edition: Includes everything found in the Limited and Ultra Limited Editions plus an extra color plate of the dust jacket painting from the Limited Edition. Also included are character studies and an eight page artist’s sketchbook. Both the book and slipcase are bound in exquisite leather. This Leather Edition is only for the true Howard collector. Limited to only 100 copies.

Wandering star has also published the following:

The Wandering Star Press began their excursion into reprinting Howard’s incredible works and made a great job. Many people don’t really know the depth to which Howard’s fiction has been stretched by authors who took it into their own hands the task of completing unfinished stories or who created new fiction based on Howard’s characters. Like the great publishing house of Donald M. Grant, The Wandering Star Press has taken up the noble goal of gathering works created solely by REH. Wandering Star is no longer as far as I know. I’m not quite sure what happened to them.