This book contains over 60 black and white photos. It also contains over 60 black and white cover reproductions of publications by and featuring REH. ‘The Ghost with the Silk Hat’ was originally published in ‘Writer of the Dark’ by Dark Carneval Press. Nearly three dozen changes were made to the text. The text included in ‘The Man from Cross Plains’ was taken from the typescript and a few corrections are noted at the back of the book. ~ ~ The book is divided into six sections. The first is a rare piece of Howard fiction, the 16,500 word story, “The Ghost in the Silk Hat.” This story appeared in 1985 in Switzerland and there were many changes made to the script. The text of this story was taken directly from the manuscript. The other sections are non-fiction and contain a wide variety of topics from personal travelogs of folks who have visited Cross Plains; a look at Howard’s fictional creations, including Conan.
The front cover art is from a foreign Conan paperback edition. Articles include a facsimile of the 24 page writer’s bible to the 1997 Conan The Adventurer TV series. Two vintage 1940s articles on Clark Ashton Smith from the British fanzine Fantasy Review. The novella “Demon Wizard” by James Van Hise. A review of the 1982 Conan The Barbarian movie. A folio of covers from foreign language Robert E. Howard paperbacks. “Lin Carter And The Curse Of The Monolith” by Richard Toogood. A 1959 fanzine article about Robert E. Howard. Artwork by Rick McCollum, Virgil Finlay, Virgil Partch, Alfredo Alcala, Frank R. Paul and others.