Robert E. Howard: A Closer Look

In 1987, Charles Hoffman and Marc A. Cerasini published a volume on Robert E. Howard for the acclaimed Starmont Reader’s Guides series. Even then, the book was a pioneering study of Howard’s life and work. In the decades that have followed, a great deal of additional research has been done on the life and times of the inventor of Conan, and the authors have now prepared a radically expanded and updated version of their monograph, taking account of these new discoveries.

Risque Stories no. 3

This chapbook is from 1985 and contains the poem ‘The Harlot’ by Howard. It also contains the story ‘Jungle Curse’ by Marc A. Cerasini and Charles Hoffman featuring REH’s character John Gorman.
Sam Walser and Justin Case was pseudonyms Howard used when writing for Spicy Adventure Stories.

Risque Stories no. 5

This chapbook from 1987. “Hell Cat of Hong Kong” is one of five stories featuring REH character John Gorman.
John Gorman was created by Robert E. Howard in an untitled synopsis for a “spicy” adventure story.

Marc A. Cerasini and Charles Hoffman took this synopsis and used it as a basis for a short story, “She-Cats of Samarkand.” The story was published under the byline of Sam Walser, a pseudonym REH used when he wrote for the “spicy” pulps.