REH: Two-Gun Raconteur #4

The third issue of REH: Two-Gun Raconteur, from 1976. Contains ‘Conan vs. Conantics’ by Don Herron and ‘The Devil’s Joker’ by Howard. Also several articles and an art portfolio by Gene Day.

In the mid-1970s, when the Robert E. Howard Boom was just beginning, REH: Two-Gun Raconteur was on the cutting edge of Howard Fandom. During those heady days there was a continuous stream of hardback books, paperbacks, magazines, comics, chapbooks, fanzines, art portfolios and one-shot publications all devoted to the gifted author and poet from Cross Plains, Texas. When the Boom eventually faded out in the late eighties, the fans and admirers of Robert E. Howard still carried the torch, waiting for a time when Howard would return and that time has come. While not on as grand a scale as the earlier boom, it is nonetheless a great time to be a Howard fan.

Chacal #1

Chacal was a US slick-format small-press Magazine. 2 issues was published (Winter 1976, Spring 1977) . The title is French for jackal.

Among the first quality Small-Press magazines, Chacal grew from REH: Lone Star Fictioneer, a fanzine devoted to Robert E Howard. The focus remained mostly on Sword and Sorcery, with stories by David C Smith and Karl Edward Wagner. 

Rogues in the House

Rogues in the House, published by Donald M. Grant. This was part of an 11-book series. These where published from 1974 to 1989 containing one or two stories per volume.

On the right is a picture of 10 of the books with the publisher’s quarter red cloth over gray boards. In dust jackets. Housed in clamshell cases. These volumes accompanied by their cases are a rare find.

The series lapsed before publishing the last five of the stories and three of the fragments. Sadly several unnecessary editorial alterations to the text have been made in these book. Most of the changes were done to make the text more “politically correct.” Racial slurs, names, and other “potentially offensive” remarks and phrases were edited, as well as some tampering with adjectives, deletions or words, and some punctuation changes.

Marchers of Valhalla

This second edition from 1977 edition added one story and included dust-jacket and illustrations by Marcus Boas.

Marchers of Valhalla is a collection of three Fantasy novelettes by Robert E. Howard. It was first published in 1972 by Donald M. Grant, Publisher, Inc. in an edition of 1,654 copies with two stories. 

Son of the White Wolf

Collects “Blood of the Gods,” “Country of the Knife” and “Son of the White Wolf,” three tales of Middle Eastern adventure featuring Francis Xavier Gordon (El Borak), published here for the first time in a book. Introduction by Fred Cook.