Periodical or fanzine from 1974 containing Robert E. Howards Golden Hope Christmas. Editor Wayne Warfield.
Long before the Robert E. Howard Foundations newsletters, there was a series of newsletters published by Dennis McHaney. These were distributed to the subscribers of The Howard Review.
Here is the contents of issue #5 with 6 pages.
After completing the seven page first draft of “Rattle of Bones,” REH decided that the story needed another ending and he rewrote the last two pages of the typescript. The seven carbon copy pages of the first draft and the originals to the first version of pages 6 and 7 were archived.
This newsletter version appears as a text version accompanied by scans of the seven carbon copy first draft pages.
Contains several untitled typescripts. The untitled synopses and the note about Hernando de Guzman are copies of Howard typescripts. “The Silver Heel” synopsis is missing the first two pages.
“A Boy, a Beehive, and a Chinaman” is a copy of Howard’s handwritten school theme paper. The untitled poem on page 15 is incomplete. The fragment on the back cover is a color copy of Howard’s typed draft, p. 15, that ends in a synopsis of the remainder of the story.
“While Smoke Rolled” is a facsimile of the Howard typescript of a draft of the story. This story has never been published in this, its original version. This version has Pike Bearfield as the hero; the published version has Breckinridge Elkins in his place. The back cover is a color copy of one of Howard’s onionskin carbons, with the text on the reverse side showing through (typed on both sides to save on paper costs).
The “Pigeons from Hell” draft is a facsimile of the Howard typescript. It is significantly shorter than the final story and does not have the element of revenge that is in the final version.
The list of ruler’s titles covers countries in the Near and Middle East.
The synopsis on the back cover is a color facsimile of the Howard typescript.
“The Cairn on the Headland” draft is a facsimile of Howard’s typescript, free of modifications made to the published story by Strange Tales editor Harry Bates.
The untitled story is a facsimile of a Howard typescript describing an imaginary boxing match.
The two poems on the back cover are a facsimile copy of a handwritten single sheet of paper.
“The Dwellers under the Tombs, Draft A” is a facsimile of Howard’s typescript, the earlier and shorter of two drafts that survive.
The map is imbedded in a facsimile of a typed page (p. 156) of “The Hour of the Dragon”.
The letter to Smith is a facsimile of the handwritten letter, with drawings imbedded.