REH: Two-Gun Raconteur #3

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.

The Man From Cross Plains: A Centennial Celebration of Two-Gun Bob Howard

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 Last of the Trunk

Finally, in this volume, the last of the trunk is being revealed. Virtually all the remaining prose, complete or not, is included. More than 100 works appear in this volume. While this collection may not feature his most memorable or impressive work (those works are already in print), it does fill in lots of blank spaces for the scholars and collectors, and perhaps yields a little more understanding of this great Texas writer.

This massive volume, well over 650 pages and over 180,000 words, is printed in hardback with dust jacket, in a limited quantity of 300 copies, each individually numbered. Cover artwork is by Tom Foster, cover design by Dennis McHaney.

The Iron Man

The Iron Man & Other Tales of the Ring is a collection of short stories about boxing by Robert E. Howard. It was first published in 1976 by Donald M. Grant, Publisher, Inc. in an edition of 1,600 copies.

Odes at the Black Dog

This booklet was for sale at the 100th birthday celebration for Robert E. Howard held at The Torch in Fort Worth, Texas on January 21, 2006. All profits from the sale of the booklet and the $5 admission fee for the event went to the City of Cross Plains Fire Relief Fund. The event was originally scheduled to be held at the Black Dog Tavern, but was moved at the last minute. It was actually held at The Torch, a nearby tavern in Fort Worth, TX. An open mic was available at the event and various people read excerpts from the vast range of REH works. Poems were read aloud by various Howard fans, as were some parts of Howard stories, about 40 readings in all. Most copies of this publication were sold at that meeting.