Contains poems and stories and also cover artwork from McHaney publications throughout, as well as other cover and interior artwork from magazines containing Howard stories.
The front cover art is by Wally Wood, reproduced from the color version of the original art. This art first appeared on the dustjacket of the Gnome Press hardcover THE RETURN OF CONAN in 1957.
Articles include the transcript of the entire WEIRD TALES panel from the 1998 San Diego Comicon (the panelists included Forry Ackerman and Gary Gianni). There are also various articles on heroic fantasy and sword & sorcery. An articles on Henry Kuttner’s Elak of Atlantis (a character which was first published in WEIRD TALES from 1938-41). A 1989 interview with Karl Edward Wagner reprinted from the British publication DAGON. An interview with writer Chuck Pogue about the movie and novelization of DRAGONHEART. “Sword & Sorcery In Comics, part 2”. A facsimile reprint of “The Challenge From Beyond” from its original appearance in FANTASY MAGAZINE in 1935. A 1950s profile of Virgil Finlay. An examination of the possible origins of the art published on the cover of SWORD & FANTASY #1 and more. Artwork in the issue is by Rick McCollum, Mahlon Fawcett, Virgil Finlay and others.
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.
The front and back cover art is from foreign Robert E. Howard paperback editions. Articles include part two a long analysis of the Robert E. Howard story “Tower Of The Elephant” (profusely illustrated) by Rick McCollum. An eight page folio of illustrations from Robert E. Howard stories printed in pulp magazines. An interview with Karl Edward Wagner from 1980. “H.P.L.: The History” by Lin Carter (from 1950). “An Appreciation of Clark Ashton Smith” by Lin Carter (from 1949). An article on A. Merritt from 1948 (with pulp art by Virgil Finlay and others). And more. Artwork by Rick McCollum, Eduardo Barreto, Mahlon Fawcett, and others.
Features include “The Technique of Fantasy Collecting” by Sam Peeples, “A Short Essay on Long” by Arthur J. Cox, “That Moment Of Horror” by Henry Kuttner, “The Case of Howard Phillips Lovecraft of Providence, R.I.” from the Providence Sunday Journal for Dec. 26, 1943, “The Ships of Ishtar,” “7 Footnotes To Merritt” by Thomas Carter, several letters written to me by Glenn Lord, “J.R.R. Tolkien, A Brief Survey & Comparison” by Doc Weir (from ELDRITCH DREAMQUEST #2), “Memories of Seabury Quinn” by E. Hoffman Price, “A Visit Inside Ackerman’s Sci-Fi Mansion,” and more. Full color front and back covers by Mahlon Fawcett.
Most of the articles are reprinted from issues of the Robert E. Howard United Press Association (REHUPA). Many are revised and expanded.
Other articles are from THE PULP COLLECTOR #18, STARLOG #238, CINEFANTASTIQUE (Jan 1997), and ROBERT E. HOWARD’S BLOOD & THUNDER #1.
Profusely illustrated by Virgil Finlay, Steve Fabian, Richard Corben, Roy G. Krenkel, Allen Koszowski, Hugh Rankin, Ray Capella, Rick McCollum, Jayem Wilcox, Lee Brown Coye, Ned Dameron, Ron Wilber, David Burton, T.J. Glenn, Jim Cawthorn, and original pulp illustrations by various artists.
The Miscast Barbarian: a Biography of Robert E. Howard is a biography by science-fiction writer L. Sprague de Camp, first published in hardcover and trade paperback in 1975 by Gerry de la Ree.
The book is an expansion of de Camp’s article “The Miscast Barbarian”, which appeared in the magazine Fantastic in June, 1971. Later, in collaboration with Catherine Crook de Camp and Jane Whittington Griffin, he expanded the text again, into Dark Valley Destiny: the Life of Robert E. Howard (1983), the first major independent biography of Howard.