This is the English translation of ‘Le Guide Howard’ by Patrice Louinet. Too bad I missed out on the limited, signed edition of the hardcover version. Patrice Louinet is the editor of the definitive, three-volume, Conan series (Wandering Star and Del Rey books). He is also on the board of directors of the Robert E. Howard Foundation and is a well-known Howard scholar.

It’s a really great book and breaks down some of the myths about Howard and also Conan.

Contents

  • ix • List of Plates • essay by uncredited
  • 19 •  Robert E. Howard • interior artwork by uncredited
  • 22 •  Hester Howard and Robert’s dog Patch • interior artwork by uncredited
  • 26 •  A teenage Howard demonstrating his fighting form • interior artwork by uncredited
  • 30 •  Postcard from Howard to his friend Harold Preece showing the customs house in Piedras Negras • interior artwork by uncredited
  • 41 •  Robert in a childhood portrait ca. 1911 • interior artwork by uncredited
  • 42 •  Robert as a young boy • interior artwork by uncredited
  • 43 •  A teenage Robert (left) with his mother Hester and father Isaac. • (2010) • interior artwork by uncredited (variant of Robert, Hester, and Dr. Isaac Howard)
  • 46 •  The Three Musketeers – Howard (left), Truett Vinson (center) and Tevis Clyde Smith (right). • interior artwork by uncredited
  • 46 •  Howard (left) squared up in a fighting stance with his friend Dave Lee • (1975) • interior artwork by uncredited
  • 50 •  Howard’s first professional sale, “Spear and Fang” was published in the July 1925 issue of Weird Tales • (1925) • interior artwork by Andrew Brosnatch (variant of cover art for Weird Tales, July 1925)
  • 53 •  Howard’s tale “Red Blades of Black Cathay” co-written with Tevis Clyde Smith made the cover of the February-March issue of Oriental Stories • (1931) • interior artwork by Donald von Gelb (variant of cover  art for Oriental Stories, February-March 1931)
  • 55 •  The Conan the Cimmerian story “The Devil in Iron” appeared on the cover of the August 1934 issue of Weird Tales • interior artwork by Margaret Brundage (variant of cover art for Weird Tales, August 1934 1934)
  • 58 •  Novalyne Price, Howard’s girlfriend and later biographer • (1986) • interior artwork by uncredited
  • 61 •  The famous photo of Howard with the fedora was taken during a period he was dating Novalyne price. • interior artwork by uncredited
  • 63 •  The last known photo of Robert E. Howard ca. Spring 1936 • interior artwork by uncredited
  • 67 •  Illustration by Hugh Rankin of “The Shadow Kingdom” in Weird Tales August 1929 • (1929) • interior artwork by Hugh Rankin (variant of The Shadow Kingdom)
  • 69 •  Weird Tales January 1928 featuring the debut of Solomon Kane in “Red Shadows.” • interior artwork by C. C. Senf (variant of cover art for Weird Tales, August 1928 1928)
  • 74 •  ”Hawks of Outremer” interior illustration. • (1931) • interior artwork by Joseph Doolin (variant of Hawks of Outremer)
  • 81 •  ”Worms of the Earth” interior illustration • (1932) • interior artwork by Jayem Wilcox (variant of Worms of the Earth)
  • 84 •  ”The Tower of the Elephant” interior illustration • (1933) • interior artwork by Jayem Wilcox (variant of The Tower of the Elephant)
  • 88 •  May 1934 issue of Weird Tales with “Queen of the Black Coast” cover by Brundage • interior artwork by Margaret Brundage (variant of cover art for Weird Tales, May 1934 1934)
  • 95 •  ”Beyond the Black River” interior illustration • (1935) • interior artwork by Hugh Rankin (variant of Beyond the Black River (Part 1 of 2))
  • 100 •  ”Pigeons from Hell” interior illustration • interior artwork by Virgil Finlay (variant of Pigeons from Hell 1938)
  • 109 •  June 1933 Weird Tales with “Black Colossus” cover by Brundage • (1933) • interior artwork by Margaret Brundage (variant of cover art for Weird Tales, June 1933)
  • 112 •  June 1935 issue of Top-Notch with “Hawk of the Hills” cover • (1935) • interior artwork by uncredited
  • 118 •  Weird Tales June 1930 with “Moon of Skulls” cover • interior artwork by Hugh Rankin (variant of cover art for Weird Tales, June 1930 1930)
  • 124 •  ”The Valley of the Worm” interior illustration • (1934) • interior artwork by Hugh Rankin (variant of The Valley of the Worm)
  • 136 •  Arnold Schwarzenegger (left) as Conan; Jason Momoa (right) as Conan • interior artwork by uncredited
  • 147 •  The author (right) and Glenn Lord (left) in 2009 • interior artwork by uncredited
  • 151 •  H. P. Lovecraft • interior artwork by uncredited
  • 153 •  Weird Tales was the premier fantasy and horror pulp of the 1920s and 1930s • interior artwork by uncredited
  • 165 •  A scene from the 1961 Thriller episode of “Pigeons from Hell” • interior artwork by uncredited
  • 167 •  Conan the Barbarian (1982) movie poster • interior artwork by uncredited
  • 171 •  The Mexican Conan comic ‘La Reina de la Costa Negra’ • interior artwork by uncredited
  • 173 •  Conan the Barbarian No. 1 (Marvel 1970) • (1970) • interior artwork by uncredited
  • 178 •  The Lancer Conan paperbacks with Frank Frazetta covers. • interior artwork by uncredited
  • 192 •  Blood and Thunder by Mark Finn, 2010 revised edition. • interior artwork by uncredited
The paperback
The hardcover version
Year : June 2018 by Skelos Press
Book No. : None
Edition : 1st
Format : Trade paperback and hardcover (both 6 x 9 inches)
Pages : xi plus 13 thru 201
Cover : Alexandre Bourgois
Illustrations : Photos, pulp covers, pulp interior illustrations, movie poster, book covers, comics covers

Notes

Written by Patrice Louinet
The signed hardcover edition was limited to 50 copies that sold out at Howard Days 2018.
Contains selected paragraphs from REH letters and works.

The Robert E. Howard Guide

This is the English translation of ‘Le Guide Howard’ by Patrice Louinet. Too bad I missed out on the limited, signed edition of the hardcover version. Patrice Louinet is the editor of the definitive, three-volume, Conan series (Rising Star and Del Rey books). He is also on the board of directors of the Robert E. Howard Foundation and is a well-known Howard scholar.

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