Influences: Robert E. Howard

Where do you start when writing about Robert E. Howard?  Everyone who knows Howard’s writing knows of his life in Texas and the tragic end of his short life.  I’m not going to go into his life at all, instead I’m going to dive right in to his massive body of work.

Known as the creator of the Sword and Sorcery genre, he dabbled in pretty much every pulp genre one can think of…and did it all with a flare and style all his own.  I know of no other pulp writer who can compare to the sheer beauty of Howard’s prose.  Every word of every sentence is as close to perfect as one could hope.  For a genre filled with bloody battles, horrific scenes and a fierce brutality, Howard’s prose is pure elegance.

Creator of Conan, Kull, Solomon Kane, El Borak, Bran Mak Morn, among others…Howard is the giant of heroic fantasy.

Must Reads:

Conan:

  1. The Phoenix on the Sword
  2. The Tower of the Elephant
  3. The Scarlet Citadel
  4. The Hour of the Dragon
  5. Beyond the Black River
  6. Red Nails

Kull:

  1. The Mirrors of Tuzun Thune
  2. The Cat and the Skull
  3. The Screaming Skull of Silence

Solomon Kane:

  1. Skulls in the Stars
  2. Red Shadows
  3. Rattle of Bones

El Borak

  1. Three-Bladed Doom
  2. Sons of the Hawk

Bran Mak Morn

  1. Worms of the Earth
  2. Men of the Shadows

The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian
The Bloody Crown of Conan
The Conquering Sword of Conan
Kull: Exile of Atlantis
The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane
El Borak and Other Desert Adventures
Bran Mak Morn: The Last King
The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard
Sword Woman and Other Historical Adventures

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