Robert Ervin Howard (1906–1936)
was born in Peaster, Texas, and lived the majority of his life in the central
Texas town of Cross Plains.
his writing career with the publication of “Spear and Fang” in a 1925 issue of
Weird Tales magazine. He quickly became one of their most popular contributors,
with the creation of such characters as Solomon Kane, Bran Mak Morn, and King
Kull. It was with the King Kull story “The Shadow Kingdom” in 1929 that Howard
is widely credited with originating the literary form known as heroic fantasy.
A prolific writer of many genres, including horror, western, and sports, Howard
placed stories in numerous publications of the times. His 1932 story “The Phoenix
on the Sword” introduced his most famous character, Conan the Barbarian, and the
next few years saw steady improvement in Howard’s fortunes as an author.
June 11, 1936, upon hearing that his mother had fallen into a coma from which
she would not emerge, Robert E. Howard took his own life. Much of his work and
even his life story have been the ....................subject
of a multitude of adaptations in various media, including ...........................comics,
CDs, books, television, and movies.