Robert E. Howard

Short Story Writer + Poet + Novelist + Epistolean

Robert Ervin Howard was an American author who wrote pulp fiction in a diverse range of genres. He is well known for his character Conan the Barbarian and is regarded as the father of the sword and sorcery subgenre. Howard was born and raised in the state of Texas. He spent most of his life in the town of Cross Plains with some time spent in nearby Brownwood.… Read More

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1906 Birth Howard was born January 22, 1906 in Peaster, Texas, the only son of a traveling country physician, Dr. Isaac Mordecai Howard, and his wife, Hester Jane Ervin Howard. … Read More


1919 - 1922 2 More Events
1923 17 Years Old Howard graduated from high school in May 1923 and moved back to Cross Plains. … Read More
1924 18 Years Old Howard spent his late teens working odd jobs around Cross Plains; all of which he hated. In 1924, Howard returned to Brownwood to take a stenography course at Howard Payne College, this time boarding with his friend Lindsey Tyson instead of his mother. … Read More
1925 19 Years Old …  It was not until July 1925 that Howard received payment for his first printed story. … Read More


1926 - 1928 4 More Events
1929 23 Years Old 1 More Event
1929 was the year Howard broke out into other pulp markets, rather than just Weird Tales. … Read More
Howard's "Celtic phase" began in 1930, during which he became fascinated by Celtic themes and his own Irish ancestry. … Read More
1931 25 Years Old 1 More Event
Howard was further hit when his savings were wiped out in 1931 when the Farmer's National Bank failed, and again, after transferring to another bank, when that one failed as well. … Read More
1932 26 Years Old 1 More Event
In a letter dated March 10, 1932, Farnsworth Wright rejected "The Frost-Giant's Daughter" but noted that "The Phoenix on the Sword" had "points of real excellence" and suggested changes. "The God in the Bowl" would also be rejected and so a potential fourth Conan story concerning Conan as a thief was abandoned at the synopsis stage. … Read More
Howard then took a short break from Conan after his initial burst of stories, returning to the character in mid-1933. … Read More
Howard probably began to work on the novel in February 1934, starting to write Almuric (a non-Conan, sword and planet science fiction novel) but abandoned it half way. … Read More


In the spring of 1936, Howard sold a series of "spicy" stories to Spicy-Adventure Stories. … Read More
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