Robert E. Howard Awards

The Robert E. Howard Foundation has announced the winners of the REH Foundation Awards. These awards recognize Howard scholarship and the promotion of Howard’s life and works. Members of the REH Foundation are entitled to vote on the nominees. The winners were announced at a special ceremony at Robert E. Howard Days in Cross Plains on June 9.

  • The Atlantean — Outstanding Achievement, Book (non-anthology/collection): On the Precipice of Fascism: The Mythic and the Political in the Works of Robert E. Howard and Ernst Junger, by Patrick Burger
  • The Hyrkanian—Outstanding Achievement, Essay (Print): “Nameless Tribes and Races of Men: Anthropological World-Building in ‘Men of the Shadows’,” by Jeffrey Shanks
  • The Cimmerian—Outstanding Achievement, Essay (Online): “’The Wright Hook’ (or, the origin of ‘Spear and Fang’),” by Patrice Louinet
  • The Venarium — Emerging Scholar: Todd Vick: Contributed essays to On an Underwood No. 5; Editor of On an Underwood No. 5 blog; presented paper at PCA and Glenn Lord Symposium
  • The Stygian—Outstanding Achievement, Website: On an Underwood No. 5, edited by Todd Vick
  • The Aquilonian — Outstanding Achievement, Periodical: REH Foundation Newsletter, edited by Damon Sasser
  • The Black Lotus – Outstanding Achievement, Multimedia: The Cromcast, Josh Adkins, Luke Dodd, and Jon Larson
  • The Black River—Special Achievement: Patrice Louinet: For serving as adviser on the Conan board game from Monolith.
  • The Rankin — Artistic achievement in the depiction of REH’s life and/or work: Jim and Ruth Keegan for artwork for “The Adventures of Two-Gun Bob”
  • Black Circle Award – Lifetime Achievement: Not awarded

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Robert E. Howard Foundation Award Nominees

The Robert E. Howard Foundation has announced the nominees for the REH Foundation Awards. These awards recognize Howard scholarship and the promotion of Howard’s life and works. Members of the REH Foundation are entitled to vote on the nominees. The winners will be announced at a special ceremony at Robert E. Howard Days in Cross Plains on June 9.

The Atlantean — Outstanding Achievement, Book (non-anthology/collection)

  • On the Precipice of Fascism: The Mythic and the Political in the Works of Robert E. Howard and Ernst Junger, by Patrick Burger

The Valusian — Outstanding Achievement, Book (anthology/collection)

  • [No eligible candidates]

The Hyrkanian—Outstanding Achievement, Essay (Print)

  • “The Wild Wild West of Robert E. Howard,” by Morgan Holmes
  • “The Outsider Scholar: Robert E. Howard, H. P. Lovecraft, and Scholarly Identity,” by Karen Joan Kahoutek
  • “The Sinister Skelos: Robert E. Howard’s Demonic Wizard,” by Rick Lai
  • “Nameless Tribes and Races of Men: Anthropological World-Building in ‘Men of the Shadows’,” by Jeffrey Shanks

The Cimmerian—Outstanding Achievement, Essay (Online)

  • “Robert E. Howard and the Amateur Press (5 Parts),” by Bobby Derie
  • “Gumshoes, Gats and Gals: Robert E. Howard’s Detective and Crime Stories,” by Dierk Guenther
  • “’The Wright Hook’ (or, the origin of ‘Spear and Fang’),” by Patrice Louinet

The Venarium — Emerging Scholar

  • Dierk Guenther: Contributed to TGR blog; presented papers at PCA, ICFA, American Literature Society of Japan National Conference, and Glenn Lord Symposium
  • Daniel Look: Contributed to TGR blog; presented papers at PCA, ICFA, and Glenn Lord Symposium
  • Todd Vick: Contributed essays to On an Underwood No. 5; Editor of On an Underwood No. 5 blog; presented paper at PCA and Glenn Lord Symposium

The Stygian—Outstanding Achievement, Website

  • Howard Works, edited by Bill Thom
  • On an Underwood No. 5, edited by Todd Vick
  • REH: Two-Gun Raconteur Blog, edited by Damon Sasser

The Aquilonian — Outstanding Achievement, Periodical

  • The Dark Man, edited by Mark Hall
  • REH Foundation Newsletter, edited by Damon Sasser

The Black Lotus – Outstanding Achievement, Multimedia

  • The Cromcast, Josh Adkins, Luke Dodd, and Jon Larson
  • Howard Days Panels, Ben Friberg
  • Chasing Conan (video interviews from the Riddle of Steel documentary), by Randall Lobb,, Mark Hussey, and Isaac Elliot-Fisher

The Black River—Special Achievement

  • Frank Coffman, Dierk Guenther, Daniel Look, Jonas Prida, and Jeffrey Shanks: For participating in an REH paper session and panel at ICFA 2016.
  • Dierk Guenther: For giving a presentation on REH at the Annual National Conference 2016 of the American Literature Society of Japan in Okayama.
  • Patrice Louinet: For serving as adviser on the Conan board game from Monolith.

The Rankin — Artistic achievement in the depiction of REH’s life and/or work

  • Richard Bernal for cover art for The Adventures of Breckinridge Elkins, Volume 1
  • Jim and Ruth Keegan for artwork for “The Adventures of Two-Gun Bob”
  • Adrian Smith for artwork for Conan boardgame by Monolith (depicting various REH characters)

Black Circle Award – Lifetime Achievement

(Individuals who have made significant and long-lasting contributions to REH scholarship, publishing, or the promotion of Howard’s life and works. Eligible candidates must have been publicly involved in Howard-related activities for a minimum of two decades.)

  • Fred Blosser
  • Billie Ruth Loving (posthumous)
  • Donald W. Wollheim (posthumous)

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REH Foundation Awards

The winners of the 2016 Robert E. Howard Foundation Awards were announced on June 10 at the REH Days celebration in Cross Plains, Texas.

  • The Atlantean Award — Outstanding Achievement, Book (non-anthology/collection): The Collected Letters of REH: Index and Addenda, by Bobby Derie
  • The Hyrkanian Award — Outstanding Achievement, Essay (Print): “Evolutionary Otherness: Anthropological Anxiety in Robert E. Howard’s ‘Worms of the Earth’,” by Jeffrey Shanks
  • The Cimmerian — Outstanding Achievement, Essay (Online): tie “Hester Jane Ervin Howard and Tuberculosis,” by Barbara Barrett (3 parts); “Barbarism and Civilization in the Letters of Robert E. Howard and H.P. Lovecraft: A Summary with Commentary,” by David Piske
  • The Venarium Award — Emerging Scholar; Bobby Derie
  • The Stygian — Outstanding Achievement, Website: REH: Two-Gun Raconteur blog, edited by Damon Sasser
  • The Aquilonian Award — Outstanding Achievement, Periodical: REH: Two-Gun Raconteur blog, edited by Damon Sasser
  • The Black Lotus Award – Outstanding Achievement, Multimedia: 2015 Howard days Panels, produced by Ben Friberg
  • The Black River — Special Achievement: Rob Roehm, for his biographical research on REH
  • The Rankin Award — Artistic achievement in the depiction of REH’s life and/or work: Tomas Giorello and Jose Villarrubia, for cover and interior artwork for King Conan: Wolves Beyond the Border
  • Black Circle Award for Lifetime Achievement: Roy Thomas

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