“All fled, all done, so lift me on the pyre;
The feast is over and the lamps expire.”
Robert E Howard passed away 82 years ago today on June 11, 1936. He has been my inspiration for more than 40 years. He built living, breathing worlds with his words. He was more than just a master of action & adventure. He imbued every story with atmosphere & presence.
The enduring legacy of Howard’s characters are a testament to the wondrous talent he possessed — Conan of Cimmeria, Solomon Kane, Kull of Atlantis, Dark Agnes de Chastillon, and so many more.
For having only lived 30 years, only twelve of those as a professional author, his literary output was nothing short of prolific. He, arguably, created the sword and sorcery genre, made brilliant contributions to Lovecraft’s Mythos, and churned out an incredible array of heroic fiction in an even more incredible short span of time.
Had he chosen to live, it’s hard to imagine what he might have accomplished.
I am thankful every day for the words of his we do have. Robert E. Howard was an American original, the King of the Pulps and Father of Sword & Sorcery.
He will be forever remembered and immortalized.