Robert E Howard (January 22, 1906 – June 11, 1936)

“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…

Review: Depths of Night by Stephen Zimmer

After a harrowing end to a long sea journey, the famed northern warrior Ragnar Stormbringer and a force of warriors step ashore in the lands of the Petranni, a tribal people known for their workings in silver and gold. The search for plunder takes a sharp turn when homesteads, villages, and temple sites show signs…

Solomon Kane is Coming

Hold onto your slouch-hats — the Solomon Kane Kickstarter launches in June of this year. Here’s a sneak peek at some of what we can expect —   It really does look brilliant and it simply won’t get here soon enough. In anticipation (don’t tell the guys this) but firearms just might be making it…

Appendix N: Big Screen Fantasies

Let’s be honest, if you’re looking for  bit of cinematic inspiration in the fantasy genre, as in sword and sorcery, you’ll be hard-pressed to find much worth while. Oh, sure, one could point to Peter Jackson’s Middle-Earth hexalogy or HBO’s adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice & Fire, both of which are…

“First Born” Blog Tour

Oak Hill Dungeon Master Bob Freeman is also an author and this week he is promoting his latest work, First Born: Tales of the Liber Monstrorum, with a blog tour. If you enjoy occult fiction, you might want to follow along. Bob’s Liber Monstrorum stories have been described as a cross between Dr. Strange and…

Happy Birthday, Frank Frazetta!

In the long list of those who have influenced me greatly, Frank Frazetta falls just behind Robert E. Howard at the very top of the heap. Fitting since the two are so intricately linked. Whereas Howard wrote with blood and fire dripping from his Underwood No. 5, Frank Frazetta opened a vein and painted with…

Slave. Soldier. King.

I am thrilled to announce that I’ll be writing the introduction for Slave, Soldier, and King, a compendium of three Kull of Atlantis tales by Robert E. Howard. The collection is being published by Apollyon Press and Chance Phillips, with cover art by Marcio Moraga, interior art by Stefan Poag, and with additional art by…

Appendix N: Everything’s Coming Up, Conan!

Hot on the heels of our last two Appendix N features comes some very exciting news regarding everyone’s favorite Cimmerian. Hold on to your broadswords, kids. Amazon is developing a drama series based on Robert E. Howard’s Conan the Barbarian. Let that sink in for a moment. So, who’s behind the project? First we’ve got…

APPENDIX N: Robert E. Howard’s Conan, Part II

Today marks the 112th anniversary of the birth of my favorite author, the legendary Robert E. Howard, and it’s no secret that Gary Gygax was a huge fan of Robert E. Howard as well. The influence of Howard’s Conan on Dungeons and Dragons is undeniable. Fantasy roleplaying would simply not exist as it does today…

Appendix N: Robert E. Howard’s Conan, Part 1

I had planned to write this blog on January 22nd, which will mark the 112th anniversary of the birth of author Robert E. Howard. The latest news dropping concerning Howard’s most famous creation — Conan — has inspired me to begin it a week early and in two parts. It seems we are in the…