Special Exhibit - Six Guns, Sorcery, and Serpents: the Many Worlds of Robert E. Howard

Robert E. Howard (1906-1936) is the father of modern heroic fantasy, sometimes referred to as sword and sorcery. His characters, Conan the Cimmerian, King Kull, Solomon Kane, Bran Mak Morn, Francis X. Gordon, Sailor Steve Costigan, Breckinridge Elkins, and many others, were published in Weird Tales and other pulp magazines during the 1920's and 1930's. Howard was also a gifted poet, and his most famous prose and poetry was published during the golden age of Weird Tales magazine. Howard was amazingly prolific, writing over 300 short stories and novellas and over 700 poems in a career that stretched a little more than ten years.

Although he is best known for his fantasy writing, Howard wrote in a number of genres, including western, humor, boxing, historical adventure, and horror. Along with H.P. Lovecraft and Clark Ashton Smith, he helped catapult Weird Tales to its legendary status. He contributed several stories to the Cthulhu Mythos as a member of the Lovecraft Circle, and was best known for his stirring, gripping action and headlong prose style that drew the reader into his stories of blood and thunder. He is best remembered today as the creator of "Conan the Barbarian," the architect behind the Weird Western, and as one of the greatest pulp writers of all time. The last few years of his life was the basis of a movie, The Whole Wide World, starring Renee Zellweger and Vincent D'Onfrio.

Robert E Howard in 1934

Weird Tales (August 1928) featuring "Red Shadows," the first Solomon Kane story

Our special Robert E. Howard exhibit features several special artifacts drawn from the Robert E. Howard House and Museum, as well as from the Cross Plains Library. These special holdings are being exhibited for the first time ever outside of the Museum, especially for LoneStarCon 3!

Contributors to this unique presentation include Dark Horse Comics (publishers of several Howard comics lines), Paradox Entertainment (the rights holders of the Robert E. Howard literary estate) and several private collectors. Much of this material has never been seen before, and will be on display only for the duration of LoneStarCon 3. In addition, several noted experts will be on hand to talk more about the items on display, and to answer your questions about the Robert E. Howard House, Howard Days, and more.

A Trip to the Howard House

One of the most talked about special events at the 2006 World Fantasy Convention is back! Join Robert E. Howard experts Mark Finn and Rusty Burke as they take you on a tour of Robert E. Howard's home town haunts, including a visit to the Robert E. Howard House and museum. It's a one-of-a-kind, personal trip that you will not forget. It's also a chance to see Texas as you've never seen it before: through the eyes of legendary author Robert E. Howard. Cost is $50 per person. Seating is limited, so make your plans now!

This event is scheduled for Wednesday, August 28. Everyone will board a chartered bus at 8 a.m. Finn and Burke will point out things of interest along the way as the bus drives to Cross Plains, Texas. We will eat in Cross Plains (bring lunch money) as part of the tour. The bus will leave Cross Plains at 4 p.m. There will even be some special entertainment for the trip back (it's a surprise!). We'll arrive back in San Antonio at 8 p.m. or thereabouts, traffic permitting.

So if you're going to be in town and would to join this unique event, how do you sign up? Just go to our general payment page, and select the "8/28 Bus Fare to Cross Plains" option, and pay your $50, and you'll be all set.

Any questions? Just write to us at howard-tour@LoneStarCon3.org and we'll do our best to help.

The Robert E Howard House

The Robert E. Howard House in Cross Plains