Two-Gun Bob: A Centennial Study of Robert E. Howard


  • Edited by Benjamin Szumskyj
  • November 2006
  • ISBN 0977173453
  • Paperback


Robert E. Howard is enjoying a Renaissance of interest in his centennial year, and rightly so. Of the triumvirate of Weird Tales authors, only Howard has been so long misunderstood, and his works so thoroughly adulterated, as to permit of little serious study. In fact, some of us here at Hippocampus Press have neglected even to read Howard ourselves, because no definitive editions were available. With the recently released new editions of his fiction, however, we have tasted the waters, and come into the fold of Howard enthusiasts.

Towards this end we have commissioned a critical study of his entire body of work.

Update 1/12/06: Cross Plains, the home town of Robert E. Howard, was severely hit by the grass fires two weeks ago. Hippocampus Press extends its sympathy to the victims and pledges to participate in some manner in the reconstruction effort. For information on the emerging story of this disaster, please visit :

“Benjamin Szumskyj is at the cutting edge of Robert E. Howard scholars and aficionados. Through his diligence and enthusiasm, the work of Robert E. Howard will continue to be remembered and discussed, and the sword-and-sorcery genre will be revived and renewed.”
--Charles R. Saunders, Author of Imaro

“A lot of people who've shaped the landscape of American culture have died young, but Howard is unique in having left behind such a great body of work in his short stint. It's a rare genius that can produce so much, so quickly, which so deeply connects with the readership. Each story comes out of a greater context than the novice Howard reader can imagine. Let Two-Gun Bob: A Centennial Study of Robert E. Howard bring you into his world."
--Scott Allie, Editor of Dark Horses’ Conan

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Foreword – “Robert E. Howard: A Texan Master” by Michael Moorcock
  1. “The Junto” by Glenn Lord
  2. “... From Acorns Grow: Robert E. Howard Revealed in Post Oaks and Sand Roughs” by John Goodrich
  3. “Sleuths, Secrets, and Grisly Mysteries: The Detective Fiction of Robert E. Howard” by Fred Blosser
  4. “Words From the Outer Dark: The Poetical Works of Robert E. Howard” by Michele Tetro
  5. “Texas Talespinner: Robert E. Howard’s Ways With Words” by Frank Coffman
  6. “Robert E. Howard: A State of Mind” by Charles Gramlich
  7. “The Persistence of the Familiar: The Hyborian World and the Geographies of Fantastic Literature” by Lorenzo DiTommaso
  8. “Bran Mak Morn and History” by S.T. Joshi
  9. “Bitter Pleasures and Swinish Stupidity: Robert E. Howard’s Take on Human Character” by Charles Hoffman
  10. “El Borak, the Swift” by Scott Sheaffer
  11. “Stars and Strong Men: The Cosmic and Science Fiction of Robert E. Howard” by Martin Andersson
  12. “Laudator Temporis Acti: History and Myth in the Works of Robert E. Howard” by Pietro Guarriello
  13. “Cimmerian Gloves: Studying Robert E. Howard’s Ace Jessel From the Ringside” by Benjamin Szumskyj
  • Author, Subject and Title Index
  • About the Contributors
  • Acknowledgments

This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 06 April, 2010.