This is the third 2010 installment of the online version of Nemedian Dispatches. This year I removed this feature from the print journal and brought it to this blog. Four times a year, Nemedian Dispatches will highlight new and upcoming appearances of Howard’s fiction in print, as well as Howard in other types of media.

In Print:

The Fantasy Fan
This is the complete run of 18 issues dating from September 1933 to February 1935 and contains original first published stories and poems by Robert E. Howard, Clark Ashton Smith, H.P. Lovecraft, and many others.  Edited by the then 17 year old Charles Hornig, it was the first weird fiction fanzine ever. This hardcover edition is limited to 200 copies, of which the first 100 are slipcased. Contact the publisher for pricing and ordering information.

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The Dark Man Volume 5 Number 2 (Whole Number 15)
The current issue celebrates the journal’s 20thanniversary of publication with an editorial by Mark Hall, interview with Roy Thomas by Jeffrey Kahan, “Fandom at a Crossroads” by Lee Breakiron and a Solomon Kane cover by Bo Hampton. As part of the celebration, the publisher is rolling back the cover price to the 1990 pricing. Both Gavinicuss Books and Mike Chomko stock The Dark Man.

The Robert E. Howard Reader
After a delay of four years, this collection of Howard essays and articles edited by Darrell Schweitzer has finally seen print. While it depends heavily on reprint material, there are some new essays in the mix that make it well worth the $15.00 cover price.  Wildside Press is the publisher.

Sword’s Edge: Paintings Inspired by Robert E. Howard
This is a collection of paintings by legendary Spanish artist, Manuel Perez Clemente Sanjulian. With the impact of a battleaxe, Sword’s Edge collects an action-filled brace of paintings that brings Howard’s classic stories to vivid life for a new generation of fans. This is a slim volume – only 48 pages. Edited by Arnie Fenner, Cathy Fenner and Manuel Auad.


Boris Karloff’s Thriller  
The complete Thriller series, hailed as the most frightening ever created for television, is now available. Horror legend Boris Karloff guides you through 67 unforgettable episodes of suspense, murder and relentless terror from the minds of such masterful writers as Edgar Allan Poe, Robert Bloch, Robert E. Howard, Jack Vance, and Cornell Woolrich. Each episode features an incredible cast of stars, including William Shatner, Leslie Nielsen, Mary Tyier Moore, Elizabeth Montgomery, Rip Torn, Richard Chamberlain, Cloris Leachman, Robert Vaughn, John Carradine, Ursula Andress and many others. Of particular interest to Howard fans is the first season episode adapting “Pigeons from Hell.” The 14-DVD set runs 3,354 minutes long, with 67 episodes presented in full screen black-and-white video, and English mono sound. Extras include a series promo and still galleries.

Kindle & E-Text:

Paradox Entertainment E-Text Howard Downloads
Paradox has listed 29 Robert E. Howard titles that are available on as downloads. The e-text PDF files feature Conan, Cormac Fitzgeoffrey, Kull, El Borak and Solomon Kane stories.  The stories are also available in print format.

Collected Western Stories of Robert E. Howard
This Halcyon Classics e-book for Kindle contains twenty-one western stories by Robert E. Howard, nineteen of which are Breckinridge Elkins stories.  The remaining two are “The Vultures of Wahpeton” and “While Smoke Rolled,” which exists in two versions: one with Pike Bearfield and the other featuring Elkins.


 Coming Soon:

The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard
This upcoming volume coming from Subterranean Press features contents that are identical to the Del Rey edition, which was illustrated by Greg Staples. The Subterranean Press volume will include a number of previously unpublished color plates by Staples.  

Robert E. Howard:  A Collector’s Descriptive Bibliography of American and British Hardcover, Paperback, Magazine, Special and Amateur Editions, with a Biography
A softcover edition of this 2007 hardcover bio-bibliography by the late Leon Nielsen is due out soon from McFarland. This guide is an invaluable resource about Howard, with information for every known published work. Initial chapters provide a biography, discuss Howard’s literary legacy, and give basic tips about collecting Howard’s writings. The main body of the work is a bibliography of Howard’s published works from 1925 through 2004. Each entry includes a description and known details including publisher, date, print run, and estimated value. A thorough index locates the publication of every Howard story or poem.

Steve Harrison’s Casebook and Tales of Weird Menace
These two new books are on the way from the Robert E. Howard Foundation. Contents and ordering information can be found at the Foundation’s website. If you are not a member of the Foundation, check out the various memberships available and join up.

Robert E. Howard’s Savage Sword #1
Continuing their tradition of bringing Robert E. Howard’s incomparable characters to life, Dark Horse will be publishing the inaugural issue of Robert E. Howard’s Savage Sword in late December. The first issue features a recolored version of Roy Thomas, Barry Windsor-Smith and Tim Conrad’s adaptation of “Worms of the Earth.” Also featured is a new El Borak adventure written by Mark Finn and illustrated by Tim Bradstreet.  Writers Marc Andreyko and Paul Tobin, along with artists Robert Aktins and Esad Ribic are also featured, along with a number of other talented folks. This volume is perfect bound and runs 80 pages.

Blood and Thunder — Expanded Edition
Mark Finn has just completed the 127,000 word manuscript for a new, expanded edition of his 2006 biography of Howard.  The hardcover volume will be published by the Robert E. Howard Foundation sometime next year.

Other 2010 editions: No. 1, No. 2, No. 4

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