2016 Robert E. Howard Foundation Awards Nominees

The 2016 REH Foundation Awards Nominees have been announced. The awards honor achievement in Howard scholarship and in the promotion of Howard’s life and works. The winners will be announced at Robert E. Howard Days in Cross Plains, TX on June 10.

The Atlantean — Outstanding Achievement, Book (non-anthology/collection)

  • Bobby Derie – The Collected Letters of REH: Index and Addenda (REH Foundation Press)
  • James Lafond – Dark Art of an Aryan Mystic: The Racially Charged Fiction of Robert E. Howard (Punch Buggy Books)
  • Patrice Louinet – Le Guide Howard (ActuSF)

The Valusian — Outstanding Achievement, Book (anthology/collection)

[No eligible candidates this year]

The Hyrkanian—Outstanding Achievement, Essay (Print)

  • Dierk Guenther – “A Farewell to the Old West – The End of the “Old Frontier”—Robert E. Howard’s ‘Old Garfield’s Heart’” REH: Two-Gun Raconteur #18
  • James Reasoner – “Not Your Ordinary Gun-Dummy: The Western Heroes of Robert E. Howard” REH: Two-Gun Raconteur #18
  • Jeffrey Shanks – “Evolutionary Otherness: Anthropological Anxiety in Robert E. Howard’s ‘Worms of the Earth’” The Unique Legacy of Weird Tales

The Cimmerian—Outstanding Achievement, Essay (Online)

  • Barbara Barrett – “Hester Jane Ervin Howard and Tuberculosis (3 parts)”  REH: Two Gun Raconteur Blog Part 1: Link  Part 2: Link Part 3: Link
  • Bobby Derie – “The Mirror of E’ch-Pi-El: Robert E. Howard in the Letters of H.P. Lovecraft (3 parts)” On An Underwood No. 5 Part 1: Link Part 2: Link  Part 3: Link
  • David Piske – “Barbarism and Civilization in the Letters of Robert E. Howard and H.P. Lovecraft: A Summary with Commentary (6 parts)” On An Underwood No. 5 Part 1: Link Part 2: Link Part 3: Link Part 4: Link Part 5: Link Part 6: Link

The Venarium — Emerging Scholar

  • Bobby Derie – Contributed essays to TGR blog, On An Underwood No. 5, and compiled the The Collected Letters of REH: Index and Addenda
  • Dierk Guenther – Contributed an essay to TGR #18; presented paper at PCA; participated in panel at HDs
  • Todd Vick – Contributed essays to TGR and On An Underwood No. 5; Editor of On An Underwood No. 5 blog

The Stygian—Outstanding Achievement, Website

Eligible candidates are limited to internet sites with substantive static content and material that is primarily devoted to scholarship on the life and works of Robert E. Howard. Websites must have been updated with new content at least once in the previous calendar year. Non-static social media like Facebook and Twitter would not be eligible.

The Aquilonian — Outstanding Achievement, Periodical

  • The Hyborian Gazette (Steve Dilks)
  • REH: Two Gun Raconteur (Damon Sasser)
  • REH Foundation Newsletter (Damon Sasser)

The Black Lotus – Outstanding Achievement, Multimedia

Eligible candidates have produced a multimedia or audio/visual work or series of works, such as videos, documentaries, podcasts, animation, etc. related to the life and work of REH

The Black River—Special Achievement

  • Bob Byrne – For organizing the “Discovering REH” blog post series at the Black Gate Website
  • Howard Andrew Jones and Bill Ward – For their “Re-Reading Conan” series at www.howardandrewjones.com/
  • Bob Roehm – For his biographical research published at the REH: Two-Gun Raconteur Blog, On an Underwood No. 5, and the Black Gate website.

The Rankin — Artistic achievement in the depiction of REH’s life and/or work

  • Thomas Gianni – For Fists of Iron Volume 4 cover (Link)
  • Tomas Giorello and Jose Villarrubia — Cover and interior artwork for adaptation of “Wolves Beyond the Border” King Conan: Wolves Beyond the Border issue 1 (Dark Horse). (LinkLink)
  • Jim & Ruth Keegan — Artwork for “The Adventures of Two-Gun Bob,” [Various titles] (Link)

Black Circle Award – Lifetime Achievement

Individuals who have made significant and long-lasting contributions to REH scholarship, publishing, or the promotion of Howard’s life and works. Eligible candidates must have been publicly involved in Howard-related activities for a minimum of two decades.

  • Roy Thomas (Approve or Disapprove – 60% approval required)

Roy Thomas was the main impetus behind the Marvel comic series Conan the Barbarian for which he wrote for many years. That best-selling series and its sister titles, King Conan and Savage Sword of Conan introduced many thousands of readers to the character, and through Roy’s efforts in promoting Robert E. Howard, to the original stories as well. In 2006 he authored Conan: The Ultimate Guide to the World’s Most Savage Barbarian and was guest of honor at Howard Days.

[Via SF Site News.]