Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Robert E. Howard's Birthday

Today is Robert E. Howard's 102 birthday. He was creator of Conan the Barbarian and the originator of the Sword and Sorcery genre. Plus, Howard wrote many other wonderful adventure tales set in both modern and ancient times.

But the idea of a man making his living by writing seemed, in that hardy environment, so fantastic that even today I am sometimes myself assailed by a feeling of unreality.
-Robert E. Howard

Civilized men are more discourteous than savages because they know they can be impolite without having their skulls split, as a general thing.
-Robert E. Howard

A scene from the movie The Whole Wide World where Howard, played by Vincent D'Onofrio, talks about his favorite creation, Conan.



Arkonbey said...

Crom's Bones!

Happy R.E.H. B-Day!

Thomas Fummo said...

Hail Rob!
Hail Conan!

Dean Wormer said...

Happy birthday Howard.

Awesome author.

ladybug said...

How appropriate I'm reading several trade paperbacks of the Dark Horse issues of Conan!

Hmmm, who is the mysterious man behind it all!


It sucks he killed himself, I'm sure there would have been more interesting stories! Glad at least he's getting the recognition he deserves.

Arkonbey said...

what I find neat is that you aren't often able to point to a single person to create an enduring genre. Some things, like Rock and Roll evolve, but some things are seemingly sculpted out of the ether. REH did it. George A. Romero did it. Jules Verne did it.

That's all I can think of. Anybody?

Swinebread said...

Arkonbey – Yeah! none of that wimpy Mitra.

Dr. S – I concur

Dean – so true

LB – All part of the plan. I’m glad he is finally getting his due too.

Arkonbey – Wow, um… Maybe William Gibson and Cyberpunk? …and maybe George Miller and The Road Warrior?

Don Snabulus said...

Wow. He died young, but his contributions were significant. RIP.

Thomas Fummo said...

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Arkonbey said...

Swine: I don't know about Mr. Gibson. I like his work (but prefer Stephenson). Cyperpunk is to sci-fi what Alternative is to music; it's hard to pin down its origins.

But before REH, there was, of course, mythology and legend, but he created a single character that became an archetype.

The same with Romero. Sure, there were horror movies, but name one film that featured flesh-eating undead made before 1968. Now you can't throw a stick in the video store without hitting a flesh-eating zombie film.

Dr. Zaius said...

First Arnold Schwarzenegger ruined Conan, now he is ruining California. There is no justice.

Arkonbey said...

Dr. Z.

I would disagree with you if not for the existence of Conan the Destroyer.

Pandabonium said...

How can you go on living when you've created a ideal you could never live up to? It seems throughout history that creative people sometimes have very short lives. Maybe it comes with the territory.

Faded said...

Long Live REH,in each of us whose blood pumps madly as we read his stories. And who are driven to go out and live that much bigger and brighter as we set aside his tales and rush headlong back out into life.

And may we all pick our own time to die, when the passion ebbs.