Nemedian Dispatches 2010 — No. 1

This is the first installment of the online version of Nemedian Dispatches. I’m taking this feature from the print journal and bringing it to the website. 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:

Robert E. Howard’s Complete Conan of  Cimmeria Volume Three (1935).  After a five year delay, Wandering Star in Partnership with Book Palace Books has published in final volume in the Complete Conan of Cimmeria series. The contents are identical to Del Rey’s The Conquering Sword of Conan. The volume is profusely illustrated with 13 color paintings and 52 tonal paintings specially commissioned from award-winning artist Gregory Manchess. Gilt edged book complete in Slipcase with embossed color plate and dust jacket. Signed and numbered by Manchess.

Conan the Barbarian. Easton Press has published a collection of Robert E. Howard’s public domain Conan stories in a deluxe, leather-bound format. The volume is a high-end reprint of the Prion Books edition published last year.

The Early Adventures of El Borak. This hardcover edition from The Robert E. Howard Foundation Press not only contains all the El Borak juvenilia, but related material such as the early Sonora Kid, Lal Singh, Yar Ali Khan stories and fragments and a big batch of obscure material including “Under the Great Tiger” by Howard and Tevis Clyde Smith. The first printing sold out quickly, but a second printing will be shipping any day. 

El Borak and Other Desert Adventures. In book stores now, the first complete collection of Robert E. Howard’s  desert adventures featuring three of REH’s most famous heroes: El Borak, Kirby  O’Donnell and Steve Clarney. The stories gathered in this volume have been  restored to the earliest, most definitive versions available today.

The Singer in the Mist. This is a new collection of all of Howard’s poetry that appeared in Weird  Tales. The book is a UK publication from Stanza Press.

Oriental Stories Pulp Reprints. A few months ago, Wildside Press published two facsimile reprints of Oriental Stories containing Howard stories. Issue Vol. 1, No. 1 with “The Voice of El-Lil” and issue Vol.1, No.4 featuring “Hawks of Outremer” came out in March.

The Brownwood Connection. The Central Texas town of Brownwood has changed a lot since Robert E. Howard’s time, but traces of the 1920s and ’30s can still be found, if you know where to look. The Brownwood Connection not only provides directions to all of the important locations, it also describes Howard’s relationship with the Texas town, from his high school days to his college experiences and beyond. And if that wasn’t enough, The Brownwood Connection also contains the most in-depth look at Howard’s experiences with the railroad ever published. This 107 page magazine-sized paperback is published by The Robert E. Howard Foundation Press.

The Dark Man, Vol. 5, No. 1. Just out is a new issue of the journal of Robert E. Howard studies. Contents include: “The Shadow of the Beast”: A Closer Look by Charles Hoffman; “Marchers of Valhalla”, Creation, and the Cult of Castration” by Jeffrey Kahan; “Celtic Influences in the Works of Robert E. Howard” by Philip Emery; “A Second Look: The Lost Land of Lemuria” by Morgan Holmes; “Visualizing Howard’s World: The Savage Sword of Conan” by Charles Hoffman;”The Good, the Bad, and Howard in the Cross Plains Universe” by Morgan Holmes and “Remembering Wolfshead” by Charles Hoffman. Two dealers who stock TDM are Mike Chomko and Gavin Smith.

Kindle e-books:

Halcyon Press Ltd. Houston based e-book publisher Halcyon Press Ltd. has been very busy releasing a large number Howard e-books for Kindle:

Audio Books:

 Bran Mak Morn, Horror Stories & Kull on Audio. Tantor Audio has recently released these Del Rey collections in an audio format: Bran Mak Morn: the Last King., The Horror Stories of  Robert E. Howard and Kull: Exile of Atlantis.

Coming Soon:

Post Oaks and Sand Roughs and Others. TGR blogger Rob Roehm posted some preliminary information on this upcoming book from the REH Foundation at the Robert E. Howard Forum. The book will contain Robert E. Howard’s fictionalized autobiographical short novel Post Oaks and Sand Roughs, plus numerous other works by REH containing information of a personal and biographical nature.

The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard. The third Robert E. Howard limited edition volume coming from Subterranean Press will be The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard. The contents 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. You can now pre-order the book.

Robert E. Howard: A Collector’s Descriptive Bibliography & Biography. Coming the fourth quarter of this year, a softcover edition of Leon Nielsen’s A Collector’s Descriptive Bibliography of American and British Hardcover, Paperback, Magazine, Special and Amateur Editions, with a Biography from publisher McFarland & Company. The hardcover edition was published in 2007.

Sword’s Edge: Paintings Inspired by the Works of Robert E. Howard .Coming in September is a slim collection (48 pages) of Howard inspired paintings by Sanjulian. The book will be edited by Arnie and Cathy Fenner.  After the brouhaha arising out of Arnie’s intro to And Their Memory Was a Bitter Tree, I hope someone else writes the foreword for this volume.

Other 2010 editions: No. 2, No. 3, No. 4