Creator / Robert E. Howard
"Money and muscle, thatís what I want; to be able to do any damned thing I want and get away with it. Money wonít do that altogether, because if a man is a weakling, all the money in the world wonít enable him to soak an enemy himself; on the other hand, unless he has money he may not be able to get away with it."
Robert E. Howard (January 22, 1906 - June 11, 1936) was a writer and poet from Texas, USA. He wrote short stories and poems spanning several genres, including Heroic Fantasy, Western, Cosmic Horror and historical fiction. He was the Trope Maker for the genres Low Fantasy, Dark Fantasy and Sword & Sorcery — which, in fact, received its name from a discussion of what the genre that a Howard story was should be called. Along with J. R. R. Tolkien, he is one of the most influential writers in modern fantasy. His life was the subject of the 1996 film The Whole Wide World.

Howard was a friend and correspondent of H.P. Lovecraft and one of the contributors to the original Cthulhu Mythos.

His most well-known creation is Conan the Barbarian, a character that has greatly overshadowed his creator.

Howard committed suicide with a gun at the age of 30, after his ailing mother fell into an irrecoverable coma and he was told she'd never wake again (she died shortly after).


Notable characters created by Howard include (sorted by approximate internal chronology):

Many of Howard's works (including some juvenalia) are available here

Artists that were influenced by Robert Howard's works include

Tropes common to many of Robert Howard's stories (that do not fit nicely into any articles about specific characters or stories that might already exist)

Alternative Title(s): Robert E Howard