The Newcomer's Guide to Robert E. Howard

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The Newcomer’s Guide to Robert E. Howard is an endeavour to enlighten and educate the world about one of the greatest authors of Texan history. The Guide seeks to introduce the man and his works to the uninitiated, to provide links and directions to more detailed sources, and to dispel the many myths and misconceptions which have arisen over the years, in a manner that is hoped to be unintimidating, friendly and helpful.

About the same time that Mark Finn was writing his New Manifesto, I’d been creating my own attempt at forming an introduction to newcomers of Robert E. Howard and his work. This will always be a work in progress, as there’s always a new discovery, perspective or explanation for the mysteries and intricacies of the Man from Cross Plains’ life and art.

The Newcomer’s Guide will also be less confrontational than the New Manifesto for a very specific reason: covering all bases. Some people will be convinced to reassert their beliefs through reevaluation in the face of righteous indignation, while others will simply write off the New Manifesto as the rantings of an oversensitive fanboy. Therefore, I think it important to have two approaches. I don’t disagree with Mark on any of his assertions, but that doesn’t mean Mark, or any one man, can speak for all of REH Fandom, who have opinions, beliefs and interpretations as varied as any fandom could have. As the great Rusty Burke said, getting Howard fans to agree on something “is like herding cats. Big nasty saber-tooth cats.”

Think of Mark Finn’s New Manifesto as the bad cop, and Newcomer’s Guide as the good cop.

Written by alharron

22 December, 2010 at 12:35 pm

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