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Robert E. Howard was born January 22, 1906, southwest of Fort Worth. His father, a country physician, moved the family around Texas before settling in the small town of Cross Plains in 1919. While in high school, Howard began submitting stories to magazines, and Weird Tales magazine accepted Spear and Fang. Solomon Kane was the first of his continuing characters to see print; others included King Kull and Bran Mak Morn. Howard tried detective fiction, horror, and Paul Bunyanesque tales, then in 1933, Weird Tales introduced Conan the Cimmerian. In 1935 his mother was admitted to the King's Daughters Hospital. Told she would never recover, he committed suicide in 1936.
"Howard's writing seems so highly charged with energy that it nearly gives off sparks."--Stephen King "Howard had a gritty, vibrant style--broadsword writing that cut its way to the heart, with heroes who are truly larger than life."--David Gemmell "For stark, living fear . . . what other writer is even in the running with Robert E. Howard?"--H. P. Lovecraft