You are probably Familiar with at least one of his Characters, You are DEFINITELY familiar with the Genre he Created as its one of the most popular literary genres today. He'd could very well be called the most influential 20th century author you've never heard of.
He was more of a pulp fiction writer he did write a few good Novels... Conan, and was also featured in the pulp mag Weird Tales... Their were many of those mag in there days Amazing Stories, Fate Magazine, later on Analog Magazine,, not many anymore.. I even miss Omni Magazine...
I had no clue. I don't find any of that genre interesting. I have read some Gothic novels from the 16th century that are said to be the first of the fantasy genre. I would agree with others who have said that the genre was around a lot earlier than since the 1920s.
Ill pencil him onto my list of people to read. Maybe his stuff is easier to get through than Tolkien.
Lol I actually have a quote of Robert E Howard's on my page
The little poets sing of little things: Hope, cheer, and faith, small queens and puppet kings; Lovers who kissed and then were made as one, And modest flowers waving in the sun.
The mighty poets write in blood and tears And agony that, flame-like, bites and sears. They reach their mad blind hands into the night, To plumb abysses dead to human sight; To drag from gulfs where lunacy lies curled, Mad, monstrous nightmare shapes to blast the world. ― Robert E. Howard
he was an American author who wrote pulp fiction in a diverse range of genres and also created Connan the Barbarian.
Robert E. Howard was definitely one of the greatest fantasy writers of all times: Conan, Red Sonja, Kull Of Atlantis, Bran Mak Morn and many other fantastic characters... Howard was really a genius, Sword & Sorcery is my favorite sub-genre of Fantasy.
I'm of an older generation so yeah I know him and the other classic authors like Lovecraft, Stapledon, Moorcock, Edgar Rice Burroghs, H. G. Wells, Matheson, guys who probably will disappear into oblivion in this generation or the next.
He's the creator of Conan. He comitted suicide when his mother died. He wore a sombrero from time to time. He was an amateur boxer. He practiced swordsmanship. He lived in Texas. He maintained a correspondence with H. P. Lovecraft, though the two never met.
I knew this from the sourcebook of a role playing game (I was a gamer). There's also a pretty good movie staring Vincent Denofrio and Renew Zellweger called The Whole Wide World. It's based on the memoirs of Novaline Price, Howard's sort of girlfriend, called He Walked Alone. The relationship portrayed in the movie reminds me of my friend and his ex-wife.