Tuesday, June 5, 2018

It's Time for Howard Days!


Howard Days is THIS WEEK!

Starting on Thursday the 7th with the Robert E. Howard Museum open from 2 to 4 pm, we're packing a passel of REH activities into Friday and Saturday for your listening, viewing and enjoyment pleasure. Check elsewhere on this page and the tabs above for complete information, but here are a few gentle reminders about The Best Two Days in Howard Fandom.

When you show up in Cross Plains, the main meeting area is the Alla Ray Morris Pavilion adjacent to the Robert E. Howard House & Museum. Folks gather here for all the pertinent and extemporaneous announcements, to have a cool drink and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow Howard fans.

This year, folks gathering at the Pavilion will be able to view the ongoing REAL archaeological dig going on in Howard's back yard. Archaeologists Jeff Shanks, Thadra Stanton and Heather Young will be on hand to tell you all about it!


With one exception, all the activities at Howard Days are presented at no cost - FREE! Donations to Project Pride are welcomed and appreciated, of course. Parking is free, admission to the House and all tours and panels is free, the Hot Dog Lunch on Friday and the Saturday BBQ is free - and best of all, the Robert E. Howard fellowship and friendship afforded by Howard fans is FREE!

Temperatures are scheduled to be hot and the humidity will be high, so take care of yourselves while enjoying Howard Days. Sunscreen, bug spray, light clothing and lots of water will keep you cool and comfortable while you enjoy all the activities. The House is air-conditioned of course, to cool you off as you take the tour or shop in the Gift Shop.

Don't forget that the Cross Plains Public Library will be open Friday and Saturday and various Howard scholars and fans will be on hand to show you some of the original Howard typescripts and pulp magazines from the Library's collection. There will also be some Conan role-playing gaming and board gaming going on there, so check that out as well.

All in all, a great time is in the works. And spur-of-the-moment visitors will have no problem jumping right in to all the fun! So, y'all come - see you at Howard Days!


Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Howard Days is One Week Away! Here are some Random Reminders for Attendees

It might be hard to believe that Howard Days starts in one week, but hear us now and believe us later! For all you lucky attendees, here are some random yet helpful reminders about coming to The Best Two Days in Howard Fandom!
  • There are still seats available for the Friday night Celebration Banquet. You can Paypal your $15.00 to Projpride@yahoo.com, or check with Arlene in the Gift Shop at the House on Friday. We've moved the Banquet to a larger facility, the Family Life Center at the Baptist Church on Main Street.
  • You can also bring Silent Auction items to the Museum on Friday if you like. The earlier the better. Right now we've got 130 items plus, including some rare REH collectibles.
  • There are also tables still available for the Dealers Area. $25.00 for both days for your REH/related items, payable in the Gift Shop.
  • Speaking of money, please remember that the Museum Gift Shop and the Silent Auction can only accept cash or checks. So bring your checkbook or hit one of the several ATM's around Cross Plains.
  • The Postal Cancellation Souvenir only happens on Friday, so be sure to get up to the Cross Plains Post Office for this unique memento.
  • The Robert E. Howard Foundation Press will set up under their shady canopy, selling pure text REH. Their latest release, PICTURES IN THE FIRE, will debut there, with Editor Paul Herman and cover artist Bill Cavalier available to sign your book!.
  • Skelos Press will also be on hand, debuting the English version of Patrice Louinet's THE ROBERT E. HOWARD GUIDE. The handsome Frenchman will also gladly sign your copy!
  • The Conan Role-Playing Game will be presented at the Cross Plains Library along with the Conan Board Game and a little bird has told us the new Solomon Kane RPG will be on display.
  • Here's a health reminder: The weather forecast for Cross Plains next week calls for hot as the slag heaps of hell (as REH would say) temperatures in the 100's. Consequently, dress accordingly, use sunscreen and make sure to stay extra-hydrated. Free water is available in the big cooler at the Pavilion, so everybody water up!
  • In a related vein - Cross Plains is perpetually under a BURN BAN. The hot Texas air makes everything susceptible to fire, so PLEASE be very careful with matches or smoking.
  • Finally, we will celebrate the 90th birthday of Solomon Kane with CAKE at the Friday Hot Dog Lunch. Cutting it with your rapier is optional.
There may be more reminders as we think of them. Stay tuned to this blog or the Facebook page for updates and additional pertinent info.

And remember: all the activities at Howard Days: Tours, panels, Hot Dogs on Friday and the BBQ on Saturday are free. Everyone is welcome, so y'all come! See you next week!

Friday, May 25, 2018

Howard Days Presents Two Book Debuts



If all goes as planned, we should see the release of two new books at Howard Days 2018. One is about Robert E. Howard, the other is by Robert E. Howard.

Patrice Louinet, world-renowned Howard Scholar, will be on hand in Cross Plains for the unveiling of his newly-translated-into-English THE ROBERT E. HOWARD GUIDE. This book is a comprehensive look at the life and writings of REH, done by this prominent Howard devote, scholar, collector and fan, who will indeed "guide" you through all things Howard within these pages!

The Robert E. Howard Foundation Press is pleased to announce the arrival of their latest book, PICTURES IN THE FIRE, Remaining Weird Tales and Esoterica. This tome features an interesting mix of Howard's original typescript writings and includes stories, poems, drafts and fragments (that were not included in previous works) and many little 'esoteric" bits that came from Bob's Underwood No. 5 or from the tip of his pencil. The cover to this book is a watercolor painting done by Bill Cavalier, this year's Howard Days Guest of Honor.

Both Monsieur (and soon to be Dr.) Louinet and The One and Only "Indiana" Bill Cavalier will be on hand to sign (and maybe doodle) in these books at Howard Days. Also, PITF editor Paul Herman will be around to sign as well.

These and other surprises await you in Cross Plains at The Best Two Days in Howard Fandom. (Although now that we've mentioned the books - not so much of a surprise...) 

We are "Celebrating REH Fans" this year and hope you can be there! To celebrate Solomon Kane's 90th birthday: THERE WILL BE CAKE!

Click on the little info tabs on this page for everything you need to know about Howard Days, and

Y'all come!




Monday, May 21, 2018

Updates for Howard Days - New Banquet Location



With two and a half weeks left, we've got one important update for you: there is a change in venue for the Friday night Celebration Banquet.

The Banquet will now be held at the Family Life Center of the Baptist Church on Main Street in Cross Plains. It's a well-labeled building that is hard to miss, just north of the downtown section.

This change will provide more space for both the Banquet and the Silent Auction held at the same time. And more importantly, the caterer is happy, so: happy cook, happy...well, the chicken fried steak will taste a little extra special this year.

There are still seats left at the Banquet. $15.00 per person will do the trick, sent to Project Pride, POB 534, Cross Plains, TX 76443 or via Paypal at ProjPride@yahoo.com.

Our panel presentations this year will be extra special as well. Fred Malmberg, Jay Zetterberg and Steve Booth from Cabinet Entertainment will be on hand with all of their REH-related updates coming down the pike. Robert E. Howard is hitting the big time in the form of multi-media entertainment. New books, new games and new television presentations featuring REH characters are being planned to really get the Howard name and brand to more people. Patrice Louinet will be here to talk about the ongoing Howard publishing being done in France, along with some exciting Howard-related gaming news. There'll be gaming presentations at the Cross Plains Library as well as notable Howard Heads on hand there for your question-answering pleasure.

We'll be hearing about these events and more at our panel presentations, but all the Howard Heads will be available all weekend all over town to answer your questions and keep things exciting.

Speaking of books, looks like the newest offering from the REH Foundation Press will be available for the first time at Howard Days. Pictures in the Fire, Remaining Weird Tales and Esoterica, should be front and center under the Foundation Press canopy set up just east of the Robert E. Howard Museum. This book features a cover by Bill Cavalier, who is also the 2018 Howard Days Guest of Honor. It will include REH stories, poems, letters and well, esoterica not yet published.

So, the time for Howard Days is drawing near, but there's still plenty of room for y'all to come! Hope to see you there!

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Howard Days Poster


Here is the official Howard Days 2018 poster, done by Guest of Honor Bill Cavalier.

We see where "Indy" put in a reference to the newly uncovered storm/storage cellar, discovered last month during "The Dig" at the house. This newly uncovered part of the Howard Museum will now be on permanent display, as Project Pride has decided to add it to the Museum tour. Details are still to be worked out, but the cellar will be open for viewing during Howard Days and on other special occasions.

The poster lists a number of activities to be experienced during Howard Days, but the experience of coming to Cross Plains to appreciate the life and legacy of Robert E. Howard is like no other.

There's plenty of room for everyone and as almost all the activities are free, so y'all come!

Monday, April 23, 2018

Six Weeks to Howard Days!

With Howard Days getting closer, here are a few announcements and updates.

We will not be holding the Swap Meet inside the Pavilion this year. Instead, we will have Dealers Area tables set up along the fence east of the House for anyone wanting to display and sell merchandise. But there are a few stipulations:

  • There will only be 6 tables available for $25.00 each for both June 8th and 9th. First come, first served and they can be purchased in advance. (Paypal payments: ProjPride@yahoo.com or check or M.O. to Project Pride, POB 534, Cross Plains, TX 76443). If you only need orwant a table for one day, it is still $25.00.
  • There may be tables available on site the day of the event, but as they are limited to only 6, advance registration is a good idea. Limit 1 table per person.
  • As this is Robert E. Howard Days, we will require the majority (75%) of your merchandise be directly related to Robert E. Howard. This means books, magazines, comics, pulps, fanzines, artwork, etc. "Directly related" can also include Lovecraft and other pulp writers' works, but does not include any self-published non-Howard items. Howard pastiches and knock-offs like Brak the Barbarian are ok. "Directly related" still covers a lot.
  • There will be absolutely no displaying of items for sale on the tables or benches in the Pavilion and we would greatly appreciate your cooperation on this.

One of the most thrilling events at Howard Days is the Silent Auction at the Celebration Banquet on Friday night. A wide variety of Howard items are always available, but we need more!

If you would like to donate to the Silent Auction, please know that you will be helping out with the upkeep and maintenance of the Robert E. Howard Museum - AND your donation is tax deductible.
100% of all proceeds go to Project Pride and the Robert E. Howard Museum! 

You can send your Silent Auction items directly to Project Pride, POB 534, Cross Plains, TX 76443 and please mark your box "ATTN: SILENT AUCTION". Or, if you are attending Howard Days, you may drop your items off at the Gift Shop before 3 p.m. on Friday, June 8th.

Again, we are in need of REH-specific items. It is much appreciated and you will feel good about supporting the Legacy of Ol' Two-Gun Bob Howard!

Finally, we will adding a couple of new features this year. Various Howard scholars and fans (we call them "Howard Heads") will be on hand at the Cross Plains Public Library during Howard Days to do a "meet and greet", answer any questions you have, show off the impressive library collection of original REH typescripts, original pulp magazines and books and to show you the ongoing REH gaming area in the conference room. Every visitor to the Library can sign in at the front desk which gives the numbers rating a boost for this award-winning small town Library. Of course, donations are welcome also and coffee mug souvenirs are available.

Also, prior to the Saturday evening BBQ dinner, Rusty Burke will present a walking tour of the grounds at the Howard Museum. During this walk, archaeologist Jeffrey Shanks will be available to talk about the April excavation of the storm cellar in the back yard of the House.

More announcements, updates and information to come. Click on the various tabs at the top of this page for all the info you need for Howard Days. Also check out the Robert E. Howard Days Facebook page. We look forward to seeing you in Cross Plains!

For specific questions, please e-mail Bill Cavalier at 2cavaliers@sbcglobal.net.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

The Dig at the House


The "Big Dig" is happening this week on the grounds of the Robert E. Howard Museum! Archaeologist Jeffery Shanks (who just happens to be a major Howard fan too) will be leading his team of fellow archaeologists plus a number of volunteers. They'll be digging in the back yard of the house  trying to uncover a former storm/cold cellar for the possible artifacts that may be there. One item of interest is the sign that hung on the house when REH lived lived there: DOCTOR. HOWARD RESIDENCE. It was deposited in the pit 40-some years ago - maybe it fell into a pocket of preservation!

There is a Go Fund Me page set up! https://www.gofundme.com/hh35y-robert-e-howard-house-archaeology is the place to go for complete information and if you'd be interested in helping out with this project. Any amount over the funding goal will be donated directly to the Robert E. Howard Museum.

More news next week when we return from the dig! Thanks for your support!