Our pal Jeff Shanks did a bang-up job designing the banner shown here. The handsome dude on the left needs no introduction and the even handsomer Frenchman on the right is our Guest of Honor this year: Msr. Patrice Louinet.
We're very happy to have Patrice as GOH this year - believe me, we've been trying for quite a while. I've bribed him...well, *enticed* him with the promise of Chicago deep dish pizza many times, to no avail. But THIS YEAR we got lucky! Now I've got to get Lou Malnotti's to deliver to Cross Plains!
Mr. Louinet’s name is easily recognized by Howard fans everywhere as being one of the premier scholars in Robert E. Howard studies. From his first “real” essay in The Dark Man #4 to his editing, essay and preparation work on Wandering Star’s The Ultimate Triumph, The Coming of Conan and The Bloody Crown of Conan, along with Del Rey’s The Conquering Sword of Conan and volumes for the REH Foundation Press, Patrice has been a major factor in the revival of not only Howard’s work but of the ongoing REH scholarship.
Well, what has he done for us lately, you ask? I’ll let him explain: “I am equally proud of what I have been doing here, to wit: I have edited and translated 10 Howard books so far, with the 11th in the works (and should be published around June) with Editions Bragelonne. My work on that series (ie translations, intros and essays) earned me the ‘Special Award’ of the Imaginales in 2012, the Imaginales being France’s most important festival/con in the Fantasy genre. Spreading the Good Word in every conceivable way I can think of, I was heavily involved in the audio edition of the Howard books, have been writing and developing a documentary on Bob H. for the past year, have spoken REH at La Sorbonne, on national tee-vee and radio and am the co-creator of Robert-E-Howard.fr.”
Patrice also mentions that he is working as the main adviser for a new Conan board game to be released sometime in the future.
Robert E. Howard Days 2014 is shaping up to be a really good one, so start making your plans to join us in Cross Plains June 13th & 14th for two days of the very best time in Howard Fandom.
Check back here periodically and also look to the Robert E. Howard Facebook page, along with www.rehfoundation.org, www.rehtwogunraconteur.com, www.conan.com, and others.