Tuesday, March 17, 2020


We are saddened to report that, due to the ongoing novel-coronavirus pandemic, and after consulting with our friends in Cross Plains, we have decided that we will have to cancel Robert E. Howard Days, scheduled for June 12-13. 

The uncertainty of the current timelines for the outbreak, the potential risks involved in bringing people from all over the US and other countries, from places with varying rates of infection, to a very small town with limited health care resources, and the need to make a decision now so everyone can adjust their plans, have led the Board of the Robert E. Howard Foundation and our partners at Project Pride to this extremely difficult decision. Ultimately, we had to come down on the side of everyone’s safety.

We will look now toward next year, when we hope that Roy Thomas will join us as Guest of Honor, and we will all get to experience again the Best Weekend in Howard Fandom.

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Howard Days is Coming!

Howard Days 2020 will be held June 12th & 13th at the Robert E. Howard House & Museum in Cross Plains, Texas, and we certainly hope you'll be able to join us!

This year's theme is "Celebrating 50 Years of REH in the Comics" and we are proud to have Roy Thomas as our Guest of Honor. Roy is the person most immediately involved with putting Howard's Conan the Cimmerian into the world of comic books and we are overjoyed that he will be coming to Cross Plains to help us celebrate

We are in the process now of developing the panel and event programming for this year, but rest assured all the "regular" events are taking place. We have tours galore: of the REH Museum, the house grounds and a bus tour around Cross Plains; there's a Celebration Banquet and Silent Auction of REH items on Friday night, a hot dog lunch and honest-to-Texas chuck wagon BBQ, a souvenir postal cancellation, informative and educational panels, viewings of original REH typescripts at the Cross Plains Public Library, a well-stocked Gift Shop and a small dealer's area on the grounds.

Plus, there are always extemporaneous events happening among the gathering of Howard fans, scholars and enthusiasts that are exclusive to our Howard Days event.
And perhaps best of all, you'll be in the company of fellow Howard enthusiasts where the conversation and fellowship runs from morning until late night.

It's for a reason we call it "The Best Two Days in Howard Fandom"! Y'all come!

Stay tuned to this page and our Facebook page for all the information you'll need to make your trip to Howard Days a memorable one.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Howard Days 2020 is June 12th and 13th

Howdy all!
The wheels have already been turning in getting Howard Days 2020 underway. Hope you can join us on Friday and Saturday, June 12th and 13th in Cross Plains, Texas at the Robert E. Howard Museum for The Best Two Days in Howard Fandom!

The theme of this year's event is "Celebrating REH in the Comics" and we're pulling out all the stops as we honor the 50th Anniversary of Marvel Comics Conan the Barbarian comic book. To further along our extravaganza, we have Roy Thomas as our Guest of Honor!

Yes, the man who started the Conan comic in 1970 will be at Howard Days! Roy has 50 years of stories about how he was the ground-breaker in getting the feisty Cimmerian into the comics and how he has continued to support our favorite barbarian.

And, that's not all. Since Marvel Comics re-acquired the Conan comic book rights earlier this year, they've been going great guns: not only are they currently producing three Conan titles, other Howard characters are making their way into comic book form. And we're going to have some of the Marvel creators in attendance at Howard Days 2020. You won't want to miss this one!

Details are still being hammered out, as you would expect, but we've got all kinds of surprises and special events that will happen in Cross Plains next June.

We'll get back to a more regular schedule of blogging now and keep you updated as the HD 2020 news comes down the pike. But it would probably be a good idea to think about coming down to Cross Plains next June and it's never too early to start planning for that.

All the basic Howard Days information & logistics is available here on this blog, so click some tabs if you have any questions. And make your plans to come join us in June!

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

It's time for HOWARD DAYS!

Saddle up those broncs and put a shine on yer boots, it's time for Robert E. Howard Days in Cross Plains, Texas.

We hope to see a passle of y'uns there - and remember, almost evry activity is free! So come and mix with REH fans from all over the world in this 2.5 day extravaganza of Howard fun! All the info you need can be had by clicking on the tabs at the top of this page!

We'll do a report next week to let y'all know how much fun we had. Until then, keep the sun on your face and the wind at your back!
Hope to see you there!

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Howard Days is Next Week!

We hope you will be able to join us next week at Howard Days in Cross Plains! June 7th and 8th are the "official" days but there is activity on Wednesday night and all day Thursday. As almost all of the events taking place are free of charge (tours, panels, just hanging out at the Pavilion, etc.) you will be most welcome if you decide to make a last-minute journey!

Please take a look at the schedule listed under the Events tab above and plan your time accordingly. It is all very informal so adjustments are very easy in this relaxed atmosphere. We gather to honor the Legacy of Robert E. Howard, the great American author and poet, with our gentle fellowship while enjoying the company of like-minded folks! It's all about Ol' Two-Gun!

This year we will honor Project Pride of Cross Plains, the very group who makes this all possible! Howard's creation of Sword & Sorcery fiction is also in the spotlight; our panels will reflect this and also the 90th birthday of Howard's great pugilist and raconteur, Steve Costigan!

Here is some extra information and added reminders for your HD enjoyment:

  • The Howard Museum will be open on Thursday June 6th from 2-4 pm. You may tour the house and grounds and (hopefully) spend some dough in the Gift Shop, but there will be no docents on duty to guide you through the house. But there will be folks around to help you in that regard.
  • Also on Thursday, help support the Cross Plains Senior Center by coming to their Fish Fry from 5 to 7 and then watch the Barbarian Festival parade down Main Street.
  • The Barbarian Festival happens on Saturday, June 8th at Treadway Park, just west of the Howard Museum.
  • Also new to Cross Plains is Woody's Car and Baseball Museum on Highway 36, "catty-corner" from the Howard Museum.
  • The Bus Tour which takes you around Cross Plains & the areas where Howard walked leaves at 9 am SHARP on Friday (only). 
  • The first Panel of the day honoring Project Pride will take place IN THE PAVILION at 11 am.
  • Then, please enjoy a Hot Dog Lunch in the Pavilion, along with Project Pride birthday cake!
  • Please remember that Cash (or Check) is King at Howard Days, as they cannot process credit or debit cards in the Gift Shop or at the Silent Auction.
  • Regarding the big cooler in the Pavilion: this is intended for water & soft drinks ONLY. If you bring any adult beverages we ask that you DO NOT keep them in the big cooler. Thanks.
And, knowing as how most people don't like to read lists that are too long, we'll close by saying Hope to see you at Howard Days 2019 for The Best Two Days in Howard Fandom!

Additional questions? Contact Bill Cavalier at 2cavaliers@sbcglobal.net.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Howard Days is Two Weeks Away!

We are approaching crunch time as we prepare for the 2019 version of Robert E. HOWARD DAYS in Cross Plains. Here is some information and reminders to help you maximize your enjoyment.

First, if you haven't decided attending Howard Days and would like to - COME ON DOWN! There is plenty of room in Texas and the big Pavilion and yard is available for your relaxation.

There are also still seats available at the Friday night Celebration Banquet. For only $15.00 per person you can enjoy a scrumptious chicken-fried steak dinner with all the trimmings, hobnob with fellow Howard fans and partake in the Silent Auction. 100% of the proceeds from the Auction go to Project Pride and the maintenance of the REH Museum. You may still reserve a seat at the Banquet via Paypal: ProjPride@yahoo.com or send a check to Project Pride, POB 534, Cross Plains, TX 76443, by June 1st.

Speaking of the Silent Auction, there is always room for more donations to support Project Pride and the Howard Museum. REH books, magazines & pulps, comics, fanzines, artwork, posters - anything directly Howard related is most appreciated (and tax deductible!) You can bring items to the Gift Shop on Friday during Howard Days, or there's still time to ship to the address above.

We are celebrating several anniversaries this year at Howard Days!
Project Pride 30 years (there will be cake at the Hot Dog Lunch!)
Cross Plains Public Library 40 years
Howard's creation of Sword & Sorcery Fiction 90 years
Howard's great boxer Steve Costigan is 90!
Doctor Howard's purchase of the House 100 years

There will be several tables set up in the yard in front of the Pavilion for anyone to use as an informal dealer's area. We ask that you: A. Only display items DIRECTLY related to Robert E. Howard (see list above - Howard's contemporaries stuff allowed, but no personal books, etc.). And B. If you use one of these tables, please make a nice donation to the House.
These tables are first come, first served, but sharing is allowed!

The Sword & Sorcery Poetry of REH panel listed in the original schedule has been replaced with Sailor Steve Costigan is 90 and Still Fighting! Join Chris Gruber, Mark Finn, Jeff Shanks and some French Guy at 11 am on Saturday.

More info and updates as we get 'em! Looking forward to seeing y'all at The Best Two Days in Howard Fandom!

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Four Weeks to Go!

With only four weeks until Howard Days, we're in the process of sharpening our Bowies and checking the ammo in our pistolas - which is our way of saying Texas-style: We're getting ready for The Best Two Days in Howard Fandom!

We've had some minor changes to our panel schedule and we've announced the panelists, so please check out those changes. There's always a surprise or three that pop up at Howard Days, so we hope you'll be there!

The Robert E. Howard Foundation Press has announced that the release of their newest book, Post Oaks and Sand Roughs and Other Autobiographical Writings, will make its debut at Howard Days. This long-awaited volume, which completes the REHF Press mission of putting all of Howard's writings in public view, contains the title novel and many other biographical pieces by REH. You may pre-order this book at www.rehfoundation.org, with shipping to begin after June 10 (unless you want to pick up your copy at Howard Days!)

Stay tuned to this page and our Facebook page for additional information and updates, which will be coming with more regularity. The adrenaline is starting to flow as we ramp up for Howard Days!

Y'all come!