Today is Robert E. Howard's birthday. REH is, of course, the creator of Conan, Kull, Solomon Kane, and so many other great characters. He is the father of the fantasy sub genre Sword & Sorcery and probably the second most important figure in the history of fantasy following J.R.R. Tolkien, which basically means that more writers have ripped off, er I mean paid homage to Conan and the Lord of the Rings than to any other fantasy creations.
This evening I'll probably re-read some favorite Howard stories, just to remind myself of what a powerful writer the man was. As if I needed to. If you've been following this blog then you already know how much I love the work of Robert E. Howard. He remains near the top of my list of favorite writers.
So happy birthday, Bob. I doubt you'd have ever believed back in the 1930s that people would still be reading and enjoying your yarns all these years later. But here we are.