I have been adding many new books to my collection recently. My interest in reading has shifted to older books and authors. So I thought instead of just a simple book haul post I would do more of a spotlight/introduction post as well. So in the post below you will not only find the usual book haul photo’s, but book and author info as well. I hope you will take the time to look it over and maybe take a chance at checking out books and authors that you may have forgot about or discover in these post!

I have always been a Robert E. Howard fan. The first time I read a Conan story I became hooked for life. Recently my local used bookstore has had some amazing REH books. I can only imagine a collector sold their collection. I have been scraping together everything I can to try and get some of these books. I am happy to give them a new home with another Robert E. Howard collector. I hope everyone will enjoy these post.


Today we have:

The Dark Barbarian – The Writings of Robert E. Howard: A Critical Anthology

by Don Herron

Greenwood Press (1984)





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My updated Robert E. Howard and Conan collection.


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The Dark Barbarian – The Writings of Robert E. Howard: A Critical Anthology
Greenwood Press
Year : 1984
Book No. : 0313232814
Edition : 1st
Format : Hardcover (no dust jacket)
Pages : 243
Cover art : Unknown
Illustrations : See notes

   The Dark Barbarian

“Introduction” by Don Herron
“Howard’s Fantasy” by Fritz Lieber
“Robert E. Howard: Frontiersman of Letters”
by Donald Sydney-Fryer
“Barbarian Bard: The Poetry of Robert E. Howard”
by Steve Eng
“Through Black Boughs: The Supernatural on Howard’s Fiction” by Dennis Rickard
“The Western Fiction of Robert E. Howard”
by Ben P. Indick
“Robert E. Howard: Hard-Boiled Heroic Fantasist”
by George Knight
“Robert E. Howard: Professional Writer” by Glenn Lord
“The Dark Barbarian” by Don Herron
Appendix A: “Robert E. Howard’s Library”
Appendix B: “Howard’s Suicide”
Author and Subject Index
Title Index
Notes on the Contributors

Edited by Don Herron
12 page section with black & white photos, cover reproductions, letter reproductions, and a holograph from Howard’s high school paper.


Info from Howard Works.


A great resource!






Don Herron is best known for leading the Dashiell Hammett Tour in San Francisco since 1977. The last four decades have been marked by edition after edition of his tour book, as well as his biography WILLEFORD on the cult crime writer Charles Willeford, and the guidebook THE LITERARY WORLD OF SAN FRANCISCO AND ITS ENVIRONS.

Among other projects, he edited THE SELECTED LETTERS OF PHILIP K. DICK and the critical collection REIGN OF FEAR: THE FICTION AND FILM OF STEPHEN KING. His critical collections on Robert E. Howard, creator of Conan, are now available in the eBook “LitCrit MegaPack” THE DARK BARBARIAN THAT TOWERS OVER ALL.

To disambiguate this Don Herron from others, he is not the author of THE SARIM nor is he the Canadian comedian Don Harron from HEE HAW, who writes books under the name “Charlie Farquharson.”