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:

Dark Valley Destiny: The Life of Robert E. Howard

By L. Sprague de Camp, Catherine Crook de Camp, and Jane Whittington Griffin

Bluejay Books (1983) Limited hardcover edition







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My updated Robert E. Howard and Conan collection.


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Dark Valley Destiny – The Life of Robert E. Howard
Bluejay Books
Year : December 1983
Book No. : 031940742 (Regular hardcover edition)
Book No. : 031940750 (Limited hardcover edition)
Book No. : 0312940769 (Trade paperback)
Edition : 1st
Format : Hardcover with dust jacket
Format : Trade paperback
Pages : 402
Cover art : Kevin Eugene Johnson
Illustrations : None

     Dark Valley Destiny

Other editions: None
The Bride of Cuchlain” (poem) [lines 18-24 only]
NON-REH Content
“Introduction” by Catherine Crook de Camp
I. Dreamer and Dream
II. Destiny’s Child
III. Dark Valley Lord
IV. Boy Nomad
V. The Realm of the X-Triple-Bar
VI. The Violent Land
VII. Barbarian in a Boom Town
VIII. Apprentice Pulpster
IX. Singer in the Shadows
X. Serpents, Swords, and Supermen
XI. The Transcendent Barbarian
XII. Love and the Loner
XIII. Faithful in his Fashion
XIV. Dark Valley Destiny

By L. Sprague de Camp, Catherine Crook de Camp, and Jane Whittington Griffin
There are numerous black and white photos throughout the book.
Limited edition of 1000 signed and numbered copies in a slipcase. Signed by both de Camps.


Info from Howard Works.


A great resource!






Robert Ervin Howard (January 22, 1906 – June 11, 1936) was an American author who wrote pulp fiction in a diverse range of genres. He is well known for his character Conan the Barbarian and is regarded as the father of the sword and sorcery subgenre.

Howard was born and raised in Texas. He spent most of his life in the town of Cross Plains with some time spent in nearby Brownwood. A bookish and intellectual child, he was also a fan of boxing and spent some time in his late teens bodybuilding, eventually taking up amateur boxing. From the age of nine he dreamed of becoming a writer of adventure fiction but did not have real success until he was 23. Thereafter, until his death at age 30, Howard’s writings were published in a wide selection of magazines, journals, and newspapers, and he had become successful in several genres. Although a Conan novel was nearly published in 1934, his stories never appeared in book form during his lifetime. The main outlet for his stories was the pulp magazine Weird Tales.

In the pages of the Depression-era pulp magazine Weird Tales, Howard created Conan the Barbarian. With Conan and his other heroes, Howard created the genre now known as sword and sorcery, spawning many imitators and giving him a large influence in the fantasy field. Howard remains a highly read author, with his best works still reprinted.