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!

This book was a gift from my new good friend Ernie! He came up from southern Arizona to do some Book shop crawling/cruising. He is a fellow REH collector and Sword and Sorcery fan so I showed him some of my favorite places and let him in on my secret book store stash. He was nice enough to bring an extra copy of this book he had. Very grateful for this fine gift. We had a awesome time and hope to do it again soon!

Today we have:

Gates of Empire and Other Tales of the Crusades

by Robert E. Howard

Wildside Press (2004)





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My updated Robert E. Howard and Conan collection.


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Gates of Empire and Other Tales of the Crusades
Wildside Press
Year : June 2004 (1st edition)
Year : 2004 (2nd edition)
Book No. : 0809515504 
Editions : 1st and 2nd
Format : Hard cover with dustjacket
Pages : 262
Cover art : unknown
Illustrations :

  Gates of Empire - Wildside Press

“Introduction by Fred Blosser
“Red Blades of Black Cathay
“Hawks of Outremer” 
“The Blood of Belshazzar
“Lord of Samarcand
“The Sowers of the Thunder
“The Lion of Tiberias
“The Shadow of the Vulture
“Gates of Empire

Edited by Paul Herman
All stories based on original pulp pages with minimal editing
First printing is Smythe sewn, on acid-free paper,
limited to 600 copies, 1st edition is marked “First Edition”
Second printing is regular Print-on-Demand, glued spine

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.