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 found this copy at my local used book store!

More REH to add to my collection!

This week is Robert E. Howard Days 2018, so how better to celebrate (since I can’t go) than to spotlight some great REH books!

More info on Robert E. Howard Days 2018 can be found here:

Robert E. Howard Days 2018


Today we have:

The Sowers of the Thunder  (1975) Zebra

by Robert E. Howard






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Along with my 1973 Donald M. Grant HC edition.








The Sowers of the Thunder
Year : March 1975
Book No. : 0890831130
Edition : 1st
Format : Paperback
Pages : 285
Cover art : Jeff Jones
Illustrations : Roy G. Krenkel

      The Sowers of the Thunder

Other editions: Ace Grant Sphere
“Introduction” by Roy G. Krenkel 
“The Lion of Tiberias” 
“The Sowers of the Thunder”
“Lord of Samarcand”
“The Shadow of the Vulture” 
Profusely illustrated with the Roy G. Krenkel black & white illustrations from the Grant edition.


Info from Howard Works.


A great resource!





The Sowers of the Thunder” is a short story by Robert E. Howard (published in Oriental Stories, Winter 1932) that takes place in Outremer (the Crusader states) in the time of General Baibars and deals with the General’s friendly/adversarial relationship with Cahal Ruadh O’Donnell, an Irish Crusader with a troubled past cut in the Howardian mold. Both the Siege of Jerusalem (1244) and the Battle of La Forbie feature in the plot.

As is common for Howard’s historical fiction, this tale is tragic as much as it is heroic, pitting the protagonist’s superhuman strength and resolution against a world that is yet stronger, and too harsh to resist. Another trait of the story common to Howard’s historical tales is the mix of historical figures and events (here Baibars, Walter of Brienne, Al-Mansur and others, and the prelude to Baibars’ Mamluk empire) with totally imaginary ones (such as deposed “King of Ireland” Cahal). While less known than Howard’s fantasy work, this is nonetheless considered a classic among his writings.


The Shadow of the Vulture” is a short story by American writer Robert E. Howard, first published in The Magic Carpet Magazine, January 1934. The story introduces the character of Red Sonya of Rogatino, who later became the inspiration for the popular character Red Sonja, archetype of the chainmailbikini clad female warrior.

Unlike Howard’s better-known fantasy work, “The Shadow of the Vulture” is historical fiction, set in the 16th century. It uses the career of sultan Suleiman the Magnificent (also known as Sultan Suleiman I), the aftermath of the Battle of Mohács (1526) and the later Siege of Vienna of 1529 as a backdrop for imaginary characters and events.


Info from Wikipedia






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.


Info from Wikipedia