I was not able to go to Howard days 2018 like I had wanted to. (next year for sure!) But I was able to obtain some books only available to those who were lucky enough to attend. The great Bobby Derie had three books at the annual event that he gave away.  Through my super secret sources I was able to secure copies of these books to add to my Robert E. Howard collection.

So this week I will be spotlighting these awesome books!

Thanks Bobby!

The second book I will spotlight is:


A Robert E. Howard Sampler

by Robert Derie & Chris Gruber






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All three books that Bobby Derie had available at Howard Days 2018!








A Robert E. Howard Sampler
Robert Derie & Chris Gruber
Year : June 2018
Book No. : None
Edition : 1st
Format : Trade paperback (5.5 x 8.5 inches, perfect bound) 
Pages : iii plus 151
Cover art : Eddie Wilson
Illustrations : None
“Robert E. Howard: Breaking the Skin” by Chris Gruber (Foreword)
“Sword & Sorcery” by Bobby Derie
“The Shadow Kingdom”
“Weird Fiction” by Bobby Derie
“The Black Stone”
“Boxing” by Bobby Derie
“The Bull Dog Breed”
“Western” by Bobby Derie
“A Gent from Bear Creek”
“Poetry” by Bobby Derie
“Solomon Kane’s Homecoming” (1, poem)
“Detective” by Bobby Derie
“Graveyard Rats”
“Historical Adventure” by Bobby Derie
“Hawks of Outremer”
“Fantasy” by Bobby Derie
“Gods of the North”
“Science Fantasy” by Bobby Derie
“The Iron Terror”
“In Memorium: Robert E. Howard” by H. P. Lovecraft 
Edited by Chris Gruber and Bobby Derie
Limited edition of 250 copies.
First distributed free to attendees at Robert E. Howard Days 2018.
A Robert E. Howard Sampler

Other editions: None


Info from Howard Works.

The Online Robert E. Howard Bibliography


A great resource!





This is usually the spot where I like to put a bio and links for the author. When I asked Today’s guest for a bio and links he said “No need to muck with bios or links to my blogs. Those who know me already know it, those who don’t won’t care.”

Well I do care so I dug up some info because I think people will want to know.


I was able to find:

BOBBY DERIE: Pulp scholar. Sex & the Cthulhu Mythos dude. Reader of dead men’s letters.

Or how about:

BOBBY DERIE is a weird fiction scholar and the author of Sex and the Cthulhu Mythos (2014, Hippocampus Press). According to family lore, his father wanted to name him Conan, but his mother vetoed it.

And as for social media links I won’t post those but he is on Twitter and Facebook if you so choose to look for him.


And now some book links:

The Collected Letters of Robert E. Howard – Index and Addenda



Sex and the Cthulhu Mythos

by Bobby Derie 







Chris Gruber is currently a member of the review board for The Dark Man: The Journal of Robert E. Howard Studies. His essays and introductions have appeared in publications such as Dreams in the FireREH: Two-Gun Raconteur, and Echos de Cimmerie. He was the editor of Boxing Stories by Robert E. Howard, published by the University of Nebraska Press, and is the co-editor of the four-volume collection Fists of Iron by the Robert E. Howard Foundation Press. He is also a co-author of the forthcoming World of Kull: King of Atlantis source book for Robert E. Howard’s Conan Roleplaying Game – Adventures in an Age Undreamed Of by Modiphius.