The yearly pilgrimage to Cross Plains, Texas to celebrate the life and legacy of the pulp era’s two-fisted Bard of the Blade, Robert E. Howard, is back after 2020’s shut down. Always held on the second weekend of June, Howard Days is a chance to trod the ground once walked by this Texas original, see his actual typescripts archived at the local library, and connect with fellow writers, artists, scholars, and uber-fans of this giant of American letters. At the heart of all of this is the house that Howard and his family called home, now a museum and lovingly restored with period furnishings and many genuine Howard artifacts. Our very own Marc Bruner paid a visit to Howard House Museum and you can read about his real life adventure here.
Many of these photos are taken from the Robert E. Howard Facebook Page, which has great galleries and up-to-date information on the event. Howard Days is sponsored by Cross Plains’ Project Pride civic organization, who (among many other things) are the caretakers of the Howard Museum, in conjunction with the Robert E. Howard Foundation with support from the Robert E. Howard United Press Association (REHupa). The first Howard Days was in 1986.
This year’s theme is “Celebrating 51 Years of REH in Comics” with guest of honor Roy Thomas, the original writer for Marvel’s Conan the Barbarian comic. Thomas wrote and unbroken 115 issues starting in 1970, firmly establishing the legacy of the character for generations of new fans and making Conan as much a legend on the paneled page as he is on the printed. To find out more about Howard Days visit their website here.