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#1 Jay@Paradox

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Posted 04 November 2006 - 12:11 AM

First project to publish book of very rare poems

The Board of Directors of the Robert E Howard Foundation today announced the creation of the non-profit organization to promote greater awareness and understanding of the author?s life and works and to honor his legacy as a skillful, prolific and successful writer of fantasy, regional, horror, action and adventure stories.

Among the objectives of the new Foundation are the acquiring and maintaining of an archive of Howard?s work, serving as a resource for scholars, actively promoting Howard scholarship, providing support for Howard-related programs, and shepherding all of Howard?s works into print.

Directors of the Board are Rusty Burke, Paul Herman, Patrice Louinet, Fredrik Malmberg and Peter Sederowsky. Glenn Lord has been awarded the honorary title of Director Emeritus of the Board. The Foundation will work in cooperation with Paradox Entertainment, owners of the rights to the works and characters of Robert E. Howard.

?The long-term goals of the Foundation are ambitious. We want to see Howard?s work widely available all over the world, and we want to actively promote him as a subject who richly rewards scholarly and critical attention. We also hope to promote the efforts of younger writers who are working the same literary veins,? said Rusty Burke, Chairman of the Board and President.

Fredrik Malmberg of Paradox Entertainment said, ?It became apparent to us when we acquired the rights to all Howard works that the author, recognized as the creator of the Sword & Sorcery genre, is one of the greatest American adventure scribes of the 20th century. We believe this foundation is an integral, independent part which will ensure that the greatness of Howard?s literary legacy remains intact, and is one that can be enjoyed by both fans and the general public for years to come.?

The first project of the new Foundation will be the publication of a new edition of the rarest Howard poetry book, with over one hundred poems not found in any other collection. The book, entitled ?Rhymes of Salem Town and Other Poems,? is planned for release before year-end and can soon be pre-ordered on the foundation website. The Foundation is also planning a release early in 2007 of the complete collected letters of the Texas author, whose most notable correspondent was his fellow weird fictionist H.P. Lovecraft. A volume of previously unpublished Howard material is also planned for early 2007.

The foundation website can be found at http://www.rehfoundation.org.

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Posted 04 November 2006 - 12:59 AM

Music to my ears-- err, eyes, I mean. Good news on both the poetry book and the letters.

Edited by Winterghost, 04 November 2006 - 12:59 AM.


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Posted 04 November 2006 - 03:36 AM

Wonderful news! Thanks to Paradox Entertainment for handling the legacy of Howard with the respect it deserves and congratulations to the Board of Directors - the foundation and Howard's legacy is in great hands!

I look forward to hearing and seeing your efforts come to fruition and can't wait for both the new book of poems and the previously unpublished Howard material.

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Posted 04 November 2006 - 12:31 PM

The first project of the new Foundation will be the publication of a new edition of the rarest Howard poetry book, with over one hundred poems not found in any other collection. The book, entitled ?Rhymes of Salem Town and Other Poems,? is planned for release before year-end and can soon be pre-ordered on the foundation website. The Foundation is also planning a release early in 2007 of the complete collected letters of the Texas author, whose most notable correspondent was his fellow weird fictionist H.P. Lovecraft. A volume of previously unpublished Howard material is also planned for early 2007.


Great news - I'll be buying those! :D
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Posted 04 November 2006 - 12:45 PM

Great news - what more can one say !

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Posted 04 November 2006 - 02:26 PM

thanks for the info and i respect the foundation.

BUT we want ALL HOWARDS POETRY in a new 1 book collection, PLEASE ?
[ all his 700+ poems together in 1 book ]
we know the project was almost completed recently.
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NB. i just bought KIPLINGS COMPLETE poetry collection.
it has ALL his 800+ poems in a 900 page paperback book! [ great value brand new book was ?3-99p from amazon uk] B)
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that is how we should be promoting Howard more widely to the world.
please give us all Howards poems soon? :)

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Lots of FUN and serious new RHYMING Hyborian/Fantasy poetry.

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Posted 04 November 2006 - 03:06 PM

First project to publish book of very rare poems

The first project of the new Foundation will be the publication of a new edition of the rarest Howard poetry book, with over one hundred poems not found in any other collection. The book, entitled ?Rhymes of Salem Town and Other Poems,? is planned for release before year-end and can soon be pre-ordered on the foundation website. The Foundation is also planning a release early in 2007 of the complete collected letters of the Texas author, whose most notable correspondent was his fellow weird fictionist H.P. Lovecraft. A volume of previously unpublished Howard material is also planned for early 2007.

The foundation website can be found at http://www.rehfoundation.org.

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Wonderful news! I cannot wait to buy the volume on Howard's letters, I've been waiting for that for years! Now we have to pray that the "general public" will respond well to the Foundation's projects. Unfortunately, in today's market only what sells really big have a chance and I'm afraid Howard is still not well known outside the "fantasy circle"... My best wishes to the Foundation anyway, a great way to celebrate Howard's centenary. :D

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Posted 04 November 2006 - 03:34 PM

Wonderful news! I cannot wait to buy the volume on Howard's letters, I've been waiting for that for years! Now we have to pray that the "general public" will respond well to the Foundation's projects. Unfortunately, in today's market only what sells really big have a chance and I'm afraid Howard is still not well known outside the "fantasy circle"... My best wishes to the Foundation anyway, a great way to celebrate Howard's centenary. :D



I think the important thing is with the various parties now working together is that they might well be able to cater for different markets , the biggies like Conan and Kull , through a major publisher like Del Rey with subjects such as poems and letters, which will have a smaller market , though a specialist publisher such as Wildside or similar.

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Posted 05 November 2006 - 04:18 AM

It's kinda like we--er, they-- gotta make Howard himself the marketable thing and not really a particular story or character like Conan.

It's like people who say they love Twain or Hemingway or Dickens. They might have a favorite about that person, but they love everything that person writes, and no matter what genre he writes, all is held in high esteem. We need to put Howard there.

Make any sense? :unsure:

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Posted 05 November 2006 - 08:30 AM

It's kinda like we--er, they-- gotta make Howard himself the marketable thing and not really a particular story or character like Conan.

It's like people who say they love Twain or Hemingway or Dickens. They might have a favorite about that person, but they love everything that person writes, and no matter what genre he writes, all is held in high esteem. We need to put Howard there.

Make any sense? :unsure:

It makes perfect sense to me.
Looks like the foundation is going to emphasise the man over his creations.
Given the amount of written material that Howard produced this seems, to me at least, to be the proper way of handling things.
Also, Howard wrote in a number of different styles and genre. There are several people here who like his detective stories, or his westerns, over the fantasy creations that REH is most well known for.
By putting the focus on the man it might become possible to generate a new group of fans who will discover that Howard was so much more then the creator of Conan.

The first project of the new Foundation will be the publication of a new edition of the rarest Howard poetry book, with over one hundred poems not found in any other collection. The book, entitled ?Rhymes of Salem Town and Other Poems,? is planned for release before year-end and can soon be pre-ordered on the foundation website. The Foundation is also planning a release early in 2007 of the complete collected letters of the Texas author, whose most notable correspondent was his fellow weird fictionist H.P. Lovecraft. A volume of previously unpublished Howard material is also planned for early 2007.

Needless to say, I plan on getting several copies of both books.
Strange but the one I'm actually excited about is the letter collection. In reading both Conan and the other creations of Howard, as well as seeing postings here from members who have put a considerible amount of time into researching his life, I'm really wanting to get to know more about the man who created all these icons and adventures.
The details of his life are, I belive, going to provide insight into the nature of his characters. I also belive that as more becomes known about the man we will see where some of his stories and poems have their basis in the events of his life.
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Posted 05 November 2006 - 04:58 PM

First project to publish book of very rare poems

The Board of Directors of the Robert E Howard Foundation today announced the creation of the non-profit organization to promote greater awareness and understanding of the author?s life and works and to honor his legacy as a skillful, prolific and successful writer of fantasy, regional, horror, action and adventure stories.

Among the objectives of the new Foundation are the acquiring and maintaining of an archive of Howard?s work, serving as a resource for scholars, actively promoting Howard scholarship, providing support for Howard-related programs, and shepherding all of Howard?s works into print.

Directors of the Board are Rusty Burke, Paul Herman, Patrice Louinet, Fredrik Malmberg and Peter Sederowsky. Glenn Lord has been awarded the honorary title of Director Emeritus of the Board. The Foundation will work in cooperation with Paradox Entertainment, owners of the rights to the works and characters of Robert E. Howard.

?The long-term goals of the Foundation are ambitious. We want to see Howard?s work widely available all over the world, and we want to actively promote him as a subject who richly rewards scholarly and critical attention. We also hope to promote the efforts of younger writers who are working the same literary veins,? said Rusty Burke, Chairman of the Board and President.

Fredrik Malmberg of Paradox Entertainment said, ?It became apparent to us when we acquired the rights to all Howard works that the author, recognized as the creator of the Sword & Sorcery genre, is one of the greatest American adventure scribes of the 20th century. We believe this foundation is an integral, independent part which will ensure that the greatness of Howard?s literary legacy remains intact, and is one that can be enjoyed by both fans and the general public for years to come.?

The first project of the new Foundation will be the publication of a new edition of the rarest Howard poetry book, with over one hundred poems not found in any other collection. The book, entitled ?Rhymes of Salem Town and Other Poems,? is planned for release before year-end and can soon be pre-ordered on the foundation website. The Foundation is also planning a release early in 2007 of the complete collected letters of the Texas author, whose most notable correspondent was his fellow weird fictionist H.P. Lovecraft. A volume of previously unpublished Howard material is also planned for early 2007.

The foundation website can be found at http://www.rehfoundation.org.

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It's good to hear the rumours have been concreted! Hopefully this new construct will aid future Howard studies and possible publications, and can possitively effect the fandom.

The best of luck to everyone involved.

Danny.

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Posted 05 November 2006 - 11:38 PM

Wonder if the letters book will just be a single volume of the two Necronomicon publications. Would like to see more.

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Posted 06 November 2006 - 11:47 AM

Any thoughts yet on the price of these books? Will they be limited edition collectors' items, or accessible to the average reader's wallet?
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Posted 06 November 2006 - 11:20 PM

Wonder if the letters book will just be a single volume of the two Necronomicon publications. Would like to see more.


Oh no, much more. ALL known letters will be included, more than 330 of them, compared to the two Necro books which had maybe 60-70 letters total. Around 350,000 words, we're thinking either two or three volumes. Included will be quite a few previously unpublished ones. Including the one where he admits stealing the idea of Conan from some fan-kid named "de Camp", etc.

OK, kidding on that last one.

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Posted 06 November 2006 - 11:23 PM

Any thoughts yet on the price of these books? Will they be limited edition collectors' items, or accessible to the average reader's wallet?


I think the first editions will be limited, hardback, not TOO pricey. We will keep it in print with later editions as well, so its not going away while we're manning the ship. We're really not out to squeeze a lot out of these, and there is no artwork to pay for, so I hope the price will come out as "reasonable".

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Posted 07 November 2006 - 10:54 PM

"We also hope to promote the efforts of younger writers who are working the same literary veins,? said Rusty Burke, Chairman of the Board and President."

How will they promote these efforts? Will writers sumbmit works to the foundation? This could become very interesting and fun if this is the case.

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Posted 08 November 2006 - 12:48 AM

"We also hope to promote the efforts of younger writers who are working the same literary veins,? said Rusty Burke, Chairman of the Board and President."

How will they promote these efforts? Will writers sumbmit works to the foundation? This could become very interesting and fun if this is the case.

It would be great if the Foundation were to allow new authors to publish stories set in Howard's established settings.
Besides the new AOC novels I've always been interested in seeing new stories set in Kull's world, Solomon Kane's Africa, and the other worlds.
Of course if they allow pastiches of these other characters I would be happy.
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Posted 08 November 2006 - 06:45 PM

"We also hope to promote the efforts of younger writers who are working the same literary veins,? said Rusty Burke, Chairman of the Board and President."

How will they promote these efforts? Will writers sumbmit works to the foundation? This could become very interesting and fun if this is the case.


We're thinking more along the lines of Writing Contests and Awards, Workshops, that sort of thing, to encourage new authors in the field, writing their OWN characters and worlds.

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Posted 08 November 2006 - 07:36 PM

Paul , are the non-Paradox Board Members likely to be in a position to use their knowledge of REH to influence what happens to REH's characters in other media ?

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Posted 08 November 2006 - 11:33 PM

Good question terryallenuk.


On another note, this is fantastic news. Great to hear it. I'll finally be able to get my grubby hands of some more peoms to yell from the top of a mountain wearing nothing but tiger-skin undies. :D

I know little about this group (I'll have to do some more reading later), but it really is nice to know there's a group of people dedicated to the cause of R.E.Howard.
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