Patrice Louinet, from Bran Mak Morn: The Last King, pg. 343
"The Picts are the only fictional creations to appear throughout Howard's writing career. Only one other creation, Francis X. Gordon ('El Borak') appears at both the beginning and end of Howard's career, but he was notably absent from the early 1920s until 1934. Picts, on the other hand, appear in no fewer than thirty stories, poems and fragments, from The West Tower (probably written circa 1922-1923), a Steve Allison fragment, to The Black Stranger, one of the last Conan stories, probably written in 1935, and rarely a year passes that they do not appear in some story. It seems likely that, had he lived longer, the Picts would have surfaced again in his work."
Over the last couple of years, there seems to have been a great deal of confusion regarding how Robert E. Howard viewed the Picts. Intertwined with this seems to be a serious misapprehension of how central the Picts were in Howard's "fictional universe". Apparently, some seem to feel that Picts can be ignored or played with, since they are really "only a sideline" to Robert E. Howard's "real" characters like Conan or Kull. The simple fact is that Howard's fascination with Picts began LONG before he ever wrote a word about Kull of Atlantis or Conan the Cimmerian, and it lasted just as long, if not longer than, his interest in either of the aforementioned characters.
This thread is for a discussion of how Robert E. Howard viewed (and wrote about) the poorly-understood ethnos known to history as "the Picts". Where history (and legend) intersects with REH's vision is also fair game, of course.