The Robert E. Howard Foundation has announced the preliminary ballot for the 2018 REH Foundation Awards and I have been nominated for The Cimmerian—Outstanding Achievement, Essay (Online). Specifically, the foundation nominated my three posts on the Del Rey collection of Robert E. Howard’s Conan stories (which you can find here, here, and here).
The REH Foundation gives awards for outstanding book (non-anthology/collection), book (anthology/collection), essay (print), and essay (online), as well as awards for an emerging scholar, a website or periodical, multimedia, special achievement, artistic achievement, and lifetime achievement. You can find the full list of nominees here.
Friends of the blog Keith West and Bobby Derie make appearances (many, many appearances in the latter case, but check out in particular his REH Bar Guide). I especially want to highlight essays by Bob Byrne and the inestimable John C. Wright.
Voting in the initial round is limited to Foundation Legacy Circle Members and will whittle the longlist down into a shortlist. Awards will be given out at Howard Days in REH’s hometown of Cross Plains, Texas. (I ought to eventually make the trek down there. My father-in-law is from Brownwood and still owns an interest in a farm down that way.)
I wrote many, many posts about Conan this summer, and not just about Howard’s stories. You can find all of my posts here. I also did a Halloween series on REH’s horror stories. You can find those posts in three parts here, here, and here.