Today is Robert E. Howard’s 107th birthday (January 22, 1906 – June 11, 1936). Howard was born in Peaster, TX, but spent most of his life in Cross Plains, TX. He is most widely known for his pulp fiction characters; Conan the Cimmerian, Solomon Kane, Bran Mak Morn, Kull the Conquerer. Howard also wrote westerns, horror tales, boxing stories and penned hundreds of poems.
His influences included Rudyard Kipling, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Jack London, and his friend and fellow writer H.P. Lovecraft. Howard is called the father of Sword & Sorcery fantasy, and has had a huge impact on the High Fantasy genre. Contemporary writers who have been influenced by Robert E. Howard include David Gemmell, Matthew Woodring Stover, Charles R. Saunders, Karl Edward Wagner, Paul Kearney, Steven Erikson, Joe R. Lansdale, Robert Jordan and William King.