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Robert Ervin Howard (January 22, 1906 – June 11, 1936) was a prolific American author and poet. He wrote pulp fiction in a diverse range of genres and is today most famous for the creation of the character of Conan the Cimmerian.

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"Pigeons from Hell" was first published by Weird Tales in 1938. It is a Southern Gothic tale of an abandoned house, revenge and voodoo; based on ghost stories told to Howard by his grandmother. It has been adapted to graphic novel, comic book and television (in a 1961 episode of the Boris Karloff-presented Thriller) In 1983, Stephen King called Pigeons from Hell "One of the finest horror stories of our century."

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The Whole Wide World (1966) is a biopic directed by Dan Ireland, depicting the relationship between Robert E. Howard (Vincent D'Onofrio) and Novalyne Price (Renée Zellweger). It was based on Novalyne Price Ellis' books One Who Walked Alone and Day of the Stranger: Further Memories of Robert E. Howard. Following the film's release is was nominated for several awards and won five: American Independent Special Jury Prize and Best Actor/Vincent D'Onofrio (Seattle International Film Festival, 1996); Best Actress/Renée Zellweger (Mar del Plata Film Festival, 1996); Best Actor/Vincent D'Onofrio and Best Screenplay/Michael Scott (Lone Star Film & Television Awards, 1998); Best Cinematography/Claudio Rocha (Ft Lauderdale International Film Festival, 1996).

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Cover of the Weird Tales (December 1934, vol. 24, no. 6) featuring the Conan story "A Witch Shall be Born". The picture depicts Queen Taramis of Khauran at the mercy of her identical twin sister Salome. Art by Margaret Brundage.

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The Harp of Alfred

I heard the harp of Alfred
As I went o'er the downs,
When thorn-trees stood at even
Like monks in dusky gowns;
I heard the music Guthrum heard
Beside the wasted towns:

When Alfred, like a peasant,
Came harping down the hill,
And the drunken danes made merry
With the man they sought to kill,
And the Saxon king laughed in their beards
And bent them to his will.

I heard the harp of Alfred
As the twilight waned to night;
I heard ghost armies tramping
As the dim stars flamed white;
And Guthrum walked at my left hand,
And Alfred at my right.


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