The winners of the 2016 Robert E. Howard Foundation Awards were announced earlier this month at the REH Days celebration in Cross Plains, Texas. Several Black Gate contributors were honored with nominations this year, including Barbara Barrett, Bob Byrne, Howard Andrew Jones, and Bill Ward:
The Cimmerian — Outstanding Achievement, Essay (Online)
The Stygian — Outstanding Achievement, Website
BLACK GATE (John O’Neill)
The Black River — Special Achievement
BYRNE, BOB – For organizing the “Discovering REH” blog post series at Black Gate
The REH Foundation Awards honor the top contributions from the previous year in Howard scholarship and in the promotion of Howard’s life and works. The top three nominees in each category were selected by the Legacy Circle members of the Foundation and the winners were voted on by the full membership of the Foundation.
The complete list of winners follows.
First up, longtime Marvel Comics editor and writer Roy Thomas received the Black Circle Award for Lifetime Achievement — a long overdue recognition for his many contributions to the field.
The winners and nominees in the other categories are:
The Atlantean Award — Outstanding Achievement, Book (non-anthology/collection
BOBBY DERIE – The Collected Letters of REH: Index and Addenda
JAMES LAFOND – Dark Art of an Aryan Mystic: The Racially Charged Fiction of Robert E. Howard
PATRICE LOUINET – Le Guide Howard
The Hyrkanian Award — Outstanding Achievement, Essay (Print)
JEFFREY SHANKS – “Evolutionary Otherness: Anthropological Anxiety in Robert E. Howard’s ‘Worms of the Earth’” in The Unique Legacy of Weird Tales
DIERK GUENTHER – “A Farewell to the Old West – The End of the ‘Old Frontier’”— Robert E. Howard’s ‘Old Garfield’s Heart’” in REH: Two-Gun Raconteur #18
JAMES REASONER – “Not Your Ordinary Gun-Dummy: The Western Heroes of Robert E. Howard” in REH: Two-Gun Raconteur #18
The Cimmerian Award — Outstanding Achievement, Essay (Online)
(Tie) BARBARA BARRETT – “Hester Jane Ervin Howard and Tuberculosis” at REH: Two Gun Raconteur Blog
(Tie) DAVID PISKE – “Barbarism and Civilization in the Letters of Robert E. Howard and H.P. Lovecraft: A Summary with Commentary” at On An Underwood No. 5 Blog
BOBBY DERIE – “The Mirror of E’ch-Pi-El: Robert E. Howard in the Letters of H.P. Lovecraft” at On An Underwood No. 5 Blog
The Venarium Award — Emerging Scholar
The Stygian Award — Outstanding Achievement, Website
REH: TWO-GUN RACONTEUR BLOG (Damon Sasser)
BLACK GATE (John O’Neill)
HOWARD WORKS (Bill Thom)
ON AN UNDERWOOD NO. 5 (Todd Vick)
The Aquilonian Award — Outstanding Achievement, Periodical
REH: TWO GUN RACONTEUR (Damon Sasser)
THE HYBORIAN GAZETTE (Steve Dilks)
REH FOUNDATION NEWSLETTER (Damon Sasser)
The Black Lotus Award – Outstanding Achievement, Multimedia
BEN FRIBERG – 2015 Howard Days Panels (videos)
JOSH ADKINS, LUKE DODD, AND JON LARSON – The Cromcast (audio podcast)
SCOTT SHEAFFER – REH Panel at NecronomiCon 2015 (video)
The Black River Award — Special Achievement
ROB ROEHM – For his biographical research on REH.
BOB BYRNE – For organizing the “Discovering REH” blog post series at the Black Gate Website
HOWARD ANDREW JONES and BILL WARD – For their “Re-Reading Conan” series.
The Rankin Award — Artistic achievement in the depiction of REH’s life and/or work
TOMAS GIORELLO and JOSE VILLARRUBIA: Cover and interior artwork for King Conan: Wolves Beyond the Border
THOMAS GIANNI – For Fists of Iron Volume 4 cover.
JIM & RUTH KEEGAN: Artwork for The Adventures of Two-Gun Bob comic strip
Read the complete announcement here.
Only REH Foundation members can vote for the nominees. If you’re interested in learning more about the foundation (and voting), you can sign up for a free memberships at the REHF website here.
Thanks to the REH Foundation for the many honors. And congratulations to all the winners!