Robert E. Howard

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Robert E. Howard (1906-1936), writer of fantasy and historical adventure pulp stories in the 1930s

His most famous creation is the giant barbarian warrior Conan. His other characters include the Atlantean King Kull and the Puritan adventurer Solomon Kane.

Howard's prose is straightforward, colorful, and exiting rather than subtle and literary, attempting to entertain rather than instruct. Howard tells of worlds where violence is usually the best solution to problems, and where gold, jewels, and beautiful women are often the hero's reward.

Howard corresponded with other pulp authors of the day, such as H. P. Lovecraft and Clark Ashton Smith.