Robert E. Howard was a Texan author of pulp fiction. During his lifetime Howard’s work appeared in titles such as Fight Stories, Weird Tales, Argosy and Adventure, covering genres as diverse as cosmic horror, boxing stories and historical romance. Howard most popular creation, the barbarian Conan of Cimmeria, is largely recognized as the genesis of “sword and sorcery” fantasy and remains widely popular today. Howard spent most of his life in Cross Plains, Texas. He committed suicide at the age of thirty.