Tuesday, March 2, 2010
posted by Al Harron
The departure of The Cimmerian early last year left a gaping hole in Howard fandom; not only were we used to receiving a bi-monthly publication devoted to Robert E. Howard, we were also surprised two or three times a year with a Cimmerian Library chapbook, yearly slip-cases, and the annual Cimmerian Awards, which honored the best in Howardian scholarship for the previous year. While no other publication has stepped up to match editor Leo Grin’s brainchild, the Robert E. Howard Foundation has decided to pick up the awards concept, which began in 2005, and continue where they left off.
The nominees for the 2009 and 2010 Foundation Awards can be found here. The rules for voting are at the end of each year’s nominees. For this year only, anyone who was a member of the Foundation (Supporting, Friend, or Legacy Circle) at any time prior to January 1, 2010 can vote. The 2011 awards will be decided by those who were members in 2010.
Though the general Howard enthusiast public can’t folk, we can still take a gander at the categories and nominees.
Our own Barbara Barrett receives a 2010 Atlantean nomination for The Wordbook, a 2009 Hyrkanian nod for her essay “Six Degrees to Cross Plains” appearing in v5n3 of The Cimmerian, and a joint contender (along with myself) for the 2010 Venarium award for her outstanding work on The Cimmerian, REHupa and elsewhere. Brian Murphy‘s “The Unnatural City” from The Cimmerian v5n2 and “An Honourable Retreat: Robert E. Howard as Escapist Writer” from The Dark Man v4n2 received a place among the Hyrkanian nominees for 2009 and 2010 respectively. The Cimmerian website itself is nominated for the Stygian for 2009 and 2010, and the fifth and final year of The Cimmerian print journal gains an Aquilonian contention.
Cimmerian alumni are also represented. In addition to his Cimmerian plaudits, Leo Grin’s “In Defense of Hester Jane Howard” is placed among the 2010 Hyrkanian candidates. Rob Roehm has many balls in the court for the Hyrkanian: “Howard at 102″ (The Cimmerian, v5n1), “Humorous Westerns Are Serious Business” (The Howard Review), and “In the Middle of the Street” (The Cimmerian, v5n3) for 2009; and “The Long and Winding Road: A Poetic History” (REH: Two-Gun Raconteur #13) for 2010. The redoubtable Mark Finn is up for the 2010 Black River Award for his Cross Plains High School presentation, as well as two for the 2009 Hyrkanian: “Breckinridge Elkins, Robert E. Howard, and Filial Piety” (The Howard Review) and The Robert E. Howard Medicine Wheel (Two-Gun Raconteur #12). Steve Trout’s “Conan and the Crusaders” (The Cimmerian, v5n2) is up for the 2009 Hyrkanian, as well as the 2010 Stygian for The Cimmerian blog.
Last but not least, the great Steve Tompkins is posthumously acknowledged with three 2009 Hyrkanian nominations in”Black Stranger, White Wolflord or, Not Out of the Woods Yet” (Two-Gun Raconteur #12), “Long Falls and Hard Climbs” (The Cimmerian, v5n4), and “Newer Barbarians” (The Cimmerian, v5n1).
Man. I guess I’ll really have to get to Howard Days now!