Thursday, June 08, 2006
Robert E. Howard Days
Brownwood Bulletin: "Cross Plains welcoming fans of Robert E. Howard
By Gene Deason — Brownwood Bulletin
CROSS PLAINS — Cross Plains is the destination of dozens of Robert E. Howard enthusiasts this week as over 150 people have registered for three days of events celebrating the fantasy fiction author.
Era Lee Hanke, president of Cross Plains Project Pride, said many those who have registered to attend the annual celebration of the Conan creator will come from 20 states, the District of Columbia and four foreign countries.
“We have such interesting people come to this event every year,” Hanke said Tuesday. “You see them enough times that we feel like we know them. It’s so good to see them every year.”
The schedule calls for a series of discussions on Howard’s literature and the potential work he appeared poised to create in various fields. The screening of movies dealing with Howard and his life will also be offered, along with displays of Howard memorabilia.
On Saturday, Cross Plains will host its eighth annual Barbarian Festival downtown with exhibits and games throughout the day.
While Project Pride hosts the Howard celebration each year, it has partnered with the Robert E. Howard United Press Association in co-hosting this year’s activities. The amateur press association founded in 1972 is dedicated to the study and discussion of Howard and his writings.
Increased interest in the event was expected because this year in the 100th anniversary of Howard’s birth, and planning for it began almost as soon as last year’s program was over.
Featured as guests of honor at this year’s event will be Glenn Lord and Roy Thomas, two of the world’s top authorities on Howard and this literary genre."