Robert Ervin Howard was born on January 22nd, 1906 and died on June 11th, 1936. He was an American author who wrote pulp fiction in a diverse range of genres. He is popularly known for his epic character Conan the Barbarian. He is also known as the father of the sword and sorcery genre.
Howard was born and raised in the beautiful state of Texas. He spent most of his life living in the town of Cross Plains. Howard was a bookish and intellectual child and he was also a fan of boxing. He spent some time in his late teens bodybuilding, eventually taking up amateur boxing. From the age of nine he dreamed of becoming a writer of adventure fiction but did not have real success until he was 23 years old.
Howard’s suicide and the circumstances surrounding it have led to speculations about his mental health. His mother had in fact been ill with tuberculosis his entire life, and upon learning that she had entered a coma from which she never woke up from he walked out to his car and shot himself once in the head.
Howard created the character Conan the Barbarian, a character whose cultural impact has been compared to popular icons such as Tarzan, Count Dracula, Sherlock Holmes, Batman, and even James Bond. With his famous character Howard created the sword and sorcery genre. Howard remains a highly read author, with his best works still reprinted.