This year, due to a family emergency, I’m once again sidelined at home instead of in Cross Plains. Everyone is okay, but it was quite a scare. Of course, last year it was a fractured hip that kept me from attending Howard Days.The Robert E.

Howard Foundation Awards Ceremony was this evening, and TGR contributor and guest blogger Jeff Shanks is once again supplying me with the names of the winners and a photo from the event (Thanks, Jeff!). These awards are for work created and published in 2012.

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The Atlantean—Outstanding Achievement, BookWinner: Mark Finn for Blood & Thunder: The Life and Art of Robert E. Howard, 2nd edition (REH Foundation Press)The Valusian—Outstanding Achievement, AnthologyWinner: Jonas Prida for Conan Meets the Academy (McFarland Publications)The Hyrkanian—Outstanding Achievement, EssayFirst Place: Winner: Jeffrey Shanks for “Hyborian Age Archeology: Unearthing Historical and Anthropological Foundations” (Conan Meets the Academy)Second Place: Winner: Rob Roehm for “Robert E. Howard and the Lone Scouts: The Birth of The Junto” (REH: Two-Gun Raconteur #16)Third Place: Winner: David Hardy for “When the Dam Breaks: Violence and Wild Water” (REH: Two-Gun Raconteur #16)The Aquilonian—Outstanding Achievement, PeriodicalWinner: Damon Sasser for REH: Two-Gun Raconteur #16The Stygian—Outstanding Achievement, WebsiteWinner: Brian Leno, Patrice LouinetRob RoehmDamon SasserKeith Taylor for REH: Two-Gun RaconteurThe Cimmerian—Outstanding Achievement, Blog PostsFirst Place: Winner: Barbara Barrett for “Robert E.

Howard and the Issue of Racism” in five parts (REH: Two-Gun Raconteur)Second Place: Winner: Rob Roehm for “My Name is Earl” with two addendums (REH: Two-Gun Raconteur)Third Place: Winner: Keith Taylor for “The Ring of … Set?” (REH: Two-Gun Raconteur)The Venarium Award—Emerging ScholarNo Eligible NomineeThe Black River Award—Special AchievementWinner: Patrice Louinet for sharing his discovery of new Robert E. Howard photos with Faustine and Leroy Butler, Howard’s neighbors in the mid-1920s.The Rankin Award—Artistic Achievement in the depiction of REH’s life and/or workWinner: Tomas Giorello for artwork  adapting  King Conan: “The Phoenix on the Sword”  issues 1-4 (Dark Horse)The Black Circle Award—Lifetime AchievementWinner: Damon SasserThe Black Circle Award—Nominees for next year’s Award To be announced.The Crom Award—Board of Directors’ choiceNo award given this year.

Congratulations to all the winners.  Special thanks go to Barbara, Brian, Patrice, Rob and Keith for once again bringing home the bacon with their outstanding contributions to this blog and website. Of course, Rob and Dave came through like champs, garnering Hyrkanians for their essays in issue 16 of the print journal.

I am certainly both surprised and honored to join such a prestigious group of Howard scholars in the Black Circle. And receiving both The Aquilonian for Outstanding Achievement, Periodical and The Stygian Award for Outstanding Achievement, Website is just icing on the cake. I am very gratefully and blessed for all the support from Howard Fandom for the website and the journal. Thanks to all you that follow the blog and buy the print journal.

Your continuing interest and enthusiasm for Howard is the fuel that drives us all and for that, we salute you!