Robert E. Howard, The Supreme Moment: A Biography by Francis DiPietro popped up recently.  DiPietro was unheard of in Howard fandom until now, and suddenly he appears with a biography of REH, touting his non-existent Howard credentials.  At best it is a mish-mash of scattered thoughts about Howard, at worst it is borderline plagiarism (parts of the book are lifted from the material of legitimate Howard scholars). For sure, this is one Howard bio you must take with many grains of salt.

Here is the nausating blurb for the book from

He gave life to a genre, and saved death for himself. Robert Ervin Howard, author of hundreds of stories and poems, spent his days in what he perceived to be literary obscurity. He took his life on June 11, 1936 with little inkling that his works would become the standard by which all of modern fantasy and adventure writing is judged. Now you are invited to share in this bold and perceptive retelling of a life made more remarkable by its brilliant spell of self-imposed brevity.


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