Robert E. Howard (1906-36) lived and wrote in Cross Plains, Texas. From 1924 until his death, he sold hundreds of stories to pulp-fiction magazines such as Weird Tales, Argosy, Action Stories, Fight Stories, and Cowboy Stories. As a twentieth-century American master of fantastic adventure, he rivals Edgar Rice Burroughs. Steven Tompkins contributed to the original manuscript facsimile of "The Black Stranger" and The Illustrated World of Robert E. Howard, both Wandering Star publications. His essays have appeared in The Barbaric Triumph: A Critical Anthology on the Writings of Robert E. Howard and The Dark Man: The Journal of Robert E. Howard Studies.