David Pinault, PhD, is a Professor of Religious Studies at Santa Clara University. He is the author of the acclaimed work The Crucifix on Mecca's Front Porch. His other publications include Notes from the Fortune-Telling Parrot, The Shiites: Ritual and Popular Piety in a Muslim Community, and the novel Museum of Seraphs in Torment.
At his typewriter in little Cross Plains, Texas, Robert E. Howard created big characters — Bran Mak Morn, Solomon Kane, Conan the Barbarian — who shaped the art of fantasy fiction for generations. But Howard would never know it. On June 11, 1936, at the age of thirty, he shot… Read more »