The Black Stone: Timeline

A simplified timeline of events mentioned in Robert E. Howard’s “The Black Stone.”


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Weird Tales 1932 Masthead Shirt

Speaking of Two-Gun Bob, this is based on the logotype for Weird Tales, as seen on the December 1932 cover, the first published appearance of Robert E. Howard’s Conan the Barbarian:

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Obviously, mine is stacked, to better fit the proportions of a shirt. “Weird Tales” is hand drawn, the tagline is typeset. WT is not just a compressed version of my earlier art. Every letter has been re-drawn by hand.

Available wherever finer fandom shirts are sold.

The Black Stone: Temesvar

Robert E. Howard’s “The Black Stone” is regarded by some as one of the finest mythos stories not written by HPL himself. The full text is available online here. This story introduces REH’s fictional book “Nameless Cults,” it’s author, Friedrich Wilhelm von Junzt (German, 1795-1840), and the mad poet Justin Geoffrey (American, 1898-1926):

“They say foul things of Old Times still lurk
In dark forgotten corners of the world.
And Gates still gape to loose, on certain nights
Shapes pent in Hell.”

It also mentions Otto Dostmann and his book, “Remnants of Lost Empires,” (Berlin, 1809, “Der Drachenhaus” Press).

The titular Black Stone is located outside the village of Stregoicavar in Hungary. This town is said to be 3 days’ coach ride from Temesvar. Stregoicavar is fictional, but Temesvar is real. Today, it is inside Romania, near the Hungarian border, and is known as Timisoara. Here is its location:

Temesvar - The Black Stone
Full size image here.

Here is the same map with a 60 mile radius drawn around Temesvar. This is my guess at the range of a 3-day coach ride in rough, hilly country. Stregoicavar should lie within a few miles of the edge of the blue circle:

Temesvar w 59 mi Radius

It’s Robert E. Howard’s Birthday!

Today, January 22nd, 2016 is Robert E. Howard’s 110th birthday.

Happy birthday, Two-Gun Bob!

Below, you’ll find a few of my REH-related posts:

Conan for President bumper stickers – Make Aquilonia Great Again!

Buy my silly Conan propaganda poster shirts!

Conan for President Red Shirts

Conan for President White Shirts

Conan for President Blue Shirts

CONAN for President Bumper Stickers

Remember when Mr. The Barbarian made his announcement?

I have designed a trio of bumper stickers to help you help keep Conan at the forefront of public awareness!


They should be available at Zazzle with no problems, but I am always open to alternative bumper sticker vendors.

Conan: Tough on Necromancers. Tough on Crime.

This Man is CONAN – He Fights for REVENGE

The sister design to the previous. Alternate choice of words here: Cimmerian and Revenge.

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All other elements are the same.

This Man is CONAN – He Fights for CROM!

These are part of a series of WWII Allied propaganda posters:

Perhaps you are familiar with this fighter as well?

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The verbiage on this art has been chosen more for immediate recognition by the general public. Available at TeePublic, alongside it’s sister design, to be posted soon.

Additionally, the tiny line of text at the bottom of the poster reads as follows: For additional copies, write to Graphics Division, Office of Facts and Figures, Tarantia … Specify REH Jacket No. 012206. KINGDOM OF AQUILONIA PRINTING OFFICE : 2391 – C.