Howard wrote something for every taste: sword and sorcery, hard-boiled detectives, weird horror, historical fiction, boxing, westerns, pirates, and poetry.
I have a copy of Conan Meets the Academy checked out from the library, so I might read a few of the essays rather than one of his stories this year. Brian Murphy wrote an outstanding review and critique of the book at The Silver Key (the comments are good, also).
For more information on his life and career, start with the following sites:
- Robert E. Howard United Press Association
- The Robert E. Howard Foundation
- Howard Works bibliographic database
- The Cimmerian (archive; no longer updated)