Top 10 fantasy freaks and gaming geeks
3. Robert E. Howard
Out of Nowheresvile, Texas, a 23-year-old writer began publishing various genre stories in the pulp magazine "Weird Tales." But it was Howard's first Conan the Barbarian tale, appearing in 1932, that vaulted him into orbit. Unlike Tolkien's "high fantasy," Howard's Conan stories, set in the Hyborian Age, were a brew of lower-brow fantasy, horror, mythology, and historical romance, with plenty of swordplay and encounters with the supernatural. He later became buddies with H. P. Lovecraft, and influenced writers like C. L. Moore and Fritz Leiber. But the life of swords and sorcery's founder came to an abrupt end: He committed suicide at the age of 30.
Pictured: Arnold Schwarzenegger as Conan the 1982 film.