Ah, Robert E. Howard was one of my greatest discoveries during the lost years! I read both the Gollancz volumes that have been previously discussed in this thread.
Gibby wrote:the stories have an energy that just drags you in
Solidarity Reg wrote:His writing is just so visceral.
Yes, exactly! He has an incredible imagination and powerful use of language, much like Lovecraft, but less "flowery" and more "muscular". He has replaced H. P. Lovecraft as my favourite pulp/short story writer. I read his historical tales first, then finished with the Conan saga. Although I enjoyed a few of the Conan tales -- particularly The Devil in Iron, Red Nails, The Black Stranger and Iron Shadows in the Moon -- I found many of them a bit of a chore to read. I actually much preferred the historical adventures. Bran Mak Morn was probably my favourite character from these tales (Kings of the Night and Worms of the Earth were both awesome), though I loved the Crusader stories too and of course Solomon Kane (particularly his adventures in western Africa).