Mark Finn is an author, editor, essayist, and pop culture critic. His biography, Blood and Thunder: The Life and Art of Robert E. Howard, was nominated for a World Fantasy award in 2007 and currently available in an updated and expanded second edition. His articles, essays, and introductions about Robert E. Howard and his works have appeared in books and publications for the Robert E. Howard Foundation Press, Dark Horse Comics, The Cimmerian, REH: Two-Gun Raconteur, The Howard Review, The Dark Man: the Journal of Robert E. Howard Studies, Wildside Press, The University of Texas press, Greenwood Press, Scarecrow Press, F.A.C.T. Publications, Tachyon Press, Press and others. As a noted authority on the Texas author, Finn has presented several papers about Robert E. Howard to the PCA/ACA National conference, the AWC, and he lectures and performs readings regularly.
Jeffrey Shanks is an archaeologist and pulp scholar and he currently serves as co-chair of the Pulp Studies area for the Popular Culture Association. He has written numerous popular and scholarly articles on Robert E. Howard, H. P. Lovecraft, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and other topics. He is the co-editor of the Bram Stoker Award-nominated essay collection The Unique Legacy of Weird Tales: The Evolution of Modern Fantasy and Horror.
Chris Gruber is currently a member of the review board for The Dark Man: The Journal of Robert E. Howard Studies. His essays and introductions have appeared in publications such as Dreams in the Fire, REH: Two-Gun Raconteur, and Echos de Cimmerie. He was the editor of Boxing Stories by Robert E. Howard, published by the University of Nebraska Press, and is the co-editor of the four-volume collection Fists of Iron by the Robert E. Howard Foundation Press. He is also a co-author of the forthcoming World of Kull: King of Atlantis source book for Robert E. Howard’s Conan Roleplaying Game – Adventures in an Age Undreamed Of by Modiphius.