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Tevis Clyde Smith, Jr. (1908–1984) was an American historian, fantasy writer, poet and amateur publisher, best known for his association with Robert E. Howard. Most of his writing appeared as by Tevis Clyde Smith; he also wrote as T. C. Smith, Jr., and under his full name, Tevis Clyde Smith, Jr. He lived in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas.

Tevis Clyde Smith, Jr.
Born(1908-02-11)February 11, 1908
DiedDecember 1984 (1985-01) (aged 76)
OccupationShort story writer, amateur publisher
NationalityUnited States


Writing careerEdit

Smith self-published several chapbooks on the history, biography and genealogy of Brown County, Texas, and others of his poetry and short fiction. As a young man he collaborated on three short stories with Robert E. Howard. Late writings focused on his association with Howard.

Smith and HowardEdit

The Howard/Smith novelette "Red Blades of Black Cathay" was the cover story on the February–March 1931 issue of Oriental Stories

Smith met Robert E. Howard while both attended Brownwood High School and they remained friends until Howard's death. At the time, Smith was publishing a small amateur journal. He and Howard collaborated on a story that was meant to run in Smith's magazine, Under the Great Tiger, though they abandoned the project.[1] Smith did other collaborations with Howard, one of which they sold to the magazine Oriental Stories. Several of their collaborations were collected in Red Blades of Black Cathay, published by Donald M. Grant, Publisher, Inc. in 1971.



  • Frontier's Generation : The Pioneer History of Brown County, with Sidelights on the Surrounding Territory (1931; enlarged edition 1980; reprint of 1931 edition with added index 1982)
  • From the Memories of Men (1954)
  • Pecan Valley Days (1956)


  • Report on a Writing Man and Other Reminiscences of Robert E. Howard (1991)

Other nonfictionEdit

  • "How the Stories Came to Be" (introduction to Red Blades of Black Cathay) (1971)
  • "Foreword" (to Shadow of the hun by Robert E. Howard) (1975)
  • "Background to 'Questions'" (1976)
  • "Foreword" (to One Who Walked Alone: Robert E. Howard, The Final Years by Novalyne Price Ellis) (1986)



  • Images out of the sky (1966 collection)
  • Don't blame the python (1975 collection)
  • "Questions (To Robert E. Howard)" (1976)
  • "Rescue By a Certain Lady" (1976)


  1. ^ de Camp, L. Sprague; Catherine Crook de Camp; Jane Whittington Griffin (1983). Dark Valley Destiny: the Life of Robert E. Howard. New York: Bluejay Books. p. 166. ISBN 0-312-94074-2.

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