What can be said about Howard? Lies, damned lies, and statistics (heck, he doesn't have Internet access, so how's he gonna know what we say about him?). Howard's a fascinating guy, an erudite hermit who lived in the nearby wilds of northern Washington when we made his acquaintance (he wrote on a manual typewriter, for God's sake!), but has since moved back to Texas. An avid flyfisherman, he subsists on the trout he catches after throwing the day's first fish back and on his income from markets that meet his high ethical standardswhich is to say he's precariously close to starvation.
Howard's fiction has won the World Fantasy Award and the Nebula and been nominated for the Hugo multiple times. If you haven't read his stuff, you've missed out. Fortunately, Ellen Datlow has done something we're too stingy to do: offered Waldrop stories free on the Net. So check out "The Ugly Chickens" over at SciFi.com. Then come back and buy his book.
Learn more at this site about Howard Waldrop.