glad you like. As I said always comes evening is rather the oposite of this. I can't say Conan has been a real thing for me, indeed I only discovered the original conan stories a few years ago, and while I loved the style, and also appreciated the fact that Conan wasn't just the dumb muscle head that later incarnations made him out to be a lot of what was in the stories struck me as a bit wrong, and not just the obvious things like racism, sexism and glorification of sexual slavery (they were after all written close to 80 years ago).
However, I had a lot of difficulty with the idea of a hero who was exemplified through violence, and that this was all part of being male. Conan is after all at rock bottom a thief, a thug possibly a rapist, or at least someone who only views women as a temporary source of pleasure. I also never found I could sympathize with Conan particularly, sinse I never really like invincible, invulnerable characters, I'd much rather read about someone very human and flawed and wounded who succeeds than just someone who punches their way through without a scratch either physical or emotional, which is also probably why i have such a strong dislike of the Super hero genre, (though there are exceptions). Indeed, I'd argue that Tolkien's best and most lasting contribution to fantasy literature wasn't his world or his language or history, but simply the idea of very human, very small characters in an extraordinary or fantastic setting.
The thing I always love in Howard however though are his descriptions of far off lands and creatures. There's a quality in fantasy when done corrctly, a sort of mystery. Something really exotic and alien which can be both beautiful and terrible at the same time, and few writers were able to capture this as well as Howard. This is very much why I love his poetry, sinse you have all the good of his conan stories without the bad bits, ie conan himself.
Interestingly enough, George R r martin (who people will know from game of thrones), apparently began his reading of fantasy not with lord of the rings, but with Conan. I'm fairly sure that Martin named King Robert after Robert E howard, especially with Robert being a drinking, fighting, hoaring old king who nevertheless actually did! manage to hold everything together quite successfully. Also, I've noticed in all the sections set in the East with Denaris and the Duthraki, that MArtin is very much invoking the same sort of style and world as Conan, (and in fact doing it rather well).
A rather amusing fact from Martin's biography, is that when he first read lotr, apparently his first thought upon reading about the shire was "conan would go through here like a hurrican!" I do wonder if this is why he named his Barbarian character, ---- albeit a Barbarian with a rather softer side, Drogo, after Frodos' father