"Hawk of the Hills" is an El Borak short story by Robert E. Howard. It was originally published in June 1935 issue of the pulp magazine Top-Notch, one of only five of the El Borak stories published within Howard's lifetime. The story was featured as the cover of that issue. Robert Ervin Howard (January 22, 1906 – June 11, 1936) was an American author who wrote pulp fiction in a diverse range of genres. He is well known for his character Conan the Barbarian and is regarded as the father of the sword and sorcery subgenre. Howard was born and raised in the state of Texas. He spent most of his life in the town of Cross Plains with some time spent in nearby Brownwood.