Steve Block was born in St. Louis, Mo in 1941,and grew up in various parts of St. Louis and St.Louis county. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Zoology from Washington University in St. Louis in 1963, and did graduate studies in Molecular Biology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN during the '70's. He currently works as a Research Laboratory Technician at Washington University Medical School in St. Louis.


Steve first encountered Robert E. Howard's Conan of Cimmeria when he was about 12 years old, while reading the newly rediscovered "The God in the Bowl". This thrilling story created an impression that was never to be forgotten, and Steve became a fan for life. Later, he began buying Lancer Conan paperbacks as fast as they came out.

While in Nashville, influenced by his admiration for Conan, he participated in fencing, especially sabre fencing, and later joined The Society for Creative Anachronism, taking the name Stephen Ironhand, and learned how to fight in armor with medieval weaponry. When he moved back to St. Louis in 1975, he founded an SCA group there.

When the Conan the Barbarian movie came out in the 80's, he went to the theater in eager anticipation, expecting to see his hero on screen at last. He was sadly disappointed when the movie Conan turned out to be utterly unlike Howard's Conan. In the late '90's, Steve watched the Conan the Adventurer TV show, and was even more bitterly disappointed when the TV Conan turned out to be even less like the "real" Conan.

In the course of comparing notes with other Howard fans on various websites, Steve came across opinions to the effect that the requirements of the video medium made it impossible to portray an accurate Conan on the screen. Although Steve, like many fans, disagreed with this theory, rather than argue about it, he decide to do a "thought experiment", by attempting to accurately portray Conan in a screenplay. Hence the scripts.


Early in the writing of the screenplays, barely past the treatment stage, Steve was circulating his early efforts among his fellow fans on the internet. One of Steve’s e-buddies, Brian Bevel, a fellow St. Louisan who was then working as a copy editor for a newspaper in Port Angeles, Washington, offered to edit the scripts, so Steve sent him the then-current version of “Birth of a Hero”. Brian’s suggestions turned out to be so cogent, so helpful, and so in line with Steve’s own attitudes about Howard and Conan, that Steve asked Brian if he would like to co-author the screenplays. Brian accepted the offer, and the rest is history.