Pulp Crazy – The New York Review of Bird by Harlan Ellison

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/109.mp3

In this weeks episode I’m going to be discussing “The New York Review of Bird” by Harlan Ellison. It first appeared in Weird Heroes Volume 2, published in 1975 by Pyramid Books and produced by Byron Preiss Visual Publications Inc. “The New York Review of Bird” is currently in print in the Harlan Ellison collection titled, Strange Wine. Strange Wine is available in both print and eBook. See below for links.

I read The New York Review of Bird in Weird Heroes Volume 2. I purchased my copy at PulpFest last summer and was immediately intrigued by this story after seeing the Neal Adams interior artwork and the connections to Philip Jose Farmer’s Wold Newton Family. I went ahead and purchased the digital edition of Strange Wine, so I could compare it to the Weird Heroes version.

Links:

Harlan Ellison’s Website: http://harlanellison.com/home.htm

Harlan Ellison’s YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1XrlRQsRxYfuc47CCJN05w

Purchase Strange Wine:  http://www.amazon.com/Strange-Wine-Harlan-Ellison-Collection/dp/1497643279/

Purchase: Weird Heroes Volume 2: http://www.amazon.com/Weird-Heroes-Vol-Byron-Preiss/dp/0515040444/

The Genealogy of Bird: http://pulpcrazy.com/birdgen.png

Philip José Farmer and Harlan Ellison: http://pulpcrazy.com/pjfhe.png

Pulp Crazy – Savage Sword of Criminal

 

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/108.mp3

In this weeks episode I’m going to be discussing a comic book that came out last month. It’s one of the coolest comics I’ve ever read. Criminal: The Special Edition, The Savage Sword of Criminal. This is a magazine sized comic that was written by Ed Brubaker and illustrated by Sean Phillips, the co-creators of Criminal. It was colored by Elizabeth Breitweiser.

I’m going to be discussing the magazine sized variant for the most part, but there was a regular sized edition put out without all of the design elements. Later in this episode I’m going to include a video and do a side by side comparison of the two. I’ll also put Savage Sword of Criminal next to some Savage Sword of Conan magazines for comparison as well.

I’m going to try and explain this one-shot as best as I can, and hope everyone stays with me, but I think the video will ultimately do a better job visually than I can do via audio.

Links:

 

Ed Brubaker on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Ed-Brubaker/e/B001K8L8ZW

Ed Brubaker Twitter: https://twitter.com/brubaker

Sean Phillips on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&page=1&rh=n%3A283155%2Cp_27%3ASean%20Phillips

Sean Phillips Website: http://www.seanphillips.co.uk/

Sean Phillips Twitter: https://twitter.com/seanpphillips

The Art of Sean Phillips Blogspot: http://theartofseanphillips.blogspot.com/

Image Comics: http://imagecomics.com

Robert E. Howard Forums: http://conan.com

Robert E. Howard Foundation: http://www.rehfoundation.org/

 

Pulp Crazy – The Bat Is My Brother by Robert Bloch

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/107.mp3

In this weeks episode I’m going to be discussing, The Bat Is My Brother by Robert Bloch. It first appeared in the November 1944 issue of Weird Tales. It’s been reprinted in a handful of vampire and weird fiction anthologies over the years, but I read it on unz.org. They have the original Weird Tales scan up for you to download and read. If you’re new to the pulps, but recognize the name, it’s most likely due to Robert Bloch being the writer of Psycho, the book that inspired the Alfred Hitchcock film of the same name.

The story is most likely not in the public domain as Bloch passed away in 1994, but it’s there on unz.org if you’re interested. I’ll put a link to it and also a link to the isfdb bibliography in the show notes, in case you want to read the story online or purchase a used copy of one of the anthologies it appeared it. From what I saw I don’t believe this tale is currently in print, so the secondary anthology market is probably your best bet other than unz.org. The original issue of Weird Tales is probably a bit pricey, as most Weird Tales issues are.

As you can probably guess from the title, and the image I chose for the episode title card, this is a vampire story. It’s about a guy named Graham Keene who wakes up in a paupers grave and busts through the cheap casket to emerge up out of the soil. After emerging he meets a vampire who informs Graham that he’s a vampire now too.

 

Links:

The Bat Is My Brother at UNZ.org:  http://www.unz.org/Pub/WeirdTales-1944nov-00058?View=PDFPages

The Bat Is My Brother at ISFDB.org: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/title.cgi?87932

Robert Bloch: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Bloch

H.P. Lovecraft: Letters to Robert Bloch & Others: http://www.hippocampuspress.com/h.p-lovecraft/collected-letters/h.-p.-lovecraft-letters-to-robert-bloch-and-others

Recording of Robert Bloch at the First World Fantasy Convention: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dsfrlt4Qg0Q

Pulp Crazy – The World of Tiers by Philip José Farmer

 

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/106.mp3

In this week episode I’m going to be discussing the World of Tiers series written by Philip José Farmer. I finished reading this series a few weeks back and I thought it would be a good time to do an episode on the series while it was still fresh in my memory. Besides the novels written by Philip José Farmer, I’ll also be discussing World of Tiers fiction written by other authors since Farmer passed away.

I’m not going to be giving away any spoilers in this episode. I’m going to give you a nice idea of what the World of Tiers series is about, though.

First I’ll start off with an overview and give some background information on the series. The theme of the series revolves around an advanced race of beings known as Lords. They are also called the Thoan, and Farmer refers to them early on as the Vaernirn. He abandons the term Vaernirn, though and sticks with calling them either Lords or Thoan in the rest of the books. In this episode I will just be calling them Lords to make it easier.

The Lords are advanced beings who are human in appearance. However, they have at their fingertips vastly advanced technology. This includes immortality without aging past their prime, being able to construct artificial pocket universes, traveling between universes via gates, bio engineering, terraforming, gravity manipulation, the list goes on. It should be noted that within each Pocket Universe there is only one planet, but the planet can have orbiting satellites.

Links:

World of Tiers Reading Order: http://pulpcrazy.com/wotro.png

A Map of the World of Tiers: http://pulpcrazy.com/wotmap.jpg

Phileas Fogg Family Tree: http://pulpcrazy.com/foggtree.png

The World of Tiers Series on Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/wotamazon

The Official Philip José Farmer Website: http://pjfarmer.com

Meteor House ( For Worlds of Philip José Farmer Anthologies with World of Tiers Short Stories): http://meteorhousepress.com

The Avenger: The Justice Inc. Files (For Devil’s Dark Heart by Christopher Paul Carey): http://tinyurl.com/avengeramazon

The Other Log of Phileas Fogg: http://tinyurl.com/foggamazon

Philip José Farmer: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Jos%C3%A9_Farmer

William Blake: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Blake

Urizen:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urizen

Robert Bloch: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Bloch

The Thoan French RPG: http://thoan.chez.com/

Pulp Crazy – Tarzan and The Gods of Opar Part One by Mike Grell

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/105.mp3

In this bonus episode I’m going to be discussing Tarzan and the Gods of Opar, Part One. Tarzan and the Gods of Opar is being serialized over the next 3 months in Dark Horse Presents, beginning this week with Dark Horse Presents #8. The comic has two covers, one with Fred Van Lente’s Weird Detective and the other with a Tarzan cover by Mike Grell.

 

Correction: Mike Grell didn’t write and illustrate Tarzan: The Savage Heart, he illustrated it. Alan Gross wrote it.

Links: http://www.comicshoplocator.com/storelocator

Preview:  https://www.darkhorse.com/Comics/24-123/Dark-Horse-Presents-8

Buy The Digital Issue:  https://digital.darkhorse.com/profile/5493.dark-horse-presents-8/

Comic Shop Locator:

Mike Grell at ComicBookDB: http://comicbookdb.com/creator.php?ID=1026

Pulp Crazy – Weird Tales Collection Magazine from Adventure House

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/104.mp3

In this weeks episode I’ll be discussing a unique and cool item that’s been recently published. I just got it in the mail this week, as a matter of fact. The Weird Tales Collection Magazine published by Adventure House. I’m a big fan of Weird Tales, it’s my favorite pulp magazine by far, and when I saw this item listed on Pulp Coming Attractions, I was immediately drawn to it.

The magazine is 40 pages and packed with full color images of Weird Tales covers. The magazine doesn’t offer a complete assortment of Weird Tales covers, as that’s not the purpose of the publication, but it’s full of covers of landmark and key issues.

The magazine is really an auction program book, printed to coincide with a complete collection of Weird Tales being auctioned off on May 1st 2015 with Adventure House Auctions. Besides being a publisher, Adventure House also conducts auctions. It was a great idea for them to put out this magazine.

Something tells me a complete collection of Weird Tales is going to go for a pretty penny, but everyone can at least get in on the action with this magazine. I flipped through it for about an hour or so the first night I got it and really enjoyed seeing a ton of covers for the first time. It’s well worth the $10.00 in my opinion.

 

Links:

Adventure House: http://adventurehouse.com/

Weird Tales Collection Auction: http://server8.maxanet.com/cgi-bin/mndetails.cgi?adventurehouse14

Weird Tales Collection Magazine:  http://adventurehouse.com/contents/en-us/d600.html

Pulp Coming Attractions: http://pulpcomingattractions.com/

Pulp Crazy – King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

In this weeks episode I’m going to be discussing a story that has had a huge influence on pulp and popular literature. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard. The novel was first published in September 1885. Haggard wrote King Solomon’s Mines following a bet with his brother. The wager was whether or not Haggard could write a novel half as good as Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island.

According to wikipedia it took him between six and sixteen weeks to complete the novel between January and April 21st 1885. The book had a hard time finding a publisher, it was overlooked as a novelty. When it saw print, it became the year’s best seller, and proved difficult to keep in print given the great demand for copies.

King Solomon’s Mines stars Allan Quatermain. A character that has seen a bit of a resurgence in the last ten years.

 

Links:

King Solomon’s Mines eBook: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/2166

King Solomon’s Mines Audiobook: https://librivox.org/king-solomons-mines-by-haggard/

The Works of H. Rider Haggard on FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/480919408707583/

The Rider Haggard Society on FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/theriderhaggardsociety

The Rider Haggard Society: http://riderhaggardsociety.org.uk/

King Solomon’s Mines @ Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_Solomon%27s_Mines

Pulp Crazy – Totem and Taboo by Philip José Farmer

In this weeks episode I will be discussing Totem and Taboo by Philip José Farmer. February 25, 2015 marked six years since the passing of this enormous talent, so I decided to read one of his stories in remembrance of him. By coincidence, or fate, a copy of The Grand Adventure arrived in the mail on the 25th. These is a beautifully illustrated collection published by Byron Preiss and Berkley Books, which contains some PJF stories I’ve been dying to read. The Totem and Taboo title caught my interest, and after reading Farmer’s introduction to it, I just had to read it. The story itself isn’t very long, Farmer’s introduction is nearly as long as the story itself. But he conveys some interesting points and background material in the introduction.

Totem and Taboo combines two of Farmer’s interests, Psychotherapy and Totems. The name of the story being identical to a thesis by Sigmund Freud isn’t a coincidence. In the introduction, Farmer says this story has nothing to do with Freud’s thesis, but then again he also says it might after all. Farmer had an interest in psychotherapy and psychology, which played a big part in his World of Tiers novel, Red Orc’s Rage.

PJF also gives some serious thoughts about animals towards the beginning of the intro, as well as comparing and contrasting their actions to humans. This kind of thinking is seen from him in other works relating to feral humans. Of course, totems play a part of the Khokarsa series, with Hadon of Ancient Opar being a member of the Ant Totem, and Kwasin of Dythbeth being a member of the Thunder Bear totem.

According to Farmer, at the conclusion of his intro, no psychologist or psychoanalyst, as far as he was aware had combined zoology with their particular school of theory or technique. Farmer mused that maybe they should look into this.

Links:

Totem & Taboo at ISFDB: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/title.cgi?58170

Philip José Farmer on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Philip-Jose-Farmer/e/B000APAEPG/

The Grand Adventure on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Grand-Adventure-Philip-Jose-Farmer/dp/0425072118/

The Book of Philip José Farmer on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Book-Philip-Jos%C3%A9-Farmer/dp/B0006F1Q1G/

Official Philip José Farmer Website: http://pjfarmer.com

Meteor House Press:  http://meteorhousepress.com

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