Pulp Crazy – The Hound

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/139.mp3

In this week’s episode of Pulp Crazy I’ll be discussing “The Hound” by H. P. Lovecraft. This is a short piece of weird fiction that was first published in the February 1924 issue of Weird Tales. “The Hound” takes place within Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos cycle of stories. It deals with a pair of occultists who pick the wrong grave to rob.

Links:

Nicole Alman’s website: http://cheesecake-weasel.com

 
Read “The Hound” in:

H. P. Lovecraft: The Complete Fiction at Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/barnes-noble-leatherbound-classics-hp-lovecraft-h-p-lovecraft/1106658815
Cthulhu Chick’s Free Works of H.P. Lovecraft ebook: http://arkhamarchivist.com/free-complete-lovecraft-ebook-nook-kindle/

Listen to William Hart (CthulhuWho1) read his rendition of “The Hound”:  http://cthulhuwho1.com/2010/12/27/h-p-lovecrafts-the-hound-1922-read-by-william-hart/

Read the eText of “The Hound” – http://www.hplovecraft.com/writings/texts/fiction/h.aspx

“The Hound” @ Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hound

“The Hound” @ISFDB: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/title.cgi?41886

The Lovecraft eZine: http://lovecraftzine.com

The Swords of Robert E. Howard Forum

 

Just wanted to give everyone an update on what I’ve been up to this week. I didn’t have time to write or record an episode as I have been working on The Swords of Robert E. Howard Forum at http://swordsofreh.proboards.com.

As some of you may know, The Official Robert E. Howard Forums at conan.com closed at the beginning of February, but The Robert E. Howard Foundation has plans for their own forums in the future.

 

The Conan.com boards were a fantastic community and many of us didn’t want to see that vanish in between the time the Conan.com forum closed and the Robert E. Howard Foundation forum went up.

So I decided to create this fan forum and so far we have 66 members and are always open to more. If you’re a fan of Robert E. Howard, Conan, Kull, Solomon Kane, or quality fiction in general, feel free to join up.

 

http://swordsofreh.proboards.com

Pulp Crazy – The Freshman by Philip José Farmer

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/138.mp3

In this week’s episode of Pulp Crazy, I celebrate what would have been Philip José Farmer’s 98th Birthday by discussing his tale of scholarship and sorcery at Miskatonic University.

“The Freshman” is Farmer’s contribution to H. P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos that follows an elderly frosh on his eventful first day at Miskatonic University. The short story was inspired by a dream Farmer had, where he was an elderly man rushing for a fraternity at a strange university.
Links:

Read “The Freshman” in Tales of the Wold Newton Universe: http://www.amazon.com/Tales-Newton-Universe-Philip-Farmer/dp/1781163049

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

Meteor House: http://meteorhousepress.com

WoldNewtonFamily.com: http://woldnewtonfamily.com

The Crossover Universe: http://www.crossoveruniverse.com/

The Man-Eaters of Zamboula (Starring Conan the Cimmerian) by Robert E. Howard

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/137.mp3

In honor of Robert E. Howard’s 110th Anniversary (Howard was born on January 22, 1906) I will be discussing “The Man-Eaters of Zamboula” starring Conan the Cimmerian.

It was originally published in the November 1935 issue of Weird Tales as “Shadows in Zamboula.” It is currently available in The Conquering Sword of Conan collection from Del Rey. It tells of Conan’s chaotic stay in the desert city of Zamboula.

Links:

The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian (Conan Book 1): http://www.amazon.com/Coming-Conan-Cimmerian-Original-Adventures/dp/0345461517/

The Bloody Crown of Conan (Conan Book 2): http://www.amazon.com/Bloody-Crown-Conan-Cimmeria-Book/dp/0345461525/

The Conquering Sword of Conan (Conan Book 3): http://www.amazon.com/Conquering-Sword-Conan-Cimmeria-Book/dp/0345461533/

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

Robert E. Howard @ Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_E._Howard

Pulp Crazy – The Dark Eidolon by Clark Ashton Smith

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/136.mp3

In this week’s episode, in honor of Clark Ashton Smith’s birthday (January 13, 1893), I’ll be discussing “The Dark Eidolon.” It first appeared in the January 1935 issue of Weird Tales, and is probably the Zothique story that carries the most name recognition.

It tells of Namirrha, a powerful sorcerer who returns to his home city in order to exact revenge on its ruler for a boyhood transgression.

Links:

Read “The Dark Eidolon” on the Eldritch Dark: http://www.eldritchdark.com/writings/short-stories/212/the-dark-eidolon

Purchase The Dark Eidolon and Other Stores: http://www.amazon.com/Eidolon-Other-Fantasies-Penguin-Classics/dp/0143107380/

Purchase The Maze of the Enchanter:  http://www.amazon.com/Enchanter-Collected-Fantasies-Clark-Ashton/dp/1597800317/

Purchase Tales of Zothique (Necronomicon Press): http://www.amazon.com/Tales-Zothique-Clark-Ashton-Smith/dp/0940884712 | http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?sts=t&tn=Tales+of+Zothique

Clark Ashton Smith at Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clark_Ashton_Smith

The Eldritch Dark Website: http://www.eldritchdark.com/

The Double Shadow Podcast: http://thedoubleshadow.com/

Pulp Crazy – Swords and Deviltry (Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser Book 1) by Fritz Leiber

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/135.mp3

In this week’s episode I’ll be discussing Swords and Deviltry (Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser Book 1) by Fritz Leiber. It’s a fantastic collection of three high quality, award nominated sword and sorcery novellas. The most prominent being Ill Met in Lankhmar, which won the 1971 Hugo and 1971 Nebula awards for Best Novella. It’s a sword and sorcery classic.

Links:

Purchase the Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser series on Audible: http://tinyurl.com/audiblefafhrdmouser

Purchase the  Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser series on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/bookseries/B00CJDGH9E/

Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser at Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fafhrd_and_the_Gray_Mouser

Fritz Leiber on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fritz_Leiber

Welcome to the Newhon Mythos: http://www.stormbringer.net/mouser.html

Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser at ISFDB: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/pe.cgi?4281

Fritz Leiber interview from Norwescon 15: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUHrdLUqfcg

 

Pulp Crazy – Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/134.mp3

Hello everyone and welcome to this week’s episode of Pulp Crazy. I’m your host, Jason Aiken. In this week’s episode I’m going to be discussing Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. This film was released nationwide in the United States on December 17, 2015. I will devote this last Pulp Crazy episode of 2015 to reviewing and discussing the film. I figured it would be appropriate for Pulp Crazy because George Lucas didn’t create Star Wars in a vacuum. The pulp science fantasy works of Edgar Rice Burroughs, E. E. ’Doc’ Smith, and Leigh Brackett are without a doubt in the D.N.A. of Star Wars.
SPOILERS AHOY! I can’t critique this movie honestly without mentioning a few things about it. So you’ve been warned, I wouldn’t watch this until after you’ve seen the film, unless you don’t care about spoilers.

Wold Newton Day 12/13/2015 – The Adventure of the Peerless Peer by Philip José Farmer

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/133.mp3

Today, December 13, 2015 is the 220th anniversary of the Wold Newton event. On December 13, 1795, a meteorite struck outside the hamlet of Wold Newton in Yorkshire, England. According to Philip José Farmer, when the meteorite crashed into the countryside, two carriages were passing by. The drivers and passengers, who were already of heroic stock, were exposed to the ionization of the meteorite and were further enhanced by it.

These passengers include Sir Percy Blakeny, the Scarlet Pimpernel as well as Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth Darcy. Ancestors of Sherlock Holmes, Tarzan, Doc Savage, the Avenger, the Shadow, the Spider, and others were present as well. The passengers included several married couples, with some of the women already being pregnant at the time. Their children would later marry each other, thus the enriched genes would not become recessive. Due to the families becoming interconnected, they are referred to as one family, the Wold Newton Family.

Today also marks the day of the launch of WOLDNEWTONFAMILY.COM. A website devoted to the canonical Wold Newton Family works by Philip José Farmer and authorized continuations. Be sure to take some time and give it a peek on Wold Newton Day, it has several articles, and is a great introduction and resource to Philip José Farmer’s Wold Newton Family.

In this week’s episode, I look at a seminal Wold Newton tale, “The Adventure of the Peerless Peer” by Philip José Farmer himself. This story features Sherlock Holmes, Doctor Watson, and Tarzan, with several cameos by other pulp heroes.

Links:

Wold Newton Family.com: http://woldnewtonfamily.com

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

Purchase The Adventure of the Peerless Peer on Amazon (hardcopy and ebook): http://www.amazon.com/Further-Adventures-Sherlock-Holmes-Peerless/dp/0857681206/

Purchase The Adventure of the Peerless Peer on B&N.com (paperback and ebook):  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/further-adventures-of-sherlock-holmes-philip-jose-farmer/1100310919?ean=9780857681201

Dennis Powers’ essay: “Jungle Brothers, or, Secrets of the Jungle Lords”:  http://www.pjfarmer.com/woldnewton/Articles4.htm#JUNGLE

Pulp Crazy – Terror Out of Space by Leigh Brackett

 

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/132.mp3

In this week’s episode of Pulp Crazy, I’ll be discussing Leigh Brackett’s “Terror Out of Space.” This episode is going up on December 7, 2015, which would be Leigh Brackett’s 100th birthday.

“Terror Out of Space” is a cosmic horror story set beneath the seas of Venus. It’s an interesting mash up of science fiction and cosmic horror.

Links:

Read “Terror Out of Space” on SFF Audio’s PDF Page:  http://www.sffaudio.com/features/pdf-page/

Leigh Brackett at Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leigh_Brackett

Leigh Brackett at ISFDB: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?334

Purchase Leigh Brackett books on Paizo.com: http://tinyurl.com/paizobrackett

Purchase Leigh Brackett books from Haffner Press: http://www.haffnerpress.com/

Eric John Stark article by Morgan Holmes: http://www.castaliahouse.com/the-pulp-swordsmen-eric-john-stark/

The Ginger Star article by Morgan Holmes: http://www.castaliahouse.com/the-ginger-star/

Preorder the Lee Brackett Centennial book: http://www.haffnerpress.com/book/lb100/

Guest on the Lovecraft eZine Talk Show – 11/22/2015

I (Jason Aiken) was a guest on the Lovecraft eZine videochat and podcast along with Frank Schildiner. We talked with Mike Davis, Pete Rawlik, and Rick Lai about Lovecraft and Wold Newton (Philip José Farmer in particualr) related topics. We also talked about our recent writing projects. You can watch it on YouTube or listen via the podcast.
 

 
 

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