Talking Hadon, King of Opar by Christopher Paul Carey

MP3: http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/113.mp3

Christopher Paul Carey joins me in discussing his new novella, Hadon, King of Opar, now available for pre-order from Meteor House. This is the all-new fourth volume in Philip José Farmer’s Khokarsa (Ancient Opar) series. Chris fills us in on how the story came into existence, his writing process, and what Hadon’s up to. We took great care in not discussing spoilers.

I was able to review an advanced review copy of an early draft, and this novella has my highest recommendation. Look for my review next week on http://pulpcrazy.com.

Hadon, King of Opar is now available for pre-order from Meteor House. It’s available in both hardcover and softcover format at the link below. 

 

Pre-order Hadon, King of Opar: Book 4 of the Khokarsa Series by Christopher Paul Careyhttp://meteorhousepress.com/hadon-king-of-opar/

Pre-order Flight to Opar – Restored Edition Book 2 of the Khokarsa Series by Philip José Farmerhttp://meteorhousepress.com/flight-to-opar/

Pre-order Exiles of Kho: Prequel to the Khokarsa Series by Christopher Paul Careyhttp://meteorhousepress.com/exiles-of-kho-now-in-hardcover/

Christopher Paul Carey’s Website: http://www.cpcarey.com/

Purchase Hadon of Ancient Opar: Book 1 in the Khokarsa Series by Philip José Farmer: http://www.amazon.com/Hadon-Ancient-Opar-Khokarsa-Prehistory/dp/1781162956/

Purchase Kwasin & The Bear God by Philip José Farmer and Christopher Paul Carey: http://meteorhousepress.com/the-worlds-of-philip-jose-farmer-2-of-dust-and-soul/ |  http://www.amazon.com/Tales-Newton-Universe-Philip-Farmer/dp/1781163049/

Purchase Iron & Bronze by Win Scott Eckert and Christopher Paul Carey: http://www.amazon.com/Iron-Bronze-Win-Scott-Eckert-ebook/dp/B00580VNIU/

Explore the World of Lost Khokarsa Website: http://www.pjfarmer.com/khokarsa/khokarsa.htm

Bob Eggleton’s Website: http://www.bobeggleton.com/

Meteor House: http://meteorhousepress.com/

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

Philip José Farmer International Bibliography: http://www.philipjosefarmer.tk/

 

Talking Flight to Opar Restored Edition by Philip José Farmer with Christopher Paul Carey

 

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/112.mp3

Author and editor, Christopher Paul Carey joins me in discussing the Restored Edition of Philip José Farmer’s Flight to Opar, now available for pre-order from Meteor House. Chris is the editor of the book and we delve into how he went about restoring the text for this edition. Chris even provides a sneak peak by citing some examples directly from the book, to give us an idea of what type of material has been restored. This is the new definitive text of Flight to Opar.

Flight to Opar – The  Restored Edition is now available for pre-order from Meteor House. It’s available in both hardcover and softcover format at the link below.

Pre-order Flight to Opar – Restored Edition Book 2 of the Khokarsa Series by Philip José Farmerhttp://meteorhousepress.com/flight-to-opar/

Pre-order Hadon, King of Opar: Book 4 of the Khokarsa Series by Christopher Paul Careyhttp://meteorhousepress.com/hadon-king-of-opar/

Pre-order Exiles of Kho: Prequel to the Khokarsa Series by Christopher Paul Careyhttp://meteorhousepress.com/exiles-of-kho-now-in-hardcover/

Purchase Hadon of Ancient Opar: Book 1 in the Khokarsa Series by Philip José Farmer: http://www.amazon.com/Hadon-Ancient-Opar-Khokarsa-Prehistory/dp/1781162956/

Purchase Kwasin & The Bear God by Philip José Farmer and Christopher Paul Carey: http://meteorhousepress.com/the-worlds-of-philip-jose-farmer-2-of-dust-and-soul/ |  http://www.amazon.com/Tales-Newton-Universe-Philip-Farmer/dp/1781163049/

Purchase Iron & Bronze by Win Scott Eckert and Christopher Paul Carey: http://www.amazon.com/Iron-Bronze-Win-Scott-Eckert-ebook/dp/B00580VNIU/

Christopher Paul Carey’s Website: http://www.cpcarey.com/

Explore the World of Lost Khokarsa Website: http://www.pjfarmer.com/khokarsa/khokarsa.htm

Bob Eggleton’s Website: http://www.bobeggleton.com/

Meteor House: http://meteorhousepress.com/

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

Philip José Farmer International Bibliography: http://www.philipjosefarmer.tk/

 

The Werewolf of Ponkert by H. Warner Munn

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/111.mp3

“Take a werewolf story, for instance — who ever wrote a story from the point of view of the wolf, and sympathising strongly with the devil to whom he has sold himself?” - H.P. Lovecraft in a letter to Edwin Baird, November 1923. This letter would later appear in Weird Tales, where a young writer named H. Warner Munn would read it and be inspired.

In this weeks episode I will be discussing The Werewolf of Ponkert by H. Warner Munn. It’s a werewolf story that Munn wrote after being inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s comment.

The Werewolf of Ponkert was first published in July 1925 issue of Weird Tales. It was the cover story that month. The story is the first entry in Munn’s Tales of the Werewolf Clan series. The Werewolf of Ponkert takes place in north eastern Hungary, during the mid to late 15th Century.

It has been recently collected by Altus Press in the collection, “Tales of the Werewolf Clan”. This collects all of Munn’s werewolf clan tales and includes a new introduction by his grandson, John Munn. It’s available in both a hardcover and trade paperback from the Altus Press website.

Links:

Purchase Tales of the Werewolf Clan from Altus Press: http://www.altuspress.com/shop/tales-of-the-werewolf-clan/

H.P. Lovecraft & His Legacy Article on The Werewolf of Ponkert: http://chrisperridas.blogspot.com/2008/07/werewolf-of-ponkert.html

Philip José, H. Warner Munn, and Damon Knight: http://www.pjfarmer.com/bimages/pict8.jpg | http://www.pjfarmer.com/photoal.htm

H. Warner Munn at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._Warner_Munn

H. Warner Munn at ISFDB.org: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?1802

Christopher Paul Carey’s website: http://www.cpcarey.com/

Pulp Crazy – Tarzan and the Gods of Opar Part Two by Mike Grell

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/110.mp3

In this weeks episode I’m going to be discussing Tarzan and the Gods of Opar Part Two written and illustrated by Mike Grell. It was published a few weeks back in Dark Horse Presents #9.

Part Two  picks up right where Part One left off, with Tarzan rescuing a brunette woman of Opar from a leopard. It turns out this woman isn’t La, but a young priestess named Oona.

She fills Tarzan in on what’s been happening in Opar since the arrival of Sir Richard Kincaid and Wilson via their hot air balloon. The story progresses from there.

Links:

Preview: https://www.darkhorse.com/Comics/Previews/24-124?page=0

Buy The Digital Issue: https://digital.darkhorse.com/profile/5568.dark-horse-presents-9-1/

Comic Shop Locator:  http://www.comicshoplocator.com/storelocator

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

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:

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

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/

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