Pulp Crazy – The God of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/152.mp3

 

In this week’s episode I discuss “The God of Tarzan” by Edgar Rice Burroughs. This is a short story typically read in the Jungle Tales of Tarzan collection by Edgar Rice Burroughs. The story deals with a 19 year old Tarzan’s quest to find God after reading the term in the dictionary.

Links:

Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs – http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/6532

The Return of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs – http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/8752

Jungle Tales of Tarzan
by Edgar Rice Burroughs – http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/8758

Mother Was a Lovely Beast – http://www.pjfarmer.com/edit.htm

http://edgarriceburroughs.com

http://tarzan.com

 

Review: Blood of Ancient Opar by Christopher Paul Carey

Bob Eggleton's cover to Blood of Ancient Opar

Bob Eggleton’s cover to Blood of Ancient Opar

Last year I was lucky to obtain an advanced reader copy of Hadon, King of Opar by Christopher Paul Carey before its release at PulpFest 2015. PulpFest 2016 is just around the corner and once again Meteor House provided Pulp Crazy with an advanced reader copy of the latest novella in Philip Jose Farmer’s Khokarsa (Ancient Opar) series, Blood of Ancient Opar by Christopher Paul Carey.

Blood of Ancient Opar picks up immediately following the massive cliffhanger of Hadon, King of Opar. Hadon and his allies have triumphed over the forces of the Mikawaru pirates who had invaded Opar in Hadon, King of Opar (with the Priests of Resu and the Oracle of Kho assisting the raiders), but Hadon’s troubles are far from over.

His daughter La reveals an ancient prophecy to Hadon and the two of them spend the rest of the novella trying to make sense of it and use it to their advantage against an emerging threat.

Blood of Ancient Opar is a fast-paced adventure that once again has the reader side-by-side with Hadon throughout the course of the story. This is one of those tales that is tough to review, as I don’t want to spoil some major events that occur in the book, but I can discuss some portions.

During the course of the book, Hadon finds himself in the valley adjoining Opar, the Valley of the Royals. Here, Hadon visits the Palace of Queens, which readers of Tarzan and the Golden Lion will likely find very familiar. The wonderful cover painting by Bob Eggleton depicts this event. The chapters set at the royal retreat were some of my favorites, as it was fun to visit an all-new location in Ancient Opar alongside Hadon.

On a grimmer note, needless to say, before the events of Hadon, King of Opar, the queendom was already facing hard times. As Blood of Ancient Opar begins, the city is in an even worse situation. Hadon and La really have their work cut out for them if they hope to get Opar back on track.

Using Farmer’s notes, Carey skillfully executes the kind of fantasy adventure tale you just don’t see much of anymore. His contributions to the Khokarsa/Ancient Opar series feel right at home sitting beside Farmer’s original Ancient Opar books on my bookshelf and I feel fortunate to see the series continue in such great hands. Blood of Ancient Opar is everything I hoped it would be.

This is a tale of heroic fantasy skillfully brought to life through the pen and mind of a writer intimately familiar with the source material. Blood of Ancient Opar hearkens back to classic sword and sorcery adventures of the past while displaying a mastery of modern fiction writing. One thing thing is for sure, readers familiar with Opar will never look at the lost city the same way again.

Blood of Ancient Opar will be debut July 21st at PulpFest 2016 / FarmerCon XI in Columbus, Ohio. The novella is available for preorder in both softcover and hardcover formats at http://meteorhousepress.com/blood-of-ancient-opar/ . It’s highly recommend you preorder now if you want to guarantee a copy. Meteor House is also offering the remaining copies of Hadon, King of Opar for sale as well. The two novellas can be purchased together while supplies last.

Pulp Crazy – The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath by H. P. Lovecraft

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/151.mp3

In this week’s episode I discuss The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath by H.P. Lovecraft. Randolph Carter searches through the Dreamlands for Kadath, where the gods of the Dreamlands dwell. This novella was never prepared for publication by HPL and wasn’t published during his lifetime. I found it a bit hard to get into, but enjoyed reading it ten pages at a time.

Links:

Free Complete Works of H. P. Lovecraft eBook from Cthulhuchick: http://arkhamarchivist.com/free-complete-lovecraft-ebook-nook-kindle/

The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath audio book: https://archive.org/details/LovecraftKadath

The Lovecraft e-Zine: http://lovecraftzine.com

Pulp Crazy – Blood of Ancient Opar with Christopher Paul Carey

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/150.mp3

Christopher Paul Carey joins me in discussing his latest novella, Blood of Ancient Opar. This is the latest installment of Philip José Farmer’s  Ancient Opar series and is a must read for all fans of Opar. Today (6/15/2016) is the last day to preorder the book at http://meteorhousepress.com/blood-of-ancient-opar/ and have your name in the acknowledgments. You can preorder after 6/15/2016, but it’s highly recommend you preorder now if you want to guarantee yourself a copy.

Links:

Purchase Blood of Ancient Opar: http://meteorhousepress.com/blood-of-ancient-opar/

Previous Discussions with Christopher Paul Carey on Ancient Opar: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLuJQWW7HwryGrGGcaBlImOFOJpjO-xO3K

Christopher Paul Carey Website: http://cpcarey.com

Christopher Paul Carey Twitter: http://twitter.com/cpcarey

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

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

Pulp Crazy – The Master Mind of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/149.mp3

In this week’s episode I discuss the sixth book in the Barsoom saga, The Master Mind of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Mars will be close to Earth on May 30th – http://www.space.com/33014-mars-closest-approach-2016-on-monday.html

Edgar Rice Burroughs Website: https://www.edgarriceburroughs.com/

ERBzine – http://erbzine.com/

The John Carter Files – http://thejohncarterfiles.com/

Pulp Crazy – Recent Doc Savage Film Developments

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/148.mp3

 

I discuss the recent developments surrounding Shane Black’s Doc Savage film, including the apparent casting of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. I also give my general thoughts on the film.

Links:

Shane Black Wants the Rock for Doc Savage: http://www.ew.com/article/2016/03/23/doc-savage-shane-black-dwayne-johnson

The Rock is reading an outline for a Shane Black movie: https://www.instagram.com/p/BFc0BsyIh3h/?hl=en

Flea Run – The Premiere Doc Savage Group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/flearun/

Fans of Bronze – https://www.facebook.com/groups/386049858136644/

Sanctum Books the publisher of the Doc Savage series: https://www.facebook.com/sanctumbooks/

The New Wild Adventures of Doc Savage series: http://www.adventuresinbronze.com/

Pulp Crazy – Delenda Est by Robert E. Howard

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/147.mp3

In honor of Pulp Crazy’s Three Year Anniversary, I’m going to be discussing a story by my favorite pulp writer, “Delenda Est” by Robert E. Howard. This is a tale of historical fiction with supernatural elements, focusing on Genseric, the King of the Vandals as he sails from Carthage to Rome around 455 A.D.

Read “Delenda Est” in:

The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard – http://www.amazon.com/Horror-Stories-Robert-Howard/dp/0345490207

Swords of the North – http://www.rehfoundation.org/2014/11/05/swords-of-the-north/

Genseric – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genseric

The Swords of Robert E. Howard Forum: http://swordsofreh.proboards.com/

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

Pulp Crazy – Swords in the Mist (Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser Book 3) by Fritz Leiber

 

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/146.mp3

In this week’s episode I’ll be discussing Swords in the Mist, Book 3 of the Fafhrd and Gray Mouser sword and sorcery tales by Fritz Leiber. The collection includes five short stories and one novella. In my mind the stand out tale is the short story, “Lean Times in Lankhmar.”

Links:

Purchase Swords in the Mist from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Swords-Mist-Fafhrd-Gray-Mouser-ebook/dp/B00J84KVA8/

Purchase Swords in the Mist from Audible: http://www.audible.com/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/Swords-in-the-Mist-Audiobook/B002V1NRCE

Siege of Tyre at the Ancient History Encyclopedia: http://www.ancient.eu/article/107/

A Fritz Leiber Site: http://www.lankhmar.co.uk/

Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser at Stormbringer: http://www.stormbringer.net/mouser.html

Pulp Crazy – Crossover Special – Conan Vs Rune by Barry Windsor-Smith

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/145.mp3

In celebration of the announcement of Sean Lee Levin’s Crossovers Expanded Volumes 1 and 2 to be released this summer by Meteor House, this week is a special crossover themed episode. I’ll be discussing Conan Vs Rune by Barry Windsor-Smith, where the Cimmerian battles the Dark God. This is a one-shot comic book published by Marvel Comics in 1995. It is likely never going to be collected or reprinted due to the rights surrounding the two characters. Win Scott Eckert included it in Crossovers: A Secret Chronology of the World Volume 1.

Links:

Purchase Crossovers by Win Scott Eckert: http://www.blackcoatpress.com/crossovers.htm

Preorder Crossovers Expanded by Sean Lee Levin: http://meteorhousepress.com/crossovers

The Crossover Universe (TM) Blog: www.crossoveruniverse.com

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

Barry Windsor-Smith Official Website: http://barrywindsor-smith.com/

Win Scott Eckert Website: www.winscoteckert.com

The Swords of Robert E. Howard Forum: http://swordsofreh.proboards.com/

Conan at Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conan_the_Cimmerian

Rune at Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rune_(comics)

Pulp Crazy – The Affair of the Cuckolded Warlock by H. Warner Munn

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/144.mp3

In this week’s episode I’ll be discussing “The Affair of the Cuckolded Warlock” by H. Warner Munn. It’s a short story that appeared as a chapbook in 1975 from The Lanthorne Press.

It’s told in the first person narrative style, from the viewpoint of a professor at the University of Chorazim, and is being told as a cautionary tale to group of graduates. The University of Chorazim specializes in the education of witches and wizards. The professor tells them about how a gifted warlock went astray.

Links:

Jessica Amanda Salmonson Interviews H. Warner Munn: https://web.archive.org/web/20130628075234/http://www.violetbooks.com/Munn.html

W. H. Pugmire on his friend H. Warner Munn: http://lovecraftianhorror.blogspot.com/2012/03/thinking-of-harold.html

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

Past Pulp Crazy episodes on Munn tales: http://pulpcrazy.com/?tag=h-warner-munn

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