In this episode I discuss the Graveyard Rats by Henry Kuttner. It first appeared in the March 1936 issue of Weird Tales magazine. It is set in a Salem, Massachusetts cemetery and focuses on a grave robbing caretaker. I broadcast on location for the first time at the Evans City Cemetery. This is where the opening scenes of the 1968 zombie classic, Night of the Living Dead were filmed.
In this episode I discuss Bon Voyage, Michele by Seabury Quinn. It is a weird romance tale set in Germany after World War I. The story first appeared in the January 1944 issue of Weird Tales. It features werewolves as they are depicted in traditional European folklore and myths.
In this episode I discuss The Black Beetle: No Way Out by Franceso Francavilla. The first story line has just been released in a hardcover collection from Dark Horse Comics. The series is in the tradition of the pulp heroes and strange detectives of the 1930’s and 40’s. The new series, The Black Beetle: The Necrologue is due out at the end of November 2013.
In this episode I discuss Manly Wade Wellman’s contribution to the Cthulhu Mythos. A tongue-in-cheek tale, of a couple who come across a page from the Necronomicon. It first appeared in the August 1937 issue of Weird Tales.
In this episode I discuss “the Return of the Sorcerer” by Clark Ashton Smith. It originally appeared in the September 1931 issue of Strange Tales of Mystery and Terror”. It features the main character, Mr. Ogden being hired to translate a copy of the Necronomicon from its original Arabic text to English.
In this special episode I discuss the recently released Tales of the Wold Newton Universe collection from Titan Books. Edited by Win Scott Eckert and Christopher Paul Carey, this is a collection of Wold Newton fiction by Philip Jose Farmer and those following in his footsteps. I highly recommend it. There are references made within this collection to the Shadow, Doc Savage, King Kong, H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos, Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan, Sherlock Holmes and A.J. Raffles to name a few.
In this episode I discuss Catherine Lucille Moore’s groundbreaking sword & sorcery heroine, Jirel of Joiry. The character originally appeared in the pages of Weird Tales magazine, her first appearance being in the October 1934 issue. I believe she is one of the major inspirations for Red Sonja, the She Devil With a Sword, along with Robert E. Howard’s original Red Sonya of Rogatino.