In this episode I discuss a Cthulhu Mythos tale written by Robert E. Howard. The Thing on the Roof first appeared in the February 1932 issue of Weird Tales. Howard sold it to Weird Tales for $40.00, but later said he would have let it go for free, just to see it in print. He was quite fond of it. The story is set in the early 1930’s, and focuses on the legend surrounding the Temple of the Toad God. Howard’s occult tome, Nameless Cults plays a big part of the story.
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In this episode I discuss and read in its entirety, “Tower of Heaven” by Walter C. Brown. The story first appeared in the June 1949 issue of Short Stories. It is a crime story of sorts that features a loyal Chinese manservant, who is not what he appears.
In this episode I discuss “Black Destroyer” by A.E. Van Vogt. The story first appeared in the July 1939 issue of Astounding Science Fiction and features the first appearance of Coeurl. Many believe this story ushered in the Golden Age of Science Fiction and is a strong influence on Ridley Scott’s “Alien”. Coeurl, the main antagonist still receives a lot of exposure today thanks to role playing games such as Final Fantasy, Dungeons & Dragons and Pathfinder.
In this weeks episode I discuss the Avenger by Paul Ernst. Richard Henry Benson, the Avenger first appeared in his own magazine in September 1939. His many talents and unique ability to change his appearance really set him apart from the other pulp heroes. A combination of Doc Savage and the Shadow, yet unique enough to stand on his own, the Avenger continues to have a fairly strong following today. The original pulp stories were reprinted in paperback during the 1970’s, which is how many pulp fans discovered them.