Pulp Crazy – The Hounds of Tindalos by Frank Belknap Long

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/121.mp3

In this week’s episode I’m going to be discussing “The Hounds of Tindalos” by Frank Belknap Long, credited here as Frank Belknap Long Jr. It first appeared in the March 1929 issue of Weird Tales. “The Hounds of Tindalos” stands on its own as a quality weird tale, but H.P. Lovecraft mentioned both The Hounds of Tindalos and the Doels in “The Whisperer in Darkness” two years later in the April 1931 issue of Weird Tales. The tale is now in the public domain and readily available online.

I want to thank Toren Atkinson for allowing me to use his illustration for the title card of this episode. I think Toren absolutely nailed what the creatures featured in the short story, the Hounds, look like.

“The Hounds of Tindalos” actually features Frank Belknap Long himself as the narrator of the story. The short story chronicles Long’s meeting with a friend of his who is an occult writer named, Halpin Chalmers. Chalmer’s is for lack of a better word attempting to time travel by tapping into the fourth dimension. He uses both mathematical and spiritual means (such as smoking an unknown drug) to attempt this. Chalmer’s asks Long to observe and record the experience for him. Although, Chalmer’s doesn’t physically leave the room, he is mentally able to access the fourth dimension and break the bonds of time. His presence is noted by the titular, Hounds of Tindalos who get his scent.

Links:

The Hounds of Tindalos eText: https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Hounds_of_Tindalos

The Hounds of Tindalos PDF: http://sffaudio.com/podcasts/TheHoundsOfTindalosByFrankBelknapLongJr.pdf

The Hounds of Tindalos at ISFDB: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/title.cgi?59515

Toren Atkinson’s Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/torenatkinson?ty=h

Toren Atkinson’s Blog: http://www.thickets.net/toren/

Toren Atkinson’s Podcast: http://www.causticsodapodcast.com/

Toren Atkinson at IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1345536/

Pulp Crazy – In the Lost Lands by George R. R. Martin

 

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/120.mp3

In this week’s episode I’m going to be discussing a story that’s not pulp and not written by a pulp author, but the author is clearly a fan of H.P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, Robert E. Howard, and Fritz Leiber, as he recommended them to his readers on a blog post a few years back. He’s even put in references to Lovecraft’s and Howard’s work into his own, but Lovecraft especially.

The story that I’m discussing this week is “In the Lost Lands” a dark fantasy short story written by George R.R. Martin. It was first published in Amazons II edited by Jessica Amanda Salmonson, published by DAW Books in June 1982.

“In the Lost Lands” predates A Game of Thrones (the first book in the A Song of Ice and Fire) series by 16 years, but elements of his future fantasy epic can be found within this enjoyable fantasy short story.

The opening lines of the short story read:

“You can buy anything you might desire from Gray Alys. But it is better not to.”

Links:

Read it in Fantasy For Good: A Charitabel Anthology: http://tinyurl.com/charityantho

Read it in Dreamsongs: Volume1: http://tinyurl.com/dreamsongs1

“In the Lost Lands” Bibliography: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/title.cgi?45182

GRRM’s Recommended Reading: http://grrm.livejournal.com/316785.html

Lovecraft & Howard homages in Martin’s work (May contain SPOILERS): http://iceandfire.wikia.com/wiki/Tributes_and_homages

Pulp Crazy – The Valley of the Worm by Robert E. Howard

 

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast.119.mp3

In this weeks episode I’m going to be discussing The Valley of the Worm by Robert E. Howard. The Valley of the Worm first appeared in the February 1934 issue of Weird Tales. I read it in The Best of Robert E. Howard Volume 1: Red Shadows published by Del Rey books.

The Best of Robert E. Howard Volume 1 Crimson Shadows is fully illustrated by Jim and Ruth Keegan. I first discovered their work in the Dark Horse Conan comics, they’re strip, The Adventures of Two-Gun Bob appears in every issue of the Robert E. Howard comics, usually at the bottom of the letters column.

Jim and Ruth were kind enough to allow me to use their unpublished painting of Niord and the Worm on the episode title card. As usual, I think the two completely nailed it. You can see more of their work on their Two-Gun Blog.

The Valley of the Worm is one of Howard’s James Allison reincarnation tales. I previously discussed “Marchers of Valhalla”, another James Allison story in a previous Pulp Crazy episode. The Valley of the Worm has a dying and depressed James Allison recalling his past life as a warrior. In this tale, he is Niorm, later referred to as Niorm Worm-bane, an Aesir warrior. It seems like The Valley of the Worm may take place during the Hyborian Age or possible following it.

The tale begins with Niord and his tribe traveling south into Africa. In Africa they come across a clan of Picts who have migrated there as well. The two groups do battle, with the Aesir being victorious. In a rare moment of mercy, Niord spares a Pict named Grom. Grom recuperates with the Aesir, but eventually leaves to return to his tribe.

 

Links:

Purchase The Best of Robert E. Howard Volume 1: Crimson Shadows: http://tinyurl.com/pbo6una

 

Read “The Valley of the Worm” at Project Gutenberg Australia: http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0601791.txt

 

Jim & Ruth Keegan’s Two-Gun Blog: http://twogunblog.blogspot.com/

 

Read the Valley of the Worm comic book adaptation: http://swords-and-veeblefetzers.blogspot.com/2011/06/supernatural-thrillers-3-robert-e.html

 

Bloodstar at Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloodstar

 

The Valley of the Worm thread on the REH Forums: http://www.conan.com/invboard/index.php?showtopic=5283

 

Pulp Crazy – The Ice-Demon by Clark Ashton Smith

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/118.mp3

In this weeks episode I’ll be discussing “The Ice-Demon” by Clark Ashton Smith. It first appeared in the April 1933 issue of Weird Tales. “The Ice-Demon” is a short story set in Smith’s Hyperborea Cycle.

Hyperborea is a lost continent located in the Arctic during the Pleistocene age. Much like Robert E. Howard’s Hyborian Age tales featuring Conan the Cimmerian, Smith’s Hyperborea is a fantasy setting.

The Ice-Demon takes place in Mhu Thulan, the icy northern region of the continent. Mhu Thulan is north of the kingdom of Iqqua, where two of the characters in The Ice-Demon are from.

Basically the story focuses on three characters, Quanga, the huntsman and two jewelers, Hoom Feethos and Eibur Tsanth both of Iqqua. It’s never said where Quanga hails from, but I would guess he was nomadic and lived off the land. He’s the main character of the story, he’s skilled in woodcraft and isn’t afraid of journeying to Mhu Thulan despite the superstitions surrounding the area. He’s also not above getting rich.

 

Links:

Read “The Ice-Demon” on the Eldritch Dark Website: http://www.eldritchdark.com/writings/short-stories/96/the-ice-demon

Read Deuce Richardson’s Essay, “The Sword-and-Sorcery Legacy of Clark Ashton Smith”: http://leogrin.com/CimmerianBlog/the-sword-and-sorcery-legacy-of-clark-ashton-smith/

“The Ice-Demon” at ISFDB: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/title.cgi?69182

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

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

Hyperborea Cycle @ Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperborean_cycle

Robert E. Howard Forums: http://conan.com

 

Pulp Crazy – The Peeper by Frank Belknap Long

 

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/117.mp3

 

In this weeks episode I’m going to be discussing “The Peeper’ by Frank Belknap Long.

This short story first appeared in the March 1944 issue of Weird Tales. I read it in an anthology titled Weird Tales: 32 Unearthed Terrors, A Story From Each Year the Classic Horror and Fantasy magazine was published. It includes an introduction by Robert Bloch and it’s edited by Stefan R. Dziemiancowicz, Robert Weinberg, and Martin H. Greenberg.

“The Peeper” is a fantasy-horror short story that’s a little over eight pages. It appears to be set around the same time it was published in 1944. I call it a fantasy-horror story because there are elements of both genres within “The Peeper”.

Links:

Frank Belknap Long at Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Belknap_Long
Frank Belknap Long at ISFDB: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?Frank_Belknap_Long