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Pulp Crazy – Marchers of Valhalla by Robert E. Howard

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/097.mp3

In this weeks episode Pulp Crazy is continuing the celebration of Robert E. Howard’s birth month with a short story not published in Howard’s lifetime. The story is titled, “Marchers of Valhalla” and is a part of his James Allison series, which are reincarnation tales.

This story was first published in 1972 by Donald M. Grant. I had the pleasure of reading it in the newest publication from the Robert E. Howard Foundation, titled “Swords of the North”, which collects Howard’s Viking and Celtic stories, drafts and fragments.

Marchers of Valhalla was able to be completed thanks to combining multiple drafts by Howard together, into one coherent story. I have to say, I’ve read a decent amount of Robert E. Howard, including all of his Solomon Kane tales, Kull stories, his Dark Agnes tales, all but the final two Conan stories, and a fair amount of his stand alone Weird Fiction. I would rank Marchers of Valhalla as one of my favorites.

Links:

Swords of the North at the Robert E. Howard Foundation: http://www.rehfoundation.org/2014/11/05/swords-of-the-north/

Marchers of Valhalla Discussion at the Robert E. Howard Forums: http://www.conan.com/invboard/index.php?showtopic=5423

Hyborian Age America Discussion at the Robert E. Howard Forums: http://www.conan.com/invboard/index.php?showtopic=8902&page=1

Swords of the North Discussion Thread: http://www.conan.com/invboard/index.php?showtopic=10938

Hyborian Age Map: http://www.oocities.org/gmredux/hyboria/images/hyboria_bw.gif

Marchers of Valhalla at ISFDB: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/title.cgi?63590

PulpFest 2012 – The Illustrated Conan

 

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

 

First installment of the celebration of Robert E. Howard’s birthmonth at Pulp Crazy.

From Pulpfest 2012 – The Illustrated Conan Panel – Jim and Ruth Keegan, along with Mark Schultz, offer a look at Conan of Cimmeria as depicted by various illustrators over the last eight decades and offer a modern perspective on illustrating Robert E. Howard’s immortal character.

True to the theme of the panel, there was art present via a slideshow. I have compiled some images via Google Images that I believe are the pictures used, or fairly close. I do not own any of these images, I have just put them on PulpCrazy’s server for preservation against possible future dead links.

Mike Neno’s website has a picture of this panel: http://eventized.blogspot.com/2012/08/pulpfest-2012-day-iii.html

Jim Keegan was kind enough to provide his original slides below:

 

These were my best guesses prior to Jim sending me the actual sliders. Click on the images below while listening to the panel if you would like. I put them in order as best as I could.

(I can’t remember the exact Frazetta’s shown.)

Frank Frazetta:

http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/001%20-%20Frazetta.jpg
http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/002%20-%20Frazetta.jpg
http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/002a-Frazetta.jpg
http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/002b-Frazetta.jpg
http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/002c-Frazetta.jpg
http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/002d-Frazetta.jpg
http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/002e-Frazetta.jpg
http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/002f-Frazetta.jpg

(These are my best guesses for pictures used on the following artists)

John Buscema: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/003-Buscema.jpg
Barry Windsor Smith: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/003-%20BWS.jpg
Jeff Jones: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/004-Jeff%20Jones.jpg
Bernie Wrightson: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/005-Bernie%20Wrightson.jpg
Alex Toth: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/006-Alex%20Toth.jpg
Jack Kirby: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/007-Jack%20Kirby.jpg
John Byrne: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/008-John%20Byrne.jpg
Mike Mignola: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/009-Mike%20Mignola.jpg
Bill Sienkiewicz: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/010-BillS.jpg
Wally Wood: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/011-WallyW.jpg

(I can’t remember what the worst Conan cover was, or the context)
Margaret Brundage:

http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/012-brundagea.jpg
http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/012-brundageb.jpg
http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/012-brundagec.jpg

Jayem Wilcox: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/013-jayemwilcox.jpg

Harold S. Delay – Weird Tales – Red Nails:
http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/014-RedNailsWT-HS%20Delay.png
http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/014-RednailsWTb.png
http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/014-RedNailsWTc.png

Hugh Rankin – Weird Tales:

http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/015-hughrankin.jpg
http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/015-hughrankina.jpg
http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/015-hughrankinb.jpg
Fantastic Worlds: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/016-FantasticWorlds.jpg

Unable to find the Red Ruin Logo from the REHUPA Mailings

Wandering Star Editions: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/018-WanderingStar.jpg
Frank Kelly Freas: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/019-FrankKellyFreas.jpg
Edward M. Shmeller (SP?): http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/020-EdwardMShmeller.jpg
Jim & Ruth Keegan: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/021-Jim&Ruth.jpg
Gary Gianni: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/022-Gianni.jpg
Gregory Manchess: http://pulpcrazy.com…PirateConan.png
Mark Schultz: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/024-Schultza.jpg
Mark Schultz: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/024-SchultzSketch.jpg
N.C. Wyeth: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/025-NCWyeth.jpg  (This may not be the image shown at the panel)
Frank Leyendecker: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/026-Frank%20Leyendecker.jpg  (This may not be the image shown at the panel)
John Allen St. John: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/027-J.%20Allen%20St.John%20WT.jpg
Jack Dempsey: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/028-Dempsey.jpg
Harry Houdini: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/029-Houdini.jpg
Eugen Sandow: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/030-Sandow.jpg
Douglas Fairbanks: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/031-Fairbanks.jpg
Keegan Scan of Muscle REH: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/032-REHKreeganScan.jpg

Jim and Ruth Keegan Conan Pin-Up: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/033-JimRuthConan-Pinup.jpg

Jim and Ruth Keegan: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/033b-JimRuthConanb.jpg

Jim and Ruth Keegan: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/033c-JimRuthConana.jpg

Jim and Ruth Keeganhttp://pulpcrazy.com/reh/033-JimRuthBlackstone.jpg
Fritz Lang’s Siegfried: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/034-FritzLangSiegfried.jpg

John Gilbert; http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/036-JohnGilbert.jpg

Unable to locate an image of the exact Two Gun Bob Strip they talk about featuring Gilbert.

Mark Schultz: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/038-MarkQueen.jpg
Mark Schultz: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/039-MarkDustJacket.jpg

(I do not have images for all the in between steps of the Swordwoman Cover by John Watkiss. Just the initial and final result)

John Watkiss initial cover: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/040-JohnWatkiss.png
John Watkiss final cover: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/041-JohnWatkiss.jpg
Mark Schultz: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/042-Schultz.jpg
Jim and Ruth Keegan: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/043-JimRuth.jpg
Jim and Ruth Keegan: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/044-JimRuth.jpg
Jim and Ruth Keegan: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/045-JimRuth.jpg
Jim and Ruth Keegan: http://pulpcrazy.com/reh/046-JimRuth.jpg

Links:

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

Jim & Ruth Keegan at Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/kr5y854

Mark Schultz Collections: http://fleskpublications.com/flesksite/index.php?route=product/category&path=18_67

(I wasn’t able to find a website for Mark)

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

Conan.com Forums: http://www.conan.com/invboard/

 

The Sword Women of Robert E. Howard & C.L. Moore: The Lineage of Red Sonja

 

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/091.mp3

In this weeks episode I will be covering the Sword Women of Robert E. Howard & C.L. Moore, and their connection to the comic book character of Red Sonja. I think this is one of the best examples of how classic pulp characters are still influencing fiction today.

I’ve wanted to do this episode for a few years now, it was just a matter of reading all of the pulp tales with these ladies in them. I will discuss each of the 4 red haired Sword Women, in the order of their creation.

Sources/Links:

Sword Women Timeline: http://PULPCRAZY.COM/?page_id=692

Purchase Sword Women & Other Historical Adventures by Robert E. Howard: http://tinyurl.com/mbmrzoa

Purchase Black God’s Kiss from C.L. Moore: http://tinyurl.com/obret9k

Read The Shadow of the Vulture by Robert E. Howard: http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0608101.txt

Read Hellsgarde by C.L. Moore: http://www.pulpmags.org/PDFs/WT_1939_04.pdf

Dark Agnes: http://www.blackgate.com/2009/12/29/howard%E2%80%99s-forgotten-redhead-dark-agnes/

Jirel of Joiry: http://www.blackgate.com/jirel-of-joiry-the-mother-of-us-all/

Red Sonja/Sonya Agreement:
http://www.rehtwogunraconteur.com/?p=1942
http://www.conan.com/f_redsonya.shtml

 

Red Sonja Prose Novels at BlackGate: http://www.blackgate.com/2013/04/09/red-sonja-the-novels/

Wikis

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Sonja

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_Agnes_de_Chastillon

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jirel_of_Joiry

Companies:

Dark Horse: http://www.darkhorse.com/

Dynamite: http://www.dynamite.com/htmlfiles/

Conan: http://www.conan.com/invboard/

Pulp Crazy – The Tale of Satampra Zeiros by Clark Ashton Smith

 

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/086.mp3

The supernatural theme continues this week with The Tale of Satampra Zeiros by Clark Ashton Smith. It first appeared in the November 1931 issue of Weird Tales. It’s the first published entry of Smith’s Hyperborean Cycle.

Links:

eText: http://www.eldritchdark.com/writings/short-stories/208/the-tale-of-satampra-zeiros

 

eBook: http://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Weird-Tales-Collection-Trilogus-ebook/dp/B004JKNQ5I/

 

Audio File read by Jeffrey Gilleland@ The Eldritch Dark: http://www.eldritchdark.com/writings/spoken-word/36/the-tale-of-satampra-zeiros

 

Audio MP3(read by Jeffrey Gilleland: http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/Tale.mp3

 

Clark Ashton Smith: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clark_Ashton_Smith

 

Hyperborea:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperborean_cycle

 

The Double Shadow Episode: http://thedoubleshadow.com/episode-21-the-tale-of-satampra-zeiros/

 

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

 

The Double Shadow Podcast: http://thedoubleshadow.com/

Pulp Crazy – Dig Me No Grave by Robert E. Howard

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/084.mp3

In this weeks episode I discuss Dig Me No Grave by Robert E. Howard. This Cthulhu Mythos tale starring Conrad and Kirowan was first published in the February 1937 issue of Weird Tales.

Links:

The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard: http://tinyurl.com/mu5ccds

eText: http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks13/1304031h.html

Conrad & Kirowan eTexts: http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks13/1304041h.html

Audio Book/Podcast: http://www.sffaudio.com/?p=45432

Comic Book Adaptation: http://thehorrorsofitall.blogspot.com/2009/02/dig-me-no-grave.html

Conrad and Kirowan on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Kirowan

Pulp Crazy – The Cairn on the Headland by Robert E. Howard

 

In this weeks episode I will be discussing The Cairn on the Headland by Robert E. Howard. The Cairn on the Headland first appeared in the January 1933 issue of Strange Tales of Mystery and Terror. It can be classified as a Cthulhu Mythos type tale, but more steeped in Norse Mythology and Irish history than Lovecraft’s aliens. .

The Cairn on the Headland focuses on an American named James O’Brien. The story is set sometime in the 1920’s near Dublin, Ireland, O’Brien an archaeologist or possibly anthropologist is there under the pretense of a vacation, but in reality he was forced to come by a man named Ortali. For several years Ortali has been using an unfortunate incident in O’Brien’s past to blackmail him.

I would like to thank David Drage, AKA Ironmammoth for allowing me to use his reading of The Cairn on the Headland.

Links:

The Cairn on the Headland eText: http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0601721h.html

Robert E. Howard Del Rey Books on Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/l9jnh7z

David Drage’s Website: http://ironmammoth.blogspot.co.uk/

David Drage’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/ironmammoth

REH and the Battle of Clontarf Essays by Keith Taylor:

Here Was Ragnarok The Fall of the Gods! Part 1: http://rehtwogunraconteur.com/?p=25555

Here Was Ragnarok The Fall of the Gods! Part 2: http://rehtwogunraconteur.com/?p=25571

Here Was Ragnarok The Fall of the Gods! Part 3: http://rehtwogunraconteur.com/?p=25573

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

REH Forums: http://conan.com

Pulp Crazy – The Challenge From Beyond

 

This week on Pulp Crazy I will be discussing two different Cthuhlu Mythos Round Robin tales. First up this week is “The Challenge From Beyond” written by pulp authors (in sequence of their chapters) C.L. Moore, A. Merritt, H.P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard and Frank Belknap Long. The story was originally published in the September 1935 issue of Fantasy Magazine, a fanzine. “The Challenge From Beyond” is the brainchild of editor Julius Schwartz.

Links:

Read “The Challenge From Beyond” PDF: http://pulpcrazy.com/thechallengefrombeyond.pdf

Read “The Challenge From Beyond” at Wikisource: http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Challenge_from_Beyond

Read “The Eldritch Force” at Lovecraft EZine:

http://lovecraftzine.com/magazine/issues/2014-2/issue-29-february-2014/the-eldritch-force-a-cthulhu-mythos-round-robin/

Listen to “The Eldritch Force”: http://www.sendspace.com/pro/iposai

C.L. Moore: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C._L._Moore

A. Merrit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A._Merritt

H.P. Lovecraft: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H.P._Lovecraft

Robert E. Howard: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_E._Howard

Frank Belknap Long: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Belknap_Long

Pulp Crazy – Spear & Fang by Robert E. Howard

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_CUvUloQjQ

In this weeks episode, in honor of Robert E. Howard’s 108th Birthday, I will be discussing Spear & Fang. This was Howard’s first professional pulp sale, he sold it in 1924 for $16.00. Spear & Fang first appeared in the July 1925 issue of Weird Tales.

Spear & Fang is a fast paced piece of historical fiction focusing on Ga-nor and A-aea, two Cro Magnon people living in prehistoric times. A-aea, is abducted by a Neanderthal man one night after spying on Ga-nor whom she is romantically interested in. Ga-nor discovers the abduction and gives chase into the jungle.

Links:

Spear & Fang at Project Gutenberg Australia: http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0607951.txt

Spear & Fang eText: http://www.trussel.com/prehist/spearandfang.htm

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

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

Robert E. Howard @ Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_E._Howard

Pulp Crazy – The Thing on the Roof by Robert E. Howard

 

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.

 

Links:

The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard: http://tinyurl.com/lozyu8e

Free eText: http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0608011.txt

Free eText: http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks13/1304041h.html

Free Audio Book: http://cthulhupodcast.blogspot.com/2011/05/102-thing-on-roof.html

Discuss the story: http://www.conan.com/invboard/index.php?showtopic=5556

Comic Adaptation: http://thehorrorsofitall.blogspot.com/2009/02/thing-on-roof.html

 

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Pulp Crazy – The Black Stone by Robert E. Howard

 

In this episode I discuss The Black Stone by Robert E. Howard. This is one of Howard’s Cthulhu Mythos style tales about the investigation of a black monolith in a rural Hungarian village.

Links:

The Black Stone eText: http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0601711.txt

The Black Stone Audio Books @SFFAudio:  http://www.sffaudio.com/?p=30829

The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard: http://tinyurl.com/nqgrxg4

Crimson Shadows the Best of Robert E. Howard: http://tinyurl.com/klf22qe

Conan Vs Tsathoggua by Rick Lai @Lovecraft E-Zine: http://lovecraftzine.com/2013/09/17/conan-versus-tsathoggua-by-rick-lai/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unaussprechlichen_Kulten

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Necronomicon

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

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

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

Cromcast: http://thecromcast.blogspot.com/