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.
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.
In this week’s episode of Pulp Crazy, I discuss Swords against Death by Fritz Leiber. This is Book 2 of the Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser Series. The collection is comprised of 10 pieces of short fiction. It’s notable for the first appearances (from an internal chronological standpoint) of Sheelba of the Eyeless Face and Ningauble of the Seven Eyes, the patron warlocks of The Gray Mouser and Fafhrd respectively. Swords against Death also includes the cleverly titled, “Bazaar of the Bizarre.”
In this week’s episode I’ll be discussing an early H. P. Lovecraft tale, “The Tree.” While it doesn’t fit as snugly into Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos as some of his other tales, it does have some interesting elements going for it. The setting of Ancient Greece, circa 4th Century B.C. being the most prominent in my opinion.
Correction, according to a listener, Ningauble, Lovecraft didn’t discover Arthur Machen until after “The Tree” was written.
In this week’s episode I’m going to be discussing a comic book that ties in with H. P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos. Weird Detective from Dark Horse comics.
I think it’s a comic that kind of fell below everyone’s radar last year and I’m going to be discussing it in depth during this episode. There will be spoilers, but this is more of a setup than a self-contained story, so don’t be afraid to keep listening. This is more like a #0 or #1 issue.
Weird Detective ran in Dark Horse Presents, Dark Horse’s staple comics anthology title. Weird Detective is branded as a Lovecraftian crime comic. The tag-line is, “It takes a monster to catch a monster.” It’s written by Fred Van Lente and illustrated by Guiu Vilanova. Josan Gonzalez is the colorist and Nate Piekos of BLAMBOT is the letterer. Francesco Francavilla provided art for one of the covers to Dark Horse Presents #8 featuring Sebastian Greene, the main character.
The third part concludes by announcing Weird Detective will return in a new #1 issue.
In this week’s episode I discuss, Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham. It’s an Elseworlds tale set in 1928, featuring a pulp Batman encountering Cthulhu Mythos inspired elements. This was originally published as a prestige format 3-issue mini series. In the past few years, the individual issues proved pricey on the secondary market due to the popularity of Cthulhu Mythos and Lovecraftian fiction, but DC released a trade paperback collecting the series in late December 2015. It’s now available on Amazon for under $11.00.
In this week’s episode of Pulp Crazy I’ll be discussing “The Hound” by H. P. Lovecraft. This is a short piece of weird fiction that was first published in the February 1924 issue of Weird Tales. “The Hound” takes place within Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos cycle of stories. It deals with a pair of occultists who pick the wrong grave to rob.
Just wanted to give everyone an update on what I’ve been up to this week. I didn’t have time to write or record an episode as I have been working on The Swords of Robert E. Howard Forum at http://swordsofreh.proboards.com.
The Conan.com boards were a fantastic community and many of us didn’t want to see that vanish in between the time the Conan.com forum closed and the Robert E. Howard Foundation forum went up.
So I decided to create this fan forum and so far we have 66 members and are always open to more. If you’re a fan of Robert E. Howard, Conan, Kull, Solomon Kane, or quality fiction in general, feel free to join up.
In this week’s episode of Pulp Crazy, I celebrate what would have been Philip José Farmer’s 98th Birthday by discussing his tale of scholarship and sorcery at Miskatonic University.
“The Freshman” is Farmer’s contribution to H. P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos that follows an elderly frosh on his eventful first day at Miskatonic University. The short story was inspired by a dream Farmer had, where he was an elderly man rushing for a fraternity at a strange university.
In honor of Robert E. Howard’s 110th Anniversary (Howard was born on January 22, 1906) I will be discussing “The Man-Eaters of Zamboula” starring Conan the Cimmerian.
It was originally published in the November 1935 issue of Weird Tales as “Shadows in Zamboula.” It is currently available in The Conquering Sword of Conan collection from Del Rey. It tells of Conan’s chaotic stay in the desert city of Zamboula.