A reading of the Yule Horror by H.P. Lovecraft. Happy Holidays!
The supernatural and horror themed episodes for October comes to a close with this weeks short story. The Chain by H. Warner Munn. It first appeared in the April 1928 issue of Weird Tales.
This is a story firmly set in the horror genre, but without any real supernatural elements. It’s actually somewhat realistic and is a tale of torture (both mental and physical).. It deals with a man being trapped in his cousin’s castle, and the unique brand of tortures the cousin inflicts on him.
The Chain at ISFDB: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/title.cgi?57463
H. Warner Munn at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._Warner_Munn
H. Warner Munn Interview with Jessica Amanda Salmonson: https://web.archive.org/web/20130628075234/http://www.violetbooks.com/Munn.html
Wilum Pugmire talks H. Warner Munn: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZ-YOjDQFek
H. Warner Munn and Philip Jose Famer Photo: http://www.pjfarmer.com/photoal.htm
H. Warner Munn at ISFDB: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?1802
Christopher Paul Carey Website: http://cpcarey.com (Thanks to Chris for the H. Warner Munn reference materials)
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.
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
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/
This week’s story is The Picture In the House by H.P. Lovecraft. According to Wikipedia the story was written on December 12, 1920. The story was first published in the July 1919 issue of The National Amateur, this issue was actually published in the Summer of 1921. This is one of Lovecraft’s earlier stories from his amateur press days.
The story is narrated by a genealogist who is conducting research on the Miskatonic Valley. He’s traveling by bicycle and takes refuge in an old house in the woods as a storm is brewing. He finds the house is inhabited and the owner is a unique individual. To put it mildly.
According to Wikipedia, this story includes the first mention of the Miskatonic Valley and Arkham. This puts the story within Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos.
A Librivox audio recording of the story is included.
Free Lovecraft eBook: http://cthulhuchick.com/free-complete-lovecraft-ebook-nook-kindle/
The Picture in the House eText: http://www.hplovecraft.com/writings/texts/fiction/ph.aspx
The Picture in the House Audio Reading: https://librivox.org/horror-story-collection-002/
The Picture in the House: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Picture_in_the_House
H.P. Lovecraft: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._P._Lovecraft
Regnum Congo: http://books.google.com/books?id=HcwWAAAAQAAJ
Filippo Pigafetta: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Filippo_Pigafetta
Lovecraft E-Zine: http://lovecraftzine.com/
I wrote a review for Leaving Megalopolis Volume 1 by Gail Simone and Jim Calafiore for The Lovecraft E-Zine. Think of The Walking Dead, but with homicidal superheroes instead of zombies.
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.
The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard: http://tinyurl.com/mu5ccds
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
October is here, and Pulp Crazy begins its run of Weird Tales themed episodes in honor of Halloween. In this weeks episode I discuss The Loved Dead by C.M. Eddy. The short story is credited to C.M. Eddy, however H.P. Lovecraft revised it. The Loved Dead is legendary due to the public outcry in 1924 over a reference to necrophilia in the story, which is very tame by today’s standards.
The Loved Dead at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Loved_Dead
C.M. Eddy at ISFDB: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?11242
Today is H.P. Lovecraft’s birthday. To say he has the one of the biggest followers amongst pulp writers to this day is a bit of an understatement.
Below are links to free Lovecraft eBooks and Audio Books, as well as the Lovecraf eZine, an online magazine keeping the Lovecraftian tradition alive. They have new Lovecraftian fiction and some great multimedia links to Lovecraftian audio and video.
Free Lovecraft eBooks courtesy of CthulhuChick: http://cthulhuchick.com/free-complete-lovecraft-ebook-nook-kindle/
Free Lovecraft Audio Books, nearly complete collection: https://archive.org/details/NearlyCompleteHPLovecraftCollection
The Lovecraft EZine – http://lovecraftzine.com
In this weeks episode I will be discussing The Shadow Over Innsmouth, it’s a crossover comic that puts The Shadow and Margo Lane in Innsmouth, from the story The Shadow Over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft. The cleverly titled one-shot issue came out this week and is written by Ron Marz and illustrated by Ivan Rodriguez.
This is going to be a somewhat negative review, as far as the story goes. The artwork by Ivan Rodriguez is amazing and I hope to see him on future Shadow and pulp projects from Dynamite, but the choices made in regards to the storyline didn’t do it for me. This is most likely due to my own preconceived notions about what genre the story would actually be in, but I was disappointed non-the less being more of a Lovecraft fan than a Shadow fan. I like the Shadow a great deal, but I am more fond of Lovecraft’s mythos.
Buy the issue on Comixology: https://www.comixology.com/The-Shadow-Over-Innsmouth/digital-comic/127530
Comic Shop Locator: http://www.comicshoplocator.com/storelocator
Read H.P. Lovecraft’s The Shadow Over Innsmouth in a Free Ebook: http://cthulhuchick.com/free-complete-lovecraft-ebook-nook-kindle/
In this weeks episode I will be discussing The Shadow #0 published by Dynamite Entertainment. This issue came into comic shops this week and features The Shadow training with Harry Houdini. The issue is written by Cullen Bunn and illustrated by Colton Worley. Marc Rueda provided the colors and Rob Steen was the letterer.
The issue takes place in two separate time periods. One portion is set in New York City in 1925 with Lamont Cranston being trained in the art of escape by Harry Houdini. Another portion takes place in Los Angeles in 1936 with The Shadow venturing into the lair of the Society of United Magicians to save Houdini’s kidnapped widow, Bess. Combining The Shadow and Houdini is a great idea. Walter Gibson, the creator of the pulp Shadow was a magician himself and ghost wrote for Houdini. Houdini himself was also a credited pulp writer. He is credited for writing the story Under the Pyramids for the 50th Anniversary issue of Weird Tales. In reality this was ghost written by H.P. Lovecraft based on an idea by Houdini.
The Shadow #0 on Comixology: https://www.comixology.com/The-Shadow-0-Digital-Exclusive-Edition/digital-comic/123660ht
Cullen Bunn at ComicDB: http://comicbookdb.com/creator.php?ID=9802
Cullen Bunn at Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/l3zpdqw
Colton Worley at ComicDB: http://comicbookdb.com/creator.php?ID=14462
Colton Worley at Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/muenb7v
Walter B. Gibson: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_B._Gibson