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Pulp Crazy – Totem and Taboo by Philip José Farmer

In this weeks episode I will be discussing Totem and Taboo by Philip José Farmer. February 25, 2015 marked six years since the passing of this enormous talent, so I decided to read one of his stories in remembrance of him. By coincidence, or fate, a copy of The Grand Adventure arrived in the mail on the 25th. These is a beautifully illustrated collection published by Byron Preiss and Berkley Books, which contains some PJF stories I’ve been dying to read. The Totem and Taboo title caught my interest, and after reading Farmer’s introduction to it, I just had to read it. The story itself isn’t very long, Farmer’s introduction is nearly as long as the story itself. But he conveys some interesting points and background material in the introduction.

Totem and Taboo combines two of Farmer’s interests, Psychotherapy and Totems. The name of the story being identical to a thesis by Sigmund Freud isn’t a coincidence. In the introduction, Farmer says this story has nothing to do with Freud’s thesis, but then again he also says it might after all. Farmer had an interest in psychotherapy and psychology, which played a big part in his World of Tiers novel, Red Orc’s Rage.

PJF also gives some serious thoughts about animals towards the beginning of the intro, as well as comparing and contrasting their actions to humans. This kind of thinking is seen from him in other works relating to feral humans. Of course, totems play a part of the Khokarsa series, with Hadon of Ancient Opar being a member of the Ant Totem, and Kwasin of Dythbeth being a member of the Thunder Bear totem.

According to Farmer, at the conclusion of his intro, no psychologist or psychoanalyst, as far as he was aware had combined zoology with their particular school of theory or technique. Farmer mused that maybe they should look into this.

Links:

Totem & Taboo at ISFDB: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/title.cgi?58170

Philip José Farmer on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Philip-Jose-Farmer/e/B000APAEPG/

The Grand Adventure on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Grand-Adventure-Philip-Jose-Farmer/dp/0425072118/

The Book of Philip José Farmer on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Book-Philip-Jos%C3%A9-Farmer/dp/B0006F1Q1G/

Official Philip José Farmer Website: http://pjfarmer.com

Meteor House Press:  http://meteorhousepress.com

Pulp Crazy Episode 100 – French Pulp Fiction with Jean-Marc Lofficier

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/100.mp3

In this special 100th episode of Pulp Crazy, I’m joined by Jean-Marc Lofficier of Black Coat Press. Jean-Marc, a writer, editor, and publisher has a vast knowledge of what has come to be known as French Pulp Fiction. Jean-Marc takes us through history and describes the authors, characters, and concepts pioneered in French popular literature. We also discuss the catalog of Black Coat Press, and Jean-Marc discusses some of the titles they have released, and what is coming down the pipeline. All of this, plus French movie serials, cinema, and even some Philip Jose Farmer talk are thrown into the mix.

It was a pleasure to have Jean-Marc on the show, and I’m grateful he agreed to come on and share his knowledge about French Pulp Fiction.

 

Links:

Black Coat Press: http://www.blackcoatpress.com/

Black Coat Press on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Black-Coat-Press/337697694704?ref=mf

The French Wold Newton Universe: http://www.coolfrenchcomics.com/wnu1.htm

Cool French Comics: http://www.coolfrenchcomics.com/

Black Coat Press on Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/bcamazonkindle

Jean-Marc Lofficier at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Marc_Lofficier

Jean-Marc Lofficier at ComicBookDB: http://comicbookdb.com/creator.php?ID=6001

 

 

Pulp Crazy – Two Hawks From Earth by Philip Jose Farmer

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/098.mp3

This is a bonus episode in celebration of Philip Jose Farmer’s birthday today, he was born on January 26th, 1918. Farmer wrote for the pulps when he was first starting out in the 1950’s, before the pulp magazines disappeared from existence. Long after the pulps died, he continued to write pulp themed tales as novels, in addition to his vast body of work in science fiction. One of these pulp themed or styled novels is Two Hawks From Earth.

It was originally published under the title of The Gate of Time in 1966 (a title Farmer was not pleased with). The story was revised and expanded in 1969 when it was published under the proper title Two Hawks From Earth. Two Hawks From Earth was reprinted in 1985, but I recommend the most recent printing from Monkey Brain Books in 2009 due to the informative afterword by Christopher Paul Carey. Chris goes into Farmer’s aviation experience, Farmer’s science fiction writing, Farmer’s interest in anthropology and linguistics, and the homages in the novel to the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs. Chris also delves into the differences between the original publication, The Gates of Creation and Two Hawks From Earth.

Two Hawks From Earth is often described as an Alternate History novel, but while the spirit of alternate history fiction is in there, the hero of the story Roger Two Hawks actually visits an alternate dimension whose history has played out quite differently.

On this Earth (which is spelled Eorthe), the continent of North America never rose above sea-level. The only evidence of North America are the highest points of our mountain ranges which are a chain of islands on this Earth. Since North America never existed, the Bering Strait Ice Bridge never existed for the ancestors of present day Native American to travel across.

Links:

Purchase Two Hawks From Earth on Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/m3z2qn8

A fanmade map of Eorthe: http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showthread.php?p=208454&highlight=haws#post208454

The Official Philip Jose Farmer Website: http://pjfarmer.com/

The Worlds of Philip Jose Farmer Volume 3: http://meteorhousepress.com/the-worlds-of-jose-farmer-3/

The Philip Jose Farmer International Bibliography: http://rnuninga.home.xs4all.nl/

Christopher Paul Carey’s Website: http://cpcarey.com/

Heidi Ruby Miller’s Website: http://www.heidirubymiller.com/

Wold Newton Day 12/13/2014 – The Shadow Midnight in Moscow by Howard Chaykin

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/094.mp3

This is a special bonus episode in celebration of Wold Newton Day, December 13th. In celebration of Wold Newton Day 2014, I’ll be discussing The Shadow: Midnight in Moscow written and illustrated by Howard Chaykin from Dynamite Entertainment. This comic book mini series is notable as being the first overt reference to Philip Jose Farmer’s Wold Newton Family concept in comic book format. The series also marks Howard Chaykin’s return to the Shadow since his landmark 1986 mini series at DC which revitalized the character.

Midnight in Moscow begins on January 31, 1949 and the rest of the story takes place in the early days of 1950, where as Chaykin’s 1986 mini series took place in contemporary times. Midnight in Moscow can be placed in the Wold Newton Universe. Midnight in Moscow is a prelude to the 1986 series, so by extension the 1986 series can also be thought of as being in the Wold Newton Universe as well if one wishes.

Links:

Introduction to the Wold Newton Universe: http://www.sfsignal.com/archives/2013/10/excerpt-read-the-introduction-from-tales-of-the-wold-newton-universe-edited-by-win-scott-eckert-and-christopher-paul-carey/

Wold Newton Primer: http://www.thepulp.net/pulp-info/pulp-articles/wold-newton/

Official Philip Jose Farmer Website: http://pjfarmer.com

Meteor House Press: http://meteorhousepress.com

Wold Newton Universe :http://www.pjfarmer.com/woldnewton/Pulp.htm

Episode Title Card W/ Who’s Who: http://pulpcrazy.com/094.png

Wold Newton Monument: http://pulpcrazy.com/monument.jpg

Wold Newton Family Tree from Tarzan: Alive: http://pulpcrazy.com/tarzantreechart.png

Wold Newton Family Tree from Doc Savage: HAL: http://pulpcrazy.com/doctreechart.png

Google Map w/graphics of the Wold Newton crash site: http://pulpcrazy.com/crashsitemap.png

Pulp Crazy: http://pulpcrazy.com

Pulp Crazy – Krampusnacht by Josh Reynolds

 

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/092.mp3

In this weeks episode I’ll be getting into the holiday spirit with Krampusnacht by Josh Reynolds. It’s a short story that features The Royal Occultist, Charles St. Cyprian and his apprentice Ebe Gallowglass.

St. Cyprian holds the post of the Royal Occultist, sometimes called the Queen’s Conjurer. The post was first held by the historical figure, John Dee, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Other notable Royal Occultists include the First Earl of Holderness, as well as Thomas Carnacki the Ghost-Finder.

The Royal Occultist is an ongoing series of stories. Reynold’s has written both short fiction and novels based around The Royal Occultist. There have been numerous pieces of short fiction published, with more on the way. The two novels are The White Chapel Demon and the recently released The Jade Suit of Death. As of this episode, the adventures take place between 1913 and 1925. In the three of the earlier tales, St. Cyprian is working alongside Carnicki as his apprentice. However, the meat of the series seems to take place in the early to mid 1920’s.

The series definitely falls into the occult detective subsection of Weird Fiction, but it also has ties into the Wold Newton Universe of Philip Jose Farmer.

 

Links:

The Royal Occultist Primer: http://royaloccultist.wordpress.com/a-royal-occultist-primer/

The Royal Occultist Haunted Holidays: http://royaloccultist.wordpress.com/2014/11/16/the-royal-occultist-haunted-holidays-2/

The Royal Occultist Website: http://royaloccultist.wordpress.com/

Josh Reynold’s Website: https://joshuamreynolds.wordpress.com/

The Art of MD Jackson: http://mdjacksonart.weebly.com/

The Gotterdammerung Gavotte at Lovecraft E-Zine: http://lovecraftzine.com/magazine/issues/2012-2/issue-18-october-2012/the-gotterdammerung-gavotte-by-josh-reynolds/

The Bells of Northam at Lovecraft E-Zine: http://lovecraftzine.com/magazine/issues/2013-2/issue-27-october-2013/the-bells-of-northam-by-joshua-reynolds/

The Whitechapel Demon at Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/kk36psw

The Jade Suit of Death at Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/nzg7ek4

Phileas Fogg and the War of Shadows Review: http://lovecraftzine.com/2014/08/22/review-phileas-fogg-and-the-war-of-shadows-by-josh-reynolds/

Buy Phileas Fogg and the War of Shadows: http://meteorhousepress.com/phileas-fogg-and-the-war-of-shadows/

Meteor House Press Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MeteorHouse

Meteor House Press email: sales@meteorhousepress.com

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

John Dee: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Dee

Thomas Carnacki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnacki

Wold Newton Universe: http://www.pjfarmer.com/woldnewton/Pulp.htm

 

Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan Review

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/089.mp3

 

In this weeks episode I will be discussing a movie based on a pulp character. Actually, the most well known pulp character of all. Tarzan. The title of the film is Greystoke, the Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes. It’s quite a mouthful, but I generally hear it referred to as simply Greystoke.

The film was released on March 30, 1984 and is based on the novel Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs. The film was directed by Hugh Hudson, who is best known for directing Chariots of Fire.

Greystoke stars Christopher Lambert as Tarzan, although he is never referred to by this name during the film. He is called John, Johnny, or Lord Greystoke. Andie MacDowell plays Jane Porter, and Ian Holm is Philippe D’Arnot. Sir Ralph Richardson played the Earl of Greystoke, Tarzan’s grandfather.

While the film is not 100% faithful to the original novel, I believe the spirit of Tarzan was captured.

Links:

Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan on Amazon Prime: http://tinyurl.com/o7fdmmj

Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan on Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/nq9meaz

Greystoke @ wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greystoke:_The_Legend_of_Tarzan,_Lord_of_the_Apes

Edgar Rice Burroughs: http://www.edgarriceburroughs.com/

Philip Jose Farmer: http://pjfarmer.com/

 

 

Pulp Crazy – The Chain by H. Warner Munn

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/087.mp3

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.

Links:

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)

Pulp Crazy – Rastignac the Devil by Philip Jose Farmer

 

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/080.mp3

This weeks featured story is not really a pulp tale, although it was written by a breakout pulp writer, who later became a well known science fiction writer. The story is Rastignac the Devil by Philip Jose Farmer. The story first appeared in the May 1954 issue of Fantastic Universe, a digest sized Science Fiction magazine. The story is now readily available online as it is has fallen into the public domain.

Rastignac the Devil takes place in the same shared universe as Farmer’s groundbreaking science fiction story The Lovers, as well as Moth & Rust. Both The Lovers and Moth & Rust appeared in Startling Stories, a science fiction pulp magazine. Rastignac the Devil acts as a prequel to The Lovers.

Links:

Rastignac the Devil eBook: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/31262

Rastignac the Devil Audio Book: https://librivox.org/rastignac-the-devil-by-philip-jose-farmer/

The Official Philip Jose Farmer Web Page: http://pjfarmer.com/

Meteor House Press: http://meteorhousepress.com

Phileas Fogg and the War of Shadows Review

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http://lovecraftzine.com/2014/08/22/review-phileas-fogg-and-the-war-of-shadows-by-josh-reynolds/

Thanks to Mike Davis at the Lovecraft E-Zine for hosting my review of Phileas Fogg and the War of Shadows by Josh Reynolds. The new novella can be ordered from Meteor House Press from the address below.

http://meteorhousepress.com/phileas-fogg-and-the-war-of-shadows/

 

 

PulpFest 2014 – Christopher Paul Carey – Hadon, King of Opar

 

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

 

Christopher Paul Carey reads from the upcoming “Hadon, King of Opar” available in 2015 from Meteor House Press. “The Blood of Ancient Opar” to follow.

Links:

Meteor House Press: http://meteorhousepress.com

Explore Lost Khokarsa: http://www.pjfarmer.com/khokarsa/khokarsa.htm

Exiles of Kho: http://www.amazon.com/Exiles-Philip-Jose-Farmers-Khokarsa-ebook/dp/B00HX7LURA/

Hadon of Ancient Opar: http://www.amazon.com/Hadon-Ancient-Opar-Khokarsa-Prehistory-ebook/dp/B007WL0JYW

Time’s Last Gift: http://www.amazon.com/Times-Newton-Prehistory-Universe-Novel-ebook/dp/B005O0ZS6M

Christopher Paul Carey Website: http://cpcarey.com

Christopher Paul Carey at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Christopher-Paul-Carey/e/B002BMMFH6

Christopher Paul Carey Twitter: https://twitter.com/cpcarey