Tag Archives: Weird Fiction

Pulp Crazy – Savage Sword of Criminal

 

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/108.mp3

In this weeks episode I’m going to be discussing a comic book that came out last month. It’s one of the coolest comics I’ve ever read. Criminal: The Special Edition, The Savage Sword of Criminal. This is a magazine sized comic that was written by Ed Brubaker and illustrated by Sean Phillips, the co-creators of Criminal. It was colored by Elizabeth Breitweiser.

I’m going to be discussing the magazine sized variant for the most part, but there was a regular sized edition put out without all of the design elements. Later in this episode I’m going to include a video and do a side by side comparison of the two. I’ll also put Savage Sword of Criminal next to some Savage Sword of Conan magazines for comparison as well.

I’m going to try and explain this one-shot as best as I can, and hope everyone stays with me, but I think the video will ultimately do a better job visually than I can do via audio.

Links:

 

Ed Brubaker on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Ed-Brubaker/e/B001K8L8ZW

Ed Brubaker Twitter: https://twitter.com/brubaker

Sean Phillips on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&page=1&rh=n%3A283155%2Cp_27%3ASean%20Phillips

Sean Phillips Website: http://www.seanphillips.co.uk/

Sean Phillips Twitter: https://twitter.com/seanpphillips

The Art of Sean Phillips Blogspot: http://theartofseanphillips.blogspot.com/

Image Comics: http://imagecomics.com

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

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

 

Pulp Crazy – The Bat Is My Brother by Robert Bloch

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/107.mp3

In this weeks episode I’m going to be discussing, The Bat Is My Brother by Robert Bloch. It first appeared in the November 1944 issue of Weird Tales. It’s been reprinted in a handful of vampire and weird fiction anthologies over the years, but I read it on unz.org. They have the original Weird Tales scan up for you to download and read. If you’re new to the pulps, but recognize the name, it’s most likely due to Robert Bloch being the writer of Psycho, the book that inspired the Alfred Hitchcock film of the same name.

The story is most likely not in the public domain as Bloch passed away in 1994, but it’s there on unz.org if you’re interested. I’ll put a link to it and also a link to the isfdb bibliography in the show notes, in case you want to read the story online or purchase a used copy of one of the anthologies it appeared it. From what I saw I don’t believe this tale is currently in print, so the secondary anthology market is probably your best bet other than unz.org. The original issue of Weird Tales is probably a bit pricey, as most Weird Tales issues are.

As you can probably guess from the title, and the image I chose for the episode title card, this is a vampire story. It’s about a guy named Graham Keene who wakes up in a paupers grave and busts through the cheap casket to emerge up out of the soil. After emerging he meets a vampire who informs Graham that he’s a vampire now too.

 

Links:

The Bat Is My Brother at UNZ.org:  http://www.unz.org/Pub/WeirdTales-1944nov-00058?View=PDFPages

The Bat Is My Brother at ISFDB.org: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/title.cgi?87932

Robert Bloch: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Bloch

H.P. Lovecraft: Letters to Robert Bloch & Others: http://www.hippocampuspress.com/h.p-lovecraft/collected-letters/h.-p.-lovecraft-letters-to-robert-bloch-and-others

Recording of Robert Bloch at the First World Fantasy Convention: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dsfrlt4Qg0Q

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

The Kingdom of Shadows by Clark Ashton Smith

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

I am a few days late on this, but I wanted to do something in honor of Clark Ashton Smith’s birthday. CAS was born on January 13, 1893. He was a creative individual with many talents: writing, poetry, and artwork. He is also one of the Weird Tales Big Three along with H.P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard.

The text for this poem, as well as the background image was found on The Eldritch Dark, the premier CAS website.. When I came across “The Kingdom of Shadows” I knew I found what I was looking for.

In hindsight, a background image depicting Zothique, rather than Hyperborea may have been more appropriate, given the contents of the poem.

Links:

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

The Double Shadow Clark Ashton Smith Podcast: http://thedoubleshadow.com/

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

Clark Ashton Smith @ISFDB: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?819

Clark Ashton Smith @ Tellers of Weird Tales: http://tellersofweirdtales.blogspot.com/search?q=Clark+Ashton+Smith

The Kingdom of Shadows at Wikisource: http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Kingdom_of_Shadows

Pulp Crazy – The Pale Man by Julius Long

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/078.mp3

In this weeks episode I will be discussing The Pale Man by Julius Long. It first appeared in the September 1934 issue of Weird Tales.

I would say the story takes place in the early 1930’s. It features a man who is a university assistant staying at a country hotel during the summer months. He’s the narrator of the story and is apparently ill enough that his superiors at the university made him take this vacation. During his stay at the hotel he comes across an unusual individual he dubs The Pale Man.

Links:

Read The Pale Man by Julius Long on Wikisource: http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Weird_Tales/Volume_24/Issue_3/The_Pale_Man

Weird Tales Scan of the story: http://pulpcrazy.com/The Pale Man.zip

Julius Long at the Fiction Mags Index: http://www.philsp.com/homeville/fmi/s2617.htm#A79097

Julius Long at ISFDB: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?15649

H.P. Lovecraft’s Birthday – Free eBooks & Audio Books

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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

Pulp Crazy – With Dust Their Glittering Towers by Christopher Paul Carey

 

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/075.mp3

In this special edition I will be discussing “With Dust Their Glittering Towers” by Christopher Paul Carey. It is a short story that has been recently published in “The Many Tortures of Anthony Cardno” by Talekyn Press. The anthology is edited by Anthony Cardno and all stories feature a tuckerized version of him. All sales proceeds of “The Many Tortures of Anthony Cardno” go directly to the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life.

While Christopher Paul Carey’s name is no stranger to pulp fans, we are shown a different style in “With Dust Their Glittering Towers”. This is the first story in what Chris refers to as The Fly-Leaves cycle. It is a piece of historical fantasy set in Highgate, London during the Victorian Era.

The story focuses on Alicia Leath, a young woman who is a member of the Bacon Society of London. The Society is dedicated to studying and investigating the life and works of noted English philosopher, scientist, politician and author Francis Bacon who lived from 1561-1626. It is believed by some that Bacon wrote some or nearly all of the plays attributed to William Shakespeare. As a matter of fact the story’s title is a nod to a verse from Shakespeare’s “The Rape of Lucrece”. Bacon was the first scientist to be knighted and later became a Baron and a Viscount. Bacon died of pneumonia in Highgate at the Earl of Arundel’s house on April 9, 1625. Ironically this may have been due to him experimenting with snow, using it to preserve the flesh of a slaughtered hen. But did he really die? In “With Dust Their Glittering Towers”, the lead character, Alicia, actually travels to Arundel House to investigate the historical site.

The Many Tortures of Anthony Cardno Paperback: http://tinyurl.com/nvt2alm

The Many Tortures of Anthony Cardno Kindle: http://tinyurl.com/nn5g4y2

Exiles of Kho: http://tinyurl.com/ndjcuho

Caesar’s Children: A Tale of Pluriopia Kindle: http://tinyurl.com/nvwcofy

Iron & Bronze Kindle (w/ Win Scott Eckert): http://tinyurl.com/nndx4gr

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

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

Fiction Mags Index: http://www.philsp.com/homeville/fmi/t530.htm

Francis Bacon: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Bacon

Pulp Crazy – Adept’s Gambit the Original Version by Fritz Leiber

In this week’s episode I will be discussing the original version of Adept’s Gambit by Fritz Leiber. Adept’s Gambit is a sword & sorcery tale starring Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser. The original manuscript which contains references to the Cthulhu Mythos of H.P. Lovecraft has been unearthed and published by Arcane Wisdom Press, edited by S.T. Joshi. This new limited edition hardcover contains bonus features including annotations from S.T. Joshi, an introduction from Joshi and Lovecraft’s commentary on the original version of Adept’s Gambit.

Links:

Adept’s Gambit the Original Version @ Miskatonic Books: http://tinyurl.com/mn7xfrk

Fritz Leiber and H.P. Lovecraft: Writers of the Dark @ Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/ktd26tf

Fritz Leiber: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fritz_Leiber

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

S.T. Joshi: http://www.stjoshi.org/

Lovecraft E-Zine: http://lovecraftzine.com/

 

Pulp Crazy – the Return of the Sorcerer by Clark Ashton Smith

 

In this episode I discuss “the Return of the Sorcerer” by Clark Ashton Smith. It originally appeared in the September 1931 issue of Strange Tales of Mystery and Terror”. It features the main character, Mr. Ogden being hired to translate a copy of the Necronomicon from its original Arabic text to English.

Links:

The Return of the Sorcerer: The Best of Clark Ashton Smith Paperback: http://tinyurl.com/k4nwxsp

The Return of the Sorcerer: The Best of Clark Ashton Smith Kindle: http://tinyurl.com/mzn8sq7

The Return of the Sorcerer etext: http://www.eldritchdark.com/writings/short-stories/183/the-return-of-the-sorcerer

Suspense #3 The Return of the Sorcerer Audio Drama: http://www.prx.org/playlists/302186/floating_playlist   (Scroll Down the page and click on the episode)

Clark Ashton Smith Tribute Site: http://www.eldritchdark.com/

The Double Shadow Clark Ashton Smith Podcast: http://thedoubleshadow.com/

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

Strange Tales Thread: http://vaultofevil.proboards.com/thread/75/strange-tales-mystery-terror