Tag Archives: weird tales

PulpFest 2012 – Conan and The Birth of Sword & Sorcery

 

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

Rusty Burke, Don Herron, Brian Leno, and Bill Cavalier discuss the contributions of Robert E. Howard and Conan The Cimmerian to the birth of Sword & Sorcery. Some great overall Robert E. Howard discussion as well.

Links:

The Robert E. Howard Foundation: http://www.rehfoundation.org/
Official Robert E. Howard Forums: http://conan.com

The Cimmerian: http://leogrin.com/CimmerianBlog/

REH: Two-Gun Raconteur: http://www.rehtwogunraconteur.com/

REHUPA: http://www.rehupa.com/

Rusty Burke on Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/nl6ymxt
Don Herron on Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/onqbosu

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/

 

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

 

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 – 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 Loved Dead by C.M. Eddy

 

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/083.mp3

 

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.

Links:

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

Pulp Crazy – The Prophecy by Hugh B. Cave

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/81.mp3

In this weeks episode I will be discussing The Prophecy by Hugh B. Cave. It first appeared in the October 1934 issue of Black Book Detective. The Prophecy can be categorized more as a horror story, than a detective story. I would peg the time period around the year it was published, 1934. It involves four young whites who decide to pay a visit to a black church that is deep into the spiritualist movement of the day. As a matter of fact, a nice name drop to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is made in the story. A fifth member of the group warns them against going, insisting that something bad will happen to them, hence the title of the story.

Links:

Read The Prophecy by Hugh B. Cave in PDF:

http://pulpgen.com/pulp/downloads/list_by_author.php?page=17

http://pulpgen.com/pulp/downloads/getpdf.php?id=732

Audio Version at Archive.org (Robotic): http://www.archive.org/download/Hugh_B_Cave_the_Prophecy/the_prophecy.mp3

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

mike-mignola-lovecraft

 

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 – Mimic by Donald A. Wollheim

In this weeks episode I will be discussing Mimic by Donald A. Wollheim. Mimic is a short story that first appeared in the December 1942 issue of Astonishing Stories. Mimic served as the inspiration for the 1997 film of the same name directed by Guillermo Del Toro and starring Mira Sorvino, Jeremy Northam and Josh Brolin. The short story is only a little over 2 pages in length, so the film expands upon the concepts introduced in Wollheim’s short story.

Links:
Read Mimic at UNZ.org: http://www.unz.org/Pub/FantasticNovelsSF-1950sep-00118

Donald A. Wollheim @Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_A._Wollheim

Donald A. Wollheim @ISFDB: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?826

Donald A. Wollheim @Science Fiction Hall of Fame: http://web.archive.org/web/20120722083854/http://www.empmuseum.org/exhibitions/index.asp?articleID=966