Tag Archives: weird tales

Pulp Crazy – The Cairn on the Headland by Robert E. Howard


In this weeks episode I will be discussing The Cairn on the Headland by Robert E. Howard. The Cairn on the Headland first appeared in the January 1933 issue of Strange Tales of Mystery and Terror. It can be classified as a Cthulhu Mythos type tale, but more steeped in Norse Mythology and Irish history than Lovecraft’s aliens. .

The Cairn on the Headland focuses on an American named James O’Brien. The story is set sometime in the 1920’s near Dublin, Ireland, O’Brien an archaeologist or possibly anthropologist is there under the pretense of a vacation, but in reality he was forced to come by a man named Ortali. For several years Ortali has been using an unfortunate incident in O’Brien’s past to blackmail him.

I would like to thank David Drage, AKA Ironmammoth for allowing me to use his reading of The Cairn on the Headland.


The Cairn on the Headland eText: http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0601721h.html

Robert E. Howard Del Rey Books on Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/l9jnh7z

David Drage’s Website: http://ironmammoth.blogspot.co.uk/

David Drage’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/ironmammoth

REH and the Battle of Clontarf Essays by Keith Taylor:

Here Was Ragnarok The Fall of the Gods! Part 1: http://rehtwogunraconteur.com/?p=25555

Here Was Ragnarok The Fall of the Gods! Part 2: http://rehtwogunraconteur.com/?p=25571

Here Was Ragnarok The Fall of the Gods! Part 3: http://rehtwogunraconteur.com/?p=25573

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

REH Forums: http://conan.com

Pulp Crazy – A Night in Malneant by Clark Ashton Smith

In this weeks episode I will be discussing A Night in Malnéant by Clark Ashton Smith. It’s a short story that was first published in June 1933, in a collection titled “The Double Shadow and Other Fantasties”, which Smith published himself. The story would later be reprinted in the September 1939 issue of Weird Tales. This is not part of any particular cycle within Smith’s body of work, it is a stand alone Weird Fantasy story. It deals with a nameless narrator who wanders into the gothic city of Malneant and spends an unusual mist shrouded night there as his past appears to catch up with him.

It’s a pretty interesting story and is wonderfully told. Thanks to the generosity of Will Hart, aka CtulhuWho1, I have included a recording of noted fantasy writer Fritz Leiber reading the story from the 3rd World Fantasy Convention on October 29, 1977 in Los Angeles, California, where Clark Ashton Smith was the theme. Will was in attendance for the reading and thanks to him it will last forever. Be sure to check out Will’s site and Flickr page for a ton of great audio and visual goodness when it comes to classic dark fantasy tales. His site is located at cthulhuwho1.com. I’ll put links to both his site and flickr page in the show notes.


Read A Night in Malneant eText: http://www.eldritchdark.com/writings/short-stories/155/a-night-in-maln%C3%A9ant


CthulhuWho1: http://cthulhuwho1.com/


CthulhuWho1 Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/cthulhuwho1/


Eldritch Dark, Clark Ashton Smith Fansite: http://www.eldritchdark.com/


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


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


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

Pulp Crazy – The Evil Clergyman by H.P. Lovecraft


In this weeks episode I will be covering a short story by H.P. Lovecraft, The Evil Clergyman. The story was first published in the April 1939 issue of Weird Tales. The short story is actually an excerpt from a letter Lovecraft wrote.

It features a nameless narrator who seems to be investigating a room that once belonged to a well.. Evil Clergyman.

I’ve included an audio version of the story which I obtained from archive.org. I hope you enjoy it.


The Evil Clergyman eBook: http://cthulhuchick.com/free-complete-lovecraft-ebook-nook-kindle/

The Evil Clergyman eText: http://www.hplovecraft.com/writings/texts/fiction/ec.aspx

The Evil Clergyman eText: http://www.dagonbytes.com/thelibrary/lovecraft/theevilclergyman.htm

The Evil Clergyman @Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Evil_Clergyman

The Evil Clergyman @ISFDB: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/title.cgi?41909

The Evil Clergyman Movie:




Pulp Crazy – The Challenge From Beyond


This week on Pulp Crazy I will be discussing two different Cthuhlu Mythos Round Robin tales. First up this week is “The Challenge From Beyond” written by pulp authors (in sequence of their chapters) C.L. Moore, A. Merritt, H.P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard and Frank Belknap Long. The story was originally published in the September 1935 issue of Fantasy Magazine, a fanzine. “The Challenge From Beyond” is the brainchild of editor Julius Schwartz.


Read “The Challenge From Beyond” PDF: http://pulpcrazy.com/thechallengefrombeyond.pdf

Read “The Challenge From Beyond” at Wikisource: http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Challenge_from_Beyond

Read “The Eldritch Force” at Lovecraft EZine:


Listen to “The Eldritch Force”: http://www.sendspace.com/pro/iposai

C.L. Moore: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C._L._Moore

A. Merrit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A._Merritt

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

Robert E. Howard: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_E._Howard

Frank Belknap Long: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Belknap_Long

Pulp Crazy – Spear & Fang by Robert E. Howard


In this weeks episode, in honor of Robert E. Howard’s 108th Birthday, I will be discussing Spear & Fang. This was Howard’s first professional pulp sale, he sold it in 1924 for $16.00. Spear & Fang first appeared in the July 1925 issue of Weird Tales.

Spear & Fang is a fast paced piece of historical fiction focusing on Ga-nor and A-aea, two Cro Magnon people living in prehistoric times. A-aea, is abducted by a Neanderthal man one night after spying on Ga-nor whom she is romantically interested in. Ga-nor discovers the abduction and gives chase into the jungle.


Spear & Fang at Project Gutenberg Australia: http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0607951.txt

Spear & Fang eText: http://www.trussel.com/prehist/spearandfang.htm

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

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

Robert E. Howard @ Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_E._Howard

Pulp Crazy – Tiger Cat by David H. Keller


In this weeks episode I will be discussing Tiger Cat by David H. Keller. It first appeared in the October 1937 issue of Weird Tales. The short story features an evil villainess who would be right at home in a Grindhouse film.



Download Tiger Cat @ the Pulp Magazines Project: http://www.pulpmags.org/weird_tales_page.html

David H. Keller @Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_H._Keller

David H. Keller @Scifi Encylcopedia: http://www.sf-encyclopedia.com/entry/keller_david_h_m_d

David H. Keller @Tartarus Press: http://freepages.pavilion.net/tartarus/k1.htm

David H. Keller @Fiction Mags Index: http://www.philsp.com/homeville/fmi/s2216.htm

David H. Heller @ISFDB: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?1124

Margaret Brundage @PulpArtists: http://www.pulpartists.com/Brundage.html

Virgil Finlay @ PulpArtists: http://www.pulpartists.com/Finlay.html


Pulp Crazy – Roads by Seabury Quinn

With this weeks episode being the last one until Christmas, I thought it would be appropriate to highlight my favorite Christmas pulp story. A tale that chronicles the secret origin of Santa Claus, “Roads” written by Seabury Quinn with remarkable illustrations by Virgil Finlay. “Roads” first appeared in the January 1938 issue of Weird Tales, but has been reprinted several time since. It is currently available as an eBook for a very affordable price of $2.99. I think all Weird Tales fans will enjoy it.


Kindle Edition: Here

Seabury Quinn: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seabury_Quinn

Seabury Quinn @ISFDB: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?755

Virgin Finlay @ Pulp Artists: http://www.pulpartists.com/Finlay.html

Tellers of Weird Tales: http://tellersofweirdtales.blogspot.com/

David Saunder’s Pulp Artists Website: http://pulpartists.com

Virgin Finlay Art From:



Pulp Crazy – The Thing on the Roof by Robert E. Howard


In this episode I discuss a Cthulhu Mythos tale written by Robert E. Howard. The Thing on the Roof first appeared in the February 1932 issue of Weird Tales. Howard sold it to Weird Tales for $40.00, but later said he would have let it go for free, just to see it in print. He was quite fond of it. The story is set in the early 1930’s, and focuses on the legend surrounding the Temple of the Toad God. Howard’s occult tome, Nameless Cults plays a big part of the story.



The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard: http://tinyurl.com/lozyu8e

Free eText: http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0608011.txt

Free eText: http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks13/1304041h.html

Free Audio Book: http://cthulhupodcast.blogspot.com/2011/05/102-thing-on-roof.html

Discuss the story: http://www.conan.com/invboard/index.php?showtopic=5556

Comic Adaptation: http://thehorrorsofitall.blogspot.com/2009/02/thing-on-roof.html






Pulp Crazy – The Graveyard Rats by Henry Kuttner

In this episode I discuss the Graveyard Rats by Henry Kuttner. It first appeared in the March 1936 issue of Weird Tales magazine. It is set in a Salem, Massachusetts cemetery and focuses on a grave robbing caretaker. I broadcast on location for the first time at the Evans City Cemetery. This is where the opening scenes of the 1968 zombie classic, Night of the Living Dead were filmed.


Read the Graveyard Rats eText: http://www.scaryforkids.com/graveyard-rats/

Henry Kuttner: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Kuttner

Night of the Living Dead: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_of_the_Living_Dead

Fix The Chapel: http://fixthechapel.com/

Watch Night of the Living Dead on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeFRPBW07SA


Pulp Crazy – Bon Voyage, Michele by Seabury Quinn


In this episode I discuss Bon Voyage, Michele by Seabury Quinn. It is a weird romance tale set in Germany after World War I. The story first appeared in the January 1944 issue of Weird Tales. It features werewolves as they are depicted in traditional European folklore and myths.


Bon Voyage, Michele eText: http://www.unz.org/Pub/WeirdTales-1944jan-00006

Seabury Quinn: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seabury_Quinn

Tellers of Weird Tales: http://www.tellersofweirdtales.blogspot.com/

Seabury Quinn @isfdb: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?755