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The Sword Women of Robert E. Howard & C.L. Moore: The Lineage of Red Sonja



In this weeks episode I will be covering the Sword Women of Robert E. Howard & C.L. Moore, and their connection to the comic book character of Red Sonja. I think this is one of the best examples of how classic pulp characters are still influencing fiction today.

I’ve wanted to do this episode for a few years now, it was just a matter of reading all of the pulp tales with these ladies in them. I will discuss each of the 4 red haired Sword Women, in the order of their creation.


Sword Women Timeline: http://PULPCRAZY.COM/?page_id=692

Purchase Sword Women & Other Historical Adventures by Robert E. Howard: http://tinyurl.com/mbmrzoa

Purchase Black God’s Kiss from C.L. Moore: http://tinyurl.com/obret9k

Read The Shadow of the Vulture by Robert E. Howard: http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0608101.txt

Read Hellsgarde by C.L. Moore: http://www.pulpmags.org/PDFs/WT_1939_04.pdf

Dark Agnes: http://www.blackgate.com/2009/12/29/howard%E2%80%99s-forgotten-redhead-dark-agnes/

Jirel of Joiry: http://www.blackgate.com/jirel-of-joiry-the-mother-of-us-all/

Red Sonja/Sonya Agreement:


Red Sonja Prose Novels at BlackGate: http://www.blackgate.com/2013/04/09/red-sonja-the-novels/






Dark Horse: http://www.darkhorse.com/

Dynamite: http://www.dynamite.com/htmlfiles/

Conan: http://www.conan.com/invboard/

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 – Jirel of Joiry by C.L. Moore


In this episode I discuss Catherine Lucille Moore’s groundbreaking sword & sorcery heroine, Jirel of Joiry. The character originally appeared in the pages of Weird Tales magazine, her first appearance being in the October 1934 issue. I believe she is one of the major inspirations for Red Sonja, the She Devil With a Sword, along with Robert E. Howard’s original Red Sonya of Rogatino.


The Definitive Jirel of Joiry collection from Paizo Planet Stories: http://paizo.com/products/btpy8xa5?Black-Gods-Kiss  (Amazon is overpriced)


The Pulp Magazines Project: http://www.pulpmags.org/

Hellsgarde PDF Download: http://www.pulpmags.org/PDFs/WT_1939_04.pdf

Hellsgarde Flipbook: http://www.pulpmags.org/PDFs/WT_1939_04/index.html