A reading of the Yule Horror by H.P. Lovecraft. Happy Holidays!
In this weeks episode I will be discussing Batman: Noel by Lee Bermejo. While Batman is not a pulp character, he is the modern day descendant of the classic pulp heroes.
This original graphic novel was published by DC Comics in 2011. Bermejo serves as both the illustrator and writer, with Barbara Ciardo on colors and Todd Klein on letters.
This story is inspired by A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, with Batman and his supporting cast taking up roles akin to the Christmas Classic. Batman takes up the role of Scrooge.
Batman: Noel on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Batman-Noel-Lee-Bermejo/dp/1401232132
Batman: Noel on Comixology: https://www.comixology.com/Batman-Noel/digital-comic/49442
This week Pulp Crazy will be getting into the Christmas Spirit with an Old Time Radio episode starring a pulp character. Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle. This particular episode is titled Congo Christmas and it first aired on 12/20/1951.
This Christmas Themed episode takes place before the Christmas holiday, with Tarzan and his companian N’Kima the monkey vising the village of Karmiki, . Besides the local tribe, the village is home to a Christian Mission run by the Reverend Collier. The beliefs of Christianity are at odds with the native religion led by the High Priest of Neomopo the Moon God. Things are further complicated when two younger members of the tribe from different religions fall in love, and wish to marry. Each of their respective religions are resistant to the marriage. During this conflict, the Eye of Neomopo, a brilliant blue sapphire goes missing, further complicating the climate inside the village.
ERBZine Article on the Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle Radio Series: http://www.erbzine.com/mag23/2337.html
Old Time Radio Shows on ERBZINE: http://www.erbzine.com/otr/
Christmas Themed Old Time Radio Shows on Archive.org: https://archive.org/details/500OTRChristmasShows
Old Time Radio Lovers Group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2205196203/
Edgar Rice Burroughs Website: http://www.edgarriceburroughs.com/
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:
In this weeks episode I will be discussing a pretty obscure pulp story and writer. John Kelly’s Christmas Ghost by Edwin A. Goewey first appeared in the January 1927 issue of Ghost Stories. It takes place on Christmas Eve and features a young woman trying to make the best Christmas possible for a widow and her son.
Read John Kelly’s Christmas Ghost via PDF: http://pulpmags.org/PDFs/GhS_1927_01.pdf
Read John Kelly’s Christmas Ghost via flipbook: http://pulpmags.org/PDFs/GhS_1927_01/index.html
Pulp Magazines Project: http://pulpmags.org/
Ed Goewey at Stripper’s Guide: http://strippersguide.blogspot.com/2011/09/ink-slinger-profiles-ed-goewey.html
Edwin Goewey at Fiction Mags Index: http://www.philsp.com/homeville/fmi/s1648.htm#A47736
Edwin Goewey at ISFDB: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?159943
In this episode I will be discussing “The Festival” by H.P. Lovecraft. I would like to thank the Lovecraft eZine guys for bringing it to my attention on their recent video chat. The Festival appeared in the January 1925 issue of Weird Tales. The story is set during Christmas time or more appropriately, the Yuletide. The Festival is one of the first Cthulhu Mythos stories. An audio reading of the story in its entirety is included.
Lovecraft’s visit to Marblehead, Massachusetts in 1922 is said to have inspired the story. The tale seems to be set in the early 1920’s and features a nameless narrator returning to Kingsport, Massachusetts, the home of his ancestors. He is in town to take part in his people’s ancient festival.
Lovecraft eZine: http://lovecraftzine.com/