In honor of Pulp Crazy’s Three Year Anniversary, I’m going to be discussing a story by my favorite pulp writer, “Delenda Est” by Robert E. Howard. This is a tale of historical fiction with supernatural elements, focusing on Genseric, the King of the Vandals as he sails from Carthage to Rome around 455 A.D.
In celebration of the announcement of Sean Lee Levin’s Crossovers Expanded Volumes 1 and 2 to be released this summer by Meteor House, this week is a special crossover themed episode. I’ll be discussing Conan Vs Rune by Barry Windsor-Smith, where the Cimmerian battles the Dark God. This is a one-shot comic book published by Marvel Comics in 1995. It is likely never going to be collected or reprinted due to the rights surrounding the two characters. Win Scott Eckert included it in Crossovers: A Secret Chronology of the World Volume 1.
Just wanted to give everyone an update on what I’ve been up to this week. I didn’t have time to write or record an episode as I have been working on The Swords of Robert E. Howard Forum at http://swordsofreh.proboards.com.
The Conan.com boards were a fantastic community and many of us didn’t want to see that vanish in between the time the Conan.com forum closed and the Robert E. Howard Foundation forum went up.
So I decided to create this fan forum and so far we have 66 members and are always open to more. If you’re a fan of Robert E. Howard, Conan, Kull, Solomon Kane, or quality fiction in general, feel free to join up.
In honor of Robert E. Howard’s 110th Anniversary (Howard was born on January 22, 1906) I will be discussing “The Man-Eaters of Zamboula” starring Conan the Cimmerian.
It was originally published in the November 1935 issue of Weird Tales as “Shadows in Zamboula.” It is currently available in The Conquering Sword of Conan collection from Del Rey. It tells of Conan’s chaotic stay in the desert city of Zamboula.
In this week’s episode I’m going to be discussing “Pigeons from Hell” by Robert E. Howard. It first appeared in the May 1938 issue of Weird Tales, being published after Howard’s death in 1936.
I read this in The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard published by Del Rey. Like all of the Del Rey Robert E. Howard series, I can’t recommend The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard enough. Howard’s widely known for his Conan, Solomon Kane, and Kull stories, but he was one hell of a writer, period. This collection of his horror tales isn’t to be missed. Besides the wonderful stories within, there’s some amazing interior artwork by Greg Staples.
“Pigeons from Hell” is a short story set in the southern United States, and seems to take place around the time it was published, the mid 1930’s.
Panelists John D. Haefele, Don Herron, Rick Lai, Tom Krabacher (moderator), and Nathan Vernon Madison explore the inspirations and origins of the Cthulhu Mythos as opposed to the Lovecraft’s Mythos and the Mythos of his contemporaries, as well as the controversies and personalities involved with these ideas over the years.
From PulpFest.com: http://www.pulpfest.com/2015/07/the-call-of-cthulhu-and-the-lovecraft-mythos
In this weeks episode I’m going to be discussing The Valley of the Worm by Robert E. Howard. The Valley of the Worm first appeared in the February 1934 issue of Weird Tales. I read it in The Best of Robert E. Howard Volume 1: Red Shadows published by Del Rey books.
The Best of Robert E. Howard Volume 1 Crimson Shadows is fully illustrated by Jim and Ruth Keegan. I first discovered their work in the Dark Horse Conan comics, they’re strip, The Adventures of Two-Gun Bob appears in every issue of the Robert E. Howard comics, usually at the bottom of the letters column.
Jim and Ruth were kind enough to allow me to use their unpublished painting of Niord and the Worm on the episode title card. As usual, I think the two completely nailed it. You can see more of their work on their Two-Gun Blog.
The Valley of the Worm is one of Howard’s James Allison reincarnation tales. I previously discussed “Marchers of Valhalla”, another James Allison story in a previous Pulp Crazy episode. The Valley of the Worm has a dying and depressed James Allison recalling his past life as a warrior. In this tale, he is Niorm, later referred to as Niorm Worm-bane, an Aesir warrior. It seems like The Valley of the Worm may take place during the Hyborian Age or possible following it.
The tale begins with Niord and his tribe traveling south into Africa. In Africa they come across a clan of Picts who have migrated there as well. The two groups do battle, with the Aesir being victorious. In a rare moment of mercy, Niord spares a Pict named Grom. Grom recuperates with the Aesir, but eventually leaves to return to his tribe.
In this weeks episode I will be discussing The Pit of the Serpent by Robert E. Howard. The Pit of the Serpent was first published in the July 1929 issue of Fight Stories, and is now in the public domain. It is the first published tale featuring Sailor Steve Costigan, one of Howard’s most popular characters. The story takes place in the Philippines, Manila to be precise. I would also say it takes place around the year it was first published, 1929.
Pulp Crazy would like to wish a Happy Birthday to Robert E. Howard. In honor of Howard’s Birthday today I will be reading a short fable he wrote. Fables For Little Folk, a boxing fable about legendary heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey.