Tag Archives: Weird Fiction

Pulp Crazy – The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath by H. P. Lovecraft

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/151.mp3

In this week’s episode I discuss The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath by H.P. Lovecraft. Randolph Carter searches through the Dreamlands for Kadath, where the gods of the Dreamlands dwell. This novella was never prepared for publication by HPL and wasn’t published during his lifetime. I found it a bit hard to get into, but enjoyed reading it ten pages at a time.

Links:

Free Complete Works of H. P. Lovecraft eBook from Cthulhuchick: http://arkhamarchivist.com/free-complete-lovecraft-ebook-nook-kindle/

The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath audio book: https://archive.org/details/LovecraftKadath

The Lovecraft e-Zine: http://lovecraftzine.com

Pulp Crazy – Swords in the Mist (Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser Book 3) by Fritz Leiber

 

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/146.mp3

In this week’s episode I’ll be discussing Swords in the Mist, Book 3 of the Fafhrd and Gray Mouser sword and sorcery tales by Fritz Leiber. The collection includes five short stories and one novella. In my mind the stand out tale is the short story, “Lean Times in Lankhmar.”

Links:

Purchase Swords in the Mist from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Swords-Mist-Fafhrd-Gray-Mouser-ebook/dp/B00J84KVA8/

Purchase Swords in the Mist from Audible: http://www.audible.com/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/Swords-in-the-Mist-Audiobook/B002V1NRCE

Siege of Tyre at the Ancient History Encyclopedia: http://www.ancient.eu/article/107/

A Fritz Leiber Site: http://www.lankhmar.co.uk/

Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser at Stormbringer: http://www.stormbringer.net/mouser.html

Pulp Crazy – The Affair of the Cuckolded Warlock by H. Warner Munn

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/144.mp3

In this week’s episode I’ll be discussing “The Affair of the Cuckolded Warlock” by H. Warner Munn. It’s a short story that appeared as a chapbook in 1975 from The Lanthorne Press.

It’s told in the first person narrative style, from the viewpoint of a professor at the University of Chorazim, and is being told as a cautionary tale to group of graduates. The University of Chorazim specializes in the education of witches and wizards. The professor tells them about how a gifted warlock went astray.

Links:

Jessica Amanda Salmonson Interviews H. Warner Munn: https://web.archive.org/web/20130628075234/http://www.violetbooks.com/Munn.html

W. H. Pugmire on his friend H. Warner Munn: http://lovecraftianhorror.blogspot.com/2012/03/thinking-of-harold.html

Purchase Tales of the Werewolf Clan by H. Warner Munn from Altus Press: http://www.altuspress.com/shop/tales-of-the-werewolf-clan/

Past Pulp Crazy episodes on Munn tales: http://pulpcrazy.com/?tag=h-warner-munn

Pulp Crazy – The Tree by H. P. Lovecraft

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/142.mp3

In this week’s episode I’ll be discussing an early H. P. Lovecraft tale, “The Tree.” While it doesn’t fit as snugly into Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos as some of his other tales, it does have some interesting elements going for it. The setting of Ancient Greece, circa 4th Century B.C. being the most prominent in my opinion.

Correction, according to a listener, Ningauble, Lovecraft didn’t discover Arthur Machen until after “The Tree” was written.

Links:

Read “The Tree”

Via eBook: http://arkhamarchivist.com/free-complete-lovecraft-ebook-nook-kindle/

Via eText: http://www.hplovecraft.com/writings/texts/fiction/tr.aspx

or listen via audio: http://ia802707.us.archive.org/11/items/NearlyCompleteHPLovecraftCollection/The_Tree.mp3

“The Tree” at Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tree_(short_story)

“The Tree” at ISFDB: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/title.cgi?41878

Lovecraft eZine: http://lovecraftzine.com

The World’s Largest H. P. Lovecraft Audio Links Gateway: http://cthulhuwho1.com/2013/09/07/the-worlds-largest-h-p-lovecraft-audio-links-gateway/

Pulp Crazy – Weird Detective: The Stars Are Wrong

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/141.mp3

 

In this week’s episode I’m going to be discussing a comic book that ties in with H. P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos. Weird Detective from Dark Horse comics.

I think it’s a comic that kind of fell below everyone’s radar last year and I’m going to be discussing it in depth during this episode. There will be spoilers, but this is more of a setup than a self-contained story, so don’t be afraid to keep listening. This is more like a #0 or #1 issue.

Weird Detective ran in Dark Horse Presents, Dark Horse’s staple comics anthology title. Weird Detective is branded as a Lovecraftian crime comic. The tag-line is, “It takes a monster to catch a monster.” It’s written by Fred Van Lente and illustrated by Guiu Vilanova. Josan Gonzalez is the colorist and Nate Piekos of BLAMBOT is the letterer. Francesco Francavilla provided art for one of the covers to Dark Horse Presents #8 featuring Sebastian Greene, the main character.

The third part concludes by announcing Weird Detective will return in a new #1 issue.

Links:

Dark Horse Website: http://darkhorse.com

The Lovecraft e-Zine: http://lovecraftzine.com

Pulp Crazy – Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/140.mp3

In this week’s episode I discuss, Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham. It’s an Elseworlds tale set in 1928, featuring a pulp Batman encountering Cthulhu Mythos inspired elements.  This was originally published as a prestige format 3-issue mini series. In the past few years, the individual issues proved pricey on the secondary market due to the popularity of Cthulhu Mythos and Lovecraftian fiction, but DC released a trade paperback collecting the series in late December 2015. It’s now available on Amazon for under $11.00.

Writers: Mike Mignola & Richard Pace

Penciller: Troy Nixey

Inker: Dennis Janke

Colorist: Dave Stewart

Editors: Archie Goodwin & Mike Carlin

Batman created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger

Cover Artist: Mike Mignola

Links:

Purchase Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Batman-Doom-That-Came-Gotham/dp/1401258069

Lovecraft eZine: http://lovecraftzine.com

H. P. Lovecraft at Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._P._Lovecraft

Free Lovecraft Complete Fiction ebook (multiple formats): http://arkhamarchivist.com/free-complete-lovecraft-ebook-nook-kindle/

Pulp Crazy – The Hound

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/139.mp3

In this week’s episode of Pulp Crazy I’ll be discussing “The Hound” by H. P. Lovecraft. This is a short piece of weird fiction that was first published in the February 1924 issue of Weird Tales. “The Hound” takes place within Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos cycle of stories. It deals with a pair of occultists who pick the wrong grave to rob.

Links:

Nicole Alman’s website: http://cheesecake-weasel.com
Read “The Hound” in:

H. P. Lovecraft: The Complete Fiction at Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/barnes-noble-leatherbound-classics-hp-lovecraft-h-p-lovecraft/1106658815
Cthulhu Chick’s Free Works of H.P. Lovecraft ebook: http://arkhamarchivist.com/free-complete-lovecraft-ebook-nook-kindle/

Listen to William Hart (CthulhuWho1) read his rendition of “The Hound”:  http://cthulhuwho1.com/2010/12/27/h-p-lovecrafts-the-hound-1922-read-by-william-hart/

or purchase an enhanced scored version here: https://gplowman.bandcamp.com/album/hp-lovecrafts-the-hound

Read the eText of “The Hound” – http://www.hplovecraft.com/writings/texts/fiction/h.aspx

“The Hound” @ Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hound

“The Hound” @ISFDB: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/title.cgi?41886

The Lovecraft eZine: http://lovecraftzine.com

The Man-Eaters of Zamboula (Starring Conan the Cimmerian) by Robert E. Howard

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/137.mp3

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.

Links:

The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian (Conan Book 1): http://www.amazon.com/Coming-Conan-Cimmerian-Original-Adventures/dp/0345461517/

The Bloody Crown of Conan (Conan Book 2): http://www.amazon.com/Bloody-Crown-Conan-Cimmeria-Book/dp/0345461525/

The Conquering Sword of Conan (Conan Book 3): http://www.amazon.com/Conquering-Sword-Conan-Cimmeria-Book/dp/0345461533/

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

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

Pulp Crazy – The Doom that Came to Sarnath by H. P. Lovecraft

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/130.mp3

In this week’s episode I’ll be discussing “The Doom that Came to Sarnath” by H. P. Lovecraft. It’s a fantasy short story that made its first pulp magazine appearance in the pages of the March-April 1935 issue of  Marvel Tales of Science and Fantasy. It would later appear in the June 1938 issue of Weird Tales. It was first published in the June 1920 issue of the Scot, an amateur journal.

The story chronicles the rise and fall of the city of Sarnath, which is located on the shore of a vast still lake in the land of Mnar. The story takes place roughly from 9,081 B. C. to 8,081 B. C. in a lost age akin to Robert E. Howard’s Hyborian Age and Clark Ashton Smith’s Hyperborea.

 

Downloads:

Free Complete Works of H. P. Lovecraft eBook by Cthulhu Chick:  http://arkhamarchivist.com/free-complete-lovecraft-ebook-nook-kindle/

The Doom that Came to Sarnath etext: http://www.hplovecraft.com/writings/texts/fiction/ds.aspx

The Doom that Came to Sarnath Audio: http://cthulhuwho1.com/2013/09/07/the-worlds-largest-h-p-lovecraft-audio-links-gateway/

Links:

The Doom that Came to Sarnath @ Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Doom_that_Came_to_Sarnath

The Lovecraft e-Zine: http://lovecraftzine.com/

 

 

Pulp Crazy – Pigeons from Hell by Robert E. Howard

 

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/129.mp3

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.

Links:

Purchase The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howardhttp://amzn.to/1P6Kj3M

Read “Pigeons from Hell” at Project Gutenberg Australia: http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0600721.txt

Greg Staples website: http://www.gregstaples.co.uk/

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

The Robert E. Howard Forums: http://conan.com

“Pigeons from Hell” on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pigeons_from_Hell