Tag Archives: weird tales

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 – Delenda Est by Robert E. Howard

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/147.mp3

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.

Read “Delenda Est” in:

The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard – http://www.amazon.com/Horror-Stories-Robert-Howard/dp/0345490207

Swords of the North – http://www.rehfoundation.org/2014/11/05/swords-of-the-north/

Genseric – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genseric

The Swords of Robert E. Howard Forum: http://swordsofreh.proboards.com/

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

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 – 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 Swords of Robert E. Howard Forum

 

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.

As some of you may know, The Official Robert E. Howard Forums at conan.com closed at the beginning of February, but The Robert E. Howard Foundation has plans for their own forums in the future.

 

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.

 

http://swordsofreh.proboards.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 – 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

Pulp Crazy – The Charnel God by Clark Ashton Smith

 

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/126.mp3

 

In this week’s episode I discuss “The Charnel God” by Clark Ashton Smith. This short story is set in Smith’s Zothique Cycle, as well as the larger Cthulhu Mythos.

“The Charnel God” deals with Phariom, a nobleman who visits the city of Zul-Bha-Sair. This is a strange city where the citizens give their dead over to their local deity, Mordiggian, to feed upon without hesitation. Phariom’s love, Elaith falls into a death-like state after suffering a seizure while in the city. She’s pronounced dead by the local physician and the priests of the Charnel God collect her body. The story follows Phariom as he attempts to rescue her from Mordiggian’s temple.

Links:

Read “The Charnel God” at the Eldritch Dark: http://www.eldritchdark.com/writings/short-stories/22/the-charnel-god

“The Charnel God” at ISFDB: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/title.cgi?62562

The Eldritch Dark Website: http://www.eldritchdark.com/
The Double Shadow – A Clark Ashton Smith Podcast: http://thedoubleshadow.com/

Zothique on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zothique