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The Werewolf of Ponkert by H. Warner Munn

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/111.mp3

“Take a werewolf story, for instance — who ever wrote a story from the point of view of the wolf, and sympathising strongly with the devil to whom he has sold himself?” - H.P. Lovecraft in a letter to Edwin Baird, November 1923. This letter would later appear in Weird Tales, where a young writer named H. Warner Munn would read it and be inspired.

In this weeks episode I will be discussing The Werewolf of Ponkert by H. Warner Munn. It’s a werewolf story that Munn wrote after being inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s comment.

The Werewolf of Ponkert was first published in July 1925 issue of Weird Tales. It was the cover story that month. The story is the first entry in Munn’s Tales of the Werewolf Clan series. The Werewolf of Ponkert takes place in north eastern Hungary, during the mid to late 15th Century.

It has been recently collected by Altus Press in the collection, “Tales of the Werewolf Clan”. This collects all of Munn’s werewolf clan tales and includes a new introduction by his grandson, John Munn. It’s available in both a hardcover and trade paperback from the Altus Press website.

Links:

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

H.P. Lovecraft & His Legacy Article on The Werewolf of Ponkert: http://chrisperridas.blogspot.com/2008/07/werewolf-of-ponkert.html

Philip José, H. Warner Munn, and Damon Knight: http://www.pjfarmer.com/bimages/pict8.jpg | http://www.pjfarmer.com/photoal.htm

H. Warner Munn at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._Warner_Munn

H. Warner Munn at ISFDB.org: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?1802

Christopher Paul Carey’s website: http://www.cpcarey.com/

Pulp Crazy – The Chain by H. Warner Munn

http://pulpcrazy.com/podcast/087.mp3

The supernatural and horror themed episodes for October comes to a close with this weeks short story. The Chain by H. Warner Munn. It first appeared in the April 1928 issue of Weird Tales.

This is a story firmly set in the horror genre, but without any real supernatural elements. It’s actually somewhat realistic and is a tale of torture (both mental and physical).. It deals with a man being trapped in his cousin’s castle, and the unique brand of tortures the cousin inflicts on him.

Links:

The Chain at ISFDB: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/title.cgi?57463

H. Warner Munn at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._Warner_Munn

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

Wilum Pugmire talks H. Warner Munn: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZ-YOjDQFek

H. Warner Munn and Philip Jose Famer Photo: http://www.pjfarmer.com/photoal.htm

H. Warner Munn at ISFDB: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?1802

Christopher Paul Carey Website: http://cpcarey.com (Thanks to Chris for the H. Warner Munn reference materials)

Pulp Crazy – Bon Voyage, Michele by Seabury Quinn

 

In this episode I discuss Bon Voyage, Michele by Seabury Quinn. It is a weird romance tale set in Germany after World War I. The story first appeared in the January 1944 issue of Weird Tales. It features werewolves as they are depicted in traditional European folklore and myths.

Links:

Bon Voyage, Michele eText: http://www.unz.org/Pub/WeirdTales-1944jan-00006

Seabury Quinn: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seabury_Quinn

Tellers of Weird Tales: http://www.tellersofweirdtales.blogspot.com/

Seabury Quinn @isfdb: http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?755