Paul Spiteri (panel moderator and editor of the Philip José Farmer collection, PEARLS FROM PEORIA), Christopher Paul Carey (co-author with PJF on THE SONG OF KWASIN), Win Scott Eckert (co-author with PJF on THE EVIL IN PEMBERELY HOUSE), and DANNY ADAMS (co-author with PJF on THE CITY BEYOND PLAY and DAYWORLD: A HOLE IN WEDNESDAY, also Farmer’s great-nephew) discuss working with the Science Fiction Grand Master.
Danny Adams reads from his latest novel Dayworld: A Hole in Wednesday which he coauthored with Philip José Farmer.
Christopher Paul Carey reads from his new novella Blood of Ancient Opar the latest installment in Farmer’s Ancient Opar series, as well as from The Song of Kwasin which he coauthored with Farmer.
Win Scott Eckert reads from The Evil in Pemberely House which he coauthored with Farmer, and from his latest work, a chapbook, Being an Account of the Delay at Green River, Wyoming, of Phileas Fogg, World Traveler, or, the Masked Man Meets an English Gentlemen.
Christopher Paul Carey joins me in discussing his latest novella, Blood of Ancient Opar. This is the latest installment of Philip José Farmer’s Ancient Opar series and is a must read for all fans of Opar. Today (6/15/2016) is the last day to preorder the book at http://meteorhousepress.com/blood-of-ancient-opar/ and have your name in the acknowledgments. You can preorder after 6/15/2016, but it’s highly recommend you preorder now if you want to guarantee yourself a copy.
In this week’s episode of Pulp Crazy, I celebrate what would have been Philip José Farmer’s 98th Birthday by discussing his tale of scholarship and sorcery at Miskatonic University.
“The Freshman” is Farmer’s contribution to H. P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos that follows an elderly frosh on his eventful first day at Miskatonic University. The short story was inspired by a dream Farmer had, where he was an elderly man rushing for a fraternity at a strange university.
Today, December 13, 2015 is the 220th anniversary of the Wold Newton event. On December 13, 1795, a meteorite struck outside the hamlet of Wold Newton in Yorkshire, England. According to Philip José Farmer, when the meteorite crashed into the countryside, two carriages were passing by. The drivers and passengers, who were already of heroic stock, were exposed to the ionization of the meteorite and were further enhanced by it.
These passengers include Sir Percy Blakeny, the Scarlet Pimpernel as well as Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth Darcy. Ancestors of Sherlock Holmes, Tarzan, Doc Savage, the Avenger, the Shadow, the Spider, and others were present as well. The passengers included several married couples, with some of the women already being pregnant at the time. Their children would later marry each other, thus the enriched genes would not become recessive. Due to the families becoming interconnected, they are referred to as one family, the Wold Newton Family.
Today also marks the day of the launch of WOLDNEWTONFAMILY.COM. A website devoted to the canonical Wold Newton Family works by Philip José Farmer and authorized continuations. Be sure to take some time and give it a peek on Wold Newton Day, it has several articles, and is a great introduction and resource to Philip José Farmer’s Wold Newton Family.
In this week’s episode, I look at a seminal Wold Newton tale, “The Adventure of the Peerless Peer” by Philip José Farmer himself. This story features Sherlock Holmes, Doctor Watson, and Tarzan, with several cameos by other pulp heroes.
I (Jason Aiken) was a guest on the Lovecraft eZine videochat and podcast along with Frank Schildiner. We talked with Mike Davis, Pete Rawlik, and Rick Lai about Lovecraft and Wold Newton (Philip José Farmer in particualr) related topics. We also talked about our recent writing projects. You can watch it on YouTube or listen via the podcast.
In this weeks episode, I’m going to be discussing “Is He In Hell?” by Win Scott Eckert. This Wold Newton Universe short story first appeared in Tales of the Shadowmen Volume 6: Grand Guignol published by Black Coat Press in December 2009. It was later revised and expanded for the definitive release in The Worlds of Philip José Farmer: Protean Dimensions, published by Meteor House in June 2010. I’ll be discussing the latter as it’s the definitive edition of the story and contains more elements tying it to Philip José Farmer’s Wold Newton Universe.
“Is He in Hell?” stars the Scarlet Pimpernel. It’s set in November 1795 and takes place largely in France and Belgium.
The story focuses on Sir Percy Blakeny, the Scarlet Pimpernel as he attempts to save the Baron de Musard from the guillotine. But…things aren’t what they seem on the surface. This is a fast paced action and espionage story, but there are definitely some elements of weird fiction present as well.
In this week’s episode Chris and Chuck discuss the Farmerian Tarzan, focusing on Philip José Farmer’s official Tarzan projects, Tarzan Alive and The Dark Heart of Time: A Tarzan Novel. Farmer was a lifelong Tarzan fan, and while Tarzan Alive is often spoken of, The Dark Heart of Time seems to be neglected. The Dark Heart of Time also gets a bad rap for having extraterrestrial science fiction elements, but as it turns out, that’s just Farmer going over most of our heads. In this episode Chris explains that Farmer was actually pulling from preexisting African folk lore and mythology, not just throwing in science fiction elements.
I decided to split our conversation right when Chuck began talking about Thomas Yeates’ comic series Tarzan: The Beckoning as Chuck goes into a little bit of Farmer territory here. Chuck then talks briefly about the Hal Foster comic strips, before we move on to discussing Farmer’s Tarzan and how much of a Burroughs fan Farmer was.
This is a special episode of Pulp Crazy for two reasons. The first is that it’s going up on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ birthday, September 1st. The second, is that I’m joined by two special guests Christopher Paul Carey and Chuck Loridans. We’re going to be discussing Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan. These two are huge Burroughs and Tarzan fans and they cover a lot of ground from the books to other media that they feel captures or in part captures the spirit of the original Burroughs character.
There is also some talk about H. Rider Haggard’s influence on Burroughs, and a bit about how the style and framing sequence of the original Burroughs novels influenced Philip Jose Farmer when he came up with the concept for his biography of Tarzan, Tarzan: Alive. I enjoyed listening to these two go back and forth about Tarzan and ERB this past weekend. We recorded this episode without realizing it was Burroughs’ birthday coming out. So it’s a happy coincidence.