Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Season 2 Episode 6:The Cromcast versus Red Sonja 1985 (or, The She-Devil with a Mullet)



This week, your loyal Cromcasters get into movie critique mode and direct their gaze toward the Brigitte Nielsen/Arnold Schwarzenegger sword and sorcery film Red Sonja from 1985.

Does this film capture the essence of the strong female sword and sorcery character in the same way as the Howard and Moore stories we've discussed so far this season? Do you enjoy this film? Let us know!

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Ending theme: "Redhead Walking"; R.E.M, album: Accelerate. Used without permission.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Season 2 Episode 5: The Black God's Kiss by C.L. Moore



Greetings and well met, fellow Cromrades! Are you prepared for a journey to a surreal land of light and darkness, where your worst nightmares dwell, in order to wreak terrible vengeance upon a tormentor? If so, you'll enjoy our story this week! In our latest episode, we discussed CL Moore's first Jirel of Joiry tale, "The Black God's Kiss"! It marks the first time we've covered a story not originally written by Robert E. Howard, and the first time we three had read a CLM story! It's great, and if you haven't read it, please do so and let us know what you think!

If we have whetted your palate for more CL Moore, we recommend reading up on her interesting life story. You can start by checking out Kirkus Review's excellent blog post on Moore, then head over to IO9, and maybe end with her entry in the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. Then get started picking through her catalog of tales.

If you want to learn more about real-life warrior women you should check out the new research on how involved Viking women were in the invasions of Eastern England. Thanks to Cromrade Mike for the tip!

If you want to learn more about the Green River Killer and the depths of human evil check out the graphic novel that Jon mentions as his One Thing or hit this Radio Lab episode up: http://www.radiolab.org/story/180166-why-be-bad/

Luke's one thing was Dale Bailey's "The End of The End of Everything." Bleak, and awesome.

Josh talked up the wrestling promotion Ring of Honor. Try it if you need a break from the mainstream!

Check out the artwork of Chris Hutson! http://chrishutsonart.com/

Dissecting Worlds - Matt and Kehaar break down topics pertaining to the social sciences in fantasy settings. It's worth your time! http://dissectingworlds.wordpress.com/

Don't forget that you can support The Cromcast (we need to eat too) by signing up for your free trial of Audible at audibletrial.com/thecromcast. We recommend trying out their rendition of Leiber's Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser! (Thanks for the question, Matt!)

Are you a Luddite hoarder VHS collector like Josh? You should check out El Goro's discussion of VHS Collecting on Talk Without Rhythm Podcast! http://tworpodcast.blogspot.com/2014/05/tworp-aside-adjust-your-tracking-untold.html

So. Much. Content!

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Season 2 Episode 4: The Shadow of the Vulture (Or, Suleiman's Big Day Out)

 
 
 
It was a woman, dressed as von Kalmbach had not even seen the dandies of France dressed. She was tall, splendidly shaped, but lithe. From under a steel cap escaped rebellious tresses that rippled red-gold in the sun over her compact shoulders. High boots of Cordovan leather came to her mid-thighs, which were cased in baggy breeches. She wore a shirt of Turkish mesh-mail tucked into her breeches. Her supple waist was confined by a flowing sash of green silk, into which were thrust a brace of pistols and a dagger, and from which depended a long Hungarian sabre. Over all was carelessly thrown a scarlet cloak.

This surprising figure was bending over the cannon, sighting it, in a manner betokening more than a passing familiarity, at a group of Turks who were wheeling a carriage-gun just within range.

“Eh, Red Sonya!” shouted a man-at-arms, waving his pike. “Give ‘em hell, my lass!”


And thus are we introduced to a new character along the Road of Queens, Red Sonya! While she may not be the She-Devil with a Sword that is popular in contemporary culture, she is the most compelling character in our story for the week, “The Shadow of the Vulture.”



So, grab your favorite liquor and join us as we venture back to the days when the Ottoman Empire flourished under the steady hand of Suleiman the Magnificent and the days of Christian Europe appear to be numbered! Let Howard paint for you a picture of the bloody Stand of Vienna, albeit peppered with the fictional but dastardly Mikhal Oglu, the drunken Gottfried von Kalmbach, and the deadly Red Sonya of Rogatino.



You can read the story here: The Shadow of the Vulture



Or you could enjoy it as part of the Del Rey collection, Sword Woman and Other historical Adventures!



Next time, we journey into territory undreamed of! What happens when the Robert E. Howard podcast reads and discusses a story by another author? That is precisely what will happen next time, when The Cromcast covers the first Jirel of Joiry tale by C.L. Moore, "The Black God's Kiss!" Join us!
 
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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Season 2, Episode 3: Blades for France (Or, The Cromcast Apologizes to the Nation of France)




I found myself in a small chamber, without visible doors or windows, though there must have been some subtle system of ventilation. A hooded lanthorn lit the room with a vague and ghostly light. Nine figures huddled against the walls on settles – nine figures wrapped closely in dark cloaks, feathered hats or black morions pulled low to meet the black masks which hid their faces. Only their eyes burned through the holes in the masks. None moved nor spake. It was like a conclave of the damned.

Jehan did not speak, but motioned me to take my place on a settle, and then he glided across the chamber and drew back another panel. Through this opening stalked another figure, masked and cloaked like the rest, but with a subtly different bearing. He strode like a man accustomed to command, and even in his disguise, there was something faintly familiar to me about him. 

He stalked to the center of the small chamber, and Jehan motioned toward us on the settles, as if to say that all was in readiness. The tall stranger nodded and said: “You received your instructions before you came here. You know, all of you, that you have but to follow me, and obey my commands. Ask no questions; you are being well paid; that is sufficient for you to know. Speak as little as possible. You do not know me, and I do not know you. The less each man knows of his mates, the better for all. As soon as our task is completed, we scatter, each man for himself. Is that understood?”
 
 
Cromrades, we have returned yet again to provide the insightful discussion, poor French pronunciation, and delightful non sequitur you've come to expect! This time, your three humble sword arms bring you Blades for France! No open source copy this time, but you can find this story in a few collections, including the Del Rey Sword Woman and Other Historical Adventures.
 
There is a kiss that happens during this story, and we ponder the significance of this scene. Read, listen, and let us know what you think!
 
Next time, we will journey to Istanbul and Vienne with Red Sonya of Rogatino. It's Shadow of the Vulture (Read it on Project Gutenberg Austrailia) on the next episode of The Cromcast. Join us, won't you?


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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Season 2, Episode 2: Sword Woman

 


"Aye, Dark Agnès!” said Étienne, lifting himself on elbow. “A star of darkness shone on her birth, of darkness and unrest. Where ever she goes shall be blood spilling and men dying. I knew it when I saw her standing against the sunrise that turned to blood the dagger in her hand.”

“I have paid my debt to you,” I said. “If I placed your life in jeopardy, I have bought it back with blood.” And casting his dripping sword at his feet, I turned toward the door.
Guiscard, who had been staring like one daft, shook himself as if from a trance, and strode after me

“Nails of the Devil!” quoth he. “What has just passed has altered my mind entirely! You are such another as Black Margot of Avignon. A true sword-woman is worth a score of men. Would you still march with me?”

“As a companion-in-arms,” I answered. “I’m mistress to none.”

“None save Death,” he answered, glancing at the corpses.


Art by Stephen Fabian
Art by Ken Kelly



Art by John Watkiss


Hail, Cromrades! We have returned from the pages of deep history to discuss another thrilling adventure with you! This time, we join the swashbuckling sword woman Agnes de Chastillon on her quest. Does she search for lost gold, or magical artifacts? Nay, brave traveler, she seeks that most elusive treasure - equality.

We weren't able to find an open source copy of this tale for you this time. However, you can snag a copy from eBay or Amazon.com, or better yet, peruse your local book store. Luckily, these Dark Agnes tales aren't hard to find!

Next time, we'll cover the second Dark Agnes tale, Blades for France! Join us!


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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Cromcast - Bonus Episode: Interview with publisher and author Jason Sizemore


Hello Cromrades! This week we are joined by our friend Jason Sizemore, author of the short story collection Irredeemable, and owner of the excellent sci-fi and fantasy publishing house Apex Publications! Get ready for some insight into small press, submitting short stories, and the weirdest story submission Jason has ever seen. It's a good episode folks, and we hope you enjoy getting to know Mr. Sizemore.

Some links:

Jason's blog: A Writer's Vanity

Jason's book Irredeemable on Amazon

Website for Apex Magazine

Justin Stewart's website

Steel yourselves, for next time we join Dark Agnes in a journey of awakening and self discovery. Sword Woman - NEXT on The Cromcast!

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