Monday, February 9, 2015

Season 3, Episode 5 - The Moon of Skulls (with guest host Jeffrey Shanks!)


Hile, adventurers! Today's show focuses on the Solomon Kane epic, The Moon of Skulls. We were lucky to have Howard scholar Jeffrey Shanks join us to discuss this controversial story. Our discussion was a doozy! Be sure, this is an episode for the ages!


Our One Things for this episode include...


Also be sure to check out the new book from Brian Keene, The Lost Level. All of our Cromrades will receive a 50% discount off either the trade paperback or digital copy of this book if you order it from Apex Publications and use the promo code mentioned in this episode... Listen for that promo code! And get your hands on a tale of high adventure!

Be sure to check out Jeffrey Shanks' blog, An Age Undreamed Of, for a taste of Mr. Shanks' perspective on all things pulp! Consider picking up the book that Jeff edited, "Zombies From the Pulps!" And, for a bit of info about Howard's adaptation of Atlantean themes, check out this presentation by Jeff at the 2011 PCA/ACA National Conference.

Our episode is freely available on archive.org and is licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ 

Beginning theme: "Sudden Defeat" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. 


Our closing theme for this episode is "Vengeance is Mine" performed by Alice Cooper from the 2008 album "Along Came a Spider". All music was obtained legally; we hope our discussion of this content makes you want to go out and purchase the work!


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Monday, January 12, 2015

Season 3, Episode 04 - The Castle of the Devil and Death's Black Riders


The hangman asked of the carrion crow,
but the raven made reply:
"Black ride the men who ride with Death
beneath the midnight sky,
"And black each steed and grey each skull
and strange each deathly eye.
"They have given their breath to grey old Death
and yet they cannot die."

Art by Gary Gianni
Hello friends! Today's show features two original Howard fragments "The Castle of the Devil" and "Death's Black Riders". While they may be short they still feature Howard's signature style and will get your mind racing and your blood pumping. We focus a portion of the show on adaptations of each fragment and other people's attempt to finish what REH started. 

Let us know what you would have done to complete each tale!

One Things:
Luke: Joe Abercrombie's The First Law Series
Josh: Talisman the Board Game (app)

Also be sure to check out the new book from our pals at Apex Publications: The Lost Level by Brian Keene. Preorder now or wait till it comes out on Jan. 19th!

We are working on a review of a new book, Titled "J.R.R. Tolkien, Robert E. Howard and the Birth of Modern Fantasy (Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy)" by Deke Parsons. You can purchase it on Amazon.com here. We'll post a review as soon as it's ready!

Our episode is freely available on archive.org and is licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ 

Beginning theme: "Sudden Defeat" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. 


Our closing theme for this episode is "Ghost Riders in the Sky" performed by Johnny Cash All music was obtained legally; we hope our discussion of this content makes you want to go out and purchase the work!


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Monday, December 29, 2014

Season 3, Episode 03 - Rattle of Bones

The host brought wine and food to the rough-hewn table and then stood back in the shadows, like a somber image. His features, now receding into vagueness, now luridly etched in the firelight as it leaped and flickered, were masked in a beard which seemed almost animal-like in thickness. A great nose curved above this beard and two small red eyes stared unblinkingly at his guests.
"Who are you?" suddenly asked the younger man.

"I am the host of the Cleft Skull Tavern," sullenly replied the other. His tone seemed to challenge his questioner to ask further.

"Do you have many guests?" l'Armon pursued.

"Few come twice," the host grunted."
  Kane started and glanced up straight into those small red eyes, as if he sought for some hidden meaning in the host's words...


Illustration by Gary Gianni

Greetings, fellow travelers! We trust your winter holidays were great, and hope that all is well with you as we hurtle headlong into a new year!

This week, we journey with Solomon Kane and Gaston l'Armon through the perils of the Black Forest. What sinister secrets does the innkeeper of the Cleft Skull Tavern keep within the walls of that foul place? This week's episode features the Solomon Kane story "Rattle of Bones" (read it on Project Gutenberg Australia).

Check out this blog entry by Mike Perry which contains excellent concept art and storyboards for "Rattle of Bones". Looks great! Makes us wish for some animated adaptations of Solomon Kane stories!

Our episode is freely available on archive.org and is licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ 

Beginning theme: "Sudden Defeat" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. 


Our closing theme for this episode is Engel by Rammstein. Some 90's German industrial metal to go along with our vengeance tale set in the Black Forest! All music was obtained legally; we hope our discussion of this content makes you want to go out and purchase the work!


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Monday, December 15, 2014

Season 3, Episode 02 - Red Shadows

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"Warily he advanced, his eyes striving to pierce the darkness that brooded under the trees. This was a wild and menacing country; death might be lurking under those trees. Then his hand fell away from the hilt and he leaned forward. Death indeed was there, but not in such shape as might cause him fear.

"The fires of Hades!" he murmured. "A girl! What has harmed you, child? Be not afraid of me."

The girl looked up at him, her face like a dim white rose in the dark.

"You--who are--you?" her words came in gasps.

"Naught but a wanderer, a landless man, but a friend to all in need." The gentle voice sounded somehow incongruous, coming from the man."
"Men will die for this..."

 Greetings again, fellow travelers on the Road of Vengeance! We embark once again down for another leg of our journey with Solomon Kane - this time our sojourn takes us from the hills and forests of France to the shores of Africa all in the name of vengeance! The story is Red Shadows (read it on Project Gutenberg Australia), and it was published in the August 1928 issue of Weird Tales. The world gets its first glimpse at Solomon Kane via this story, and we spend a significant amount of time dissecting it.

Next time - Rattle of Bones! (Read it on Project Gutenberg Australia!)

Some "One Things" for you to check out:

Satan is Alive: A Tribute to Mercyful Fate and Morbid Tales! A Tribute to Celtic Frost!

Treat yo'self to a Good Old Game at GoG.com.

Doom Patrol! (Merry Doomsmas!

Don't forget that you can support The Cromcast by signing up for your free trial of Audible at audibletrial.com/thecromcast. We recommend trying out one of their THOUSANDS of titles! 


Our episode is freely available on archive.org and is licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ 


Beginning theme: "Sudden Defeat" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. 


Our closing theme for this episode is The Turkish Song of the Damned by The Pogues. No explanation needed - The Pogues rock, and this is a song about supernatural nautical vengeance. Seems fitting, yes? All music was obtained legally; we hope our discussion of this content makes you want to go out and purchase the work!


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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Season 3, Episode 01 - Skulls in the Stars and Right Hand of Doom (An Introduction to Solomon Kane)



Greetings and well met, fellow travelers! We hope you are faring well as the seasons transition from fall to winter! As the cold northern winds bring the frosts and snows, let us journey with a man whose heart smolders with the flames of vengeance. Solomon Kane is a Puritan, God's avenging fist on earth, and is another interesting character created by Robert E. Howard during the heyday of pulp adventure stories. 

We spend some time introducing Solomon Kane, our impressions of the character, and the importance of his name in explaining his motivations and outlook. Then we discuss two stories: Skulls in the Stars (Project Gutenberg Australia) and Right Hand of Doom (No open source copy available - look for it in the Del Rey collection The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane!). 

From the Marvel Comics adaptation of The Right Hand of Doom. Art by Steve Gan

For next time - Red Shadows! (Read it on Project Gutenberg Australia). 


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Our episode is freely available on archive.org and is licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ 


Beginning theme: "Sudden Defeat" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. 


Our somber closer for this episode is The Night part 2 by The Builders and The Butchers. They can throw down with the best of 'em, and produce some excellent folk-inspired music about the devil, murder, and vengeance. Seemed fitting for Solomon Kane! Check out their music! It's rad. All music was obtained legally; we hope our discussion of this content makes you want to go out and purchase the work!


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Friday, November 28, 2014

SEASON THREE: THE ROAD OF VENGEANCE

Greetings, travelers! We have a perilous road before us.... Season Three of The Cromcast will cover the stories of Soloman Kane! Will you join us on this journey?
Gary Gianni's Soloman Kane
We're going to be following text provided in the recent Del Ray edition of The Savage Tales of Soloman KaneOur reading list is as follows:

Skulls in the Stars
The Right Hand of Doom
Red Shadows
Rattle of Bones
The Castle of the Devil
Death's Black Riders
The Moon of Skulls
The One Black Stain (Poem)
The Blue Flame of Vengeance
The Hills of the Dead
Hawk of Basti
The Return of Sir Richard Grenville (Poem)
Wings in the Night
The Footfalls Within
The Children of Asshur
Soloman Kane’s Homecoming (Poem)