Monday, November 12, 2018

Season 8: The Road East

The trail is placed and run that we must follow,
The Destin'd trail. 'Tis none of ours to choose,
The trail that only runs from night to night
From out the grey dawn's cynic and mocking light
Into the smoldering sun-set's crimson wallow...
-Futility, by Robert E. Howard

Welcome, Cromrades! We enter our eighth season soon, and the road appears to lead us eastward! We will intersperse The Road East with some of Robert E. Howard's El Borak stories. We're excited to read these well-loved tales of adventure! We will also discuss some of Howard's influences in the historical adventure genre! We think you're going to like this season of the show! The story list and links to electronic versions of the stories are below!

So gather your gear, mount your fleetest horse, and get ready for adventure!
Art by Tim Bradstreet
Reading List for Season 8: The Road East


The Daughter of Ehrlik Khan, by Robert E. Howard
The Soul of a Regiment by Talbot Mundy
Hawk of the Hills, by Robert E. Howard
A Khlit the Cossack tale by Harold Lamb (Story TBD)
The Man Who Would be King [Film], Directed by John Huston
The Soul of a Turk, by Abdullah Achmed
Blood of the Gods, by Robert E. Howard
The Sowers of the Thunder, by Robert E. Howard















Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Cromtober 2018 The Coda


On our final episode for Cromtober 2018, we discuss the history of our witch and perhaps the origin of the animosity between us. We are joined by friend of the show, Justin Stewart, for a short interview and finally we also talk about some witch folklore from our respective homes. Tune in for some Halloween fun!




One Things
Jonathan: Hellboy Library Editions vol 1-3
Luke: All Heads Turn When the Hunt Goes By by John Farris
Josh: The Occult: A History by Colin Wilson
Witches of interest: 
Irene Ray of Indiana: https://blog.history.in.gov/irene-ray-alleged-witch-of-rochester/ 
Witch Ghost Girl: http://theresashauntedhistoryofthetri-state.blogspot.com/2014/03/debunking-kentucky-cemetery-legend.html 
 
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Beginning theme: Simpson's Treehouse of Horror Theme

Closing theme: "Season of the Witch" as covered by the incomparable Joan Jett

Monday, October 29, 2018

Cromtober 2018 Part 3: Wine and Witches (It's Just a Bunch of Hocus Pocus!)

Welcome back, our Witches and Warlocks! For this episode of Cromtober content our favorite powerful sorceresses, the Brides of the Cromcast, hit the studio for a discussion about their favorite movie to watch during Spooky Season - 1993's Hocus Pocus, directed by Kenny Ortega, and starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, Omri Katz, Thora Birch, and Vinessa Shaw. Other topics include nostalgia, depictions of witches in popular culture, and baking inspired by The Great British Bake-Off! 

One Things
Liz: Celebrating birthdays - particularly her own! (Happy birthday, Liz!) 
Ashleigh: The Binge Mode Harry Potter podcast! 
Kara: NBC's The Good Place (Also available to stream on Netflix!) 
Email and let the ladies know your thoughts on Hocus Pocus, nostalgia, etc. What things from your youth are you nostalgic for? 
Next time: Will our heroes get their final Cromtober content together in time? And will they escape or placate The Witch? 
Smart money is on The Witch!
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Beginning theme: Hocus Pocus main theme composed by John Debney. 

Closing theme: I Put a Spell On You arranged for the Hocus Pocus soundtrack and performed by Bette Midler.  

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Cromtober 2018 Part Two: Dorothy Quick's "The Witch's Mark"

Welcome, Cromrades! It's our favorite time of the year, the season of Cromtober! This year, we focus on the witch in pulp stories and in this episode we discuss Dorothy Quick's "The Witch's Mark," originally appearing in Weird Tales in January of 1938. Misc. sources from this episode include:

Phil Ford and J.F. Martel's podcast, Weird Studies

Terence Handley's blog, Tellers of Weird Tales
One Things
Jon: Eric Von Danikan's "Chariots of the Gods"
Josh: Benito Cereno and Chris Sims's biblical podcast, Apocrypals
Luke: Henry Mazzeo's "Hauntings: Tales of the Supernatural"

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Cromtober 2018 Part One: Howard and Poe


Welcome, Cromrades! It's our favorite time of the year, the season of Cromtober! This year, we focus on the witch in pulp stories and selected two stories that might not ordinarily be thought of as witch stories - "The Black Cat" by Edgar Allen Poe, and "Sea Curse" by Robert E. Howard.  The folkloric link between black cats and witches is well known. And "Sea Curse" features a character that strikes the figure of the crone-like witch, contrasted with many of Robert E. Howard's other presentations of witches.  
What are your thoughts? Is "The Black Cat" a witch story per se? Does old Moll from "Sea Curse" strike you as a witch figure? Let us know!
One Things
Jon: Reddit Unsolved Mysteries
Josh: The history podcast Our Fake History, especially episode #37 featuring Robert Johnson and a certain crossroads transaction.
Luke: Joe Hill's novel NOS4A2, and Joe Hill in particular.
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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Season 7, Episode 7: The Black Stone (Epic Closer for Season 7)

Greetings, Cromrades! This week we conclude our seventh season with a discussion of REH's The Black Stone. It's free on Project Gutenburg or, if you're on the hunt for an audio retelling of the story, check out an older post by SFF Audio. They give some great shout-outs to podcasts that narrated The Black Stone. Their post also presents some additional art inspired by the story! Here's the  cover art for Bantam's 1979 edition of the "Wolfshead" collection...
This widely-lauded "Cthulhu mythos" story was first published in Weird Tales in November of '31... We think this is a tremendous story! While there are arguments to be made about its derivative qualities (see this well-written essay by Price), this is as much a tale that exhibits "Howardian" themes as those typically associated with Lovecraft....

One Things
Jon: Magic for Humans on Netflix.
Luke: Trilogy by Emerson, Lake, and Palmer.

Also... Be sure to check out "The Terrible Parchment" by Manly Wade Wellman, as recommended Rusty Burke!

Next time... Cromtober!

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