Thursday, July 21, 2016

Cromcast Special: Roadtrip to REH Days 2016!



We're taking a small detour from The Lost Road to visit Howard's hometown of Cross Plains, TX! Josh and Jon made the trek to Robert E. Howard Days this year and brought back some audio entertainment for you all as a souvenir. This year's festival was a special one as it coincided with the 80th anniversary of Howard's death, the 30th anniversary of Howard Days itself, and the 20th anniversary of the release of "The Whole Wide World"!

This episode will be a real treat as you get to hear from luminaries such as Bill Cavalier and Rusty Burke, long time Cromrades "Listener Gary" and EvilEd, and Cromcast stalwarts Mark Finn and Jeffrey Shanks!

So kick back, pour a stiff drink (or ladle out some barbecue) and join us for our Texas adventure! Be sure you mark your calendars for next year and get down to Cross Plains!

And now... the Texas sun bears down and the dust rises as you drive through the four-way stop in Cross Plains, and approach a small white house on the left, with a pavilion off to the side... Welcome to Howard Days!
News article covering the first Howard Day in 1986.


Left: Treasures in the Cross Plains Library! Right: A Cromcaster holding an original typescript of Sword Woman!  
The Cromcast Was Here!

Daniel Look: Math Sorcerer

 Dierk Guenther gave an excellent presentation about Howard's use of time.

"Fighting, horse racing, drinking, and other feats of hyper-masculinity..."
You haven't been to an academic symposium like this before! 

Poetry reading on Howard's  
The Pavilion: Where stories are told, friendships are made, and the whiskey flows!
It's worth the trip,  y'all. 
 Show Order

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Bourbon & Barbarians: Episode 5



Hile brave adventurers! Here we return with yet another episode of Bourbon and Barbarians, an actual play recording of The Cromcast getting into some old-school D&D!



We'll see you soon with another exciting episode of The Cromcast!

Our episode is freely available on archive.org and is licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. "Black Vortex" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Likewise Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Season 4, Episode 14: King Solomon's Mines, Part 2 (or, Let me Gagool That For You)

Greetings once again, Cromrades! This week we continue the quest for King Solomon's Mines with Allan Quatermain and his band of adventurers. Though we are now beyond the mountains called Sheba's Breasts, the journey is not quite finished! Join us for a literary discussion, an evaluation of the lost world genre up to this point, and the bad accents you've come to expect! 
One Things
Jon: Punisher: War Zone (2009), directed by Lexi Alexander
Luke: The Ghost Brigades (2007), by John Scalzi. (Part 2 of Old Man's War) 
Josh: A Bug's Life (1999), from Pixar. (A modern CGI retelling of The Seven Samurai! Watch and see if it isn't!)
Next time: We go to the movies with H. Rider Haggard and the 1965 adaptation of She by Hammer Film Productions, starring Ursula Andress, Peter Cushing, Bernard Cribbins, John Richardson, Rosenda Monteros, and Christopher Lee! Should be a fun episode! We hope you join in. This film isn't available to stream, but you can snag a copy on Amazon for around $10. 
See you further down The Lost Road!

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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.

Closing theme: "History of Man" by Amanaz from their 1975 album Africa.
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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Bourbon & Barbarians: Episode 4


Hile brave adventurers! Here we return with yet another episode of Bourbon and Barbarians, an actual play recording of The Cromcast getting into some old-school D&D! This week: A party member sobers up, and a new character joins the fray!


We'll see you soon with another exciting episode of The Cromcast!

Our episode is freely available on archive.org and is licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. "Black Vortex" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Likewise Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Questions? Comments? Feedback? Email us! (thecromcast at gmail dot com)

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Season 4, Episode 13: King Solomon's Mines, Part One


Cromrades, welcome back! This week, we present King Solomon's Mines by H. Rider Haggard! This adventure story was published in 1885, and has been highly influential, attributed to be the first Lost World novel. You can trace a direct line from King Solomon's Mines to The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle, to King Kong and beyond, right up to Jurassic World present day!

We split the novel into two episodes, and discuss the first half of the book through about Chapter 10 for part one. Primary research for this episode was found in part by browsing a King Solomon's Mines study guide, found here.

One Things
Jon - The Lost City of Z by David Grann
Josh - Wicked Bugs: The Louse that Conquered Napoleon's Army and Other Diabolical Insects by Amy Stewart
Luke - The Virgin Suicides film from 2000, directed by Sofia Coppola and starring James Woods, Kathleen Turner, Kirsten Dunst, Josh Hartnett, Michael ParĂ©, Scott Glenn, Danny DeVito, and A.J. Cook.

Next time: King Solomon's Mines, part two! Will Quartermain and his associates make it to the fabled King Solomon's Mines? Let's find out!

Questions? Comments? Curses? Email us! (thecromcast at gmail dot com) You know you want to follow us on Twitter!
Subscribe to our feed on FeedBurner! Or, check us out on iTunes!
Finally.... Call us! (859) 429-CROM!
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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.

Closing theme: "Hey Man, Nice Shot" by Filter from their 1995 album Short Bus.
All music was obtained legally; we hope our discussion of this content makes you want to go out and purchase the work!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Bourbon & Barbarians: Episode 3 - Into The Wild



Hile brave adventurers! Here we return with yet another episode of Bourbon and Barbarians, an actual play recording of The Cromcast getting into some old-school D&D! In this episode: one of the players has a little too much bourbon, and danger surrounds the efforts to build a campfire...




We'll see you soon with another exciting episode of The Cromcast!

Our episode is freely available on archive.org and is licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. "Black Vortex" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Likewise Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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