Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Season 9 Episode 9: The Recapitulation – End of The Road of Revisions!

Welcome, Cromrades! We've reached the end of The Road of Revisions, and this week we reflect on what we've learned about Robert E. Howard's revision process and discuss the implications of posthumous collaborations.

One Things
Jon: The Helmet Project - an online index of the helmets worn by various American football teams at all levels of play throughout history.
Josh: My Father, The Pornographer: A Memoir by Chris Offutt.
Luke: Blue Oyster Cult - Fire of Unknown Origin

Robert E. Howard's bedroom as it might have looked as he wrote and revised his works...



Where do we go from here? How about setting sail across the gulfs of space to the desert planet of Arrakis?


Frank Herbert's Dune is a science fiction masterpiece that blends elements of fantasy to create a rich and fully realized fictional world.  At first it may seem like this is a substantial departure for us! But fear not (fear is the mind-killer!), because we think you'll see similar themes that we've explored in other stories unfold within this work in a unique way! 

This novel, first published in 1965, finds its roots in the pulps of the day. And that is where we will begin Season 10 - The Road to Arrakis, next time! 

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Season 9 Episode 8: The Expansion – "Nekht Semerkhet" by RE Howard and expanded by Andrew J. Offutt

Greetings, Cromrades! This week, we are reading "Nekht Semerkhet" as orginally written by Robert E. Howard and then expanded upon by Andrew J. Offutt. There's a lot to cover today, including barbarism v. civilization, Egyptian contact theories, and how tropes can become larger than life. Tune in if you dare!



One Things
Jon: It was the War of the Trenches by Jacques Tardi- Graphic novel depicting the brutality of WW1
Josh: Paperbacks from Hell by Grady Hendrix- An examination of 70s/80s paperback horror books
Luke: Lean Times in Lankhmar and Swords in the Mist by Fritz Leiber- You know 'em and love 'em

Next time: We reach the end of The Road of Revisions! We will be recapitulating all we learned and our feelings about the stories, as well as revealing our next road!

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Outro: "Walk Like an Egyptian" by The Bangles.  All music was obtained legally; we hope our discussion of this content makes you want to go out and purchase the work!

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Bourbon & Barbarians, Season 3 Episode 5: Casks of Oil!

Hile, travelers! We have returned with a finale of sorts for the 'prologue' for our third season of Bourbon & Barbarians! Never fear, our current party will embark on a much bigger adventure soon... RAVENLOFT! If you are interested, the entire prologue series of sessions for Season 3 is based on a 'creative commons' module that is free for the taking. See the first episode of the season for details!
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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Bourbon & Barbarians, Season 3 Bonus Episode with Planet X Games!


Hile, adventurers! We interrupt your regularly-scheduled Bourbon & Barbarians broadcast for this special release... We are joined by an old school friend from way back, Levi Combs, who is now spearheads Planet X Games!

Planet X has previously released their first D&D 5E module, Jungle Tomb of the Mummy Bride, and you may remember our previous discussion of that material. Well, Levi and Co. are back at it, and have a Kickstarter running for their new D&D 5E module, An Occurrence at Howling Crater! This is a legit sandbox module, so you'll get uber-playability out of the module. You can back the module and get in on the goodness at the $15 mark, so consider getting in on the action!
This was a fun episode. We didn't just talk about the Kickstarter. We spent way more time talking through our respective and shared histories with RPGs, and talk about RPGs in general! Hope you like it!

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Season 9 Episode 7: The Weirdification of "The Fire of Asshurbanpal" and The Dark Man Journal with Nicole Emmelhainz-Carney and Jason Ray Carney!


This is a big 'un! We were lucky enough to have Nicole Emmelhainz-Carney and Jason Ray Carney sit in with us for our discussion of "The Fire of Asshurbanpal," which progressed through a variety of iterations as written by Robert E. Howard. Beyond this, we have great discussions about this year's Howard Days, Jason and Nicole's contributions there, and spend some time talking about The Dark Man: Journal of Robert E. Howard and Pulp Studies. Jason and Nicole are taking over the reins from the most recent issue (10.1) onward, so there is a lot of discussion about where this journal is going! Tune in!

Misc. Things
- See here for the Facebook page for The Dark Man, where you can find about about submission deadlines and other info!

- See here for the Imaginary Worlds episode featuring Nicole Emmelhainz, alongside other REH scholars!

- See here for Ben Friberg's extensive video coverage of REH Days! Thanks so much for this continued service, Ben!

- See here for Jason Ray Carney's blog, which is loaded with all kinds of pulp and lit crit goodness!

- See here for the Pulp Studies section of the Popular Culture Association!

One Things
Nicole: The TV show, Longmire!
Jason: The Sorrows of Young Werther, and the Byronic Hero!
Jon: Lost Christianities, by Bart Ehrman!
Josh: Crusader Kings, which is easily accessible at Good Old Games!
Luke: The Books of Blood, by Clive Barker!
Next time... We get expansive when we tackle "Nekht Semerkhet," and get to talk about Kentucky's own Andrew J. Offutt!

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Season 9 Episode 6: The Progression of "The Spears of Clontarf" by Robert E. Howard


The Cromcast crew dives into the progression of "The Spears of Clontarf" to "The Grey God Passes" and "The Cairn on the Headland" all by Robert E. Howard. 

What starts as historical fiction featuring Brian Boru and Ireland vs. Brodir of Man and a bunch of Vikings becomes a Cthulu mythos tales featuring an Odin with tentacles! We pick apart why Howard loves Clontarf and what the vicious cycle of Ragnarok might mean for these stories. Tune in!

Odin is a bad mamma jamma


One Things
Jon: Spider-Man: Life Story- What if Spider-Man aged in real time?
Josh: Transmetropolitan and Spider Jerusalem by Warren Ellis- What is journalism?
Luke: Barry on HBO- Bill Hader is a hitman who takes acting classes! What's not to love?

Next time: Get your marshmallows ready because we're lighting up ""The Fire of Asshurbanpal"

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Outro: "The Grey God Passes" by Manilla Road.  All music was obtained legally; we hope our discussion of this content makes you want to go out and purchase the work!