Friday, August 21, 2015

Season 4 Episode 1: Howard and Atlantis (with special guests Jeffrey Shanks, Mark Finn, and Rusty Burke!)



Welcome back, Cromrades! Do we have a doozy of an episode for you! Joining us for the first half of the episode are three huge contributors to Robert E. Howard studies and pulp scholarship, Jeffrey Shanks, Mark Finn, and Rusty Burke! These three literary barbarians are in Providence, RI attending NecronomiCon representing the Robert E. Howard Foundation! If you're there, stop by and say hello! (Also take a selfie with them and tweet it at us! We'd like to make "REH Scholar Selfies" a thing.)

Consummate professionals at work!
Rusty says get your ass over to the Robert E. Howard Foundation website and sign up for a membership! There are different pay tiers that net you various benefits, as well as the regular membership which is free! It's a great way to support REH research and history, and to get familiar with current foundation activity!

Jeffrey co-edited a book forthcoming from Rowman & Littlefield alongside Justin Everett titled The Unique Legacy of Weird Tales: The Evolution of Modern Fantasy and Horror. It's pricy, but will be a great addition to anyone's pulp research library!

Mark has been productive as well! Check out his contributions to the anthologies Barbarian Crowns, HEROIKA Vol. 1: Dragon Eaters, and Asian Pulp!

Plus, these guys are part of a dynamic team collaborating on the new CONAN RPG from Modiphius Entertainment! If you haven't looked this thing over by now, by Crom's beard, what are you waiting for?

Check out Rob P's Lovecraftian music project, Innsmouth Gold! (Many thanks for the One Thing intros!)

One Things
Jon - The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Josh - Documentary, "The Imposter"
Luke - Advanced Demonology podcast, a straight up rock 'n roll podcast - good times, no hassle!

You can get Brian Keene's barbaric new book "King of the Bastards" from Apex Publications for 50% off if you use promo code CROMCAST at checkout. We get nothing, but YOU get a deal! If you take advantage of the promo, be sure and let us know what you think of the book!

This episode was based on REH's Hyborian Age and L. Sprague de Camp's Atlantis essay. You can find his book, "Lost Continents" from Dover Press! You should also check out Jeffrey Shanks' recent essay about Howard's world building on Black Gate!

Be sure to check out the reading list for this season! Let us know what you think, and we'll see you on down the road!

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: "From Shores Forsaken" by Atlantean Kodex.

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

SEASON FOUR: THE LOST ROAD

Greetings, travelers! We have a mysterious path before us... Season Four of The Cromcast will cover stories within the Lost World genre. Will you join us on the journey?
Marvel Comics' Map of the Thurian Age
Our reading (and viewing) list for this season will be as follows:

The Hyborian Age (Robert E. Howard)
The Shadow Kingdom (Robert E. Howard)
The Mirrors of Tuzun Thune (Robert E. Howard)
The Temple (H.P. Lovecraft)
A Vintage of Atlantis (Clark Ashton Smith)
Thongor of Lemuria (Lin Carter)
The Lost World (1925 film)
King Kong (1933 film)
Tigers of the Sea (Robert E. Howard)
The Temple of Abomination (Robert E. Howard)
King Solomon’s Mines (H. Rider Haggard)
She (1965 film)
At the Earth’s Core (Edgar Rice Burroughs)
Kings of the Night (Robert E. Howard)
The Dark Man (Robert E. Howard)
Worms of the Earth (Robert E. Howard)

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Season 3, Episode 13: Season Finale - Solomon Kane in Review




In the final episode of Season 3, we discuss Solomon Kane in the context of other popular fantasy and science fiction characters. Using Kane and Conan the Cimmerian as our guides, we ponder the philosophical journey of Robert E. Howard and attempt to understand the author's religious views through the lens of two of his most popular and enduring characters. We discuss our favorite Solomon Kane poems and tales, and whether or not you could just hand someone a copy of Wings in the Night before they read the other Kane stories. We do our best to give Solomon Kane the send-off the character deserves, and we thank you for all of your insight as we attempted to dissect these tales over the past several months!

You might have noticed our awesome brand new One Thing music lead-in! Listener and friend of The Cromcast, Rob Poyton, sent it our way! Rob, thank you so much for spending your time putting this together, it turned out great! Everyone should go check out Rob's music project Innsmouth Gold, Lovecraftian music to bend your mind and warp your soul! You'll dig it! Tell him The Cromcast sent you!

As you reflect on the Solomon Kane cycle of stories you might want to check out the Solomon Kane timeline over by Keith Taylor over on Two Gun Raconteur - an excellent companion to place the stories in a historical context!

One Things:
Jon recommends Marvel Comics' Weirdworld by Jason Aaron.
Josh did not have a One Thing this week, but did gripe about the overwhelmingly dark tone of DC Comics films, including the upcoming Suicide Squad and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice movies. Once you've watched these trailers, cleanse your palate with an episode of the Fleischer Superman cartoon from the 1940s.
Luke would like for everyone to check out Khemmis' album Absolution. Here it is on Bandcamp and Amazon! Sludgy riffs of doom!

We now bid good-bye to Solomon Kane and leave the Road of Vengeance behind, though it has not left us unscathed. We now stand at yet another crossroad, and must choose our path carefully. Next: Season 4 - The Lost Road! We will devote the next set of episodes to exploring tales of forgotten worlds and lost civilizations! The road map will be posted soon, we are putting the finishing touches on now! Until next time, Cromrades, safe travels!

...A wild moon rode the wild white clouds, the waves in white crests flowed,
When Solomon Kane went forth again and no man knew his road.
They glimpsed him etched against the moon, where clouds on hilltop thinned;
They heard an eery echoed call that whistled down the wind...


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Season 3, Episode 12: The Poems of Solomon Kane (or, The Rhyming Scheme of Revenge!)



Greetings Cromrades! Today we will be dissecting and enjoying the poetry featuring Solomon Kane. Howard was a poet in the Byronic tradition, so each of these verses is action packed with adventure!

Poems
The One Black Stain
The Return of Sir Richard Grenville
Solomon Kane's Homecoming


Do you have a favorite Howard poem? Sound off in the comments!

Also don't forget to send us your thoughts and innermost feelings regarding Solomon Kane in the form of an email, voicemail, or MP3! If you do, we will feature your "letter" on the season 3 wrap up episode!

One things:
Jon: Twin Peaks
Luke: The Sisters Brothers
Josh: Christopher Lee's filmography


This episode was recorded on the anniversary of Howard's death. So raise a glass or observe a moment of silence out of respect for the man whose imagination has brought us all together.


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: "The Wanderer" By Johnny Cash and U2.

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Season 3, Episode 11: The Fragmented Solomon Kane pt. 2

"They made a strange contrast, those two, standing there in the twilight of that great tropic forest. Jeremy Hawk was as tall as Solomon Kane like him was rangy and powerful — steel springs and whalebone. But where Solomon was dark, Jeremy Hawk was blond. Now he was burned light bronze by the sun, and his tangled yellow locks fell over his high narrow forehead. His jaw, masked by a yellow stubble, was lean and aggressive; his thin gash of a mouth was cruel. His grey eyes were gleaming and restless, full of wild glitterings and shifting lights. His nose was thin and aquiline, and his whole face was that of a bird of prey. He stood, leaning slightly forward in his usual attitude of fierce eagerness, nearly naked, gripping his reddened sword.


Facing him stood Solomon Kane, likewise tall and powerful, in his worn boots, tattered 'garments, and featherless slouch hat, girt with pistols, rapier, and dagger; with his powder-and- shot pouch slung to his belt. There was no hint of likeness between the wild, reckless hawk's face of the buccaneer and the sombre features of the Puritan, whose dark pallor rendered his face almost corpse-like. Yet in the tigerish litheness of the pirate, in the wolfish appearance of Kane the same quality was apparent. Both of these men were born rovers and killers, curst with a paranoid driving urge that burned them like a quenchless fire and never gave them rest."












This isn't Fancy Feast!
Greetings Cromrades and welcome to the latest stop on The Road of Vengeance! This week we present two fragment stories featuring our Puritanical protagonist Solomon Kane. The first story is The Hawk of Basti and the second is The Children of Assur. Despite not being complete we still find both tales to be entertaining and well written, but we end up loving one more than the other. Which one? Tune in and find out!

Let us know how you would have ended each tale or what you think Howard may have been leading to! Also don't forget to send us your thoughts and innermost feelings regarding Solomon Kane in the form of an email, voicemail, or MP3! If you do, we will feature your "letter" on the season 3 wrap up episode!

Check out listener Francesca's art page:
http://www.franrowanart.com/


One things:
Luke: Astronomy Cast
Jon: Adventures in Unhistory
Josh: Mad Max: Fury Road

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: "Fragments" by Thievery Corporation, 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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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Season 3, Episode 10: Solomon Kane Goes to The Movies

"There are many paths to redemption, not all of them peaceful..."




Hail, Cromrades! We have returned to the Road of Vengeance, and this week we discuss Solomon Kane directed by Michael J. Bassett and starring James Purefoy in the title role. (Note: this title is unavailable on Netflix Instant, but you can rent a digital copy of the movie from Amazon.) 

The film explores the early years of Solomon Kane, and the reasons behind his never-ending quest for justice (or is it an unquenchable thirst for murder and vengeance?). You'll find stunning cinematography and scenery, a great supporting cast, and a good effort by Purefoy in the role of Kane struggling against his murderous nature. We enjoyed the film to differing degrees. It's a shame we'll likely never see a sequel, this team could produce a great film adaptation of Red Shadows, Moon of Skulls, or Hills of the Dead/Wings in the Night. The source material is all there, and it's so good! Alas, the film fell into trappings of the origin story.  But, the tone seems right, and though the plot is rushed, some character motivations are questionable, and the CGI effects (particularly toward the end) already look quite dated, this is a decent, dark sword and sorcery movie. 

What do you think of the Solomon Kane film? Let us know! 

Three Things (One Thing X 3)
Jon - The Grifters, by Jim Thompson
Luke - Hyperion, by Dan Simmons
Josh - Marvel's Daredevil on Netflix (But read the comics too, particularly The Man Without Fear!) 

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: "Cloak and Dagger", the closing theme from the Solomon Kane movie. Used without permission. We hope our content makes you want to go out and purchase music and books and games, don't be a Pirate King like old Solomon Kane used to be!

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