Monday, May 17, 2021

Season 13, Episode 10: Bloodstone, Part III and Season Wrap-Up!


Hail, Cromrades! We return for a final discussion of 'Bloodstone' and wrap up our season on the Left-Handed Path! We mention Brian Murphy's essay juxtaposing 'Bloodstone' and 'Lord of the Rings' quite a bit... Find it here!


One Things

Jon: 'The Snowman' by Jo Nesbo. Scandanavian neo-noir!

Josh: 'Songs of a Dead Dreamer and Grimscribe' by Thomas Ligotti. Depressive horror!

Luke: 'Prequelle' by Ghost. Horns up!!!


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Friday, April 23, 2021

Season 13 Episode 9: A Conversation with John F. Mayer

 

Welcome back, Cromrades! This episode is special for us, we have a nearly two hour conversation with John F. Mayer, a friend of Karl Edward Wagner's from back in the day and an insightful, creative person in his own right! We talk about Karl's inspirations for Kane, some Appalachian horror, what it was like to hang with Karl back in the day, and John's efforts to keep the Wagner literary legacy alive and appreciated along with his own creative output! So open those curtains, let the SUNSHINE in, and get ready for a Wild Ride to Toad Hall! 

Some of John's art: 


“50 Years of Weird Tales” (WT50: A Tribute to Weird Tales, 1974)


“Karl Wagner’s Apostle of Blood” (Midnight Sun, 1974)



One Things

John: CHOKE GASP! The Best of 75 Years of EC Comics

Jonathan: Walt Simonson's Orion run

Josh: True Detective 

Luke: All Systems Red: The Murderbot Diaries


For more of John's reflections on Wagner, we encourage you to read The Dark Muse of Karl Edward Wagner: A Memoir by John Mayer. (The Internet Archive)


© John Mayer

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Outro: "One Last Ride" by Molly Hatchet. Music obtained legally; we hope our discussion of this content makes you want to go out and purchase the work!

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Season 13 Episode 8: Bloodstone Part Two

 

Greetings, Cromrades! Today, The Cromcast Crew returns with a further analysis of "Bloodstone" by Karl Edward Wagner in part two of our three part reading. We venture deeper into the local politics, hear the low rumbling of a frog army, and try to unravel the Gordian knot of Kane's machinations. Join us for a weird story and some weird discussion!



One Things

Luke: Educate yourself in entertaining style with 80's horror reference book such as Mike Ashley's "Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction". 

Jon: Things are looking scientific in, "Pokenatomy" by Christopher Stoll

Josh: Enjoy some late aughts entertainment with bright colors and death in "Pushing Daisies"



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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Season 13, Episode 7: Bloodstone, Part I

Hail, Cromrades! We return with another episode as we continue down the Left-Handed Path! Here we discuss the front chunk of 'Bloodstone.' Be sure to check out our story list for details and links to ebooks!

One Things

Jon: Ostrander and Mandrake's run on the 'Martian Manhunter.' Get into some funny books!

Josh: Tim Burton 'Batman' films... You're due for a re-watch!

Luke: 'Ummon,' by Slift. Give this record a spin!!!


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Monday, February 15, 2021

Season 13, Episode 6: Sing A Last Song of Valdese

 

Welcome back, Cromrades! The winter is long and cold, and we have a chilling tale of vengeance for you to read in this season of darkness. Buckle up, and prepare to Sing A Last Song of Valdese with us. You know how it goes, don't you? Just in case you don't, we invited our pal Rusty Burke to join us for the chorus. So loosen up those vocal cords and hum a few bars with us, won't you? 



One Things
Rusty: Robert E. Howard - A Closer Look by Charles Hoffman and Mark Cerasini from Hippocampus Press.
Jon: The Legend of Korra, an animated series following Avatar: The Last Airbender. 
Josh: The re-released 1st edition of West End Games' Star Wars Roleplaying Game
Luke: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. 

Next time: We begin a three-part delve into the novel Bloodstone by Karl Edward Wagner! 



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Outro: "Sing A Last Song of Valdese" by Eternal Champion. Music obtained legally; we hope our discussion of this content makes you want to go out and purchase the work!

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Season 13, Episode 5: Lynortis Reprise

Greetings, Cromrades and welcome back to Season 13 of The Cromcast. On deck today, Karl Edward Wagner and story of the pain and sorrow of War, "Lynortis Reprise". Tune in to hear about this visceral tale that opens with a hardcore prologue. Wagner clearly has a lot to say about War and what it means for us so called civilized folk... 




One Things

Jonathan: Pretends to pull political strings with President Infinity

Josh: Wants to play some tabletop games, like Dragon Pass

Luke: Is satisfying his earholes with the album Thrashing Through the Passion by The Hold Steady

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