Monday, July 1, 2013

Episode 01 - The Phoenix on the Sword (Or, How Thoth-Amon Got His Groove Back)

"Know, oh prince, that between the years when the oceans drank Atlantis and the gleaming cities, and the years of the rise of the Sons of Aryas, there was an Age undreamed of..."

Here it is - the series premiere of The Cromcast! (Download mp3 here.)

We certainly hit the ground running with the first episode. We discuss the fictionalized history of Robert E. Howard's Hyborean Age, and the first Conan story "The Phoenix on The Sword", published in the December 1932 issue of Weird Tales.You can find a copy of The Phoenix on the Sword in this excellent collection of Robert E. Howard's Conan tales from Del Ray. It is also available in the Ace paperback titled Conan the Usurper and can be found here. (Links are to, but if you can find them at local book sellers we highly recommend that! Support your local bookstores, by Crom!)

Finally, you can read it for free on the web at WikiSource.

We'll be back in two weeks, and we'll be covering the second published Conan the Barbarian story, The Scarlet Citadel! Read it on WikiSource.

"Sudden Defeat" by Kevin MacLeod (
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"Anvil of Crom" by Basil Poledouris, from the Conan the Barbarian: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. Score: (c) 1982 Basil Poledouris; Album: (c) 2010 Prometheus Records. Used without permission.

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  1. Coincidentally, Podcastle's episode for this week is a reading of "The Phoenix on the Sword" -- worth a listen:

  2. What a neat coincidence! Thanks, Gary!

  3. Hi. I just found your podcast!

    The first episode was very enjoyable although a bit incoherent and there were some mistakes. However, that didn't bother me very much.

    In the del Rey books there is a first submitted draft of The Phoenix on the Sword which was rejected by Weird Tales. The first two chapters are slightly different from what was published and it could provide good material if you decide to do the comparison episode with By This Ax I Rule. I myself like the first submitted draft more but if I recall correctly the Weird Tales editor considered it dull and so Howard made some changes.

    Also the map you have provided isn't the best (but it will do). You can check from your del Rey books Howard's own sketches of the Hyborian Age. Every map out there is more or less based on those sketches and what was written in Conan stories with varying degrees of success.

    I hope you keep making these podcasts. After Conan I think you should tackle King Kull stories as they have some common ground with Conan and would make a source for great discussion, I think.