Thursday, August 29, 2013

Episode 05 - Xuthal of the Dusk (Or, What Happens in Xuthal, Stays In Xuthal)


Journey back with us. Back that is, to the Hyborian Age, and hear tell of the days of high adventure, when Conan the Cimmerian journeyed far and wide in search of treasures, fame, and glorious battle! 

This week, we're discussing the fifth Conan story published by Robert E. Howard in the September 1933 issue of Weird Tales (Download mp3 here). This issue was the cover story for Weird Tales that month, a very not safe for work image from Margaret Brundage. (Found here.)

We think this story fits neatly within the Cthulhu mythos - at least it feels like Lovecraft's influence is there! What do you think? 

We'll be back in two weeks with the next story, The Pool of the Black One. (Read it on WikiSource!)

Beginning theme: "Sudden Defeat" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Ending theme: "Conan the Destroyer theme: Dance Mix" - Arrangement of  "Conan the Destroyer Theme" by Basil Poledouris, from the Conan the Destroyer: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. Original Score: (c) Basil Poledouris. Used without permission.

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1 comment:

  1. RE: de Camp --

    Here's an interesting essay that sums up some of the criticism regarding de Camp's take on Conan. It's a bit nit-picky and misses the opportunity for a more critical evaluation, but it does make a good jumping-off point for comparing the REH tales against, well, pretty much everyone else's: http://www.donherron.com/?page_id=1539

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