Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Episode 06 - The Pool of the Black One (Or, When Figurine Collecting Goes Too Far...)

It's story time! They say that there is an island far to the west, an island written of in the Book of Skelos, where foul horrors lurk, but priceless treasures lie forgotten, waiting for an adventurer willing to risk it all... Hither came Conan, freebooter and rogue. Let us tell you of the days of high adventure!

This week we're discussing the sixth story in the Robert E. Howard Conan canon, The Pool of the Black one (download MP3 here). The above art, by Mark Schultz, provides an indication of what you can expect! Another excellent entry in the series, we believe, with a dash of the Lovecraftian "unknown". What did you think of the story? Let us know in the comments!

Some links worth mentioning...

1. The interview between Charles Hoffman and Marc Cerasini available at "The Cimmerian" is found here.

2. The "Cosmic Filth" essay we (in part) discuss originally appeared in the third issue of "The Dark Man: The Journal of Robert E. Howard Studies," April 1993. It can be found here.

In two weeks, we return with the next story, Rogues in the House! (Read it on Wikisource!)

Beginning theme: "Sudden Defeat" by Kevin MacLeod (
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Ending theme: "Anvil of Crom - Piano Cover" arranged by YouTube user Yann Torn. Found at Arrangement of  "Anvil of Crom" by Basil Poledouris, from the Conan the Barbarian: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. Original Score: (c) 1982 Basil Poledouris; Original Album: (c) 2010 Prometheus Records. Used without permission.

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  1. Great podcast guys!

    You liked the story more than I anticipated.

    I'm glad how you noticed that Conan isn't a moral hero. Already in the last story and this one you have started notice other side of him. The next story "Rogues in the House" gives more insights to this subject. In the King stories he is quite heroic and perhaps in Black Colossus too, although Amalric calls him "turbulent" and "Conan the throat-slitter". So that element is already present. :)

    I would recommend reading The Tao of Conan. It is a little spoilerish about the stories. If you going to read it now, read it at least after Rogues in the House.

    I'm already eagerly waiting for the next episode.

  2. Another fine episode. You guys act like you are amateurs, but your literary criticism is pretty in-depth and on the mark. I'm really enjoying the shows. I am wondering if you keep track of how much bourbon is downed though - this episode had quite a bit of clinking going on. Don't get me wrong - it was funny - and I was jealous...