Friday, September 27, 2013

Episode 07 - Rogues in the House (Or, Conan finds the missing link and helps us learn about evolution!)

Journey back with us to an age undreamed of, when the Red Priest Nabonidus and the aristocratic Murillo waged a back and forth power struggle for control of a city, the name of which is lost in the murky eddies of time. Hither came Conan during his youth, and the shocking events of that fateful night caused dramatic and violent changes within the local political landscape...

Rogues in the House (Weird Tales, January 1934) is the seventh published Conan the Cimmerian story by author Robert E. Howard. This week, we are joined by our pal Steve as we cuss, discuss, and dissect this fan-favorite Conan story. Download the episode to hear our take on it! And let us know what you think of the story!

We begin this week with a discussion of Voyager I - all out there alone in the dark places between the stars. Pertinent links here and here!

In two weeks, join us for another exciting adventure as our hero Conan journeys to the northern tundra, battles some Vikings, and meets The Frost Giant's Daughter! (Read it on Wikisource!)

Beginning theme: "Sudden Defeat" by Kevin MacLeod (
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Ending theme: "Anvil of Crom - Conan the Barbarian Meets Metal" arranged by YouTube user 331Erock. 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. You guys overlooked one key detail regarding Voyager I: We're now one step closer to "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" become reality... ;)

  2. I really enjoyed this story. I'm so glad I am reading these stories in publication order; I think RE Howard's writing is improving drastically. I was skeptical at first that all of these stories were going to be predictable fantasy short stories where Conan hacks his way out of danger. Boy, was I wrong and I'm so delighted! Each story has kept me engaged and surprised. Also, I think the three of you are finding your groove and improving with each podcast as well. Of course I am quite far behind, but I think even across 7 stories/episodes the improvements are clear.

    I do have a theory about the portrayal of women in Conan stories (bear in mind I've read only the first 7 stories):

    Cimmerian women are described as great warriors. This is not the case in many cultures. Perhaps when Conan meets these "softer" women he sees them as needing protection since no one taught them or encouraged them to pick up their own sword. And, being a warrior himself, it may be harder for him to respect non-warriors (you definitely get a sense of his suspicion of men who defend themselves with magic instead of braun.) Also, if he tried slapping a Cimmerian woman's behind I doubt he would keep his hand...