Monday, November 25, 2013

Episode 10 - Iron Shadows in the Moon (Or, Nothing Surprises Conan)

Art by Mark Shultz

"They were statues, apparently of iron, black and shining as if
continually polished. They were life-sized, depicting tall, lithely
powerful men, with cruel hawklike faces. They were naked, and every
swell, depression and contour of joint and sinew was represented with
incredible realism. But the most lifelike feature was their proud,
intolerant faces. These features were not cast in the same mold. Each
face possessed its own individual characteristics, though there was a
tribal likeness between them all. There was none of the monotonous
uniformity of decorative art, in the faces at least.

"They seem to be listening--and waiting!" whispered the girl uneasily..." 
Time for adventure! The Cromcast is back, making our way down The Road of Kings! This week's tale is called Iron Shadows in the Moon (AKA Shadows in the Moonlight - Read it on Project Gutenberg Australia). If that alternate title made you expect a romantic comedy featuring Conan the Barbarian, we're sorry to disappoint you. This is a tale of revenge, island adventure, pirates, and more!

Our next story continues the pirate theme - Queen of the Black Coast! (Read it on Project Gutenberg Australia!) We're all very excited for this one! Let us know what you think of it!

Beginning theme: "Sudden Defeat" by Kevin MacLeod (
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

Ending theme: Tuba of Crom! Anvil of Crom arranged for six tubas. 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. By Crom, I'm first!
    Good episode, guys!

    This story is my favorite of the lesser Conan stories. The scene you mentioned about the Savage Sword adaptation where Conan and Olivia fly through air is directly from the story. It is one of my favorite passages out of all of Howard's Conan stories.

    The sun sank like a dull-glowing copper ball into a lake of fire. The blue of the sea merged with the blue of the sky, and both turned to soft dark velvet, clustered with stars and the mirrors of stars. Olivia reclined in the bows of the gently rocking boat, in a state dreamy and unreal. She experienced an illusion that she was floating in midair, stars beneath her as well as above. Her silent companion was etched vaguely against the softer darkness. There was no break or falter in the rhythm of his oars; he might have been a fantasmal oarsman, rowing her across the dark lake of Death. But the edge of her fear was dulled, and, lulled by the monotony of motion, she passed into a quiet slumber.

    It has all the right things I like and according to some REH scholars this is also a transition to supernatural realm. They are quite common in Conan stories which feature supernatural phenomena or remote locations where strange things happen.

    The ending made me realize that I am able to associate your voices with your names. Usually it takes longer for me. So keep up the good work and I can't wait for upcoming episodes.

  2. Protecting Project Pulp has a two-part reading of this tale on their site: