Monday, December 2, 2013

Episode 11: Time for a Finnterview! (or, We Can't Believe It!)

This is a big one for us! For this episode we were able to have a chat with Mark Finn, author of "Blood and Thunder: The Life and Art of Robert E. Howard"! Mark recently released the second edition of this volume, which you can easily purchase from the Robert E. Howard Foundation or from Amazon. If you've listened to any of our previous shows, you've heard us previously discuss Mark's literary criticism.

Man, what a well-read, fun, and easy guy to talk with! We had a blast talking to Mark and look forward to the next time he can join us!

Want another Finn fix? Here's Mark's blog!

If you can get your hands on it, maybe check out de Camp's Dark Valley Destiny?

Want to get into the small-press 'zine scene? Check out REHupa!

Interested in some of the other pulp podcasts out there? We mention the H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast and The Double Shadow; check 'em out if you haven't already!

Interested in getting yer hands on some of REH's boxing stories? You should buy Fists of Iron! Volume 1 features an essay from Patrice Louinet, but Mark will be providing the foreword for Volume 2.

Want to read about the birth and growth of the Weird Western? Check out Undead in the West II, which features literary criticism from Mark and a slew of others.

Interested in the Violet Crown Radio Players that Mark mentions in the episode? Live in Austin, or visit periodically? Then friend them on Facebook!

And be on the lookout for Mark's upcoming fiction work, The Adventures of Sailor Tom Sharkey, soon to be available from Fight Card Books!

Finally.... A BIG thank you to Beaucoup Pop!!! Without their help, this episode wouldn't have been possible. Big thanks especially to Tressa (the beer and pie are forthcoming)! If you haven't listened to their podcast before, go ahead and check 'em out. Geekery abounds :)

Thanks everyone! Happy listening!!!

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  1. Guys, excellent job on the interview. I heard about this site from Mark Finn and I've just started listening to some of the older podcasts. You guys are doing an awesome job and I'm very much enjoying it. Keep up the great work!

  2. Great episode!
    I've heard Mark Finn once or twice before in some podcasts/interviews. He is always good to listen!

  3. Great interview, guys. Finn's is arguably the most in-depth and least-biased biographies of Howard, and I strongly encourage fans of REH to get their hands on a copy.
    It was also nice to hear Finn give a rundown on the various editions and collections of Howards work; knowing which ones are worth picking up and which aren't is vital info for the uninitiated.
    Lastly: He's right, boyos -- you need to make the pilgrimage to Cross Plains. The Cromcast on location in Howard's hometown = greatness.