Monday, March 10, 2014

Episode 18: The Jewels of Gwahlur & an Interview with John R. Fultz!

Conan the Cimmerian, late of the Baracha Isles, of the Black Coast, and of many other climes where life ran wild, had come to the kingdom of Keshan following the lure of a fabled treasure that outshone the hoard of the Turanian kings...

Our story this week is The Jewels of Gwahlur... Or is it The Servants of Bit-Yakin? Either title works! Originally published in Weird Tales in March of 1935, you can check it out on Project Gutenberg here! Also, you can download our episode here.

We have a special guest this episode... Mr. John R. Fultz joins us!

John is the author of The Books of the Shaper, with the concluding book just coming out this Winter! These tomes are available from many fine purveyors, but to get you started, you can check out the first book here on Amazon.

Or, if you're looking for some tales in shorter form, check out John's short story collection, The Revelations of Zang, here! John keeps a blog here, but he also keeps active on other sites, publishing in the likes of Black Gate, Lightspeed and, of course, Weird Tales!

Finally, John has some great comics to check out. You can get his first issue of Primordia for FREE on Comixology here

And speaking about comics, what's that about P. Craig Russell? Ha! We think it's more like P. Craig Awesome! Check out the cover for his interpretation of The Jewels of Gwahlur...

Our next story will be Beyond the Black River. Read it here. Get ready, because it's one hell of a ride!

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  1. Crom's devils!

    Great ep. John was a good guest. I added his trilogy to my book backlog.

    Frazetta's Conan art is great. Despite not always being faithful to written details they have this quality of roughness and animalistic feel that is often lacking in Conan art.

    Don't worry guys you get to meet your goddess monster girl soon enough in one upcoming story.

    Conan takes loss of wealth surprisingly well (not just in this story) even though he is constantly chasing riches. Had the treasure chest been full of good wine I've would have been worried about Muriela. :P

    ""Many a sheltered scholar would have been astonished at the Cimmerian's linguistic abilities ..."
    Conan is quite the linguistic, throughout the stories he displays knowledge in dozen or two dozen languages depending how you look at it.

    And about movies; In addition to the possible Arnold film, there is a low-budget adaptation being made of Iron Shadows in the Moon. If it sees the light of day I'm mildly intrigued to see what they come up with.

    Yay, Beyond the Black River next time. It is one of the best Conan stories if not the best.

    Btw, Gwahlur is typoed in the blog post a couple of times.

  2. Hey Ripa! Thanks for the kind words, the news about the low-budget movie adaptation... And for catching the typos!

  3. Listening to the podcast, I realized something: We were talking about how Conan is dismissive of Muriela at first and doesn't really respect her. Well, I realized that Howard HAD to make Conan this way--otherwise his choice to save Muriela's life at the end would have been robbed of its drama. When Conan is making his decision (save the girl, or save the jewels) we have every reason to think he's going to choose the jewels...but he surprises us with his humanity be choosing the girl over the jewels that he has been obsessed with for months. In order for the character arc to be complete, Conan had to start out in a different place than he ends up. He goes from being a dismissive brute to being a man who values a girls' life over the world's most awesome fortune. And this makes him...a hero. --John R. Fultz