Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Episode 20: Shadows in Zamboula (or, Conan Lays the Totra-Smack Down!)

"Conan stood for a moment in the door, the glow of the bronze lamp behind him, looking down the road to where it vanished among the dense palms. Their leaves rustled together in the faint breeze; beyond them lay the naked desert. Far up the street, in the other direction, lights gleamed and the noises of the city came faintly to him. Here was only starlight, the whispering of the palm leaves, and beyond that low wall, the dust of the road and the deserted huts thrusting their flat roofs against the low stars. Somewhere beyond the palm groves a drum began..."

Our tale this time is "Shadows in Zamboula," first published in 1935 in Weird Tales magazine. Howard's original title was "The Man-Eaters of Zamboula." With all of its cannibals, snakes, and less than clothed damsels it was the cover story of course. You can read the whole thing here for free if you wish.

This will be a quick story for you to read and this is probably our shortest episode ever!

Savage Sword of Conan #14
Neal Adams helped to adapt this story for The Savage Sword of Conan. He's got a great style for the tale and drew the best scene with his usual aplomb.

Thanks to comic creator Victor Dandridge for his Ahnold impression to open the show, check out Victor's page or catch him at a comic convention this summer! Also, a shout out to author John Fultz for his kind voice mail. You too can have your voice broadcast across the pod-waves! Just leave us a message (859) 429-CROM! (that's 2766).

That's it for this time! Join us on the next exciting episode of The Cromcast as we clock in with King Conan for THE HOUR OF THE DRAGON!

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