Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Season 2 Episode 5: The Black God's Kiss by C.L. Moore

Greetings and well met, fellow Cromrades! Are you prepared for a journey to a surreal land of light and darkness, where your worst nightmares dwell, in order to wreak terrible vengeance upon a tormentor? If so, you'll enjoy our story this week! In our latest episode, we discussed CL Moore's first Jirel of Joiry tale, "The Black God's Kiss"! It marks the first time we've covered a story not originally written by Robert E. Howard, and the first time we three had read a CLM story! It's great, and if you haven't read it, please do so and let us know what you think!

If we have whetted your palate for more CL Moore, we recommend reading up on her interesting life story. You can start by checking out Kirkus Review's excellent blog post on Moore, then head over to IO9, and maybe end with her entry in the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. Then get started picking through her catalog of tales.

If you want to learn more about real-life warrior women you should check out the new research on how involved Viking women were in the invasions of Eastern England. Thanks to Cromrade Mike for the tip!

If you want to learn more about the Green River Killer and the depths of human evil check out the graphic novel that Jon mentions as his One Thing or hit this Radio Lab episode up: http://www.radiolab.org/story/180166-why-be-bad/

Luke's one thing was Dale Bailey's "The End of The End of Everything." Bleak, and awesome.

Josh talked up the wrestling promotion Ring of Honor. Try it if you need a break from the mainstream!

Check out the artwork of Chris Hutson! http://chrishutsonart.com/

Dissecting Worlds - Matt and Kehaar break down topics pertaining to the social sciences in fantasy settings. It's worth your time! http://dissectingworlds.wordpress.com/

Don't forget that you can support The Cromcast (we need to eat too) by signing up for your free trial of Audible at audibletrial.com/thecromcast. We recommend trying out their rendition of Leiber's Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser! (Thanks for the question, Matt!)

Are you a Luddite hoarder VHS collector like Josh? You should check out El Goro's discussion of VHS Collecting on Talk Without Rhythm Podcast! http://tworpodcast.blogspot.com/2014/05/tworp-aside-adjust-your-tracking-untold.html

So. Much. Content!

This episode is freely available on archive.org and is licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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

Ending theme: "Jirel of Joiry" by Leslie Fish from the album Magic, Moondust & Melancholy. Used without permission.

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  1. Groo verses Conan.... its in comic sales....just saying. :-)

  2. "The Challange from Beyond" is "The Travelling Wilburys" of pulp fiction made me laugh out loud at work and elicited raised eyebrows from my fellow grad students.

    Having read TCFB I agree the switch from HPL to REH is funny and jarring all at the same time. It's an excellent juxtaposition and comparision of their different writing styles and philosophies.

    1. We've heard that REH may have deliberately tried to make things a little silly just to needle at HPL, though that is unsubstantiated. We definitely need to read this story!

  3. First time I'm listening - and thoroughly enjoying it. Had never delved into C.L. Moore, but your discussion on the horses and frog people will have me seeking it out! Will now have to download all your earlier eps. Nice show!

    1. Thanks for listening, Dr. Muszynski! Let us know what you think of the story once you've had a chance to read it!

    2. Haha! I didn't realize this was pulling in the "phd"! The story was great, and even better, I read it in "The Best of C.L. Moore." loved every thing she wrote. she has a real different thematic voice - now one of my favorite authors! Thanks, by Crom!

  4. I'm loving this podcast! I've been following the A Podcast to the Curious, HPPodcraft and Double Shadow so I'm glad there's finally a REH one. You guys go into such depth and are genuinely excited about the work. Keep it up!

    1. Thanks, Michael! Glad you're digging it! What we sometimes might lack in depth we hopefully make up with enthusiasm! And bourbon...