Monday, November 17, 2014

Season 2 Episode 7: Finale to the Road of Queens!

Greetings, adventurers!!! Here we are, at another crossroad. What have we learned on the Road of Queens? What did you have to say? We tie things together here for the stunning conclusion of Season 2! We discuss some of the women in Robert E. Howard's work and life, and get into a deep mailbag. A BIG THANKS to everyone for your comments! We will undoubtedly return and tread the paths that we discovered branching from the Road of Queens someday. But for now, we must move along yet another road toward other adventures...

Random 'One Things' for this episode:

Jon: Space Ghost Coast to Coast

Josh: Leslie Klinger's The New Annotated Dracula

Luke: John Scalzi's Old Man's War

Other web-resources you may find helpful:

Check out Skulls in the Stars' essay on Robert E. Howard's correspondence regarding his views on women in history (and women in general). 

Jessica Amanda Salmonson's Amazons and Amazons II!

Jeanne D'Angelo's art can be found on her Instagram account and also on her blog!

Chris Hutson's art can be found on his blog. Here's his art inspired by Conan story, "People of the Black Circle!"

Matt Smith's Barbarian Lord and other art can be found on his website(s)!

Terence Handley's Tellers of Weird Tales is an amazing resource for the creators of the weird pulps! 

Finally, check out the Averoigne inspiration (from Clark Ashton Smith) for the Dungeons & Dragons module, Castle Amber, back in the day! (Thanks for the voicemail, Matt!)

And, what do we have in store for Season 3?

Art by Tim Truman

SOLOMON KANE - The Avenging Puritan himself! Get into it! Much of the original Kane content is available in the public domain, or you can check out a more comprehensive collection released by Del Rey! We'll be using the Del Rey as our authoritative text which has the stories listed in order of completion, not publication. We'll be starting with Skulls in the Stars, which you can read on Project Gutenberg Australia.

Final bits:

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Our episode is freely available on and is licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. 

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

Our epic closer is a portion of Kvelertak's Evig Vandrar, or, The Eternal Wanderer, from their second album, Meir. These Norwegian guys turn it up to ELEVEN. And we're pretty sure they broke the knobs off the amps.... 'Cause they keep that eneit there. Check out both their first and second albums... If you like the metal, you won't be disappointed. All music was obtained legally; we hope our discussion of this content makes you want to go out and purchase the work!

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  1. An awesome finale there, boys!

    I shed a little tear for Season 2 at the end... *blush*

    You talking about food at the start made me realise how empty my kitchen was and so now I've ordered takeaway.

    By Crom!

    Your version of Audible sounds a lot better than the UK one as I can't find any Robert E. Howard stuff on ours. Shame. I'd even be tempted to move across the pond just for the bigger selection of DVDs... we don't get the hidden gems that you do.

    Surprised to hear that Scotland sucks at making whiskey (I'll tell them that the next time I'm up there, I'm sure they'll appreciate it coming from a posh sounding English bloke lol), I just hope England still produces the best beer, or "real ale" as hop geeks call it. I don't drink whiskey/bourbon/scotch as it makes me naughty, but an afternoon in an ale house or two is not uncommon for me.

    Well, I'll tie up my rambling my saying thanks for another great season and I'm looking forward to finding out about Solomon Kane. I really am grateful to you guys for taking us all on this literary adventure!

    1. Glad you enjoyed this string of episodes, man!

      And you're right on about the English ales. At least for Luke's money, nothing beats an ESB (FULLER'S!), brown ale (NEWCASTLE!), or pale ale (but not IPA). Just his two cents :)

  2. Hey Cromcasters! I listened to this at work this afternoon, and thanks for the second shoutout! I wasn't expecting another one, now I guess I really need to get my ass in gear on that project. Definitely you can post the pic, let me know if you need me to send it again.
    -Chris Hutson

    1. Not a prob, Chris! We dig your work, so we wanted to mention it once more. Hopefully it gets a few more visits to your site and exposure to your work!

      We posted the piece you sent our way. Feel free to let us know what other projects you get into down the road!