Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Season 3, Episode 01 - Skulls in the Stars and Right Hand of Doom (An Introduction to Solomon Kane)



Greetings and well met, fellow travelers! We hope you are faring well as the seasons transition from fall to winter! As the cold northern winds bring the frosts and snows, let us journey with a man whose heart smolders with the flames of vengeance. Solomon Kane is a Puritan, God's avenging fist on earth, and is another interesting character created by Robert E. Howard during the heyday of pulp adventure stories. 

We spend some time introducing Solomon Kane, our impressions of the character, and the importance of his name in explaining his motivations and outlook. Then we discuss two stories: Skulls in the Stars (Project Gutenberg Australia) and Right Hand of Doom (No open source copy available - look for it in the Del Rey collection The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane!). 

From the Marvel Comics adaptation of The Right Hand of Doom. Art by Steve Gan

For next time - Red Shadows! (Read it on Project Gutenberg Australia). 


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Our 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. 


Our somber closer for this episode is The Night part 2 by The Builders and The Butchers. They can throw down with the best of 'em, and produce some excellent folk-inspired music about the devil, murder, and vengeance. Seemed fitting for Solomon Kane! Check out their music! It's rad. 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 comment:

  1. I figured I could finally read along with a podcast, but then I figured "Season" 3 might come in January!! I guess I'll have to get on this! Listened to about half the show today - I've always been more interested in Solomon Kane than REH's other stories, so I'm already liking your commentary - it's helping me clarify why. Kane has to do what he does, but he still wonders if he should be doing it at all.

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