Monday, December 29, 2014

Season 3, Episode 03 - Rattle of Bones

The host brought wine and food to the rough-hewn table and then stood back in the shadows, like a somber image. His features, now receding into vagueness, now luridly etched in the firelight as it leaped and flickered, were masked in a beard which seemed almost animal-like in thickness. A great nose curved above this beard and two small red eyes stared unblinkingly at his guests.
"Who are you?" suddenly asked the younger man.

"I am the host of the Cleft Skull Tavern," sullenly replied the other. His tone seemed to challenge his questioner to ask further.

"Do you have many guests?" l'Armon pursued.

"Few come twice," the host grunted."
  Kane started and glanced up straight into those small red eyes, as if he sought for some hidden meaning in the host's words...

Illustration by Gary Gianni

Greetings, fellow travelers! We trust your winter holidays were great, and hope that all is well with you as we hurtle headlong into a new year!

This week, we journey with Solomon Kane and Gaston l'Armon through the perils of the Black Forest. What sinister secrets does the innkeeper of the Cleft Skull Tavern keep within the walls of that foul place? This week's episode features the Solomon Kane story "Rattle of Bones" (read it on Project Gutenberg Australia).

Check out this blog entry by Mike Perry which contains excellent concept art and storyboards for "Rattle of Bones". Looks great! Makes us wish for some animated adaptations of Solomon Kane stories!

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 closing theme for this episode is Engel by Rammstein. Some 90's German industrial metal to go along with our vengeance tale set in the Black Forest! 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. Love it! You giggling pissheads! lol

    From listening to your discussions I picture Vampire Hunter D when I think of Soloman Kane... I guess they both rock some kick-ass headgear. Although it'd be a fun twist to learn that Mr Kane has a talking palm goblin too.

    Hope you've all had a bountiful season!

  2. Great episode. I think the comment about Mignola doing a Solomon Kane series is spot-on - I was going to say Kane is kind of an Occult Detective, but really he is more like Hellboy - just heading into occult dangers and dealing with them. He doesn't do much detecting!

    I think I first encountered Kane in Marvel Premiere back in '77 - Chaykin's art was not my favorite (I'll need to revisit him and see what I think now) but the character has always stuck with me. I didn't really get him then - and it's fun to re-discover him along with the Cromcast on the Road of Vengeance. For some reason, I think he is like Constantine (who I only know from the new TV show) in that his soul is already damned, so is free to deal with evil on its own terms - at the end of his rapier! I could be wrong though, meseemeth. Kane is such an odd character in general - a Puritan adventurer! I do really enjoy the black magic aspects of the stories, as without them, I'm not sure a Puritan adventurer is all that interesting! On to the fragments...