Monday, April 4, 2016

Season 4, Episode 10: Tigers of the Sea

"Tigers of the sea! Men with the hearts of wolves and thews of fire and steel! Feeders of ravens whose only joy lies in slaying and dying! Giants to whom the death-song of the sword is sweeter than the love-song of a girl!"

The Many Editions of Tigers of the Sea
Hail, Cromrades! It is your loyal Podcast carls, back in the recording steading again and returning to our roots with a Robert E. Howard story on this week's episode: "Tigers of the Sea"! This was unpublished in Howard's lifetime, but was later finished by Richard Tierney and released by Donald Grant Publications in 1973. This story features Gaelic pirate Cormac Mac Art and his exploits with his Danish viking companion Wulfhere, who are charged with the rescue of a Briton princess from... well, someone! 
One Things:
Jon: The Billy Gibbons and the BFG's record "Perfectamundo."
Josh: The power metal band Gloryhammer's second album "Space 1992: Rise of the Chaos Wizards."
Luke: Joe Abercrombie's novel "Half a King"
The next stop on the Lost Road is another adventure on the choppy northern seas with Cormac and Wulfhere, but this Tuesday (4/5/16) we are joining Jeffrey Shanks and Jason Durall to discuss the upcoming Conan RPG from Modiphius Entertainment: "Adventures in An Age Undreamed Of." If you have questions for the Hyborean Age scribes, please email them our way before Tuesday at 7PM Eastern Standard Time! 
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"Sudden Defeat" by Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.
Closing theme: "Baby Please Don't Go" performed by Billy Gibbons and the BFG's from the 2015 album "Perfectamundo."
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  1. I'd say Howard's Picts play the part of historical Picts but are entirely fictional, and intentionally so.

  2. i only recently found your podcast, and am digging it mightily! i'm still catching up on iTunes so i apologize if my post here repeats someone else's. i had not re-read Tigers of the Sea since high school, which was the early 1980s for me, but still own the Zebra editions that i preferred for their Jeff Jones covers and occasional interior illos. That edition of Tigers includes an intro by Tierney, wherein he states: "I have written the last 700 or so words of 'The Temple of Abomination' and the last 5,200 of 'Tigers of the Sea.' While I was editing this book, Glenn Lord discovered a much shorter and presumably earlier version of 'The Temple of Abomination'; the final sentences of the version presented here were taken from it." Estimating about 250 words per page, counting backward from the end of "Tigers" brought me to a spot about four pages into chapter VI where a break is marked by three asterisks, a type of break that does not appear elsewhere in the story. The line before the break reads "... men with bows, flint-tipped arrows and dark eyes full of intent watchfulness and grim purpose." The next section starts "A cold, thin drizzle chilled the air..."
    i have not read the Drake version but would be interested in comparing. i had the chance to buy Swords of the North at NecronomiCon last year but did not, and am now kicking myself after learning that it contains James Allison stories i never found anywhere else. Hopefully i'll get another chance in Cross Plains this summer...