Thursday, October 11, 2018

Cromtober 2018 Part One: Howard and Poe


Welcome, Cromrades! It's our favorite time of the year, the season of Cromtober! This year, we focus on the witch in pulp stories and selected two stories that might not ordinarily be thought of as witch stories - "The Black Cat" by Edgar Allen Poe, and "Sea Curse" by Robert E. Howard.  The folkloric link between black cats and witches is well known. And "Sea Curse" features a character that strikes the figure of the crone-like witch, contrasted with many of Robert E. Howard's other presentations of witches.  
What are your thoughts? Is "The Black Cat" a witch story per se? Does old Moll from "Sea Curse" strike you as a witch figure? Let us know!
One Things
Jon: Reddit Unsolved Mysteries
Josh: The history podcast Our Fake History, especially episode #37 featuring Robert Johnson and a certain crossroads transaction.
Luke: Joe Hill's novel NOS4A2, and Joe Hill in particular.
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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Season 7, Episode 7: The Black Stone (Epic Closer for Season 7)

Greetings, Cromrades! This week we conclude our seventh season with a discussion of REH's The Black Stone. It's free on Project Gutenburg or, if you're on the hunt for an audio retelling of the story, check out an older post by SFF Audio. They give some great shout-outs to podcasts that narrated The Black Stone. Their post also presents some additional art inspired by the story! Here's the  cover art for Bantam's 1979 edition of the "Wolfshead" collection...
This widely-lauded "Cthulhu mythos" story was first published in Weird Tales in November of '31... We think this is a tremendous story! While there are arguments to be made about its derivative qualities (see this well-written essay by Price), this is as much a tale that exhibits "Howardian" themes as those typically associated with Lovecraft....

One Things
Jon: Magic for Humans on Netflix.
Luke: Trilogy by Emerson, Lake, and Palmer.

Also... Be sure to check out "The Terrible Parchment" by Manly Wade Wellman, as recommended Rusty Burke!

Next time... Cromtober!

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Season 7, Episode 6: Grimoires on Film! Evil Dead, In The Mouth of Madness, and The Ninth Gate

Greetings, Cromrades! This week on the show we consider three films that make use of the grimoire trope in different ways. Under consideration are Evil Dead (1981), directed by Sam Raimi and starring Bruce Campbell (et al.), In The Mouth of Madness (1995), directed by John Carpenter and starring Sam Neill (and others), and The Ninth Gate (200), directed by Roman Polanski, and starring Johnny Depp (etc).

Joinnnnn Usssssss....

Can you see the underlying influences in these works? Is there Howard, Lovecraft, Smith, or Bloch to be found? The Ninth Gate was based on the book The Club Dumas by Arturo PĂ©rez-Reverte which we have not read. However, there is a certain element of pulp adventure to be found in the film!

Certainly some good discussion fodder to be had here! What is your favorite movie featuring a grimoire?

Want more Deadite discussion? Check out The Faculty of Horror Episode 14 for a deeper dive into all things Evil Dead!

Want more Hollywood grimoire discussion? We appeared on Episode 275 of Trick or Treat Radio back in November 2017 and discussed the pulpy film Residue. Check it out!

One Things

Jon: Generation Wealth. (Mo money, mo problems.)
Josh: Castlevania: Rondo of Blood (originally for TurboGraphx-16 CD in Japan, you can play this on the PSP. (Or emulate it! Shhh...)
Luke: Clint Mephisto's Shit-Kickin' Road Show on Radio Free Satan.



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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Season 7, Episode 5: De Vermis Mysteriis




We continue down this path of weird, arcane books and our next tome to read is Robert Bloch's De Vermis Mysteriis. This grimoire first appeared in Bloch's "The Shambler from the Stars" and is such a powerful book that it summons forth something our narrator cannot deal with! Bloch even based one of the characters off of his idol, HP Lovecraft. Lovecraft picked up the thread and used De Vermis Mysteriis himself in "The Haunter of the Dark". 

These two tales are our featured stories and we hope you'll read them and join us for a discussion on these mysterious worms!




One Things
Jon: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars by David Bowie
Josh: James Acaster's "Repetoire", streaming on Netflix (dun dun)
Luke: Luke's gotten wise and gone to church, The Church of the Cosmic Skull that is, Check out their album "Science Fiction"

Next time we'll cover De Vermis Mysterious, as referenced in Bloch's Shambler in the Stars and Lovecraft's The Haunter of the Dark.

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Shamble on, you crazy, fleshy diamond


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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Season 7, Episode 4: The Book of Eibon!

Hello again, Cromrades! We meander a bit with this episode, but after a solid front-end covering bourbonz, books, TV, and podcasts, we finally get into a big discussion of three Clark Ashton Smith stories, namely The Door to Saturn, Ubbo-Sathla, and The Coming of the White Worm.

As referenced in our episode, below are two of CAS's depictions of Tsathoggua!

One Things
Jon: Priceless, by Wittman and Shiffman
Josh: Retrogaming podcasts, including Retronauts and Watch Out for Fireballs, and Graveyard Duck!
Luke: Sharp Objects, both the HBO series and the book!

Next time we'll cover De Vermis Mysterious, as referenced in Bloch's Shambler in the Stars and Lovecraft's The Haunter of the Dark.

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Season 7, Episode 3: Have You Found The Yellow Sign?

 “I cannot forget Carcosa where black stars hang in the heavens; where the shadows of men's thoughts lengthen in the afternoon, when the twin suns sink into the lake of Hali; and my mind will bear for ever the memory of the Pallid Mask. I pray God will curse the writer, as the writer has cursed the world with this beautiful, stupendous creation, terrible in its simplicity, irresistible in its truth—a world which now trembles before the King in Yellow.” 
 Robert W. Chambers, "The Repairer of Reputations".

Cover of the 1895 edition.

Hello again, Cromrades! We trust that you have been keeping up with your reading. This particular book is most enlightening. Tell us - Have you found The Yellow Sign? This week, we take on Robert W. Chambers' influential collection of short stories, THE KING IN YELLOW. It's easy to see how these tales influenced the authors we've discussed thus far on the show, from Lovecraft to Howard to Smith and beyond. We focus our discussion on THE YELLOW SIGN, but other stories from the collection are also considered.

Note: This episode contains spoilers for True Detective, Season One! They start at around the 60 minute mark, if you want to avoid them!

Extra Resources

Listen to The Repairer of Reputations on the Tales to Terrify podcast, and The Yellow Sign on Pseudopod!

Consider whether life is worth living and the notion of anti-natalism while you listen to David Benatar on Waking Up with Sam Harris.

Do Slenderman and other creepypastas spring forth from the same fount as pulp grimoires like The Necronomicon?

Should THE KING IN YELLOW be considered a weird fiction grimoire in the same way as The Necronomicon? Let us know what you think!

One Things
Jon: The Nintendo Switch, and Mario Kart! Who is your go-to kart racer?
Josh: Supergods, by Grant Morrison. (But is it a grimoire?)
Luke: Zeal & Ardor's 2018 album Stranger Fruit.


Next time: Klarkash-Ton tells us of The Book of Eibon. What terrible wisdom lies within the pages of this dread tome? 
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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Season 7, Episode 2: Behold the Necronomicon!




Welcome back, Cromrades! Episode 2 on our road of grimoires features that magical book we all know and love, The Necronomicon! To get acquainted with this particular tome, we have read "The Hound" by HP Lovecraft and also discuss "The Nameless City" and "The History of the Necronomicon". What sort of terrible knowledge did Abdul Alhazred write down? 

To read with us: 

H.P. Lovecraft's "The History of the Necronomicon" and "The Hound"

Join us, if you dare!



One Things
Luke: Monster Talk podcasts on grimoires and the history of the esoteric 
Josh: The Sandman by Neil Gaiman and Sam Keith 
Jon: The Museum of the Bizarre in Wilmington, NC 


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Monday, August 6, 2018

Bourbon & Barbarians, Season 2 Episode 7: Delved Right Off the Rails!


Hile, travelers! In this episode of B&B, our adventurers delve through the rest of a session. Strong drinks and stronger laughs begin to take their toll, but never fear... Another exciting episode is coming soon!

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Season 7, Episode 1: Grimoires in the Pulps!

gri·moire: noun. a book of magic spells and invocations, that may itself possess some magical properties.
Take a look, it's in a book... 
Welcome back, Cromrades! It has been a bit since our journey to Howard Days and the wrap-up of our adventures with Fafhrd & The Gray Mouser. We're sure we'll be seeing them again someday. But for now, our journey takes us down some dark paths. We are searching for knowledge, and to that end have purchased some ancient tomes that ought to open new vistas in our perceptions of reality! To that end, Season Seven will focus on Grimoires and their use as literary devices and tropes in pulp fantasy and horror! This week, we dive into a general discussion of grimoires both real and fictional and ponder why this trope is so prevalent in the pulps!

One Things
Jon - Kolchak the Night Stalker
Luke - His raised bed - zukes & cukes!
Josh - Altered Carbon on Netflix

Next week: H.P. Lovecraft's classic grimoire, The Necronomicon! We'll be reading "The History of the Necronomicon" and "The Hound" for our eldritch, gibbering discussion!

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Bourbon & Barbarians, Season 2 Episode 6: Keep Delvin', Delvin', Delvin'

Hile, travelers! In this episode of B&B, our adventurers begin their dungeon dungeon delve! Stay tuned for another exciting adventure coming soon!
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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Bourbon & Barbarians, Season 2 Episode 5: The Shaft (Shut Yo' Mouth)

Hile, travelers! In this episode of B&B, our adventurers drop into the bowels of Oerth... What will they uncover?!?! Stay tuned for another exciting adventure coming soon!
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Friday, June 15, 2018

The Cromcast Attends Howard Days 2018!


Hey everyone, we just returned from an epic trip... TO CROSS PLAINS, TEXAS!


This year's Howard Days celebration was a whole lot of fun, and The Cromcast was there to take part in this special gathering. Make sure to listen to our special episode recorded while on location and, if you're interested, what follows is a bit of a short visual diary of our trip! To set the stage, here's the overall schedule of the Howard Days 2018...

Thursday, June 7th
We Cromrades Three flew into DFW, and forthwith sought nutriment as we continued down the dusty, windy road to Callahan County, Texas!


Once provisioned with a goodly supply of bottled water, Texas beer, and Kentucky Bourbon, we checked into our accommodations. From there is was a short jaunt to to Cross Plains, wherein we were able to attend the annual fish fry at the Senior Citizen's Center, and then the parade that passed through downtown!


From there, we headed to the Robert E. Howard House for our first evening of fellowship. Old friends were greeted, many new friends were made, and great conversation were had!


Friday, June 8th
After just a few winks, we awoke for our first full day in Cross Plains! A tour of the Howard residence was of immediate importance... A hot dog lunch with a celebratory birthday cake for Solomon Kane (90 years strong!) was a great treat at the pavilion!

 
 
 
 
 
 
  

Accompanying activities at the Howard House, there were an abundance of panels held throughout the day at the First United Methodist Church. A hearty thanks to those folks for providing that venue! Panels included "From Fan to Pro," "The Clubs of REH," and of course the Third Annual Glenn Lord Symposium with talks offered by Bobby Derie, Karen Kohoutek, and Dr. Nicole Emmelhainz.

 
 

Following these scholarly offerings was the presentation of the 2017 Robert E. Howard Foundation Awards... Many thanks to the voting members of the foundation for our second Black Lotus award!


From there it was soon time for the silent auction and the banquet, which was held at the First Baptist Church. Thanks to those folks for providing that venue! Fierce bidding wars, mammoth country-fried steaks, and a heartfelt keynote speech by the guest of honor, Bill "Indy" Cavalier, all contributed to a GREAT evening. Following this, folks returned to the Pavilion for more (ahem) relaxed conversation!

 
 

Saturday, June 9th
Rounding out Howard Days 2018 was a full docket of panels, a (second) trip to the Cross Plains library, as well as the town's "Barbarian Days" festival... It was truly a whirlwind of events!

 
 
 

At this point we were sad to realize the end of Howard Days was in sight. That said, our final hours in Cross Plains were incredible. Rusty Burke led a tour around the grounds of the Howard Residence, and much fellowship was enjoyed over BBQ. The capper to the day's events was the recitation of poetry... With the notable inclusion of "Cimmeria,' delivered in nine different languages!

 

Sunday, June 10th
An early morning ensured we Cromrades Three would catch our flights back home. It was a heck of an experience for all of us, and we can't wait to make a return trip!



Episode notes

1. Ed's voice mail
2. On The Road Again - Willie Nelson
3. Winding up! The Cromcast, Post-Fish Fry
4. Conan the Barbarian Soundtrack - Theology/Civilization
5. Hot Dog Lunch and Luke's Thoughts on Day 1
6. The Sword - Untitled Track
7. Keith West - Adventures Fantastic!
8. Conan the Barbarian Soundtrack - Mountain of Power Procession
9.  Karen Kohoutek: REH Foundation's 2017 winner of The Cimmerian Award! 
10. Ghost - Miasma
11. Indy Cavalier (2018 REH Days Guest of Honor) and Rusty Burke (Unanimously voted "Rad Dude" by The Cromcast) - Howard Luminaries!
12. We Banjo 3 - Kentucky Grind
13. Hanging out with Indy Cavalier, Rusty Burke, Mark Finn, Jeff Shanks, Ben Friberg, Jim Howard, and Patrice Louinet - Check out the Solomon Kane board game on Kickstarter!
14. Conan Soundtrack - Battle of the Mounds
15. Winding Down w/ The Cromcast
16. Skyrim - Unbroken Road
18. Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers - So Familiar
19. Wind Down - Heading Back Home w/ The Cromcast
20. ZZ Top - Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Prelude to 2018 Robert E. Howard Days!


Greetings, fellow travelers! In one week, Robert E. Howard Days 2018 kicks off in Cross Plains, TX and we will be there in full force! That means three days of searing temperatures, smoky barbecue, malty beer, and barbaric fellowship! In this brief interlude, we discuss travel tips, the schedule for REH Days, and what we're looking forward to the most during this trip!  

Are you going to be in attendance? Let us know!




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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Season 6, Episode 9: Wrapping Up the Road to Lankhmar




In today's exciting episode of The Cromcast, your hosting trio wraps up the Road to Lankhmar. There is a Liberian discussion of many topics and the pulse pounding announcement of the topic for next season! Tune in and check it out


Art by Mike Mignola and Al Williamson
One Things

Jon: Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley. Get some noir action in ya!
Josh: Steve Martin's "The Long-Awaited Album". Wait no more for some banjo music!
Luke: Atlanta: Robbin' Season Don't rob yourself of some good TV, check it out!

UP NEXT: THE ROAD OF BOOKS!

Don't read the book!

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