Monday, November 22, 2021

Season 14, Episode 6 - Cotton Comes to Harlem by Chester Himes, Part One


Welcome back to the Hardboiled Road, Cromrades! Our path takes us to Harlem, where a smooth talking con man's operations are being foiled all around him, and Coffin Ed and Gravedigger Jones seek to return the swindled money to the families it was stolen from. It's Cotton Comes to Harlem, a novel by Chester Himes! We dig in to the first half of the book this week, and talk about Himes, his life, and his take on the detective genre. Join us!




One Things
Jon: Dark Horse's Avatar: The Last Airbender
Josh: A first time watch of a cult classic show, Freaks and Geeks
Luke: The fantasy works of Tanith Lee

Next time: We return to Harlem to see if Coffin Ed and Gravedigger crack the case, and some skulls along the way. 


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Sunday, October 24, 2021

Cromtober 2021 - A Trio of Vampire Tales

Welcome back, Cromrades! For Halloween 2021, we have a mega-episode for you all about vampires! Listen here as we discuss 'Dracula's Guest' by Bram Stoker, 'A Rendezvous in Averoigne' by Clark Ashton Smith, and 'The Horror from the Mound' by Robert E. Howard!

One Things

Jon: 'The Enchanted World' Series, by Time-Life Books!

Josh: The Muppets' 'Haunted Mansion!'

Luke: Planet X Games! You can back 'King Tut's Rootin' Tootin' Weird West Extravabonanza' here!


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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Season 14 Episode 5: Hardboiled Cinema with Mildred Pierce

 On this episode of The Cromcast, we host a cinema night in celebration of hardboiled cinema for our hardboiled season. We chose to watch "Mildred Pierce" starring Joan Crawford, Luke did some extra credit and read the story by James Cain and watched the Kate Winslet miniseries as well!

This is a sordid tale of murder, capitalism, the patriarchy, and desire all wrapped up in a box. If you haven't seen it yet, we agree with the Library of Congress that it is "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" and you oughta let your eyes enjoy it. 


One Things
Jonathan: Pirate Hunters by Robert Kurson
Luke: Mare of Easttown starring Kate Winslet 
Josh: Mindhunters on Netflix

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Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Relive Cromtober Nights of Yore!

Hi gang, it's starting to feel a bit spooky these evenings, huh? We'll have Cromtober 2021 content out for you soon enough, but in the spirit of the season, we wanted to put all our links to all our past Cromtober episodes in one place for easy access:

Cromtober 2014, Part I: "The End of the Story," by Clark Ashton Smith

Cromtober 2014, Part II: "The Music of Erich Zann" by Howard Phillips Lovecraft

Cromtober 2014, Part III: Robert E. Howard's "The Cairn on the Headland"

Cromtober 2015 Episode 1: Ghosts of our Homelands

Cromtober 2015 Episode 2: A Jamesian Halloween!

Cromtober 2015 Episode 3: University Ghost Stories

Cromtober 2016 Part One: A Monstrous Conversation, featuring Justin Stewart and Kentucky Kaiju!

Cromtober 2016 Part 2: Bonfire Ghost Stories

Cromtober 2017 Part I: Howard's Werewolf Stories!!!

Cromtober 2017 Part II: Terrifying Tales by Ambrose Bierce and Laird Barron!

Cromtober 2017 Part III: Spooky Dreams

Cromtober 2018 Part One: Howard and Poe

Cromtober 2018 Part Two: Dorothy Quick's "The Witch's Mark"

Cromtober 2018 Part 3: Wine and Witches (It's Just a Bunch of Hocus Pocus!)

Cromtober 2018 The Coda

Cromtober 2019 Fear Part 1: Infinity

Monday, September 27, 2021

Season 14 Episode 4: 'The Big Sleep' Part Two



Cromrades, are you ready to go deep on the finale of The Big Sleep? Double crosses, plot twists, blackmail, murder, and dirty money - sound hard boiled enough for ya? Why don't you fill up your lowball with rye and kick back with us as we finish up our discussion of this classic tale by Raymond Chandler? 


One Things
Jon: Sandman comics by the incomparable Neil Gaiman.
Josh: The Sixth Gun and Preacher - two comic book series that align to the Weird Western genre. 
Luke: Whispers magazine, edited by Stuart Schiff and David Drake. 

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Sunday, September 12, 2021

Season 14 Episode 3: 'The Big Sleep' Part One

Welcome back, Cromrades! We're headed to the West Coast to check in on Philip Marlowe. For this episode we're tackling the front end of Raymond Chandler's 'The Big Sleep!'

One Things

Jonathan: Paul M.M. Cooper's 'Fall of Civilizations' Podcast!

Josh: Bo Burnham's 'Inside!'

Luke: The S&S books of Schuyler Hernstrom


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