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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Our episode is freely available on and is licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. Themes by Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. Ending theme is "Season of the Witch" by Sam Gopal. All music was obtained legally; we hope our discussion of this content makes you want to go out and purchase the work!