Monday, December 21, 2020

Announcing The Cromcast Chronicle!

 

Hello Cromrades! We are proud to announce the release of our first ever publication, The Cromcast Chronicle #1! This is a free PDF that will be hosted on the blog (thecromcast.blogspot.com) and we hope you will check it out. 
You can find fiction, an RPG module, and a dash of articles and reviews all intermixed with some wonderful art. It's our holiday gift to you!

Access The Cromcast Chronicle #1 here!

What is it? Well, download it for FREE and find out! 

But if you just can't wait, find a scan of the Table of Contents below :)

Happy Holidays!!! 

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The Cromcast Chronicle #1

Happy Yuletide, Cromrades! For this Midwinter, we have a surprise project for you!!! 

Access The Cromcast Chronicle #1 here!

What is it? Well, download it for FREE and find out! 

But if you just can't wait, find a scan of the Table of Contents below :)

Happy Holidays!!! 







Friday, December 11, 2020

Season 13, Episode 3 - The Dark Muse

Hail, Cromrades! This week we summon the Goddess of Dreams to inspire the greatest podcast in all of history! Or at least, we read Karl Edward Wagner's story "The Dark Muse", wherein Kane's friend does something similar! Except, there are risks to summoning this particular eternal, as we learn within this harrowing tale. 

What do you think of the story? Let us know!

"I'll need a drop of your blood..."


One Things
Jon: DC Super Hero Girls
Luke: Spirit Adrift's album Enlightened in Eternity


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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Season 13, Episode 2- Two Suns Setting


The Cromcast is back for a look at another Karl Edward Wagner tale, this time focusing their savage gaze on "Two Suns Setting". This story has got a far Howardian edge to it than our previous Kane story. It features some great debate on the merits of human civilization plus it has a giant and a sabre-tooth tiger! What more could you want?!



One Things

Jon: The Boys, superheroes getting skewered over on Amazon Prime

Josh: Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild, is reality relief for Josh

Luke: Holy Mountain Printing can hook you up with some sweet metal swag


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Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Season 13, Episode 1: Karl Edward Wagner's Kane in Undertow


Hail, Cromrades! We return for our 13th season! Here we have our inaugural episode for a season on Karl Edward Wagner's Kane, tackling the story Undertow! Be sure to check out our story list for details and links to ebooks!

One Things

Jon: A Cook's Tour: In Search of the Perfect Meal by Anthony Bourdain

Josh: Spookiest Stories Ever: Four Seasons of Kentucky Ghosts by Brown & Brown

Luke: Primal's Second Season

The iconic Warner paperbacks of the books we'll be tackling this season, with the killer Frazetta covers! If you've not visited lately, go to www.frazettagirls.com and treat yo'self!


Up next... The next story is Two Suns Setting. It's a cool change-up from what we saw in this first story!


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Sunday, November 8, 2020

Announcing Season 13 - The Left-Handed Path of Karl Edward Wagner's Kane!

 Hi all, in prep for the new season, we wanted to spell out our reading list we'll follow as we meet Karl Edward Wagner's Kane. It's a pretty easy approach to things, in that we're reading one short story collection, and one novel. The reading list will follow Night Winds first, and then we'll tackle Bloodstone! Specifically, here's the order of things:

  1. Undertow (in Night Winds)
  2. Two Suns Setting (in Night Winds)
  3. The Dark Muse (in Night Winds)
  4. Raven's Eyrie (in Night Winds)
  5. Lynortis Reprise (in Night Winds)
  6. Sing a Last Song of Valdese (in Night Winds)
  7. Bloodstone

Iconic Warner paperbacks of the books we'll be tackling this season, with the killer Frazetta covers! If you've not visited lately, go to www.frazettagirls.com and treat yo'self!

Friday, October 30, 2020

The History of Cromtober

Cromrades - we have sad news to share with you. There will be no Wine & Witches episode this year. The Wine & Witches crew did assemble and were excited to record for you, but our recorder malfunctioned. They discussed their favorite Halloween TV specials. It would have been good, and we're sad that it was lost. Another episode given up to the podcast gods, never to be heard by mortal ears. If you're bummed about the lack of Wine & Witches in your life this year, please let them know! We will pass the word along to them!



It is of small consolation, but here we have some ridiculous banter beside the fire. Cromtober is nearly history - and as we look further down the road, we see Karl Edward Wagner's creation Kane awaiting us! 


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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Cromtober 2020 Part 3 - The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Welcome back, boils and ghouls! Cromtober continues with a discussion of Washington Irving's classic tale The Legend of Sleepy Hollow in its various adaptations, and the nature of headless horsemen all around the world! 


Joinnnnn usssssssss!!!

One Things

Jon - Harrow County - looks like a great comic for this time of year!

Luke - Blumhouse's films on Hulu  - Culture Shock and others. 

Josh - A Visit to Pine Mountain State Park! Check out beautiful, secluded, spooky places in your state!

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Cromtober 2020- Halloween Traditions, Part 2- The Legend of Stingy Jack


Cromtober 2020 continues with our examination of Halloween traditions. Part two features a discussion about that mainstay of the front Halloween front porch, the Jack O'Lantern! Why do we carve these grotesque effigies and leave them in front of our domiciles? What sort of story might inspire us to do so? 


One Things

Luke: Found a new metal band he wants you to check out, Idle Hands

Jon: Think you should read some international folklore in Scandinavian Ghost Stories

Josh: Enjoys the Tim burton aesthetic and watched Beetlejuice and Sleepy Hollow, shout out your fave Burton film!


Next time: We venture north to Yankeeland to visit a charming little dale known as Sleepy Hollow! Join us won't you?



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Thursday, October 8, 2020

Cromtober 2020 - Halloween Traditions, Part 1: The Halloween Game


Welcome back Cromrades. Cromtober 2020 begins, and finds your three intrepid pulp podcasting heroes discussing the traditions and trappings of Halloween... This week, Luke submits 'The October Game' by Ray Bradbury. Join us, won't you?

One Things

Jon: Unsolved Mysteries

Josh: Old Gods of Appalachia

Luke: The Second World Fantasy Awards, an older anthology of fiction.


Next time: Pumpkins, carvin', 'n traditions!


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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Season 12 Episode 8: O Brother, Where Art Thou?


"Sing in meMuse, and through me tell the story. of that man skilled in all ways of contending, the wanderer, harried for years on end”


We of the Cromcast have what you might call, a proposition for ya. Just settle on down over yonder and prepare your ears and we shall regale you with analysis of a cinematic masterpiece. Mind you, we ain't one at a timin' em here, we're mass communicatin' with y'all. 

Today's show is all about the 2000 Coen Brothers' film "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" So be prepared for a lot of in depth discussion but also a lot of movie quotes sprinkled in. We are very excited about this episode and think it is a great capstone to our Silver John season! Tune in!!


One Things
Jon: American Scandal, a podcast by Wondery
Josh: Pocket knives! They're handy and sharp!
Luke: "After Dark" by Manly Wade Wellman

Up next... It is the most wonderful time of year, CROMTOBER! Joins us for a few rounds of autumnal alcohol and discussion about Halloween traditions. That is, if the witch doesn't get us first!



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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Season 12, Episode 7: Hellboy - The Crooked Man

 



There was a crooked man, and he walked a crooked mile,
He found a crooked sixpence against a crooked stile;
He bought a crooked cat which caught a crooked mouse,
And they all lived together in a little crooked house.
 Welcome back to the mountain trail, Cromrades! We were just about to get dinner started - a little tin of sardines, some saltine crackers, and a big bottle of homebrew, you know... trail food. All of a sudden, this big red feller come runnin' up the trail. Seemed to be in a hurry, so we let him pass. We figured we'd catch up with him, sooner or later. What's that? You know him? He looked a lot like this... 



This week we're diving into The Crooked Man by Mike Mignola, with art by Richard Corben, originally published from July through September, 2008. Hellboy has a lot in common with John the Balladeer, and we think you'll agree, and this story is heavily influenced by Manly Wade Wellman's mountain wanderer. If you haven't read this, you owe it to yourself to check it out. The best way to pick it up these days might be in the Hellboy: The Complete Short Stories omnibus

The villainous Crooked Man is brought to horrifying life by the artistic talents of Richard Corben. He's a visually striking character, and we could easily imagine him going up against Silver John. 



Josh mentioned some literature about witch balls. Check it out here: Sympathetic Magic in the Kentucky Mountains: Some Curious Folk-Survivals

One Things
Luke: Philip K. Dick Energy - Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said, and A Scanner Darkly

Next time - we go to the movies to watch the Cohen brothers classic, O Brother, Where Art Thou? It's bonafide! 

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Bourbon & Barbarians, Season 3 Episode 18: A Grand Finale!

Hile, adventurers! Our adventurers conclude their exploration of classic module, I6: Castle Ravenloft. Do they dispatch Strahd?! Where do they go from here?! Listen to find out! Thanks so much for listening to this season of Bourbon & Barbarians. We hope you enjoyed listening... We sure loved playing! 

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Season 12, Episode 6: Where Did She Wander?

 Welcome back cromrades to another Silver John story. In this episode, the Cromcast crew tackles the last John story Wellman ever wrote and it's a pretty great one. If you have ever wondered what happens when you sing about a witchy pagan succubus at a bluegrass festival, then this story is for you! 



One Things

Luke: Fantasy and sci fi author, David Drake
Josh: Getting his game on with The King of Dragon Pass
Jon: Watch Watchmen from HBO!

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Next time - We are going to team up with big red himself, Hellboy!


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Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Bourbon & Barbarians, Season 3 Episode 17 The Penultimate Episode!

Hile, adventurers! Our adventurers continue their exploration of Castle Ravenloft, with this being the PENULTIMATE session of the season!

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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Season 12, Episode 5: Owls Hoot in the Daytime



Welcome back, Cromrades! This week, we join John the Balladeer in a lonely cabin at the base of a secluded mountain, where possums as big as dogs wander, an ancient treasure lies buried, and Owls Hoot in the Daytime! This story was one of the later John the Balladeer stories that Manly Wade Wellman published, and it certainly has that feeling of a sort of finality that we couldn't quite put our fingers on to describe accurately! 

Art by Thomas Boatwright

One Things

Luke: The newest release from Run The Jewels, and Battlestar Galactica (Beats, Bears...)
Josh: All Witcher Everything, particularly the Dark Horse comics story House of Glass. Find the omnibus here!
Jon: March - the story of John Lewis comic from Top Shelf. 

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Next time - Where Did She Wonder?? 

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Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Bourbon & Barbarians, Season 3 Episode 16 Post-Combat + PCs = Role-Play!

 Hile, adventurers! Our adventurers continue their exploration of Castle Ravenloft, with this session revolving around the aftermath of encountering Strahd. Apologies for the audio quality on this ep, we had issues with dropped calls a couple times, had to turn off our video, and we had some mics rubbing against a manly beard or two :) 

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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Season 12, Episode 4: Call Me From the Valley or That Ain't My Haint

 We're down in a rainy holler today, trying to keep up with John the Balladeer. He's fixing to get into a cabin to escape the rain but who knows what sorts of haints may be up to something in such a hovel. Especially in a place touched by history like this one. I reckon if you tune in, you'll find out just what kind of trouble we find in Call Me From The Valley.

Won't you join us for a dumb supper?


One Things: 
Josh: The band that will rock your eardrums, "Brass Against"
Luke: The newspaper giant for your perusal, The New York Times
Jon: The relaxing video game Animal Crossing New Horizons

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Up next: Owls Hoot in the Daytime - John faces down a demon who dwells within an entrance to a mountain.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Bourbon & Barbarians, Season 3 Episode 15: Strahd + PCs = Roll-Play!



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Thursday, July 16, 2020

Season 12, Episode 3: The Little Black Train (A Liminal Journey)


Manly Wade Wellman | The Weird Tradition | LibraryThing
Welcome, Cromrades! It has been a while, but we are still rolling down that Manly Road through the Appalachian Mountains with Manly Wade Wellman and his Silver John stories! This week, we take a ride on The Little Black Train (read it here) and see that, though death comes for each of us, a sinful life leads to a ride on the little black train to the bad place! 

Note: Josh meant Josh Turner, not Josh Groban. Honest mistake. There are a lot of Joshes. But we are all Josh, each in our own way. Aren't we?



Shout out to Dreaming Creek Brewery, we're fans of their Kentucky Common! Stop by there if you're in the Richmond, KY area!

One Things: 
Josh: Modern Video games: Video Card + Skyrim = Crazy Delicious!
Luke: The World Fantasy Awards Volume 1 & Volume 2. Also Abe Books!
Jon: The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck from Fantagraphics! 

Featured on This or That - Tolkien Names vs Antidepressants


Lincoln's death train is an example of a little black train as harbinger of death, or ferry to the afterlife. We present a lengthy discussion on trains as symbols of transition, and as liminal space. 

Next time: Call Me From The Valley. The Manly Road continues!

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Sunday, July 12, 2020

Tabernacle of the Toad Men - A One Page Dungeon Submission!

Hail, Cromrades! Looking for a quick bit of fun around the game table? Well, you're in luck! Below is Luke's submission to this year's One Page Dungeon contest. This 'Borderlands' one-shot is system-agnostic, and is designed to be a fun (if disconcerting) splatterfest!

If you are hungry for more one-page ideas for the gaming table, consider the past years' submissions which are collected and available via Shattered Pike Studio. These past compendiums are chock full of content, and you absolutely can't beat 'em!

 A low-res image of the dungeon is below; you can download the free PDF here!
Otherwise, click on the titles here to also download free PDFs of previous One Page Dungeons, Into the Lair of the Slobbertooth Kobolds and A Grave Night on the Borderlands!


Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Bourbon & Barbarians, Season 3 Episode 14: A Nod to a Past Campaign, and Introducing the Big Bad


Hile, adventurers! Our adventurers continue their exploration of Castle Ravenloft, and we further explore the catacombs of Ravenloft! Our episode is freely available on archive.org and is licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. "Gnarled Situation" and "Black Vortex" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Likewise Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Season 12, Episode 2: Vandy, Vandy by Manly Wade Wellman



Howdy, y'all! Come on back in this holler a spell and learn a bit about the Silver John tale, "Vandy, Vandy". This is another terrific yarn by Manly Wade Wellman and features a witch man trying his magic on an innocent young gal. Luckily for her, Silver John has come a calling and he's carrying a quarter!






One Things
Jon - Garth Ennis' War Stories, they are stories of war
Josh - What We do in the Shadows, the TV exploits of awkward vampires
Luke - Dungeons and Dragons, maybe you've heard of it? 
Next up: Maybe you can hear the chugga, chugga choo, choo of our next tale, The Little Black Train 

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Friday, June 12, 2020

Bourbon & Barbarians, Season 3 Episode 13: Moral Relativism in the Catacombs!


Hile, adventurers! Our adventurers continue their exploration of Castle Ravenloft, and we further explore the catacombs of Ravenloft! Our episode is freely available on archive.org and is licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. "Gnarled Situation" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Likewise Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Our final track is "Silver Spoon" by Paul Kantner and Grace Slick on their Sunfighter album. All music was obtained legally... And it's so good. We hope our discussion of this content makes you want to go out and purchase the work!

Friday, June 5, 2020

Season 12, Episode 1: O Ugly Bird, by Manly Wade Wellman




Welcome back, Cromrades! We're excited to kick off Season 12 with O Ugly Bird (read it here), a John the Balladeer story first published in the December 1951 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. We have a backwoods wizard, a local populace under siege, and John, who breezes through the mountains writing wrongs and singing songs! 
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One Things
Jon - Classic Disney cartoons viewed on Disney Plus
Josh - Onward, a Pixar film also viewed on Disney Plus
Luke - Khemmis - Doomed Heavy Metal
Next up: We continue down the mountainous Manly Road with Manly Wade Wellman and discuss "Vandy, Vandy", another Silver John story. 
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Outro: "A Conversation With Death" by Khemmis from their new "Doomed Heavy Metal" EP, linked above. Music was obtained legally; we hope our discussion of this content makes you want to go out and purchase the work!

Friday, May 15, 2020

Bourbon & Barbarians, Season 3 Bonus Episode about Skullcano Island!


Hile, adventurers! We interrupt your regularly-scheduled Bourbon & Barbarians broadcast for this special release... We are joined by an old school friend from way back, Levi Combs, who spearheads Planet X Games!

Planet X has previously released Jungle Tomb of the Mummy Bride, and An Occurrence at Howling Crater. You may remember a previous episode we did with Levi about a year ago? Well, Levi and Co. are back at it, and have a Kickstarter running for their new D&D 5E module, Escape from Skullcano Island. This is a legit sandbox module, so you'll get uber-playability out of the module. You can back the ca. 150 pg module and get in on the goodness at the $17 mark, so consider getting in on the action! Beyond this, we also talked about Planet X's contribution to ZineQuest 2, which is shipping now to backers! It's legit OSR goodness for yer B/X or First Edition game!!

This was another fun conversation with Levi. We didn't just talk about the Kickstarter, we got into the DIY ethic, art/cartography, and spend some time talking about his process of putting a module together that is ready for publication. Hope you like it!

Our episode is freely available on archive.org and is licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Themes by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. We close the episode with White Zombie's "Super Charger Heaven." All music was obtained legally; we hope our discussion of this content makes you want to go out and purchase the work!

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Announcing Season 12 - The Manly Road Story List!



We reckon it's time we become acquainted with Manly Wade Wellman, and what better way to do that than to journey through the Appalachians with John the Balladeer? Season 12 takes us East - to the mountains! 
  1. O Ugly Bird! – Introducing Manly Wade Wellman, John the Balladeer, and The Manly Road. John comes across a backwoods wizard and his giant avian familiar.
  2. Vandy, Vandy – While investigating the origins of an old song, the lyrics seemingly come alive in an unexpected way.
  3. The Little Black Train – A backwoods ghost train issues forth to claim a sinful soul.
  4. Call Me From the Valley – John gets involved in an ancient feud that should have ended long ago but somehow still lingers…
  5. Owls Hoot in the Daytime - John faces down a demon who dwells within an entrance to a mountain.
  6. Where Did She Wander? – John investigates the hanging of a witch and finds something more than he expected.
  7. The Crooked Man, by Mike Mignola and Richard Corben. Hellboy investigates a possible witching in the Appalachian mountains when a man named Tom Ferrell shows up in the area for the first time in twenty years. The people in the area blame a woman named Cora that Tom knew when he was younger. So Tom and Hellboy go to Cora's place to investigate...
  8. O Brother, Where Art Thou? - In the deep south during the 1930s, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them.
We'll light out down that mountain trail with Silver John real soon... 




Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Season 11, Episode 9: The Vultures of Whapeton

Howdy, Cromrades! The end of The Road West is in sight, but we've got one more stop to make this week along the dusty trail, in a town called Whapeton. Or is it Wahpeton? We've been excited to get here, and now we're discussing The Vultures of Whapeton by Robert E. Howard! This is a fitting way to finish off the season, with discussions of classic vs. revisionist westerns, the trappings of westerns vs. sword and sorcery, and some further recommendations in the genre courtesy of our pal Evyl Ed!

One Things
Jon: A renewed love of drawing via pointillism.
Josh: Tiny Epic Quest 
Luke: Barry on HBO

Next - Our way West led us East, to the mountains of Appalachia, where we'll wander the hills with Manly Wade Wellman and take a look at his creation, John the Balladeer! A story list will soon emerge from the darkest cavern, like a grizzled backwoods wizard who has seen things in the hollers that would make most men go mad...


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Outro: "TRINITY: TITOLI" by Franco Micalizzi from the Django Unchained soundtrack. Music was obtained legally; we hope our discussion of this content makes you want to go out and purchase the work!