Thursday, July 22, 2021

Season 14 EP 1: The Continental Op stars in Part one of "Red Harvest"




Our first stop in Season 14 is a little 'burg called Personville up in Montana, as seedy and corrupt as they come. We'll be meeting up with our buddy, we just call him the Continental Op- no need for first names. 
So, join us as we dive into hardboiled fiction by starting with Dashiell Hammett's "Red Harvest" also known as "The Cleansing of Poisonville". There's a real rogue's gallery of heels for the Op to contend with and plenty of action and corruption for us to wade through. It's a heck of a way to kick off a new season!

One Things

Josh: Getting post apocalyptic in Beantown with Fallout 4

Luke: Listening to some lit crit with Booked the podcast

Jonathan: Tripping with Batman through Grant Morrison's brain


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Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Season 14: The Hardboiled Alley

 To prep for the next season, we hope you will take a look at the story list below! There are lots of detectives, mean streets, and day drinking for you to see in the Hardboiled Alley!

Season 14

1. Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett- Meet up with the Continental Op as he takes on the corrupt burg of Poisonville!

2. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler- Philip Marlowe gets tangled up with a rotten family, double crosses, and the seedy underbelly of LA. 

3. Cromcast Film Night- an adaptation of James Cain's Mildred Pierce, starring Joan Crawford!

4. Cotton Comes to Harlem by Chester Himes- a hardboiled tale starring Grave Digger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson that helped to kick off the African-American cop-and-detective phase of the 1960s-'70s. 



Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Howard Days 2021 - All the Audio in One Place!!!

Hi everyone! In order to get the full Howard Days experience out to as many folks as possible, we wanted to do one more thing... We have put the 4+ hours of audio recordings of the event in a shareable folder so that folks can access them all at once, and all in once place! Get the full complement of audio recordings by clicking here!

If you enjoy these recordings, or you have ever enjoyed a REH story (and you know you have!), please consider donating to Project Pride. Whether it's $1, $5, or more, anything you can do to support Project Pride is appreciated and goes to maintaining the Robert E. Howard House and Museum. Donations are the only thing that keep the ship afloat, and Howard Days doesn't happen without them! You can send donations Project Pride at ProjPride@yahoo.com via Paypal, or can stick a few bucks in an envelope and mail to Project Pride, PO Box 534, Cross Plains, TX 76443.

Hope to see you in Cross Plains next year!







Howard Days 2021 - Porchlight Poetry!

Hile, Cromrades! We're rounding our our audio recordings from Howard Days 2021! For this episode, we present the second portion of 'Porchlight Poetry' from Saturday, June 12th. Here, we have various attendees reciting their favorite Howard poems!!!

If you enjoy this recording, or you have ever enjoyed a REH story (and you know you have!), please consider donating to Project Pride. Whether it's $1, $5, or more, anything you can do to support Project Pride is appreciated and goes to maintaining the Robert E. Howard House and Museum. Donations are the only thing that keep the ship afloat, and Howard Days doesn't happen without them! You can send donations Project Pride at ProjPride@yahoo.com via Paypal, or can stick a few bucks in an envelope and mail to Project Pride, PO Box 534, Cross Plains, TX 76443.

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Monday, July 5, 2021

Howard Days 2021 - Cimmeria!

Hile, Cromrades! We're rounding our our audio recordings from Howard Days 2021! For this episode, we present the first portion of 'Porchlight Poetry' from Saturday, June 12th. For this episode, we have a multilingual recitation of Howard's 'Cimmeria.'

If you enjoy this recording, or you have ever enjoyed a REH story (and you know you have!), please consider donating to Project Pride. Whether it's $1, $5, or more, anything you can do to support Project Pride is appreciated and goes to maintaining the Robert E. Howard House and Museum. Donations are the only thing that keep the ship afloat, and Howard Days doesn't happen without them! You can send donations Project Pride at ProjPride@yahoo.com via Paypal, or can stick a few bucks in an envelope and mail to Project Pride, PO Box 534, Cross Plains, TX 76443.


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Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Howard Days 2021 - The Roy Thomas Interview!

Hile, Cromrades! We're back with another recording from Howard Days 2021! For this episode, we present 'The Roy Thomas Interview' from Saturday, June 12th. The guest of honor is interviewed by John Cimino.

If you enjoy this recording, or you have ever enjoyed a REH story (and you know you have!), please consider donating to Project Pride. Whether it's $1, $5, or more, anything you can do to support Project Pride is appreciated and goes to maintaining the Robert E. Howard House and Museum. Donations are the only thing that keep the ship afloat, and Howard Days doesn't happen without them! You can send donations Project Pride at ProjPride@yahoo.com via Paypal, or can stick a few bucks in an envelope and mail to Project Pride, PO Box 534, Cross Plains, TX 76443. 

Next time... We close out our audio recordings of Howard Days with the annual tradition of poetry on the porch of the Robert E. Howard House!


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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Howard Days 2021 - When Conan Went Public!

Hile, Cromrades! We're back with another recording from Howard Days 2021! For this episode, we present a recording of the keynote speech from the Robert E. Howard Celebration Banquet from Friday, June 11th. The guest of honor is Roy Thomas, and introductory remarks are offered by Rusty Burke.

If you enjoy this recording, or you have ever enjoyed a REH story (and you know you have!), please consider donating to Project Pride. Whether it's $1, $5, or more, anything you can do to support Project Pride is appreciated and goes to maintaining the Robert E. Howard House and Museum. Donations are the only thing that keep the ship afloat, and Howard Days doesn't happen without them! You can send donations Project Pride at ProjPride@yahoo.com via Paypal, or can stick a few bucks in an envelope and mail to Project Pride, PO Box 534, Cross Plains, TX 76443. 

Next time... 'The Roy Thomas Interview,' where we take a trip back in time at Marvel Comics!


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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Howard Days 2021 - REH in the Comics!

Hile, Cromrades! What a whirlwind, Howard Days 2021 has come and went! For this episode, we present a recording of the panel, 'REH in the Comics.' This conversation from Friday, June 11th, at the First United Methodist Church in Cross Plains, Texas. The panel focuses on the history of Robert E. Howard’s characters and stories presented in a comic book format. Mark Finn moderates Roy Thomas, Fred Blosser, Patrice Louinet, and Jay Zetterberg. 

If you enjoy this recording, or you have ever enjoyed a REH story (and you know you have!), please consider donating to Project Pride. Whether it's $1, $5, or more, anything you can do to support Project Pride is appreciated and goes to maintaining the Robert E. Howard House and Museum. Donations are the only thing that keep the ship afloat, and Howard Days doesn't happen without them! You can send donations Project Pride at ProjPride@yahoo.com via Paypal, or can stick a few bucks in an envelope and mail to Project Pride, PO Box 534, Cross Plains, TX 76443. 

Next time... The REH Celebration Banquet, with keynote address by Roy Thomas!



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Friday, June 4, 2021

Cromcast Rewind - Howard Days 2016 Interviews with Indy, Rusty, & Arlene!


Hile, Cromrades! In just a few short days Howard Days will be upon us! In the spirit of the season, we thought we'd take a minute to revisit just a portion of our recordings from The Cromcast's attendance of the big event back in 2016... This 'rewind episode' features interviews with Indy Cavalier and Rusty Burke waxing about the genesis of REHUPA and Howard Days, and then after is a discussion with Arlene Stephenson of Project Pride...  As Josh says in the recording, if you have ever enjoyed a REH story, please consider donating to Project Pride. Whether it's $1, $5, or more, anything you can do to support Project Pride is appreciated and goes to maintaining the Robert E. Howard House and Museum. Find more info for donating here or here! Howard Days doesn't happen without them. Finally, consider supporting the Cross Plains Public Library by donating here! Every little bit helps!

If you want even more tall tales and conversation, see here for our full episode on the 2016 Howard Days (nearly 3 hours long!!!), then see here for our episode on Howard Days in 2018!


Hope to see you at Howard Days! Y'all come!


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Monday, May 17, 2021

Season 13, Episode 10: Bloodstone, Part III and Season Wrap-Up!


Hail, Cromrades! We return for a final discussion of 'Bloodstone' and wrap up our season on the Left-Handed Path! We mention Brian Murphy's essay juxtaposing 'Bloodstone' and 'Lord of the Rings' quite a bit... Find it here!


One Things

Jon: 'The Snowman' by Jo Nesbo. Scandanavian neo-noir!

Josh: 'Songs of a Dead Dreamer and Grimscribe' by Thomas Ligotti. Depressive horror!

Luke: 'Prequelle' by Ghost. Horns up!!!


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Friday, April 23, 2021

Season 13 Episode 9: A Conversation with John F. Mayer

 

Welcome back, Cromrades! This episode is special for us, we have a nearly two hour conversation with John F. Mayer, a friend of Karl Edward Wagner's from back in the day and an insightful, creative person in his own right! We talk about Karl's inspirations for Kane, some Appalachian horror, what it was like to hang with Karl back in the day, and John's efforts to keep the Wagner literary legacy alive and appreciated along with his own creative output! So open those curtains, let the SUNSHINE in, and get ready for a Wild Ride to Toad Hall! 

Some of John's art: 


“50 Years of Weird Tales” (WT50: A Tribute to Weird Tales, 1974)


“Karl Wagner’s Apostle of Blood” (Midnight Sun, 1974)



One Things

John: CHOKE GASP! The Best of 75 Years of EC Comics

Jonathan: Walt Simonson's Orion run

Josh: True Detective 

Luke: All Systems Red: The Murderbot Diaries


For more of John's reflections on Wagner, we encourage you to read The Dark Muse of Karl Edward Wagner: A Memoir by John Mayer. (The Internet Archive)


© John Mayer

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Season 13 Episode 8: Bloodstone Part Two

 

Greetings, Cromrades! Today, The Cromcast Crew returns with a further analysis of "Bloodstone" by Karl Edward Wagner in part two of our three part reading. We venture deeper into the local politics, hear the low rumbling of a frog army, and try to unravel the Gordian knot of Kane's machinations. Join us for a weird story and some weird discussion!



One Things

Luke: Educate yourself in entertaining style with 80's horror reference book such as Mike Ashley's "Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction". 

Jon: Things are looking scientific in, "Pokenatomy" by Christopher Stoll

Josh: Enjoy some late aughts entertainment with bright colors and death in "Pushing Daisies"



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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Season 13, Episode 7: Bloodstone, Part I

Hail, Cromrades! We return with another episode as we continue down the Left-Handed Path! Here we discuss the front chunk of 'Bloodstone.' Be sure to check out our story list for details and links to ebooks!

One Things

Jon: Ostrander and Mandrake's run on the 'Martian Manhunter.' Get into some funny books!

Josh: Tim Burton 'Batman' films... You're due for a re-watch!

Luke: 'Ummon,' by Slift. Give this record a spin!!!


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Monday, February 15, 2021

Season 13, Episode 6: Sing A Last Song of Valdese

 

Welcome back, Cromrades! The winter is long and cold, and we have a chilling tale of vengeance for you to read in this season of darkness. Buckle up, and prepare to Sing A Last Song of Valdese with us. You know how it goes, don't you? Just in case you don't, we invited our pal Rusty Burke to join us for the chorus. So loosen up those vocal cords and hum a few bars with us, won't you? 



One Things
Rusty: Robert E. Howard - A Closer Look by Charles Hoffman and Mark Cerasini from Hippocampus Press.
Jon: The Legend of Korra, an animated series following Avatar: The Last Airbender. 
Josh: The re-released 1st edition of West End Games' Star Wars Roleplaying Game
Luke: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. 

Next time: We begin a three-part delve into the novel Bloodstone by Karl Edward Wagner! 



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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Season 13, Episode 5: Lynortis Reprise

Greetings, Cromrades and welcome back to Season 13 of The Cromcast. On deck today, Karl Edward Wagner and story of the pain and sorrow of War, "Lynortis Reprise". Tune in to hear about this visceral tale that opens with a hardcore prologue. Wagner clearly has a lot to say about War and what it means for us so called civilized folk... 




One Things

Jonathan: Pretends to pull political strings with President Infinity

Josh: Wants to play some tabletop games, like Dragon Pass

Luke: Is satisfying his earholes with the album Thrashing Through the Passion by The Hold Steady

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Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Season 13, Episode 4 - Raven's Eyrie

Hail, Cromrades! We return with discussion of another story as we continue down the Left-Handed Path! Here we discuss 'Raven's Eyrie. Be sure to check out our story list for details and links to ebooks!

One Things

Jon: Get you some o' that Ostrander/Mandrake run on the Spectre

Josh: Diggin' on some board games like Return of the Heroes!

Luke: Delvin' deep into Bobby Derie's Weird Talers!

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