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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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. 

Outro: "One Last Ride" by Molly Hatchet. Music obtained legally; we hope our discussion of this content makes you want to go out and purchase the work!