Thursday, September 21, 2017

Season 5, Episode 15: Vikings of the Gloves (Steve's in a Pickle!)



Welcome back, Cromrades! We are closing in on the last of our journeys with Sailor Steve Costigan, at least for a while. But first things first! This week, Costigan sneaks into a "Scandinavians Only" boxing tournament, only to find himself in a "durned if I do, durned if I don't" situation! Will Steve lose the match to save The Sea Girl at the risk of losing his reputation as the fightin'est sailor on the Seven Seas? Or will he will he win, and lose The Sea Girl in so doing? Find out, in "Vikings of the Gloves!"

The cover of Fight Stories, February 1932
 Check out our friend Michael McHenry's project, Gathering Storm Magazine! Short fiction, poetry, and odds and ends to "tickle the mind!" You won't be disappointed!

One Things
Jon: Hunter S. Thompson Hell's Angels book
Luke: The Very Bad Wizards podcast
Josh: Elder Sign the board game. And friendship.

Next Week: We close out the Road of Champions on the coast! It's "Sluggers on the Beach!"

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Closing theme: Rush - In The End. (A song by which to hold your lover.)
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Friday, September 8, 2017

The Cromcast S5E14: The Apparition in the Prize Ring



In today's episode we read the tale "Apparition in the Prize Ring" or "The Spirit of Tom Molyneaux". As boxing story this REH production is in tip top shape, but there are some issues with it that we discuss at length!

One Things
Jon: Dynamite Comics' SHAFT series!
Josh: The oldschool gaming podcast Graveyard Duck!
Luke: Metal band Mountaineer!



Next up: The Vikings of the Gloves, it's Steve Costigan somehow fighting against and for the pride of Scandinavia!

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Closing theme: Jackie Wilson; (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher
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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Bourbon & Barbarians Episode 24: (The Party Enters) the Shrine of Evil Chaos

Greetings, adventurers! We return with another episode of Bourbon and Barbarians, an actual play recording from your Cromrades! Next stop... The END GAME!

Our episode is freely available on archive.org and is licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. "Black Vortex" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Likewise Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Questions? Comments? Feedback? Email us! (thecromcast at gmail dot com)

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Cromcast S5E13: The Breed of Battle!


Who ever thought that stealing Steve Costigan's dog Mike was a good idea? Why, everyone knows Sailor Steve and Mike are more like brothers than anything else. The man who'd come between them, well... We'd hate to see what might happen to him! In fact, that reminds us... let us tell you about this time a feller tried to do that very thing, in The Breed of Battle. This Robert E. Howard tale was first published in the November 1931 issue of Action Stories, but you can read it on WikiSource.

Yessir, Mike and Costigan really are the fightin'est pair you'll see anywhere!


One Things
Jon: The legendary run on Teen Titans by Wolfman and Perez! Check it!
Josh: Been busy trying to learn how to play the mandolin!
Luke: Stephen King's treatise on horror, Danse Macabre!

Also be sure to check out Beyond the Ice-Fall, a viking adventure for use with Swords & Wizardy: WhiteBox. Old school gaming goodness! Here's a link!

Next up: Ace Jessel gets a helping hand during a boxing match from an unexpected source! It's The Apparition in the Prize Ring (AKA The Spirit of Tom Molyneaux). (Read it on Project Gutenberg Australia!)

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Closing theme: Hey Sandy by Polaris from the Nickelodeon TV show The Adventures of Pete and Pete.  All music was obtained legally; we hope our discussion of this content makes you want to go out and purchase the work!


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Bourbon & Barbarians Episode 23: Staying Out (After Dark)...

Greetings, adventurers! We return with another episode of Bourbon and Barbarians, an actual play recording from your Cromrades!
Our episode is freely available on archive.org and is licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. "Black Vortex" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Likewise Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Questions? Comments? Feedback? Email us! (thecromcast at gmail dot com)

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The Cromcast S5E12: Texas Fists! (We crave NUTRIMENT!)

Greetings, all! It has been a while! We hope you enjoyed the trips to the cinema with El Goro, and Johnny Wolfenstein and Dynamo Marz! We're back on the road, and heading toward Galveston, TX to meet up with Steve Costigan. He said there was some trouble with some banditos down that way, but we're sure it's nothing he can't handle...This week's story is Texas Fists, by Robert E. Howard! (Read it on Project Gutenberg Australia!) It was originally published in the May 1931 issue of Fight Stories. 


You might be interested in learning more about Occult Detective Quarterly. Check it out and if you do, tell them The Cromcast sent you!


One Things
Luke: A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin
Jon: Rock Candy Mountain from Image Comics by Kyle Starks with variant cover art by Chris Schweizer.  Also, the Four Roses Bourbon label legend.
Josh: The Lightning and the Storm podcast (now complete!) If you haven't read Walter Simonson's run of The Mighty Thor, we recommend it!

Next time: A dognapper learns that the only kind of luck that stealing Mike brings him ain't the kind he wants, in The Breed of Battle! (Read it on Project Gutenberg Australia!)

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Closing theme: Glen Campbell tells you about love and loss in Galveston from the album of the same name.  All music was obtained legally; we hope our discussion of this content makes you want to go out and purchase the work!


Monday, July 17, 2017

Bourbon & Barbarians Episode 22: 'I Slept on My Head Wrong...'

Greetings, adventurers! We return with another episode of Bourbon and Barbarians, an actual play recording from your Cromrades!
Our episode is freely available on archive.org and is licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. "Black Vortex" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Likewise Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Season 5, Episode 11: Serving up Some Bare-knuckle Boxing Cinema with El Goro (Hard Times 1975)



Welcome back, Cromrades! No need to don your fighting togs,  just come as you are and leave the gloves at home because this week it's bare-knuckle bouts only! Joining us for this bout of cinematic pugilism is our friend El Goro from the excellent Talk Without Rhythm Podcast. We catch up with our favorite luchador/film scholar, discuss Hard Times from 1975 (Alternative title: The Streetfighter), directed by Walter Hill and starring James Coburn, Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland, and Strother Martin, and dig into a host of other hard boiled topics.

We're pretty sure that Bob Howard would have enjoyed this movie. But what did you think? Join in on the conversation! Call us at (859) 429-CROM, or attach an mp3 of your sultry voice to an email directed to thecromcast at gmail dot com! And, if you haven't already, subscribe to TWoRP! You'll be glad you did! Tell El Goro that The Cromcast sent you!



One Thing
El Goro: The Alamo Drafthouse. Purveyors of fine cinema experiences. Look for one near you!
Jon: The Admiral (Roaring Currents), a South Korean film directed by Han-min Kim, about the 1597 Battle of Myeongryang during the Japanese invasion of Korea. Check it!
Josh: Superman: American Alien by Max Landis. Vignettes from Clark's early days in Metropolis. Some of the stories are better than others, but Landis has some unique takes on The Man of Steel! If you like Superman, you'd probably like this!
Luke: Mountain! Specifically Nantucket Sleighride. Mountain is one of the underappreciated rock bands from the 70's, and are worth checking out if you're not familiar with their work! They rock hard!

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Next time: What's Steve Costigan been up to? Well, he made a trip home during the time he's been away, back to Texas for a little R&R! Let's find out how that went in "Texas Fists" by Robert E. Howard! (Read it on WikiSource!)

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Closing theme: Let Johnny Cash tell you about "Hard Times", from the Unearthed collection.  All music was obtained legally; we hope our discussion of this content makes you want to go out and purchase the work!


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Bourbon & Barbarians Episode 21: The Road to Cold Field...

Hile, faring folk! We have returned with yet another episode of Bourbon and Barbarians, an actual play recording of The Cromcast! In this episode our adventurers uncover an interesting scroll at a recent bivouac on the path to Cold Field...
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Season 5, Episode 10: Talking The Set Up (1949) with Johnny Wolfenstein and Dynamo Marz from Trick or Treat Radio!



Welcome back Cromrades! This week we're podcasting in monochrome from a smoky boxing gym, where we met up with two monster hunting, championship belt winning, podcast producing, electroshock song singing badasses to discuss all matters of things. They are Johnny Wolfenstein and Dynamo Marz from the Trick or Treat Radio podcast! We get into boxing noir, wrestling, the athlete vs their inner expectations, comics, pulps, and The Set Up from 1949. This film was directed by Robert Wise, with a screenplay by Art Cohn, based on a long form poem by Joseph Moncure March. The film stars Robert Ryan, Audrey Totter, George Tobias, Alan Baxter, and Wallace Ford. We enjoyed the film, but what did you think? Let us know!


You can find a copy of the original poem here. Josh referenced an article from The Hudson Review (not The Atlantic) by Jefferson Hunter comparing the original source material and the film, which you can read here. Want to learn more about Joseph Moncure March and his works? Check out this New York Times article about him.

Thank you to Johnny and Marz for joining us for this episode! Everyone, go check out Trick or Treat Radio, live every Wednesday night at 9pm or via your favorite podcast app every Friday. If you do, tell them The Cromcast sent you! While you're there, check out Dynamo's band The Deadites. You can pick up a copy of their EP "The Big Scary Monster Hunts at Midnight" on Bandcamp.

One Things
Johnny: Mixtape Massacre (Get your old school horror fix during game night!)
Dynamo: The current run of Iron Fist comics. (Old school kung fu in the Mighty Marvel Manner!)
Jon: Stardew Valley, pick it up on Steam! Watch for the summer sale!
Luke: One Page Dungeon 2017 (Need a dungeon to crawl through? Get it here!)
Josh: The Void (2016) (Get a booster of cosmic horror here!)

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Next week: Another hard boiled boxing crime film, and another excellent guest host! We'll discuss Hard Times from 1975 starring Charles Bronson with El Goro from the Talk Without Rhythm Podcast! Dig it!

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Closing theme: "The Attic" by The Deadites from the album Dough for Dynamo. Pick this excellent compilation up for $7 (or donate more!) and all proceeds go to help our friend Dynamo cover part of some sudden medical expenses. All music was obtained legally; we hope our discussion of this content makes you want to go out and purchase the work!


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Bourbon & Barbarians Episode 20: Curses & the Pyre...


Hile, faring folk! We have returned with yet another episode of Bourbon and Barbarians, an actual play recording of The Cromcast wherein we play some old-school D&D!

'Tis a dark time. In this episode, we begin as the first rays of sunlight begin to creep over the walls of the Keep on the Borderlands...

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Season 5 Episode 9: His Brother's Keeper by Dashiell Hammett

The Man Himself, Dashiell Hammett
Welcome back, fellow fans of pulp pugilism and nihilistic noir! We have a doozy of a story this week, courtesy of Mr. Dashiell Hammett. We briefly get into the fascinating details of Mr. Hammett's life, and if you're not familiar with the man a short exploration of his bio is in order! He worked as a detective for the Pinkerton agency, was a veteran of both World Wars, created several enduring characters such as The Continental Op and Sam Spade and helped lay the foundation for the "hard boiled detective" genre, was involved in politics, and spent some time in prison for his involvement with the communist movement in the US during the 1950's. 
Now it's time to dive into one of Hammett's boxing short stories, "His Brother's Keeper" (read it on Project Gutenberg Canada, eh?), originally published in the February 1934 issue of Collier's Magazine. We really enjoyed this story, but rather then delve deeply into the details here, we'll provide a brief prelude in Hammett's words:
"Explaining Kid Bolan, his brother—and a woman: The story of two battles, one of which was fought in the ring."
One Things
Jon: The Dollop podcast, an entertaining look at history. We recommend the Cassius Clay episode!
Josh: The Sword's live album Greetings From...
Luke: New Big Dragon Games Unlimited, old school RPG accessories, particularly The Creature Compendium, D30 DM Companion, and D30 Sandbox Companion. 
Note: The Sword, Lucero, and Clutch put on a killer concert in Louisville! It was a good time! Catch them if they're coming through your area!
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Next week: A boxing crime-noir from 1949: The Set Up, with special guests Dynamo Marz and Johnny Wolfenstein from the excellent Trick or Treat Radio Podcast!

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Bourbon & Barbarians Episode 19: Another One Bites the Dust...

Well met, brave adventurers! We have returned with yet another episode of Bourbon and Barbarians, an actual play recording of The Cromcast wherein we play some old-school D&D! In this episode, our PCs push the envelope with another expedition before nightfall... Does it pay off? Listen and see!
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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Season 5 Episode 8: The Destiny Gorilla (or Who in the Heck is Dennis Dorgan?!)


Welcome back, Cromrades! Today's episode features "The Destiny Gorilla" a rollicking, comedic, and romantic tale if there ever was one. We open by meeting up with Sailor... Dennis Dorgan? That can't be right, who's he? Tune in to find out what's up with the switcheroo and what sort of fate awaits our new friend!



Quick Wikipedia entry on Dennis Dorgan


One Things
Jon: In a Lonely Place, a 1950 film noir starring Bogart
Josh: Story Wonk, a group of podcasts; in particular check out There and Back Again and We Can do this All Day
Luke: The Leftovers from HBO!


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Closing theme: "Is She Really Going out with Him?" by Joe Jackson. All music was obtained legally; we hope our discussion of this content makes you want to go out and purchase the work!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Bourbon & Barbarians Episode 18: Of Cyclorcs and Whispering Axes...

Well met, brave adventurers! We have returned with yet another episode of Bourbon and Barbarians, an actual play recording of The Cromcast wherein we play some old-school D&D! In this episode, our PCs consider their recent bounty, and skirt around an encounter with a new type of monster!


The guest appearance by cyclorcs this session was brought to you by New Big Dragon's Creature Compendium (CC1). Seriously, this is one of the best (if not THE BEST) pdf resources you can bring to your gaming table. If you wanna fight some monsters, this is legit OSR material, is substantive, and is ONLY $3!

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

S5E07: Men of Iron Essay and Rocky (1976)

Welcome back, Cromrades! On this episode we take a deep dive into REH's views on "Iron Men", those boxers who have uncanny tolerance for pain! The "Men of Iron" essay is difficult to track down, but you can find it in the 1976 Donald Grant publication "The Iron Man" and a few other sources. One of those Iron Men that Howard found interesting was Joe Grim. This article by Ron Jackson should give you more of an idea about Grim and his boxing style and approach.





 Then, we visit the cinema to dissect Rocky (1976) directed by John G. Avildsen and starring Sylvester Stallone (who also wrote the screenplay), Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, and Burgess Meredith, with music composed by Bill Conti. The score is brilliant, and the theme "Gonna Fly Now" has become iconic - just try to think of this movie without calling to mind the scene where Rocky triumphantly surges up the steps as the music swells! It's mythic. In fact, a deeper delve into this film reveals more of its mythic nature - with themes of redemption, renewal, and last chances. We get pretty deep on this one, folks! Let us know what you think!

Jon mentions a New Yorker article that covers the Rocky saga. It's titled "A Unified Theory of the Rocky Movies", and you can find it here.

One Things
Jon: The Fix, a comic from Image, by Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber.
Josh: The Real Ghostbusters cartoon on Netflix.
Luke: The OA, a Netflix original science fiction series. (Not affiliated with the Green Lantern Corps or Sector 2814).

We'll be back soon with a Sailor Steve Costigan Dennis Dorgan story, "The Destiny Gorilla."

Questions? Comments? Curses? Email us! (thecromcast at gmail dot com), You know you want to follow us on Twitter! Subscribe to our feed on FeedBurner! Or, check us out on iTunes! We're also on Stitcher Radio and Google Play! Finally.... Call us! (859)429-CROM!

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Closing theme: "Gonna Fly Now" composed by Bill Conti. All music was obtained legally; we hope our discussion of this content makes you want to go out and purchase the work!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

S5E06: The TNT Punch!!! (DYNAMITE!!)



Welcome back, Cromrades! You're just in time to join us on a voyage to South Africa, to witness a story of kindness and conniving. Steve Costigan is a stand up guy, we reckon, and he'd do whatever he could for a friend, and even a countryman who isn't his friend. But there are those who'd take advantage of that kindness. Not to mention the fact that old Steve is a sucker for a pretty face. This here story is a prime example of those qualities of our boy Steve Costigan... it's The TNT Punch!


Art by Clayton Hinkle

We mention on this episode that our feed has grown, and older episodes are going to begin dropping from it. Don't worry! You can find them at our Archive.org page!

One Things

Jon: Samurai Jack. The new season is ongoing on Adult Swim.
Josh: Hellboy. Time for a re-read!
Luke: Jack London's classic The Call of the Wild. Take a walk on the wild side!

We'll be back soon with a discussion of Rocky and REH's unfinished essay "Men of Iron!"


Questions? Comments? Curses? Email us! (thecromcast at gmail dot com), You know you want to follow us on Twitter! Subscribe to our feed on FeedBurner! Or, check us out on iTunes! We're also on Stitcher Radio and Google Play! Finally.... Call us! (859)429-CROM!

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Closing theme: TNT by AC/DC from their album High Voltage. All music was obtained legally; we hope our discussion of this content makes you want to go out and purchase the work!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Season 5 Episode 5: Champ of the Forecastle

Welcome back, ya blank dash dash blanks! We've got a bruiser of a story for you this week, full of love, betrayal, and redemption! It's Champ of the Forecastle by Robert E. Howard (read it on WikiSource). When Costigan trains up his pal Sven to take on the competition for his lady's affection, bein' a real stand up guy that way, things don't go exactly as planned!



One Things

Jon: I'm Proud of You by Tim Madigan.  
Josh: The podcast Hero Unabridged, by our pal Murf.
Luke: The Black Dahlia by James Elroy.

Next episode: The TNT Punch! DY-NO-MIIIIIIITE!

Questions? Comments? Curses?
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Closing theme: Terry Obradaigh by The Tossers from their album "On A Fine Spring Morning". All music was obtained legally; we hope our discussion of this content makes you want to go out and purchase the work!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Bourbon & Barbarians Episode 17: It's a Bugbear Boogaloo!

Well met, brave adventurers! We have returned with yet another episode of Bourbon and Barbarians, an actual play recording of The Cromcast wherein we play some old-school D&D! In this episode, our PCs play a round of Bugbear Bingo!
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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Howard & Tolkien. Biography & Criticism.

Greetings, Cromrades!

Josh here. I have some thoughts to share and questions to ask, regarding various approaches to literary criticism. Recently, a friend recommended the podcast "There and Back Again" which is an excellent critical exploration of Tolkien's works. In the first episode, host Alastair briefly touches on Tolkien's biography, and leaps into an interesting discussion about two works that provide some basis on Tolkien's approach to discussing literature, his seminal essay "On Fairy Stories" and the wonderful poem "Mythopoeia". One quote in particular from "On Fairy Stories" seems pertinent for literary criticism.
"So with regard to fairy stories, I feel that it is more interesting, and also in its way more difficult, to consider what they are, what they have become for us, and what values the long alchemic processes of time have produced in them. In Dasent's words I would say: “We must be satisfied with the soup that is set before us, and not desire to see the bones of the ox out of which it has been boiled.” Though, oddly enough, Dasent by “the soup” meant a mishmash of bogus pre-history founded on the early surmises of Comparative Philology; and by “desire to see the bones” he meant a demand to see the workings and the proofs that led to these theories. By “the soup” I mean the story as it is served up by its author or teller, and by “the bones” its sources or material—even when (by rare luck) those can be with certainty discovered. But I do not, of course, forbid criticism of the soup as soup."
 J.R.R. Tolkien, "On Fairy Stories"

Tolkien's approach to literary criticism is to avoid seeing "the bones", apparently referring to biographic information about the author, though criticism of the "soup as soup", or levied at the writing itself is okay. Tolkien also dislikes allegory. 
“I cordially dislike allegory in all its manifestations, and always have done so since I grew old and wary enough to detect its presence. I much prefer history – true or feigned– with its varied applicability to the thought and experience of readers. I think that many confuse applicability with allegory, but the one resides in the freedom of the reader, and the other in the purposed domination of the author.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring 

Now, those of you who have been following the show know that our approach to discussing Howard's stories relies at least in part on Howard's biography. Indeed, early 20th century Texas looms large in Howard's works. Moreover, in the Afterword of "Blood & Thunder", Howard scholar and biographer Mark Finn says:
"One cannot write about Robert E. Howard without writing about Texas in some way. This is inevitable, and particularly so when discussing any aspect of Howard's personal history. To ignore the presence of the Lone Star State in Robert E. Howard's life and writing invites, at the very least, a few wrong-headed conclusions, and at the worst, abject character assassination."
Mark Finn, "Blood & Thunder, The Life and Art of Robert E. Howard 

Arguably, one gets a greater sense of the depth and breadth of meaning in stories such as "Beyond the Black River" with some knowledge of the Texas history that inspired them. Knowing that Howard had complex views on the nature of civilization and its relationship with a more barbaric human condition provides an additional layer of richness to his stories. Though, by placing Howard's bibliography in context of his biography, are we not explicitly studying the bones from which the soup of his stories were made? Is there some quality that Howard's stories possess that makes them conducive for biographical discussion? Should we follow the words of Tolkien, and consider the stories on their own, or as Tolkien put it, consider the "the soup as soup"?

What do you think? 

-Josh

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Season 5 Episode 4: The Bulldog Breed


Howdy Cromrades and welcome to our latest stop along the road of champions! This week we join our protagonist Sailor Steve in the far away port of Hong Kong and go on a rollicking adventure. Giggle with delight as we meet Mike the Bulldog, Steve's stalwart canine companion. Gasp with shock as Mike is assaulted by the brutish Francois. Cheer with joy as Steve avenges his bulldog buddy's honor and accidentally his captain's as well!


Read up on why human's and dogs are so close:
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-human-beast/200904/why-are-humans-and-dogs-so-good-living-together

Take a gander at the Wikipedia entry on Jack Dempsey:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Dempsey

One Things
Jon: Silver Screen Fiend by Patton Oswalt
Luke: Arrival (2016), directed by Denis Villeneuve. Pre-order it from Amazon! (It's a beautiful film! So nice he loved it twice)
Josh: Skyrim! Specifically, being a magic person in said game


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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Bourbon & Barbarians Episode 16: Back on the Hunt!

Well met, brave adventurers! We have returned with yet another episode of Bourbon and Barbarians, an actual play recording of The Cromcast wherein we play some old-school D&D! In this episode, our PCs are charged with canvassing the eastern hills... And end up back at the Caves of Chaos!
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Questions? Comments? Feedback? Email us! (thecromcast at gmail dot com)

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Season 5, Episode 3: The VCRP Present Waterfront Fists!

Welcome back, Cromrades! This week we have a special episode, the Violet Crown Radio Players adaptation of Howard's Waterfront Fists!
By way of an explanation, this is a re-release of an recording provided to us by long-time friend of the show, Mark Finn! Besides Finn's scholarship and role as an editor for Skelos Magazine, Mark served as the creative director of the Violet Crown Radio Players from 2002-07. Unfortunately this group is defunct, but if you want to read more about them, check out their blog here. During the group's hey-day, however, Mark adapted Howard's classic "Sailor Steve Costigan" story, Waterfront Fists. Mark approached us about sharing the troupe's recording of that adaptation here on the Cromcast, and of course we jumped at the chance to showcase the performance!

Waterfront Fists was first published by Howard back in September of 1930 in Fight Stories (cover below). This story happens to be in the public domain like the Conan stories we've been reading and discussing, so if you're looking to read the original text, check it out here on Project Gutenberg!
Questions? Comments? Curses?
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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/ The beginning tune is Moon Mullican's "Pipeliner Blues." The audio drama is Robert E. Howard's Waterfront Fists, as adapted by Mark Finn and performed by the Violet Crown Radio Players. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Bourbon & Barbarians Episode 15: A Dark and Stormy Night!

Well met, brave adventurers! We have returned with yet another episode of Bourbon and Barbarians, an actual play recording of The Cromcast wherein we play some old-school D&D! In this episode, our adventurers return to the Keep, triumphant! But the storms that waged during the day carry into the night...
An illustration of the mighty Keep, from the back of the original B2 Module!
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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Season 5, Episode 2: The Pit of the Serpent (The Original Thrilla in Manila!)

Welcome back, Cromrades! This week, we set sail for Manila with Sailor Steve Costigan and the crew of the Sea Girl. Costigan has a little coin in his pocket and is looking for some rest and relaxation. Little does he suspect, he'll be facing down Bat Slade toe to toe in THE PIT OF THE SERPENT! 
This, the first Sailor Steve Costigan story, was originally published in the July 1929 issue of Fight Stories


You don't need to travel back in time with two dimes to find a copy though! You can read it in Boxing Stories by Buffalo Press, or Waterfront Fists and Others. Either would be a fine addition to your bookshelf. No extra ducats? You can find the story on WikiSource

One Things
Jon: The Art of the B Movie (Treat yourself to some fine film art, and fun movie posters!)
Luke: Arrival (2016), directed by Denis Villeneuve. Pre-order it from Amazon! (It's a beautiful film!)
Josh: The science fiction space fantasy film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Play some Star Wars games! We recommend Shadows of the Empire, Tie Fighter, and Knights of the Old Republic! (We are one with the Force, the Force is with us!)

Next time we set sail, we'll meet Mike, Costigan's bulldog companion in The Bull Dog Breed. (Read it on WikiSource!)

Questions? Comments? Curses?
Email us! (thecromcast at gmail dot com), You know you want to follow us on Twitter! Subscribe to our feed on FeedBurner! Or, check us out on iTunes! We're also on Stitcher Radio and Google Play! Finally.... Call us! (859)429-CROM!

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Beginning theme: Sudden Defeat by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.

Closing theme: A classic by The Rolling Stones, "Street Fighting Man."  All music was obtained legally; we hope our discussion of this content makes you want to go out and purchase the work!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Bourbon & Barbarians Episode 14: Never Poke a Sleeping (Owl)Bear!

Well met, brave adventurers! We have returned with yet another episode of Bourbon and Barbarians, an actual play recording of The Cromcast wherein we play some old-school D&D! In this episode... The adventurers take some shelter from the storm...
Roslof's art from the orginal B2 module!
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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Season 5, Episode 1: Boxing Training with Chris Gruber and Mark Finn!



Welcome back Cromrades! On today's inaugural episode of Season 5, we begin our exploration of Robert E. Howard's fight stories! On board to induct us into the cult of masculinity and the world of boxing pulps are Cromcast stalwart Mark Finn, and making his first appearance on the show, Chris Gruber! Chris serves as an editor of Skelos: The Journal of Weird Fantasy and Dark Fiction, and edited "Boxing Stories" by Bison Books which collects sixteen of Howard's boxing tales. If you're looking for a more comprehensive collection of Howard's boxing stories, you'll want to check out the four-volume Fists of Iron set published by the Robert E. Howard Foundation!


Fists at the Ice House, from Robert E. Howard Days, 2016.

Chris and Mark have been pivotal in bringing Howard's boxing stories into the limelight, and we have an excellent conversation about these stories, their place in Howard's literary canon, and why they should be as widely read and discussed as the Conan, Kull, and Solomon Kane stories.

Have you listened to Waterfront Fists yet? Find it here!

Looking to dig further into fight stories and boxing pulps? Check out The Best Boxing Stories Ever Told!

Want some insight into why fighters fight? Mark recommended On Boxing by Joyce Carol Oates.

One Things
Luke: The Black Mirror Christmas Special!
Josh: Krampus, from 2015, directed by Michael Dougherty.
Mark: Shut Eye, a Hulu Original series.
Chris: Hell on Wheels!
Jon: Luke Cage, a Netflix Original series!

We also recommend Mark's podcast The Gentlemen Nerds! If you check them out, tell them The Cromcast sent you!

Also, listen to Chris Gruber's lecture "Robert E. Howard : boxing and the cult of masculinity" from June 2016 at St. John's College!


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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/
Beginning theme: Sudden Defeat by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.

Closing theme: The eponymous track from the Dropkick Murphy's album The Warrior's Code. All music was obtained legally; we hope our discussion of this content makes you want to go out and purchase the work!