Saturday, October 13, 2018

Kane Posting - Crackpot Podcast 47

Welcome to a special episode of the Crackpot Podcast!  Nick Mason joins us from The Myth of the 20th Century and The New American Sun to discuss the works of Robert E. Howard, focusing on Solomon Kane.  Solomon Kane is a single-minded Puritan, an avenger of wrongs the world over.  If you are new to the works of Robert E. Howard, don't be shy.  We don't give much away in our discussions and most of his works are short and worthy of many re-readings.  Many published works can be found at the Howard section of Gutenberg Australia and some additional links appear in the time stamps below.

The Crackpot Podcast features the writer James LaFond, well known to share significant physiognomic traits with Robert E. Howard, and Lynn Lockhart, reportedly a human female.



0:00:30  Welcome to Nick Mason of The Myth of the 20th Century and The New American Sun
0:02:10  Learning ancient and modern history through Howard's fiction
0:06:10  How to find some of Howard's obscure works, The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane, Ballantine
0:10:10  Contrast with Conan
0:13:45  Nick's favorite Kane story, The Moon of Skulls
0:21:36  Kane as an undead
0:23:29  Civilization for Kane vs Conan
0:27:15  European vs African settings for Kane
0:32:53  Does Kane need a sidekick? Stories set in Europe
0:36:18  James thoughts about Howard
0:42:45  Howard's westerns
0:44:19  What might Howard's favorite western movie have been?
0:45:50  Howard wrote himself and his friends into some stories, how that might prefigure his suicide
0:51:54  How selling affects a writer, kinship between writers, Blood and Thunder
0:59:06  Richard Grenville
1:03:53  What did Howard see in America?
1:06:20  Kane movie, casting Kane
1:14:00  A reading from Solomon Kane's Homecoming, Kane as a spectre
1:17:41  Peckinpah
1:19:19  Well of Heroes

(c) 2018 Lynn Lockhart


  1. Lynn, thank you so much for making this happen!
    Will look forward to listening with Mister Soprano's doormen.

  2. OK, you have reawakened my interest in Howard. Will be visiting the local used book store.

  3. The main takeaway I got from this podcast was that Conan was banging black chicks way back when it was still considered a sin. Way before most of us thought James Lafond was pioneering that art form in The New World in the 70s and 80s.

    1. Yes Sir. And to put a wrinkle--or kinkle--into the hero saga, Howard had him butcher a village of blacks to free a white slave girl on the condition that she have sex with him, because he was "sick to his guts of black sluts"!

      Conan was the pulp Man.

  4. I think a younger Christopher Lee would have made the ultimate Solomon Kane. He had the height, the voice, the craggy face, and was a great swordsman.

  5. Excellent Pick, he had Peck's voice and Mortenson's aptitude.