The Tome Show

The Tome Show header image 1

The Appendix N Podcast - Episode 39 - The Castle of Iron by L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt

Harold Shea sets off an another enchanted adventure, this time to the world of the Orlando Furioso. Will he be reunited with his lost love, or will bad poetry be his undoing?
 
 
Lyon Sprague de Camp
November 27, 1907 - November 6, 2000 (age 92)
 
Murray Fletcher Pratt
April 25, 1897 (Buffalo, NY) - June 10, 1956 (age 59)
 
“The Castle of Iron”
Unknown, April 1941
(hardcover) Gnome Press, 1950
(paperback) Pyramid Books, 1962
 
My guest:
Peter Foxhoven
 
Co-hosts:
Jeffrey Wikstrom
website - jeffwik.com
 
Geoffrey Winn
twitter - @geoffreydwinn
 
Email us with your comments!
00:0000:00

The Appendix N Podcast - Episode 38 - The Sunken Land and Thieves’ House by Fritz Leiber

Return to Nehwon for two more tales of thrilling adventure with Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser. Whether on the high seas or in the big city, these two can’t seem to escape danger.
 
 
Fritz Reuter Leiber, Jr.
December 24, 1910 (Chicago) - September 5, 1992
“American writer of fantasy, horror, and science fiction. He was also a poet, actor in theater and films, playwright and chess expert.[b] With writers such as Robert E. Howard and Michael Moorcock, Leiber can be regarded as one of the fathers of sword and sorcery fantasy, having in fact created the term. Moreover, he excelled in all fields of speculative fiction, writing award-winning work in fantasy, horror, and science fiction.” - Wikipedia
 
introduced Fafhrd and Grey Mouser in August, 1939 in Unknown magazine, edited by John W. Campbell
early influences were H. P. Lovecraft and Robert Graves; received a letter of encouragement from Lovecraft in 1936
earned little money as a writer; addicted to alcohol and downers
actually received royalty checks from TSR for games based on Lankhmar
1975 - named Gandalf Grand Master of Fantasy by the World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon)
 
Fafhrd was based on Leiber himself; Grey Mouser based on Harry Otter Fischer
notable for growing, taking on more responsibilities, getting married, etc.
 
Two Sought Adventure
published 1957 by Gnome Press
 
Swords Against Death
first published 1970 by Ace Books
second of seven volumes
 
“The Sunken Land” - 1942, Unknown
“Thieves’ House” - 1943, Unknown
 
My guests:
Co-hosts:
Jeffrey Wikstrom
website - jeffwik.com
 
Geoffrey Winn
twitter - @geoffreydwinn
 
Email us with your comments!
00:0000:00

The Appendix N Podcast - Episode 37 - The Mathematics of Magic by L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt

Follow along with the amazing adventures of Harold Shea, spellcasting psychologist! Travel from the world of Norse mythology to the romantic fantasy of Spencer’s Faerie Queene. How will Harold best the Blatant Beast? Find out, as you listen to our thrilling discussion!
 
 
Lyon Sprague de Camp
November 27, 1907 - November 6, 2000 (age 92)
 
Murray Fletcher Pratt
April 25, 1897 (Buffalo, NY) - June 10, 1956 (age 59)
American writer of science fiction, fantasy and history
Best known for his works on naval history and the American Civil War, and for collaborations on fiction with L. Sprague de Camp
Attended Hobart College and wrote for various magazines
“The Fletcher Pratt Naval War Game” — a set of rules for naval wargaming, involving tiny wooden ships, published prior to WW2
 
“The Roaring Trumpet”
Unknown, May 1940
 
Harold Shea
Reed Chalmers
Thjalfi
Utgardaloki
Snogg
“The plotline of the story is based on the myths of Thor's expedition to Jotunhem as told in the Gylfaginning section of Snorri Sturluson's Prose Edda, and the Völva's prophecy regarding Ragnarok in the poem Völuspá, preserved in the Poetic Edda.”
 
“The Mathematics of Magic”
Unknown, August 1940
 
Spencer’s Faerie Queen
Harold Shea
Reed Chalmers
Lady Britomart
Lady Florimel
Belphebe
 
Both stories first appeared in book form in The Incomplete Enchanter, 1941, Henry Holt and Company
 
My guest:
Chris Constantin
Dark Revelations the Roleplaying Game - http://drevrpg.com
 
Co-hosts:
Jeffrey Wikstrom
website - jeffwik.com
 
Geoffrey Winn
twitter - @geoffreydwinn
 
Email us with your comments!
00:0000:00

The Appendix N Podcast - Episode 36 - “The Return of Hastur,” “Ithaqua,” and “Beyond the Threshold” by August Derleth

August Derleth is a controversial figure in the world of the Cthulhu Mythos. He was the first to push for publication of Lovecraft’s work after his death, but his own writing didn’t quite live up to that of the Master. What do Great Old Ones have in common with Elemental Evil? Find out as we discuss three noteworthy stories.
 
 
August William Derleth
born February 24, 1909 in Sauk City, WI; died July 4, 1971
Best remembered as the first book publisher of the writings of H. P. Lovecraft; contributed to the Cthulhu Mythos; founded Arkham House in 1939 with his friend Donald Wandrei, which did much to bring supernatural fiction into print in the US that had only been readily available in the UK
1938 Guggenheim Fellow
Derleth considered his most serious work to be the Sac Prairie Saga, about life in Wisconsin as he knew it
He was a pioneering naturalist and conservationist
 
Derleth had been a correspondent and friend of Lovecraft since his teenage years
after Lovecraft’s death, Derleth founded Arkham House to publish Lovecraft’s work
first book was The Outsider and Others, 1939
Derleth invented the term “Cthulhu Mythos” (Lovecraft preferred “Yog-Sothery”)
wrote a number of stories based on fragments in which he was a “posthumous collaborator”
depicted Lovecraft’s universe as more hopeful, reflecting his Christian views
treated Old Ones as elemental forces
 
“The Return of Hastur”
first appeared in Weird Tales, March 1939
 
“Ithaqua”
first appeared in Strange Stories, February 1941
 
“Beyond the Threshold”
first appeared in Weird Tales, September 1941
 
My guest:
Louis Brenton
twitter - @revlouisbrenton
website - louisbrenton.com
 
Co-hosts:
Jeffrey Wikstrom
website - jeffwik.com
 
Geoffrey Winn
twitter - @geoffreydwinn
 
Email us with your comments!
 
 

Thank you to our sponsor, Open Gaming Store!

Dungeons & Dragons Classics

 
 
00:0000:00

The Appendix N Podcast - Episode 35 - Tales of Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser by Fritz Leiber, Part 1

The Appendix N Podcast - Episode 35 - Tales of Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser by Fritz Leiber, Part 1

Three tales of thrilling adventure from the Gandalf Grand Master of Fantasy. Join the most famous duo in swords and sorcery literature as they search for treasure and travel to the ends of the earth.


Fritz Reuter Leiber, Jr.
December 24, 1910 (Chicago) - September 5, 1992
“American writer of fantasy, horror, and science fiction. He was also a poet, actor in theater and films, playwright and chess expert.[b] With writers such as Robert E. Howard and Michael Moorcock, Leiber can be regarded as one of the fathers of sword and sorcery fantasy, having in fact created the term. Moreover, he excelled in all fields of speculative fiction, writing award-winning work in fantasy, horror, and science fiction.” - Wikipedia

introduced Fafhrd and Grey Mouser in August, 1939 in Unknown magazine, edited by John W. Campbell
early influences were H. P. Lovecraft and Robert Graves; received a letter of encouragement from Lovecraft in 1936
earned little money as a writer; addicted to alcohol and downers
actually received royalty checks from TSR for games based on Lankhmar
1975 - named Gandalf Grand Master of Fantasy by the World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon)

Fafhrd was based on Leiber himself; Grey Mouser based on Harry Otter Fischer
notable for growing, taking on more responsibilities, getting married, etc.

Two Sought Adventure
published 1957 by Gnome Press

Swords Against Death
first published 1970 by Ace Books
second of seven volumes

“The Jewels in the Forest” 1939 — original title “Two Sought Adventure”
“The Bleak Shore” 1940
“The Howling Tower” 1941

My guests:

Chris Constantin
Dark Revelations the Roleplaying Game - http://drevrpg.com

Co-hosts:
Jeffrey Wikstrom
website - jeffwik.com

Geoffrey Winn
twitter - @geoffreydwinn

Email us with your comments!
00:0000:00

The Appendix N Podcast - Episode 34 - Lest Darkness Fall by L. Sprague de Camp

A classic time-travel story of modern man’s confrontation with the ancient world. Martin “Mouse” Padway plays a giant game of Civ with the real world. Can he prevent the fall of Rome?


Lyon Sprague de Camp
November 27, 1907 - November 6, 2000 (age 92)
Wiki “In a career spanning 60 years, he wrote over 100 books, including novels and works of non-fiction, including biographies of other fantasy authors. He was a major figure in science fiction during the genre's heyday in the 1930s and 1940s.”
born in New York City
sent to boarding school “to cure him of intellectual arrogance and lack of discipline;” he was bullied and developed a detached analytical style
he was an aeronautical engineer, did undergraduate study at California Institute of Technology; earned B of Sci at Caltech; earned Masters in Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology in 1933
his first job took him to Scranton, PA!!
during WW2 was a researcher at the Philadelphia Naval Yard, where he worked with Robert A. Heinlein and Isaac Asimov
founding member of Swordsmen and Sorcerers Guild of America (SAGA), in the 60’s, led by Lin Carter

Lest Darkness Fall
one of the earliest and most influential alternate history novels
first published as short story in Unknown, December 1939
published as novel by Henry Holt and Company, 1941
Harry Turtledove said it sparked his interest in alternate history

Extra History - Justinian & Theodora

My guest:
Louis Brenton
twitter - @revlouisbrenton
website - louisbrenton.com

Co-hosts:
Jeffrey Wikstrom
website - jeffwik.com

Geoffrey Winn
twitter - @geoffreydwinn

Email us with your comments!
00:0000:00

The Appendix N Podcast - Episode 33 - The Stories of Conan by Robert E. Howard, Part 6


We close the book on the tales of Conan the Wanderer! Join us for our discussion of the final three tales ever written by Robert E. Howard about his famous character, including one of his finest stories, Red Nails.

www.nobleknight.com

“Beyond the Black River”
published May - June 1935 in Weird Tales
Fort Tuscan
Balthus
Zogar Sag, Pictish Wizard
Cult of Jhebbal Sag

“Shadows in Zamboula” (original title “The Man-Eaters of Zamboula”)
published in Weird Tales in 1935
Zamboula
black Darfarian cannibals
Baal-pteor

“Red Nails”
published in Weird Tales from July to October 1936
Valeria of the Red Brotherhood
cover illustration by Margaret Brundage

Robert E. Howard died June 11, 1936
H. P. Lovecraft died March 15, 1937

My guest:
Peter Foxhoven
website - http://www.cromcountthedead.com

Co-hosts:
Jeffrey Wikstrom
website - jeffwik.com
email - jeffwik@gmail.com

Geoffrey Winn
twitter - @geoffreydwinn

Email us with your comments!

http://www.thetomeshow.com
thetomeshow@gmail.com



Dungeons & Dragons Classics




00:0000:00

The Appendix N Podcast - Episode 32 - Selected Works by H. P. Lovecraft, Part 5

The Appendix N Podcast - Episode 32 - Selected Works by H. P. Lovecraft, Part 5


Three chilling tales from H. P. Lovecraft written in the last years of his life.


www.nobleknight.com


“The Thing on the Doorstep”
written August 1933; published January 1937 in Weird Tales
Edward Pickman Derby
Daniel Upton
Asenath Waite


“The Shadow Out of Time”
written November - February 1935; published June 1936 in Astounding Stories
Nathaniel Wingate Peaslee
Great Race of Yith
Berkeley Square (1933 film)


“The Haunter of the Dark”
written November 1935; published December 1936 in Weird Tales
sequel to “The Shambler from the Stars” (1935) by Robert Bloch
Robert Harrison Blake


H. P. Lovecraft died March 15, 1937


My guests:
Peter Foxhoven
website - http://www.cromcountthedead.com


Louis Brenton
twitter - @revlouisbrenton


Co-hosts:
Jeffrey Wikstrom
website - jeffwik.com
email - jeffwik@gmail.com


Geoffrey Winn
twitter - @geoffreydwinn


Email us with your comments!

Dungeons & Dragons Classics


00:0000:00

The Appendix N Podcast - Episode 31 - The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien, Part 3

The Appendix N Podcast - Episode 31 - The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien, Part 3


In this episode, we discuss the short story “Farmer Giles of Ham" and finish our discussion of “The Hobbit."


www.nobleknight.com


Farmer Giles of Ham
written 1947; published 1949


The Hobbit
written mostly during the 1920’s and 1930’s; first draft finished by January 1933
published September 21, 1937 by George Allen & Unwin.


My guests:
Chris Constantin
Dark Revelations the Roleplaying Game - http://drevrpg.com


Peter Foxhoven
website - http://www.cromcountthedead.com


Jeremiah McCoy
websites - http://jeremiahmccoy.com & http://thebasicsofthegame.wordpress.com


Robert Wolfe
Twitter - @WolfeRJ


Co-host:
Jeffrey Wikstrom
website - jeffwik.com
email - jeffwik@gmail.com


Email us with your comments!


http://www.thetomeshow.com
thetomeshow@gmail.com



Dungeons & Dragons Classics


00:0000:00

The Appendix N Podcast - Episode 30 - The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien, Part 2

In this episode, we begin by discussing the essay “On Fair-Stories” and move on to the second part of “The Hobbit,” Chapters 7 through 11.

www.nobleknight.com

“On Fairy-Stories”
written for the Andrew Lang lecture at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, 1939

The Hobbit
written mostly during the 1920’s and 1930’s; first draft finished by January 1933
published September 21, 1937 by George Allen & Unwin.

My guests:
Peter Foxhoven
website - http://www.cromcountthedead.com

Louis Brenton
twitter - @revlouisbrenton

Co-host:
Jeffrey Wikstrom
website - jeffwik.com
email - jeffwik@gmail.com

Email us with your comments!
 http://www.thetomeshow.com
thetomeshow@gmail.com

Support the Show, Shop Below:

Dungeons & Dragons Classics


00:0000:00