The Mad God’s Amulet Book Two

The Mad God’s Amulet Book Two

Dave (AKA SÖNUS) is back in Derry and Toms to pick up the second and concluding part of our quest for The Mad God’s Amulet.

Join us as we discover the greatest NWOBHM band to never exist… THE MUTANT WAR JAGUARS OF ASIACOMMUNISTA… and Lord Shark’s Ostentatious Couch returns.

Things mentioned in the show include Gates of Londra – a must have if you dig your industrial black metal with a Moorcockian twist.

Imrryr’s latest release The Dreaming City III is out now featuring Dave and Allister Thompson AKA The Gateless Gate.

Massive thanks to Dave Dempster for the Maegan Lemay poster. Check out her web and store page.

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Moorcock and RPGs Part V – Stormbringer Redux!

Moorcock & RPGs V – Stormbringer Redux!

Ted AKA @tedankhamen joins me in Derry and Toms for the second leaf of our Summer diptych musing on Moorcock, gaming and whatever else enters our eyeline.

Some choice cuts in here including miniature bashing, Tolkien (again), a shock Strongbow appreciation story, chaosium-isms… but mostly some good, chewy thinking on modelling Moorcockian worlds and cosmology. I also bang my BoL drum again.

Be sure to have a good delve around Ted’s blog Tomb of Tedankhamen.

Ted also mentioned Lasers and Feelings by John Harper. Lots more good stuff on his itch.io

You can check out the Tentacled Whisperer of Secrets Discord by making an offering to… THE TENTACLED WHISPERER… or just check out his profile. He’s pretty lax on gatekeeping for an ancient deity of unspeakable power.

Steve’s Stormbringer game recaps are on his blog.

Check out and subscribe to Jim Kirkland’s newsletter and read his spoiler-free review of The Citadel of Forgotten Myths.

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Moorcock and RPGs Part Four – Sandboxing the Multiverse

Moorcock and RPGs Part Four – Sandboxing the Multiverse

We’re back in Derry and Toms to talk gaming again, this time with CLARKY THE CRUEL.

Dave gets shocked by the crap number of TV channels we had in the UK as kids, Clarky tells us about his sandboxing adventures beyond the ultraworld, and I get inspired. And we digress. Obviously.

You can find Clarky’s Dissecting Worlds podcast archive and all of his game logs on his blog (including entries by yours truly describing the action from the perspective of post-apocalypse fiction powerhouse Roy Saveloy).

Roy Saveloy

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We also mention Jason’s podcast, the Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast.

Check out Miles’s new venture, the Casual Trek Podcast.

The Art of Bob Haberfield (1938 – 2021)

The Art of Bob Haberfield

After 40 years of obsessing over the Mayflower covers of Bob Haberfield, Dave and I get to wig out and talk to Ben Haberfield about his Dad’s life, art and the gestating project to celebrate the breadth of his work in the form of two art books.

You can keep up with Ben’s work at bobhaberfield.com and follow him on Instagram.

You can pick up Maureen Cawthorn Bell’s James Cawthorn: The Man And His Art from John Davey’s Jayde Design.

We also mention Jason’s podcast, the Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast and I recently talked pulp and genre fiction with Rob AKA Menion on Confessions of a Wee Tim’rous Bushi.

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The Mad God’s Amulet – Book One

The Mad God’s Amulet – Book One

Dave AKA SÖNUS returns to Derry and Toms to dive into the fast-paced and very metal, yet weirdly just OK-ish first part of The Mad God’s Amulet, second in the Hawkmoon sequence The History of the Runestaff.

As always, digressions await the unwary traveller as well as ostentatious coughing and just excellent pants.

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Chapter 12 of The Journal of Gerard Arthur Connelly was scored by N Λ N D.

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The Fortress of the Pearl – Part One

The Fortress of the Pearl – Gollancz SF 1989
The Fortress of the Pearl – Part One

Loz returns to Derry & Toms to revisit an old adversary, Michael Moorcock’s The Fortress of the Pearl.

Join us and marvel at our declining energy.

Bridle, as Loz declares The Chronicle of the Black Sword a shit book and denigrates poetry.

Along the way we ‘wake the chicken’. What does that even mean? How many names are there for trousers? Why would anyone smoke stout?

Listen as we mull over the answers.

(Spoiler – we don’t know)

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Chapter 11 of The Journal of Gerard Arthur Connelly was scored by N Λ N D

My Experiences in the Third World War

My Experiences in the Third World War

Finally, we’re back at Derry & Toms to take a look at the 1980 Moorcock collection My Experiences in the Third World War. Along the way Phil and I compare notes regarding our mindsets in the 1980s, laugh at the preposterous Controller and let fate decide on the Wandering Traumatic Nuclear War Film Table.

Also, on this occasion we might not offend a small town in the UK, but potentially all of Canada. But seriously what DOES ‘pie-dish of privilege and broken promises’ really mean?

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CONTENT WARNING – there are discussions in this show regarding sexual violence and exploitation

Guy N Smith Revisited – Crabs’ Moon

Guy N Smith Revisited – Crabs’ Moon

After the Halloween Special we couldn’t stay away. Phil needed questions answered.

Where did they come from?

How did they come to be?

So we read Crabs Moon and discovered the answers to none of these questions. But we did have a hoot and we were joined by Graham (aka @opensussex AKA Apkallu of Enmerkar AKA DECADNIDS) to have a couple of beverages, discuss Crabs’ Moon and to talk in general about the late Guy N Smith and his diverse writing career.

We also raised a glass to the man as this show lands close to a year after his passing.

We reference a Guy N Smith interview from the excellent The Collected Pulp Horror by Justin Marriott and Will Errickson.

Guy’s daughter TARA has re-energised the GNS Twitter and Instagram accounts.

We play this show out with Proditol from the album The Black Corridor by DECADNIDS vs NΛND.

***warning: unlike Night of the Crabs, Crabs Moon contains references to sexual violence and we do talk about them so please proceed with caution and look after yourselves – this month’s Patreon funds have been donated to The Survivor’s Trust – please do look them up and consider donating***

It’s a long story. Or a very short one.

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Dangerous Visions and New Worlds with Andrew Nette

Andrew Nette, journalist, writer and lover of all things pulp, joins me in Derry and Toms to talk about his new book Dangerous Visions and New Worlds Radical Science Fiction, 1950 to 1985 . In this deep dive into the progressive, sexy explosion of challenging stories we wander off on various tangents including an Australian viewpoint on pulp and genre fiction, the wonders of the publisher NEL (New English Library), Jon Pertwee Doctor Who (again), long dead bus drivers and Rollerball!

We also touch on PS Publishing’s Midnight Movie Monographs and I briefly ‘namechecked’ a company that produces fantastic short ‘zines of photography. Unfortunately I didn’t actually name them. They are Café Royal Books and they’re absolutely fantastic.

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Halloween Special 2021 – Night of the Crabs by Guy N Smith

Halloween Special 2021 – Night of the Crabs

The patrons have spoken.

Phil joins me again for this year’s Halloween Special to look at the classic New English Library killer critter classic, Night of the Crabs by Guy N Smith.

Death…

Destruction…

Rumpy pumpy…

Knobhead crabs…

It has it all. And sorry to Rhyl (again).

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