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Nyarlathotep is easily one of the most powerful entities in all the mythos universe. Within the Cthulhu Mythos, few can even remotely compare to Nyarlathotep, including the other Outer Gods. However, unlike the unknowable nature of other eldritch abominations, Nyarlathotep has attributes that mere humans can actually relate to, but only on a small level. Nyarlathotep is the only Outer God with somewhat of a human personality, though it is, of course, the darker aspects of human nature. H.P. Lovecraft may have brought this Outer God into the consciousness of the masses, but Nyarlathotep exists in multiple other universes as well, including Conan the Barbarian. Many writers have penned cosmic horror stories with Nyarlathotep in them long after H.P. Lovecraft's death. So, it seems like the legacy of this eldritch abomination is far from over within the universe of the Cthulhu Mythos.

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3 weeks, 6 days ago

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20 of the Best Lovecraftian Horror Movies
It’s sort of odd to think that when I first began reading the cosmic horror fiction of author H.P. Lovecraft in the early 2000s, the man was still considered a fairly obscure figure in American pop culture, if not literary history. Horror fiction devotees could have told you about Lovecraft’s pantheon of elder gods and otherworldly beings at that point, but the average cinemagoer had little to no familiarity at the time with any of them, Cthulhu or otherwise. Some 20 years ago, the collected works of H.P. Lovecraft were still the stuff of deep nerd cliché, a sort of “secret handshake” among horror geeks and 1980s horror film buffs.
A few decades later, awareness of the author’s life and his most famous creations has been utterly transformed, and the average person walking down the street now has a good chance of recognizing the name “Lovecraft,” or even that of Cthulhu. This should perhaps not be a big surprise—after all, this same period has seen the average person go from being dimly aware of only a handful of Marvel superheroes, to likely being able to recite the names and powers of dozens of them, and our biggest Hollywood blockbusters revolve entirely around geek material that was once the stereotypical stuff of poor losers being walloped by cinematic bullies. That which was once the warren of outcast nerds has been almost completely absorbed into the mainstream, and this includes the more obscure corners of the horror universe. Perhaps in that sense, it was inevitable that entire episodes of South Park would eventually revolve around Lovecraft jokes, and that plush Cthulhu dolls would proliferate online.
If there’s one place that Lovecraft and his cosmic horror ideals have always been at home, though, it’s been in cinema. Since the Stuart Gordon-driven heyday of bizarre Lovecraft adaptations in the 1980s, to modern indie horror, the author’s themes of cosmic terror and man’s insignificance in the universe have persevered and become reference points for the genre as a whole. Along the way, “Lovecraftian” has become one of the genre’s most oft-cited (and frankly overused) adjectives, implying as little as “contains tentacle monsters” to some, while hinting at profound cosmic truths to others. In our eyes, “Lovecraftian” horror films are all about peeling back the veil that separates reality from the realms of madness, and watching characters deal with the resulting shock to their central nervous system.
Here, then, is a celebration of 20 of the best “Lovecraftian” horror films to be found out there. Some are literal adaptations of Lovecraft stories, or loosely inspired substitutes. Others are clear tributes to the man, and his impact on American weird fiction. Still others simply evoke the ideas of cosmic horror with which Lovecraft is so closely and permanently affiliated. All make for great watching, especially in the Halloween horror season.
Lovecraftian horror honorable mentions: AM1200, Chilean G

1 month ago

There's more truth to this story than you might think.

1 month, 1 week ago

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Four fantastical tales from the mind of H. P. Lovecraft that center around a theme of illicit substances: some used to transcend the veil of reality, some used to keep one's sanity in check. All of the stories are quite psychedelic and unreal, quite mystical, and quite frightening. So, turn off the lights, get lit, and come with us on this long strange trip. All stories originally written by H.P. Lovecraft. Narration and music by Matt Schmitz / Psyclopean. Additional music scoring on "Ex Oblivione" and "Celephais" by Samuel Francis Johnson.

1 month, 3 weeks ago

What truths are conveyed by Science Fiction and Lovecraftian Horror? Let's see. I do not own the art or music; I just think they're neat.

1 month, 4 weeks ago

Song: The Call Of Ktulu
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Genre: Instrumental, Heavy Metal
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1 month, 4 weeks ago

Pickman's Model by Lovecraft Adapted by Kim Holm
“Richard Upton Pickman, the greatest artist I have ever known and the foulest being that ever leaped the bounds of life into the pits of myth and madness” Pickman, painter of grotesque masterpieces too horrible to imagine, disappears without a trace. His last friend among the living recounts their fateful trip to Pickman’s secret studio in Bostonâs run-down North End. In his classic tale “Pickman’s Model”, grand master and grandfather of the modern horror-tale H.P. Lovecraft let his characters delve into the darkest nature of weird art. Though faithful to both Lovecraft’s text and spirit, cartoonist Kim Holm’s art argues for a vastly different take on horrific art. In grim brush-strokes and ink-spatters, the art dissolves from cartoony realism into nightmarish expressionism as Pickman leads the unknowing art-lover down into his cellar studio, down into the depths of horror.
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2 months, 2 weeks ago

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2 months, 4 weeks ago

This story was written by Lovecraft when he was 12 years old! Four years on and he is still having trouble spelling the word 'excite' for some reason ;-)

Funny that on this one he decided to attribute it to anonymous.

It appears someone must have read and helped Lovecraft with this longer version of the story, as not only is the story itself a bit expanded and some new vocabulary introduced, but the grammar and spelling and punctuation are much improved as well (not perfect, but much, much better). Although in the concluding chapter, there is some missing text. I grabbed some obvious missing bits from the short version of the story, but it is possible more was missing than just that. Ah well, there's nothing I can do about it.

Interesting that so many of just childhood tales are maritime in nature. I wonder if that is his Anglophilia appearing at so young an age, since the UK was still the dominant naval power at the time, or if something else is going on with that.

By 1902, very many attempts had been made at reaching the North Pole, but success (or at least claims of success) at getting there was still a few years away.

Newgate prison was closed in 1902. But there were executions right up the way through 1902, the last one being on May 6 of that year. Of course, if the story was written in 1902, we can assume it was set at some point at least a few years prior, so a hanging at that prison in this story does actually fit with the history of the place.

David Farragut was promoted to the rank of commander in 1841, and the rank of captain in 1855. Unless the story is referencing some other Farragut besides this most famous one, that would give us a pre-Civil War time frame for the story, well within the scope of Newgate prison's operational life time.

Now while the Constitution is technically still in commission, it hasn't seen active combat duty since I believe the 1820s, although it did continue to sail in training and ceremonial duties up until the 1920s. Although it appears she did actually capture a slaver ship off of Africa in 1854 or 55? Even now, she still sails periodically just for demonstration purposes. Pretty amazing that such an old ship is still able to operate at all! Anyways, it appears at no point in its history was anybody named Farragut ever in charge of the Constitution. So our budding young author just picked a couple of names out of history and put them together randomly. No luck for him though, that the pairing doesn't match the historical record. Would have been fun if it had.

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3 months, 1 week ago

This story was written by Lovecraft when he was 12 years old! Four years on and he is still having trouble spelling the word 'excite' for some reason ;-)

Interesting that so many of just childhood tales are maritime in nature. I wonder if that is his Anglophilia appearing at so young an age, since the UK was still the dominant naval power at the time, or if something else is going on with that.

By 1902, very many attempts had been made at reaching the North Pole, but success (or at least claims of success) at getting there was still a few years away.

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3 months, 1 week ago

This story was written by Lovecraft when he was only 8 years old! Adjust your expectations accordingly...

While I was pretty terrible at punctuation at that age myself, still the entire lack of it in many places made this surprisingly difficult to read.

And no, Lovecraft did not have a sister, younger or otherwise. He was an only child.

The pictures used: The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River Cave in Palawan, Philippines is about 24 km long. The cave includes major formations of stalactites and stalagmites, and several large chambers.

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3 months, 1 week ago

This story was written by Lovecraft when he was only 8 years old! Adjust your expectations accordingly...

Hackman is a coachman for a horse-drawn coach or carriage.

Apparently he kept using 'exited' instead of 'excited'. I have made the correction in my narration.

The pictures used is "Inside the tomb chamber" by Varun Shiv Kapur, used here under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/).

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This story was written by Lovecraft when he was only 8 years old! Adjust your expectations accordingly...

If you go look at the link provided, you will see it is transcribed as Lovecraft must have written it, with mostly missing punctuation and all. Punctuation wasn't exactly a strong point for me either at that age ;-)

The pictures used is the chart as included in the story, presumably drawn by young Lovecraft himself.

While there's no compass on the map, if that's supposed to be the Indian Ocean, then the bit of Australia shown should be the western coast. So it looks like the top of the map is south? Hmmm.... Or maybe geography was taught a bit differently 1898.

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This story was written by Lovecraft when he was 14 years old, but was published only much later. Not bad for a 14-year old!

prognathous: having a projecting lower jaw or chin.

freshet: the flood of a river from heavy rain or melted snow.

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There is no annotations or other meaningful background or information relating to this tale that I can readily find. Which leaves the whole thing massively open to interpretation. So what do *you* think happened to Blake at the end?

I was a bit unsure about the pronunciation of 'Simeon'. And indeed, there seems to be at least two pronunciations in use for the name. I went with what seems to be the more common pronunciation.

The pictures used is of a Belgian soldier injured by a flamethrower in 1914. War really sucks, doesn't it? :(

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Well this one is pretty gruesome...

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3 months, 2 weeks ago

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This story may be Eddy's work, but it definitely feels like it has a lot of Lovecraftian influence!

As best I can figure, all the locations in this story are made up. Mayfair, Glendale, the Potowisset, the Cataqua. None of it appears to really exist that I can tell. That last one, there is a word 'Chautauqua', but that is the name of an adult education movement in the early 20th century, not a river or other locality. Even today Maine is fairly sparsely populated, and a hundred years ago its population was almost half what it is today, so I can believe it was easier at the time to just make up names than to figure out real places.

Anyways, the only name there that is any trouble is Potowisset, but since that is not a real name, in Maine or anywhere else, I'm not too worried about the pronunciation I used.

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You can really tell this one is not a Lovecraft creation. It's not even obvious what his contribution was to this one, but his name is linked to it, so you get to suffer it. And this was written when Eddy was 28 and married; I would have thought it written by a nerdy 18 year old virgin... :-P

For tabourette, apparently it is acceptable (in English) to pronounce the t's, or to not do so (in the French manner).

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It appears this was Sonia's work, with Lovecraft providing the idea for it, and Greene doing the actual writing.

An example of the uncommon short story style that is primarily about mood or atmosphere rather than plot or action. And it does a pretty good job of it, IMO.

'Mould' here is a British word for soft loose earth. Apparently it may have been an American word a hundred years ago? But certainly not any more.

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There are a number of different pronunciations possible for Bothon, and no hints in the text or anywhere else that I could find as to how the authors expected us to pronounce it. There are hardly even any other narrations of the story out there, so I don't even have much in the way of what others have fancied it to be. Oh well. Please, you authors out there, PLEASE, give us hints on how you expect the names of your characters to be pronounced! Bothon is not a real name in the real world, and there are too many possibilities for anybody to know what you had in mind when you came up with the name. A footnote, a glossary, and appendix, *something* with a guide to pronunciations, I beg of you!

The Hippodrome in New York City hasn't been a thing since 1939. This story was written in 1946, so clearly the authors are recalling a NYC that no longer existed even at the time they wrote this tale.

And physical print newspapers! This will be terribly confusing to people in the not too distant future! HA!

While it is difficult to find information about this text, I get the feeling this is primarily Whitehead's work, and Lovecraft must have only done some minor edits. Possibly Lovecraft provided some of the themes as well?

The pictures used is by Alphonse de Neuville and Edouard Riou, and is of Professor Aronnax and Captain Nemo visiting the remains of Atlantis in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas. A bit of a liberty to use it for this story, but not many pictures of the destruction of Atlantis out there, at least that are freely usable.

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"The Thing in the Moonlight" is based on a letter that Lovecraft wrote to Donald Wandrei on 24 November 1927. The story surrounding Lovecraft's description of his dream was written by J. Chapman Miske and published in the January 1941 issue of Bizarre.

The pictures used is "Trolley Graveyard" by Forsake Fotos, used here under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/).

Surprisingly good amount of artwork based on this story fragment, but none of it with a copyright status that made it useable by me. Oh well. So you get this abandonded trolley car instead.

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3 months, 2 weeks ago

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0:00:00 Chapter 1
0:32:02 Chapter 2
0:59:15 Chapter 3
1:39:35 Chapter 4
2:07:03 Chapter 5
2:33:41 Chapter 6
2:58:21 Chapter 7

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You would do well to first read or listen to "The Curse of Yig". Yig is referenced in this story many times, as it is also set in Oklahoma, and it is intimated that the narrator here is the same narrator as in that story. Indeed, a few of the little details here and there are explained at length in that story, like the incessant beating of the tom-toms. Why does that happen? This story doesn't say, but "The Curse of Yig" does.

There is also a nice weaving in of classic Lovecraftian mythology half-way through the story.

The town of Binger in Caddo County is a real place, but there are no mounds in the location described in the story, they are a complete fiction. Burial mounds by Native Americans were real enough throughout the Americas, including in central Oklahoma, just not in the specific location of this story.

Throughout all these stories, even though there is the occasional use of a distinctly British, as opposed to American, term, like 'electric torch' instead of 'flashlight', it never occurred to me to look up 'mould' until this story, despite seeing it in many other stories and kind of scratching my head at what it could have meant in the contexts used. Turns out there is a British usage that we don't really have in the US, at least not that I've ever heard, of 'soft loose earth'. That makes a lot more sense than the furry fungal growth!

But knickerbockers... oh boy! Do the Brits still use that word? I know the New York Knicks are named after that word, and the shortened form of knickers may get occasional use, but I've never heard anybody use the full word outside of historical talk about the NBA team.

You'll have to pardon my Spanish - I never learned the language, so I probably got a fair bit wrong. Also, bear in mind, being in the USA, and growing up in NJ where there were Hispanics enough, whatever Spanish I did hear is New World Spanish. Even though the text given should be spoken in the style of Old World Spanish, that is going to be completely beyond me. To the extent I can muster any Spanish at all, it is unavoidably going to be the New World variety I grew up hearing.

Gll'-Hthaa-Ynn is rather an annoying name. I was hardly consistent in my pronunciation of it, but can you really blame me? :-P

The pictures used are:

Chapter 1: a 1904 photograph of Binger, OK. At the time the population would have been roughly 250 people. The town peaked in population in 1930, with 849. In 1937, they had three whole miles of paved road! And public swimming pool! Amazing. Population today is under 700, and probably closer to 600 (the 2010 census had it at 672, and the 2019 estimate was 632).

Chapter 2: a photo of an Indian burial mound in Saint Paul, taken by Runner1928, and used here under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en). There are plenty of pics of burial mounds, but few that are overgrown like this. Most of them seem to be pretty well maintained, which I guess is good, but doesn't properly evoke the setting described in this story.

Chapter 3: "Coronado sets out to the north", an oil painting by Frederic Remington. I wonder how much of Coronado's expeditions are covered in schools today? I don't particularly recall getting too much info on the topic, but it certainly was mentioned.

Chapter 4: "Underground City" by tonymtc, used here under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/). It's not obvious from the text, at least up to this point, what the city of the K'na Yan should look like, but this is an underground city bathed in a blue glow, so it vaguely fits the bill.

Chapter 5: "Tsathoggua" by Kaek, used here under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/).

Chapter 6: an illustration for the story by Harry Ferman used in Weird Tales. It depicts a gyaa-yoth: imagine here it being the one who fled the escape attempt and informed on Zamacona's flight.

Chapter 7: an illustration for the story by Harry Ferman used in Weird Tales. I believe it is meant to be Zamacona on his descent into the nether realm, but here I use it to depict the narrator making his way down.

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Well, one important revelation made in this chapter!

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Sorry if I sound a bit listless in this one - one of my betta fish died yesterday (May 27) and I'm still bummed out about it. Fortunately, this chapter is purely narrative, there's not much emotion needed for it, so hopefully it's not a major problem.

Gll'-Hthaa-Ynn is rather an annoying name. I was hardly consistent in my pronunciation of it, but can you really blame me? :-P

I haven't read ahead myself, so I find myself thinking that Zamacona, and perhaps other outer-world visitors to K'n Yan, are being given the sort of treatment the Aztecs would give to the chosen human sacrifice for Tezcatlipoca. Make them feel special, right up until the moment you whack them. We'll find out soon enough!

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Here we start to see the weaving in of classic Lovecraftian mythology!

The picture used is "Underground City" by tonymtc, used here under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/). It's not obvious from the text, at least up to this point, what the city of the K'na Yan should look like, but this is an underground city bathed in a blue glow, so it vaguely fits the bill.

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I wonder how much of Coronado's expeditions are covered in schools today? I don't particularly recall getting too much info on the topic, but it certainly was mentioned.

The picture used is "Coronado sets out to the north", an oil painting by Frederic Remington.

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3 months, 3 weeks ago

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Throughout all these stories, even though there is the occasional use of a distinctly British, as opposed to American, term, like 'electric torch' instead of 'flashlight', it never occurred to me to look up 'mould' until this story, despite seeing it in many other stories and kind of scratching my head at what it could have meant in the contexts used. Turns out there is a British usage that we don't really have in the US, at least not that I've ever heard, of 'soft loose earth'. That makes a lot more sense than the furry fungal growth!

But knickerbockers... oh boy! Do the Brits still use that word? I know the New York Knicks are named after that word, and the shortened form of knickers may get occasional use, but I've never heard anybody use the full word outside of historical talk about the NBA team.

You'll have to pardon my Spanish - I never learned the language, so I probably got a fair bit wrong. Also, bear in mind, being in the USA, and growing up in NJ where there were Hispanics enough, whatever Spanish I did hear is New World Spanish. Even though the text given should be spoken in the style of Old World Spanish, that is going to be completely beyond me. To the extent I can muster any Spanish at all, it is unavoidably going to be the New World variety I grew up hearing.

The picture used is a photo of an Indian burial mound in Saint Paul, taken by Runner1928, and used here under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en).

There are plenty of pics of burial mounds, but few that are overgrown like this. Most of them seem to be pretty well maintained, which I guess is good, but doesn't properly evoke the setting described in this story.

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3 months, 3 weeks ago

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You might do well to first read or listen to "The Curse of Yig". Yig is referenced in this story, as it is also set in Oklahoma, and it is intimated that the narrator here is the same narrator as in that story. Indeed, a few of the little details here and there are explained at length in that story, like the incessant beating of the tom-toms. Why does that happen? This story doesn't say, but "The Curse of Yig" does.

The town of Binger in Caddo County is a real place, but there are no mounds in the location described in the story, they are a complete fiction. Burial mounds by Native Americans were real enough throughout the Americas, including in central Oklahoma, just not in the specific location of this story.

The pictures used is a 1904 photograph of Binger, OK. At the time the population would have been roughly 250 people. The town peaked in population in 1930, with 849. In 1937, they had three whole miles of paved road! And public swimming pool! Amazing. Population today is under 700, and probably closer to 600 (the 2010 census had it at 672, and the 2019 estimate was 632).

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"Single". What kind of a given name is "Single"? Bizarre. Ah well, as a certain Lieutenant in Catch-22 would say, "It's Single's name, sir."

Another story that's a bit hard to place. The Bitterroot Mountains are in Montana and Idaho, and there is a Salmon River at the south end of the Bitterroot Mountains. The Blue Mountain Forest Reserve is (or was, I'm unclear if it still exists) in eastern Oregon, and the Blue Mountains generally are in Oregon and a little bit of Washington.

There's a Hampden in Colorado (now part of Denver), and a Croydon in Utah. Now we know Theunis has to travel to get to Croydon, so it is possible they are referring to the city in Utah. But clearly Hampden, CO cannot be the Hampden referenced, as they say the Salmon River is southeast of Hampden, but that is impossible given the various locations listed above.

The Salmon River does connect to the Snake River, which runs through the Blue Mountains. As it happens, there is a Hells Canyon along the course of the Snake River, and the Nez Perce were the first inhabitants of the area. It is relatively close to the Salmon River, and is very likely what the text calls "Hell's Acres". That said, there's no place nearby called Hampden that I can find. Maybe such a town existed a hundred years ago and died off some time since. It was pretty common in those western states back in the day for towns to spring up and die away as gold rushes started up and ended. There was a Hells Canyon gold rush in the 1880s, and maybe a small town of stragglers hung on for another 50 years or so before the town faded away, but that seems unlikely. Most likely, just a place they made up for the story that never really existed.

Just like there was never a pirate "Exer Jones", that is a completely made up name for the story. It is odd that a pirate would build a house in Montana or Idaho or eastern Oregon, which makes me wonder if perhaps the original setting was someplace very different and it was changed during editing. And "Beacon Hill" is obviously a name out of Boston, no doubt transplanted into this story by Lovecraft, who loves to use Beacon Hill in his stories that are set in Boston. It's certainly not a commonly used name anywhere else.

As best I can tell, greaseweed goes by the scientific name of eriodictyon tomentosum, a.k.a. woolly yerba santa. A bit out of place in Oregon or Montana or Idaho - it normally occurs in central to southern California and northern Mexico. Of course, it is entirely possible the authors may have had some other plant in mind that they thought was called that name, or maybe they were just unaware of the range of the plant, being familiar with California, but not the states to its north, so they just assumed. That seems pretty likely.

The pictures used is a photo taken by Rickmouser45 at Hells Canyon National Recreation area, near Heaven's Gate Park. This photo was taken on the Idaho side of the Hells Canyon, looking to the Oregon side of the canyon. This photo is used here under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/deed.en).

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Isn't it amazing that we finally, FINALLY, have a Lovecraft story where the character follows instructions and destroys the Thing (pictures, in this case) without looking at it or otherwise engaging with it. So many of his stories, the characters can't help themselves and do what they are instructed not to do. It's nice to finally have someone willing to play along and not screw things up :)

3 months, 4 weeks ago

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This story is largely Barlow's work, which seems pretty evident from the content of the story, with Lovecraft contributing some edits here and there. Unlike some of Lovecraft's other "edits", where Lovecraft basically rewrote the entire story, this one he left largely intact.

This is a fairly rare example of a purely atmospheric weird tale, there's very little in the way of action or plot. I do very much love the atmosphere and the mood of the story, but I could have done with a little bit more action.

I can't figure out where Ellston Beach is supposed to be. Apparently this was first published in "The Californian", which would tend to suggest a California setting. But there is no Ellston is California. Indeed, the only Ellston I can identify is in Iowa. Which means you can imagine Ellston being pretty much on any ocean coast anywhere. Well, anywhere in the Northern Hemisphere, since August is still summer in the story. The fact that the ocean doesn't get too cold for swimming until September could probably narrow it down some, but I'm not familiar enough with ocean temperature variations by locale to say.

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Now tell me the following sentence, copied exactly from the text, is valid syntax: "The shadows were draining from the beach, and I felt that they took with were all which might have been a harbour for my thoughts when the hinted thing should come."

I checked it against several sources, and they all have the same wording. It seems obviously an error, where the word 'were' should be 'them': "...took with them all which might...". But, that's not what is actually in the text. I couldn't really figure out how to say the sentence as written, but obviously I stumbled through it somehow. After about a dozen takes and much head-scratching. Ugh.

3 months, 4 weeks ago

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Aaah, the old days before astronomy figured out what was really going on with the other planets in the solar system, and authors could dream up whatever they wanted for their stories without fear of contradiction by science.

The pictures used is a true color picture of Venus, taken by NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft in 2007. Kind of boring to look at. But then the first half of this story is pretty boring, the pacing is much too slow - it is far too obvious to the reader what is going on, but he really belabors it as if the reader simply wasn't bright enough to figure it out. Even the second half continued to drag in places. Not the best story from a story-telling perspective, my guess is the author was really just interested in the message(s) he wanted to get across and didn't worry himself to much about the rest.

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4 months ago

Given the length of this story, I recorded it over the course of three days, one chapter at a time. Any changes in voice quality from chapter to chapter is a result of this multi-stage recording.

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0:11:28 Chapter 2
0:29:44 Chapter 3
0:54:19 Chapter 4
1:15:54 Chapter 5
1:28:13 Chapter 6

Hopefully my attempt at a southern accent isn't too bad. While I am a damned yankee, I have lived in the south for over 20 years now, so I'm not completely clueless as to this accent, but hearing it and speaking it are two entirely different matters.

Although, because I couldn't be entirely sure about the quality of my southern accent, I decided to drop it after the first chapter. The point is made that the character is a southerner, and pretty much the entire rest of the story is just him talking, and I just can't do the accent for that much text, especially if I might have it wrong in some terrible or insulting way.

On the other hand, I make no apologies at all for my butchery of French names :-P

The ending of the story is quite a tell of the authors' own attitudes. Especially for Lovecraft, a master of cosmic horror, falling back to such a boringly mundane thing that we're all supposed to be so horrified of? Tsk. I'm not entirely convinced that 80 years ago people would have been so shocked or horrified by such a reveal. Oh well.

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Chapter 1: "Auburn, Natchez, MS" by E.L. Malvaney, used here under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/). It's like this is the exact house the authors were visualizing when they described the house in the text.

Chapter 2: "Vue de la Sorbonne côté de la Place", 18th century engraving by Jean-François Janinet.

Chapter 3: "veranda view" by Leo Reynolds, used here under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/). Both conversations in this chapter take place on the veranda!

Chapter 4: "medusa barbie" by vikki23, used here under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/). I couldn't find a satisfactory picture of a woman with a knee-length black hair in a single braid. I'm rather surprised by that. No good depictions of Queen Berenice either. Nor even any satisfactory public domain or Creative Commons depiction of a medusa where the hair wasn't overtly snakes. *sigh* So this is what we are reduced to. Sorry about that.

Chapter 5: A folded-out engraving showing witches' sabbat, by Laurent Bordelon (1710), from the University of Glasgow Library, used here under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/). I'm guessing that at least a portion of Marsh's painting would have included something like this.

Chapter 6: "Historic home on Louisiana plantation damaged in fire" by Magnolia State Live. I liked that this photo had a tennis court in it, as a tennis court on the premise is specifically mentioned in an earlier chapter.

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4 months ago

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Well this is a rather silly little story fragment. Not sure if it is meant as a parody, or what. At least it's short, so we aren't subjected to very much of this inanity :-P Seriously though, it sounds like a 10 year old kid wrote this. Or that it was written with 10 year old kids as the target audience. Presumably this was Barlow's idea and Lovecraft was trying to help him out with it, but there isn't much info to be found on this story, so that's just my guess.

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4 months ago

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These Dutch names always confound me, so I probably got them wrong. Sleght in particular. Oh well.

While the atmosphere is adequately developed in this story, there are many missed opportunities to make it even creepier or more sinister. It was already kind of a long-ish story, for a short story, so I guess that wasn't done in order to keep the word count manageable? Although it is not like Lovecraft was particularly shy about writing stories much longer than this, so who knows.

6 inches = 15.25 cm
3.5 inches = 8.9 cm

Cochin-China is an old European name for Vietnam.

frore = frosty or frozen

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4 months ago

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Apparently, historically, premature burial was an all too common problem. Pretty terrifying. There's a part of my morbid curiosity that wants to know just *how* common was it really, but there's another part that suspects it is probably better for my sanity to not know...

I'm not much into things equestrian, so the use of the word 'hack' here was new to me. At first it might seem to be used here to mean a riding horse, but then there is a phrase in the text "in the first hack", implying it is something drawn by a horse, a coach or a wagon or some such. I see another a definition of 'taxicab', so it must be some sort of horse-drawn coach, pre-automobile era.

The picture used is a postcard showing "Vermont Mountain Village near Rutland Vermont" provided by the Boston Public Library under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/).

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4 months ago

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This might have been novel enough when it was written, in the 1930s, but these days it feels a bit too predictable. Or maybe it's just me...

1 rod = 16.5 feet = 5 meters

The picture used is of Father Damien on his deathbed, presumably taken by Dr. Sydney B. Swift on Palm Sunday, April 14, 1889. Cause of death? Leprosy :(

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4 months ago

"The Challenge from Beyond" by C.L. Moore, A. Merritt, H.P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, and Frank Belknap Long

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Now this was a fun collaboration!

0:00:00 C.L. Moore
0:06:01 A. Merritt
0:11:15 H.P. Lovecraft
0:30:35 Robert E. Howard
0:37:50 Frank Belknap Long

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Chapters 1 and 2 are public domain pictures

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Lovecraft reused one of his own mind-swapping alien races here from "A Shadow Out of Time" as a foil to these mind-swapping aliens of this story.

Chapter 4 is "Spinal Centipede" by Zezhou, used here under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/).

Chapter 5 is "Fire Orb" by Eric Tastad, used here under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/).

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4 months ago

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This story feels like this could have been an episode of The Twilight Zone! Indeed, I am reminded specifically of the episode "Time Enough at Last", except darker.

The author contemplates the earth moving closer in to the sun, but this was written a century ago - today we can reframe this story in the context of the sun, having reached it red giant stage, expanding out towards the earth. The result is the same, but it would better match up with current scientific understanding.

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(Ms. found among the effects of the late Richard H. Johnson, Ph.D., curator of the Cabot Museum of Archaeology, Boston, Mass.)

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0:14:57 Chapter 2
0:22:10 Chapter 3
0:41:29 Chapter 4
0:56:44 Chapter 5

4 inches = 10 cm
7/8 of an inch = 2.2 cm
2 feet = 61 cm

Another story, another obscure word that everybody seems to pronounce differently. Once again I went to my physical dictionary from 1984 and went with that. The word? Eridanus.

Cingalese is an old spelling of Sinhalese, who are a people native to what was at the time of the writing of this story known as Ceylon, which is today known as Sri Lanka.

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Chapter 1: Photo of 55 Mount Vernon St, Boston, MA, by John Phelan, used here under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en). Technically this is the Nichols House Museum, but it is on Mount Vernon Street close to Joy, in the heart of the Beacon Hill district, so it would be very much like what you could expect the fictional Cabot Museum of Archaeology to look like.

Chapter 2: Ghatanothoa, by Patrick Phipps, at the Domy Monster Show 2007 used here under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/).

Chapter 3: The Bridewell translation of von Juntz's book, not the Golden Goblin Press edition. Oh well, it's hard enough to find any sort of pictures of it, so beggars can't be choosers.

Chapter 4: Screaming mummy, intended to reflect to mummy of T'Yog.

Chapter 5: "Scary mummy" by Nyall & Maryanne, under here the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/). Think of it as the petrified mummy of the one intruder.

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4 months, 1 week ago

Written by Duane W. Rimel, and subsequently revised by H. P. Lovecraft.

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This feels sadly incomplete. It's an interesting start to a story, but needs to be finished. Perhaps some budding author can do a sequel.

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4 months, 1 week ago

Four fantastical tales from the mind of H. P. Lovecraft that center around a theme of illicit substances: some used to transcend the veil of reality, some used to keep one's sanity in check. All of the stories are quite psychedelic and unreal, quite mystical, and quite frightening. So, turn off the lights, get lit, and come with us on this long strange trip. All stories originally written by H.P. Lovecraft. Narration and music by Matt Schmitz / Psyclopean. Additional music scoring on "Ex Oblivione" and "Celephais" by Samuel Francis Johnson.
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00:08:00 - Celephais
00:28:28 - Dagon
00:48:07 - Hypnos

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Altrusian Grace Media presents THE NECRONOMICON - an immersive film and audio book experience. Inspired by and referenced in the literary works of H. P. Lovecraft, the Necronomicon is the infamous Book of the Dead. The Necronomicon, also referred to as the Book of the Dead, or under a purported original Arabic title of Kitab al-Azif, is a fictional grimoire (textbook of magic) appearing in stories by the horror writer H. P. Lovecraft and his followers. It was first mentioned in Lovecraft's 1924 short story "The Hound", written in 1922, though its purported author, the "Mad Arab" Abdul Alhazred, had been quoted a year earlier in Lovecraft's "The Nameless City". Among other things, the work contains an account of the Old Ones, their history, and the means for summoning them.
TIMESTAMPS:
00:00:00 - Intro
00:01:45 - The Necronomicon Introduction
00:07:11 - Preface
00:25:15 - The Spells (Translated)
00:32:36 - A Word Concerning The Original Manuscript
00:34:02 - Banishings
00:38:07 - The Testimony Of The Mad Arab
01:01:56 - OF THE ZONEI AND THEIR ATTRIBUTES
01:14:50 - THE BOOK OF ENTRANCE, AND OF THE WALKING
01:27:34 - THE INCANTATIONS OF THE GATES
01:40:52 - THE CONJURATION OF THE FIREGOD
01:42:48 - THE CONJURATION OF THE WATCHER
01:51:11 - THE MAKLU TEXT
02:14:13 - THE BOOK OF CALLING
02:45:43 - THE BOOK OF FIFTY NAMES
03:07:37 - THE MAGAN TEXT
03:45:50 - THE URILIA TEXT
04:13:25 - THE TESTIMONY OF THE MAD ARAB (The Second Part)
04:39:55 - Ending Credits
Source: Altrusian Grace Media

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This is just all the chapters put together into one upload. If you've been following along the whole time, there is nothing new to hear here.

0:00:00 Chapter 1
0:18:09 Chapter 2
0:22:54 Chapter 3
0:44:34 Chapter 4
0:54:50 Chapter 5
1:11:26 Chapter 6
1:23:44 Chapter 7
1:31:41 Chapter 8

This story was written as a sequel to "The Silver Key". If you haven't listened to that one yet, you might want to go there first.

Apparently the sequel was Price's idea, and Price wrote the first draft of the story. Lovecraft didn't keep much of Price's works, it appears he retained Price's basic plot and themes but rewrote the whole thing in his own style.

Chapter 1 also references the events in the story "The Statement of Randolph Carter", so that would be another one to give a listen, whether before or after this narration.

It must have been so much more fun to be an author in a time when the solar system had not yet been explored. You could make up whatever crazy things you wanted about the other planets, and there was no harsh reality of observations to spoil your fun.

I am always amazed at how many words have obscure pronunciations and nobody seems to agree on how to say them. You'd think with the Internet, things would be made clearer and move towards convergence, but no, that is rarely the case. In today's reading, we have 'olibanum', a synonym for frankincense. I decided to drag out my old (1984!) physical-book dictionary on this one. Only to discover just how awful my vision is getting... But I do have a magnifying glass. Anyways, the pronunciation I used in the reading corresponds to what my dictionary says it should be. If you don't like it, you can take it up with Random House. Oh wait, it's now Penguin Random House. Which is owned by Bertelsmann. There's probably nobody left any more with which to take up any complaints over such an old edition :-P

Gotta love words with more than one accepted pronunciation. Rather hilariously, at the start of chapter 3, you can hear me use two different pronunciations of 'neither' IN THE SAME SENTENCE! BWAHAHAHAHAHA!! Even though I caught that in edit, I left it in because it struck me as funny.

And in chapter 8, we unfortunately have yet another case of a verboten word. For youtube purposes I blanked out the word entirely. I hate to do it, but blame youtube and their censoriousness. You can find the uncensored version over on bitchute.

Normally I'd rather not censor a story and if I had to, I would just make it a bitchute exclusive instead. However, given how long it has taken me to work through this story, I can't have four days of effort with nothing to show for it here on youtube. So, you get a censored version instead. I really hate this part of youtube...

The pictures used are:

Chapter 1: A crop from the cover page spread from "Weird Tales", volume 5, number 2, published in Feb 1925, for the story "The Statement of Randolph Carter".

Chapter 2: The Silver Key, created by Gage Prentiss for Propnomicon, used here under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/).

Chapters 3 and 4 are freely available wallpaper downloads found on a public domain image search.

Chapter 5: The illustration by Harry Clarke from "Tales of Mystery and Imagination", 1923.

Chapter 6: The title page illustration by H.R. Hammond as it appeared in Weird Tales, July 1934. It's all wrong, of course - clearly the illustrator never read the story, neither Zkauba nor the bholes look anything like what is shown here, but I had the damnedest time finding *anything* at all to use as an illustration for this chapter, and since this is artwork that appeared with the story in its original publication, that's what you get.

Regarding chapters 7 and 8: There were a couple of pictures of Zkauba out there, and Yaddithians in general, but only a couple, and none with permissions of a nature that I could use them here. So you get these rather boring and anti-climatic pictures instead. Sucky. Such is life. Beggars can't be choosers, and all that.

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4 months, 1 week ago

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This story was written as a sequel to "The Silver Key". If you haven't listened to that one yet, you might want to go there first.

It must have been so much more fun to be an author in a time when the solar system had not yet been explored. You could make up whatever crazy things you wanted about the other planets, and there was no harsh reality of observations to spoil your fun.

There were a couple of pictures of Zkauba out there, and Yaddithians in general, but only a couple, and none with permissions of a nature that I could use them. So you get these rather boring and anti-climatic pictures instead. Sucky. Such is life. Beggars can't be choosers, and all that.

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4 months, 1 week ago

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This story was written as a sequel to "The Silver Key". If you haven't listened to that one yet, you might want to go there first.

The pictures used are:

For chapter 5, the illustration by Harry Clarke from "Tales of Mystery and Imagination", 1923.

For chapter 6, the title page illustration by H.R. Hammond as it appeared in Weird Tales, July 1934. It's all wrong, of course - clearly the illustrator never read the story, neither Zkauba nor the bholes look anything like what is shown here, but I had the damnedest time finding *anything* at all to use as an illustration for this chapter, and since this is artwork that appeared with the story in its original publication, that's what you get.

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4 months, 1 week ago

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This story was written as a sequel to "The Silver Key". If you haven't listened to that one yet, you might want to go there first.

Gotta love words with more than one accepted pronunciation. Rather hilariously, at the start of chapter 3, you can hear me use two different pronunciations of 'neither' IN THE SAME SENTENCE! BWAHAHAHAHAHA!! Even though I caught that in edit, I left it in because it struck me as funny.

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4 months, 1 week ago

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This story was written as a sequel to "The Silver Key". If you haven't listened to that one yet, you might want to go there first.

Chapter 1 also references the events in the story "The Statement of Randolph Carter", so that would be another one to give a listen, whether before or after this narration.

Apparently the sequel was Price's idea, and Price wrote the first draft of the story. Lovecraft didn't keep much of Price's works, it appears he retained Price's basic plot and themes but rewrote the whole thing in his own style.

I am always amazed at how many words have obscure pronunciations and nobody seems to agree on how to say them. You'd think with the Internet, things would be made clearer and move towards convergence, but no, that is rarely the case. In today's reading, we have 'olibanum', a synonym for frankincense. I decided to drag out my old (1984!) physical-book dictionary on this one. Only to discover just how awful my vision is getting... But I do have a magnifying glass. Anyways, the pronunciation I used in the reading corresponds to what my dictionary says it should be. If you don't like it, you can take it up with Random House. Oh wait, it's now Penguin Random House. Which is owned by Bertelsmann. There's probably nobody left any more with which to take up any complaints over such an old edition :-P

The pictures used are:

Chapter 1: A crop from the cover page spread from "Weird Tales", volume 5, number 2, published in Feb 1925, for the story "The Statement of Randolph Carter".

Chapter 2: The Silver Key, created by Gage Prentiss for Propnomicon, used here under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/).

To follow along: https://www.hplovecraft.com/writings/texts/fiction/tgsk.aspx

4 months, 2 weeks ago

(MS. Found in a Time Machine)

The names are all code - it might be entertaining to re-record this with the names below substituted in for what is in the text.

But regardless, this is extremely esoteric and not very impactful as a result, at least not to me. I'm not very happy with my recording here, but given how unsatisfying this story is anyways, I can't be bothered to redo it, even allowing that it is so short.

Glossary of Names-Ed.

Two-Gun Bob-Robert E. Howard
Knockout Bernie, the Wild Wolf of West Shokan-Bernard Austin Dwyer, of West Shokan, N.Y.
Bill Lum Li-William Lumley
Wladislaw Brenryk-H. Warner Munn
D. H. Killer-David H. Keller
M. Gin Brewery-Miles G. Breuer
A. Hijacked Barrell-A. Hyatt Verrill
G. A. Scotland-George Allan England
Frank Chimesleep Short, Jr-Frank Belknap Long, Jr.
The Effjoy of Akkamin-Forrest J. Ackerman
Mrs. M. Blunderage-Margaret Brundage (artist for Weird Tales)
Mr. C. Half-Cent-C. C. Senf (artist for Weird Tales)
Mr. Goofy Hooey-Hugh Rankin (artist for Weird Tales)
W. Lablache Talcum-Wilfred Blanch Talman
Horse Power Hateart-Howard Phillips Lovecraft
M. le Comte d'Erlette-August Derleth (author of Evening in Spring)
J. Caesar Warts-Julius Schwartz
H. Kanebrake-H. C. Koenig (employed by the Electrical Testing Laboratories)
H. Wanderer-Howard Wandrei
Robertieff Essovitch Karovsky-Robert S. Carr
Teaberry Quince-Seabury Quinn
Malik Taus, the Peacock Sultan-E. Hoffmann Price
Sing Lee Bawledout-F. Lee Baldwin
Ivor K. Rodent-Hugo Gernsback
Rev. D. Vest Wind-Unknown
Klarkash-Ton-Clark Ashton Smith
Windy City Grab-Bag-Weird Tales
W. Peter Chef-W. Paul Cook
Smearum & Weep-Dauber & Pine
Samuelus Philanthropus-Samuel Loveman
Mr. De Merit-A. Merritt (author of The Dwellers in the Mirage)
Wurst's Weekly Americana-Hearst's American Weekly

The pictures used is from the 1971 match-up of Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, i.e. The Fight of the Century!

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4 months, 2 weeks ago

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00:00:00 Chapter 1
00:38:27 Chapter 2

I was uncertain whether all the Dutch names should get Dutch pronunciations or Afrikaans pronunciations, as they can be quite different. In the end I went with Afrikaans, or as best I understood it, anyways. Feel free to note corrections in the comments for my future reference.

The pictures used is of a Tsetse fly, provided by Oregon State University under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/).

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4 months, 2 weeks ago

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It's almost a poem, only not. It probably should have been reworked into a poem. Missed opportunity.

I had no idea how Laen was intended to be pronounced, I could come up with a half dozen possibilities. *sigh*

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4 months, 2 weeks ago

100 years ago, H.P. Lovecraft carved out a vein of terror so original and bountiful that his mythology permeates popular culture still. He’s a Poe, a Shelley, a Stoker; he’s a master of crafting devilishly interesting scary stories. His signature blend of religious fiction, science fiction, and fantasy with his acute sense for the unimaginably terrifying coalesce into a timeless concoction of nightmare fuel. Like many white men whose names have endured history, he’s also a deeply unpleasant racist punk who deliberately infused much of his writing with the toxin of his prejudice. Thankfully, modern visual artists are extracting the interesting from the ignorance to adapt and craft original, horrifying tales of eldritch horror.
Eldritch horror, cosmic doom horror, science fiction, whatever the actual genre specification, magic, monsters, and titans from other dimensions are hallmarks of Lovecraftian horror stories. The man created Cthulhu–a character so immense that simply stating his name implies paragraphs of information. Body horror and incoherent madness act as obstacles to casual observers of the genre, especially when realized with disgusting accuracy by some of Hollywood's hottest VFX artists. For horror fans looking for more madness and carnage, here are 17 of the best Lovecraft adaptations or inspirations to hit the big screen.
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4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Personally I felt this one was weak. It had some interesting ideas, but failed to develop them in an interesting way. I rather came to the impression after Yalden had passed through the second cave and was passing through the narrow corridor, that he had really entered the mouth and was going down the esophagus, and the reason the Anathas didn't appear to be at home in the cave is because Anathas *was* the mountain in which the "cave" (his mouth) was located. I was actually disappointed at the conventional ending. Boo!

But hey, at least this is a short story that is actually short, so there's that.

The pictures used is 'Shoggoth, from Lovecraft´s "At the Mountains of Madness"', Illustration by Pahko. Used here under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en).

Although the picture is actually of a shoggoth, it strikes me as being a good candidate for what the Wizard-Beast might look like. Might even be, for all we know. The only clear inconsistency is that the shoggoth in the picture has more than seven eyes. And yet, it is possible where the number seven is used in the text, that could just be the number that were visible to Yalden, and perhaps there were more he couldn't see. We'll never know!

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0:36:48 Chapter 2

Alienist is an old-fashioned word for psychiatrist.

I couldn't even begin to guess what accent Orabona should have. We are only told he has an accent, and that he is "dark-skinned". But "dark skin" could mean anything from the olive of a Middle Easterner to the medium brown of southern India, to the darkest black from the heart of Africa; "dark" is a relative term, not an absolute one. Given that the setting is London in the early 20th century, all we can say is that he is "dark" relative to an Englishman, which isn't helpful at all.

For those of you who are familiar with London, the streets mentioned in this story are all real. If you live there, or have plans to visit there, consider trying to follow along some of the paths mentioned! :-D

Well, I have absolutely no idea if those parts of London are safe, so do your diligence first, but if they can be traveled safely, it could be fun to do so.

The pictures used are, for chapter 1: Madame Toussad's in London, and for chapter 2: "The Horror in the Museum" by PeterSzmer, used here under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/).

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4 months, 2 weeks ago

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I've actually been to Lake Placid! Twice! To do the Ironman there! It is beautiful country, but I never came across a village named "Mountain Top". I've been as far north as Au Sable Forks, since the bike course went up that way the first time I was there, and most of the way to Black Brook the second time, and of course Wilmington for the northwestern corner of the course. Regardless, from Au Sable Forks or Black Brook, there's only another 40 or 45 miles you can go before hitting the border with Canada, and google maps doesn't seem to know any place called "Mountain Top" in New York (or Vermont, since you're also close to the Vermont border at that point), so either it was made up for the story, or it has over the past 100 years been absorbed into some other locality and lost its original name.

Towards the end there, there is a reference to Route 2, and there is a US Route 2 that is in NY all the way up at the Canadian border, for about a mile, and then passes into Vermont. As best I can determine, US 2 was built on or before 1922, and the story was written in 1932, so that checks out.

US 2 starts by branching off from US 11 in Rouses Point, and that is the only inhabited place it passes through in New York state, as it immediately goes off over the water (is that Lake Champlain at that point, or still considered the Richelieu River? The wikipedia page for Rouses Point suggests it is Lake Champlain right there, but the entry for US Route 2 says Richelieu River, so who knows!) and into Vermont.

New York State Route 2 is way over by Albany, so it's not referring to that. So I guess what they call Mountain Top in this story is Rouses Point in reality? Rouses Point goes all the way back to the 18th century, while this story can assumed to be set in the early 20th century, so there's no reconciliation to be had, unless it's a colloquial name for a nearby unincorporated part of the county. Of course, it turns out that that part of New York state is extremely flat - no mountains to be seen anywhere for there to be a mountain top! Which is a problem for the setting of the story which is said to be a mountainous area...

Ah well, looks like the authors made up a name without knowing the reality of the locale, and so this is what we get.

As to Sugarloaf Mountain in the Catskills, there are, unfortunately, several mountains named Sugarloaf in that part of the Appalachians, so no way to know where exactly the author had in mind as there are no additional points of reference beyond that. Not that it matters, if they gave as much care and attention to locales here as they did for "Mountain Top"... :-P

The picture used is one of my own pictures taken while I was at Lake Placid. I could have, and probably should have, featured a picture of a statue of some sort, whether or a man or a dog, but I decided I wanted to show off one of my own pictures :)

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4 months, 2 weeks ago

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IT'S A TRAP!!

Ok, obvious joke done, it is interesting to see the occasional detail of how life used to be. The sounding of a gong, for example, to indicate when a given class period was over. I remember when I was in school there was an electric buzzer that was sounded over the PA system. How did your school do it?

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Funny thing: while recording this, I thought I was doing an unusually good job of it, yet in edit, it was probably the single most error-riddled recording I have made to date. Isn't it weird how it can seem so right while you're doing it, and only in review be determined to be so wrong? Most of the errors were of such a trivial nature that if you aren't reading along with the text, you'd never know there was an error, using 'a' instead of 'the' (or vice versa) kind of mistakes, but I do read along with the text while I'm editing, so I am aware of them myself. I do sometimes leave an error or two like that in a recording just because I can't be bothered, but when there are so many, you just gotta fix them. What a bother!

4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Call of Cthulhu (2018) is a horror game, heavily inspired by H. P. Lovecraft's stories in general and "The Call of Cthulhu" in particular. Developed by Cyanide Studio and released by Focus Home Interactive (now Focus Entertainment).

Chapter 14.2, in which we fulfill our destiny by putting and end to everything.

Video 21/21: Chapter 14.2, ending 3

4 months, 3 weeks ago

The ancient Fish-god Dagon takes over a fishing village, smashes the Christian icons, subjugates the population to a mutant species that feeds on Humans . Based on two H.P. Lovecraft stories. A fitting metaphor for our times.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dagon_(film)

4 months, 3 weeks ago

This story was written by Adolphe de Castro in 1891 and subsequently revised by Lovecraft in 1930 before being published in Weird Tales.

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Some racial language in this one that was in common use a century ago but not so nice to use now. Ah well, it's a historical text, and I am not going to modify it, just know that the language used is the author's own and naught to do with me.

The reference to the president's private car makes the modern reader initially think of a limousine or Rolls Royce similar luxury vehicle. But you need to remember the story is set in 1889, and was written in the 1890s, so no, by "car", the author means train car, not an automobile. Funny thing how use of words changes over time like that!

The picture used is the interior of a Pullman train car, from the Chicago Historical Society. Upholstered seats that face each other, in a first class train car, as described in the text. Fancy! Of course, the Pullman Company was an American company, not a European one, but clearly they made "European style" train cars, so that's what you get. It was hard enough finding pics of old-time first class train cars with upholstered back-to-back seats, so just gotta go with whatever can be found.

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4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Call of Cthulhu (2018) is a horror game, heavily inspired by H. P. Lovecraft's stories in general and "The Call of Cthulhu" in particular. Developed by Cyanide Studio and released by Focus Home Interactive (now Focus Entertainment).

Chapter 14.2, in which we fulfill our destiny by performing a counter ritual.

Video 20/21: Chapter 14.2, ending 2

4 months, 3 weeks ago

Bishop supplied the story idea and some notes, paying Lovecraft to flesh it out in 1928. It was then published under Bishop's name in Weird Tales in 1929.

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Some racial language in this one that was in common use a century ago but not so nice to use now. Ah well, it's a historical text, and I am not going to modify it, just know that the language used is the author's own and naught to do with me.

Otherwise, if you can get past that, it's a pretty good tale with a nice, horrific ending!

A quart is just shy of a liter (0.95 liters).

The pictures used is the copy of an image from a sandstone disk found at Carthage, Alabama.

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4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Call of Cthulhu (2018) is a horror game, heavily inspired by H. P. Lovecraft's stories in general and "The Call of Cthulhu" in particular. Developed by Cyanide Studio and released by Focus Home Interactive (now Focus Entertainment).

Chapter 14.2, in which we fulfill our destiny by invoking The One Who Sleeps.

Video 19/21: Chapter 14.2, ending 1

4 months, 3 weeks ago

This is just all the chapters put together into one upload. If you've been following along the whole time, there is nothing new to hear here. This story was written by Adolphe de Castro and subsequently revised by Lovecraft before being published in Weird Tales.

0:00:00 Chapter 1
0:14:06 Chapter 2
0:44:56 Chapter 3
0:53:30 Chapter 4
1:20:26 Chapter 5

The portrayal of newspapers as slime who fabricate stories is hardly unique to this tale. Poe has similar complaints decades earlier in "The Mystery of Marie Rogêt". And of course, Mark Twain and Thomas Jefferson made their famous quips about the news being nothing but lies. We even have an exemplary case in our own life time, back in 2003, when the New York Time's Jayson Blair had to be fired after being caught red-handed publishing complete fabrications as if they were real news. Other recent examples exist, but the point remains: this is not something Lovecraft (or de Castro) just made up to enhance the story, it was, and is, a real problem.

'Alienist' is an outdated term for psychiatrist.

Personally I enjoyed this ending to the story. A bit of a twist, definitely very Lovecraftian.

The pictures used in order of appearance:

Chapter 1: San Quentin Penitentiary

Chapter 2: Amastigotes in a chorionic villus. From TDr database from WHO. Credit line: WHO/TDR/El-Hassan. Used here under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/).

Also knows as visceral leishmaniasis, or kala-azar, or... "black fever". Yep, it's a real disease. Although it was first identified in India, not Tibet. Ah well, this probably wasn't the disease the author had in mind anyways, he probably thought he was inventing a new, fictitious disease.

Chapter 3: Photograph of the California State Capitol taken in 1890 by Winfield J. Davis.

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4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Call of Cthulhu (2018) is a horror game, heavily inspired by H. P. Lovecraft's stories in general and "The Call of Cthulhu" in particular. Developed by Cyanide Studio and released by Focus Home Interactive (now Focus Entertainment).

Chapter 14.1, in which we start hearing The Truth.

Video 18/21: Chapter 14.1

4 months, 3 weeks ago

This story was written by Adolphe de Castro and subsequently revised by Lovecraft before being published in Weird Tales.

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Personally I enjoyed this ending to the story. A bit of a twist, definitely very Lovecraftian.

To follow along: https://www.hplovecraft.com/writings/texts/fiction/lt.aspx

4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Call of Cthulhu (2018) is a horror game, heavily inspired by H. P. Lovecraft's stories in general and "The Call of Cthulhu" in particular. Developed by Cyanide Studio and released by Focus Home Interactive (now Focus Entertainment).

Chapter 13, in which we find the source of our nightmares and chase The Oracle.

Video 17/21: Chapter 13

4 months, 3 weeks ago

This story was written by Adolphe de Castro and subsequently revised by Lovecraft before being published in Weird Tales.

You can support me on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/sststr

'Alienist' is an outdated term for psychiatrist.

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4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Call of Cthulhu (2018) is a horror game, heavily inspired by H. P. Lovecraft's stories in general and "The Call of Cthulhu" in particular. Developed by Cyanide Studio and released by Focus Home Interactive (now Focus Entertainment).

Chapter 12, in which we are finally set free again, for the price of having to make difficult decisions.

Video 16/21: Chapter 12

4 months, 3 weeks ago

This story was written by Adolphe de Castro and subsequently revised by Lovecraft before being published in Weird Tales.

You can support me on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/sststr

The picture used is a photograph of the California State Capitol taken in 1890 by Winfield J. Davis.

To follow along: https://www.hplovecraft.com/writings/texts/fiction/lt.aspx

4 months, 3 weeks ago

Playlist: https://www.bitchute.com/playlist/HpQtY2YVr9j6/

Call of Cthulhu (2018) is a horror game, heavily inspired by H. P. Lovecraft's stories in general and "The Call of Cthulhu" in particular. Developed by Cyanide Studio and released by Focus Home Interactive (now Focus Entertainment).

Chapter 11, in which The Cult finally awakens and shows its teeth.

Video 15/21: Chapter 11

4 months, 4 weeks ago

This story was written by Adolphe de Castro and subsequently revised by Lovecraft before being published in Weird Tales.

You can support me on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/sststr

The portrayal of newspapers as slime who fabricate stories is hardly unique to this tale. Poe has similar complaints decades earlier in "The Mystery of Marie Rogêt". And of course, Mark Twain and Thomas Jefferson made their famous quips about the news being nothing but lies. We even have an exemplary case in our own life time, back in 2003, when the New York Time's Jayson Blair had to be fired after being caught red-handed publishing complete fabrications as if they were real news. Other recent examples exist, but the point remains: this is not something Lovecraft (or de Castro) just made up to enhance the story, it was, and is, a real problem.

The picture used is Amastigotes in a chorionic villus. From TDr database from WHO. Credit line: WHO/TDR/El-Hassan. Used here under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/).

Also knows as visceral leishmaniasis, or kala-azar, or... "black fever". Yep, it's a real disease. Although it was first identified in India, not Tibet. Ah well, this probably wasn't the disease the author had in mind anyways, he probably thought he was inventing a new, fictitious disease.

To follow along: https://www.hplovecraft.com/writings/texts/fiction/lt.aspx

4 months, 4 weeks ago

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Call of Cthulhu (2018) is a horror game, heavily inspired by H. P. Lovecraft's stories in general and "The Call of Cthulhu" in particular. Developed by Cyanide Studio and released by Focus Home Interactive (now Focus Entertainment).

Chapter 10, in which we banish some evil for good and hear The Call.

Video 14/21: Chapter 10

4 months, 4 weeks ago

This story was written by Adolphe de Castro and subsequently revised by Lovecraft before being published in Weird Tales.

You can support me on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/sststr

The picture used is of San Quentin Penitentiary.

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4 months, 4 weeks ago

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Call of Cthulhu (2018) is a horror game, heavily inspired by H. P. Lovecraft's stories in general and "The Call of Cthulhu" in particular. Developed by Cyanide Studio and released by Focus Home Interactive (now Focus Entertainment).

Chapter 9.2, in which we return to Hawkins Mansion and catch the breath for the final time before the whirlwind of events begins.

Video 13/21: Chapter 9.2

5 months ago

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Both authors used pseudonyms, with "Elizabeth Neville Berkeley" being Jackson and "Lewis Theobald, Jun." being Lovecraft. Although Lovecraft actually wrote the entire text, but Jackson is credited since it was based on a dream she had experienced.

360 lbs = 163 kg
5 x 3 inches = 12.7 x 7.6 cm

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5 months ago

Selected Letters II (1925-1929) – Lovecraft (Edited by August Derleth & Donald Wandrei) (1968).
If you're a Lovecraft fan, there's plenty to enjoy here. H. P. L. was a voluminous letter-writer, corresponding with hundreds of individuals throughout his lifetime. Some speculate that his letters, many of which no longer exist, might number nearly 100,000, some of which ran to 70 pages in length.
This second volume of Lovecraft’s letters covers his last year of married life and residence in New York, his separation from his wife and return to his native Providence, and the beginnings of his antiquarian explorations. It includes as well detailed accounts of the origins and development of his long critique, Supernatural Horror in Literature, his fantastic novel, The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath, his macabre tales, The Horror at Red Hook, In the Vault, The Call of Cthulhu, and others. Among literary matters of special interest are his ghost-writing for Houdinin, his solution of the puzzle concerning the Voss-de-Castro-Bierce authorship of The Monk and The Hangman’s Daughter, and his correspondence with such other noted fantasistes as Frank Belknap Long, Clark Ashton Smith, Vincent Starrett, Donald Wandrei, and August Derleth. Not only are his daily life and events recorded, his views of post-war America of the 1920s, but the full range of his mind and imagination are illustrated in his concept of the cosmos, while his vivid narratives of horror-dreams rank among the most remarkable in the literature of nightmares. Many gems are imbedded in these pages – essays in full or in miniature, serious or leavened with satiric humor, on such diverse topics as Salem, cats, liquor, smoking, superstition, sex, heraldry, genealogy, machine civilization, modern art, intellectuals, the beauty of New England, and countless more. A mechanistic materialist in his philosophy, a rationalist, a skeptic, a humanist and, above all, a truth-seeker always, Lovecraft proved himself an original thinker and a bold philosopher. Few letter-writers have rivalled him in depth, variety, insight, and the inquiring challenge that combine accurate scholarship with unlimited imagination, in prose that often scales the heights of poetic and prophetic vision.
https://archive.org/details/LovecraftH.P.SelectedLettersIIArkhamHouse1968

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5 months ago

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Call of Cthulhu (2018) is a horror game, heavily inspired by H. P. Lovecraft's stories in general and "The Call of Cthulhu" in particular. Developed by Cyanide Studio and released by Focus Home Interactive (now Focus Entertainment).

Chapter 9.1, in which we return to Riverside Institute, question our sanity and find someone we've been long looking for.

Video 12/21: Chapter 9.1

5 months ago