Best place to start…

starskullLOGO.pngPeople ask me where to start listening,
I say listen to the show newest to oldest.
It will sound as if the host is losing his mind,
as opposed to recovering from a eye/head injury.

The show becomes more rambly and incoherent,
as anxiety and insomnia take over…
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The Call of Cthulhu part 2

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Imprisoned with the Pharaohs by HP Lovecraft

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Imprisoned with the Pharaohs” (called “Under the Pyramids” in draft form, also published as “Entombed with the Pharaohs“) is a short story written by American fantasy author H. P. Lovecraft in February 1924. Commissioned by Weird Tales founder and owner J. C. Henneberger, the narrative tells a fictionalized account in the first-person perspective of an allegedly true experience of escape artist Harry Houdini. Set in 1910, in Egypt, Houdini finds himself kidnapped by a tour guide, who resembles an ancient pharaoh, and thrown down a deep hole near the Great Sphinx of Giza. While attempting to find his way out, he stumbles upon a gigantic ceremonial cavern and encounters the real-life deity that inspired the building of the Sphinx.

Lovecraft accepted the job because of the money he was offered in advance by Henneberg. The result was published in the May–June–July 1924 edition of Weird Tales, although it was credited solely to Houdini until the 1939 reprint. Despite Lovecraft’s use of artistic license, Houdini enjoyed the tale and the two men collaborated on several smaller projects prior to the latter’s death in 1926. “Imprisoned with the Pharaohs” has been suggested as an early influence on author Robert Bloch and as anticipating the cosmic themes in Lovecraft’s later work, including “The Shunned House“.

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Episode 709: Robert Blake & The Weird

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In ProvidenceRhode Island, Robert Blake, a young writer with an interest in the occult, becomes fascinated by a large disused church on Federal Hill which he can see from his lodgings on the city’s Upper East side. His researches reveal that the church has a sinister history involving a cult called the Church of Starry Wisdom and is dreaded by the local migrant inhabitants as being haunted by a primeval evil.

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In the Penal Colony

 

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In the Penal Colony” (“In der Strafkolonie“) (also translated as “In the Penal Settlement”) is a short story by Franz Kafka written in German in October 1914, revised in November 1918, and first published in October 1919.

The story is set in an unnamed penal colony. Internal clues and the setting on an island suggest Octave Mirbeau‘s The Torture Garden as an influence. As in some of Kafka’s other writings, the narrator in this story seems detached from, or perhaps numbed by, events that one would normally expect to be registered with horror. “In the Penal Colony” describes the last use of an elaborate torture and executiondevice that carves the sentence of the condemned prisoner on his skin before letting him die, all in the course of twelve hours. As the plot unfolds, the reader learns more and more about the machine, including its origin and original justification.

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The People of the Black Circle

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“The People of the Black Circle” is one of the original novellas about Conan the Cimmerian, written by American author Robert E. Howard and first published in Weird Tales magazine in three parts over the September, October and November 1934 issues. Howard earned $250 for the publication of this story.

It is set in the pseudo-historical Hyborian Age and concerns Conan kidnapping a regal princess of Vendhya (pre-historical India) and foiling a nefarious plot of world domination by the Black Seers of Yimsha. Due to its epic scope and atypical Hindustan flavor, the story is considered an undisputed classic of Conan lore and is often cited by Howard scholars as one of his best tales. It is also one of the few Howard stories where the reader is treated a deeper insight on magic and magicians beyond the stereotypical Hyborian depiction as demon conjurer-illusionist-priests.

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Nathaniel Wingate Peaslee & the Portland Horror Film Festival 2018

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In Lovecraft’s tale, Robert Blake is a young author and painter from MilwaukeeWisconsin. He comes to Providence, Rhode Island and moves into an apartment on College Street. While there, he completes five short stories: “The Burrower Beneath”, “The Feaster from the Stars”, “In the Vale of Pnath”, “Shaggai”, and “The Stairs in the Crypt”. He becomes obsessed with a deserted church on Federal Hill that he can see from his window. He later learns of a cult that was once active there, the Church of Starry Wisdom. His investigation of this cult inevitably leads to his death.

 

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the Haunter in the Darkness

r44.jpgThe Haunter of the Dark” is a horror short story by American author H. P. Lovecraft, written in November 1935 and published in the December 1936 edition of Weird Tales (Vol. 28, No. 5, p. 538–53). It was the last-written of the author’s known works, and is part of the Cthulhu Mythos. The epigraph to the story is the second stanza of Lovecraft’s 1917 poem “Nemesis”.

The story is a sequel to “The Shambler from the Stars“, by Robert Bloch. Bloch wrote a third story in the sequence, “The Shadow from the Steeple”, in 1950.

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The Willows

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“The Willows” is an example of early modern horror and is connected within the literary tradition of weird fiction.

The Willows” is a novella by English author Algernon Blackwood, originally published as part of his 1907 collection The Listener and Other Stories. It is one of Blackwood’s best known works and has been influential on a number of later writers. Horror author H.P. Lovecraft considered it to be the finest supernatural tale in English literature.

Two friends are midway on a canoe trip down the River Danube. Throughout the story, Blackwood personifies the surrounding environment —river, sun, wind— with powerful and ultimately threatening characteristics. Most ominous are the masses of dense, desultory, menacing willows, which “moved of their own will as though alive, and they touched, by some incalculable method, my own keen sense of the horrible.”

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