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July 22, 2010 3:28 PM   Subscribe

The Haunter of the Dark - The H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast presents a superb reading of Lovecraft's last tale by Andrew Leman. Kenneth Hite gives some background to the story, which was part of a in-joke laden trilogy of stories by Lovecraft and Robert Bloch, in which they killed off thinly veiled fictional versions of each other.
posted by Artw (35 comments total) 50 users marked this as a favorite

 
Curse you Artw! You always get to the awesome Lovecraft post topics before I do.
posted by JHarris at 3:33 PM on July 22, 2010


Andrew Leman is the best reader they have contributing to that podcast and it's great to see him do an entire story. This is spectacular.
posted by Pope Guilty at 3:42 PM on July 22, 2010


I'm a little surprised that Robert Bloch has not seen more action on MeFi before, given his intersection with multiple areas of MeFi interest.
posted by Artw at 3:50 PM on July 22, 2010


All of the H.P. Podcraft readers are good, but Andrew Leman is really something special. I would happily listen to him reading any Lovecraftian fiction. Yes, even The Horror at Red Hook. Maybe not The Street.

Hearing the podcast grow has been kind of amazing, and really inspirational in terms of what fandom can accomplish. Chad and Chris aren't media giants or Lovecraft-specializing academics; they're just a couple of guys who happen to enjoy Lovecraft and thought that it would be fun to do an internet radio show. Every now and then, they'll say "Hey, wouldn't it be neat to get [Ken Hite/Stuart Gordon/S.T. Joshi/etc] to do the show?" I don't think, especially early on, they ever expected to get some of the guests that they've had, but they made an honest effort, and it's paid off to an extremely impressive degree.
posted by Parasite Unseen at 3:53 PM on July 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


Yes, even The Horror at Red Hook.

FWIW, Issue 1 of Neonomicon, Alan Moore's comic vaguely based on Red Hook (and utterly loaded with references and little in-jokes) also came out this week.
posted by Artw at 3:58 PM on July 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


Yay finally!
posted by clarknova at 4:01 PM on July 22, 2010


Brilliant!
posted by Splunge at 4:02 PM on July 22, 2010


Awesome. And I was unaware of the third part of this storyline. Thanks.
posted by khaibit at 4:18 PM on July 22, 2010


In slightly more disapointing Lovecraftian news, Guillermo del Toro is yet again directing something that is not Mountains of Mandess. Screw you Haunted Mansion, and your stupid huge piles of money you will no doubt make.
posted by Artw at 4:29 PM on July 22, 2010 [4 favorites]


Yeah. That disapointed me as well, Artw.
posted by brundlefly at 4:33 PM on July 22, 2010


For those that play Call of Cthulhu or just like reading CoC stuff for fun, Unseen Masters has a great modern day Haunter of the Dark scenario in it that builds on the story in some neat ways.
posted by Artw at 4:42 PM on July 22, 2010


Also Targets of Oportunity, the Delta Green sourcebook mentioned in this post, is now available to buy.

/ends Pepsi Color Out of Space
posted by Artw at 5:18 PM on July 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


FWIW, Issue 1 of Neonomicon, Alan Moore's comic vaguely based on Red Hook (and utterly loaded with references and little in-jokes) also came out this week.


FUck yeah!
posted by Mister_A at 6:12 PM on July 22, 2010


I have never heard of this "podcast" and look forward to playing it back on my electronic sound reproduction apparatus. I am in your debt, sir, although surely after listening to these eldritch tales my sanity will be all but gone, devoured by horrors beyond my powers to describe.
posted by usonian at 6:50 PM on July 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


yet again directing something that is not Mountains of Mandess.

Not necessarily; he might just be writing and producing, leaving plenty of time for directing Mountains of Madness (ohpleaseohplease).
posted by aldurtregi at 7:13 PM on July 22, 2010


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I totally went to college with Ken Hite.

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posted by jscalzi at 7:14 PM on July 22, 2010 [2 favorites]


So, H.P. Lovecraft ... where to start?
posted by Artw at 7:15 PM on July 22, 2010


"GUILLERMO DEL TORO RIGHTS EDDIE MURPHY'S WRONGS"

I like Guillermo del Toro a lot, but there are some things so fantastically improbable that not even he can make me believe they're possible.
posted by Joakim Ziegler at 10:06 PM on July 22, 2010


19 Nocturne Boulevard did a rather nice radio play adaption of Haunter of the Dark. A little silly for purists, but it's a fun take on telling the story after the fact.
posted by GenjiandProust at 3:54 AM on July 23, 2010


Here's where you can find the Bloch stories. Hey! I've already got 'em in Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos. Yay!
posted by Zed at 8:41 AM on July 23, 2010


And here's where you can find a whole ton of Lovecraft's works (about 60, I think). And, despite the name of the hosting site, this is not a self-link.

Also, since that site design comes shambling from the ancient eldritch age of 1999 or something, you may want to use something like Readable to improve the layout with a reading experience that won't drive you gibbering mad... quite as quickly.
posted by FatherDagon at 9:55 AM on July 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


Ken Hite is amazing - his Suppressed Transmission column in the gaming magazine Pyramid was one of the most consistently interesting reads out there and his lj still throws up sparks of awesome on a regular basis.

I've lost track of the number of fantastic book recommendations I've had from him. An excellent author and an absolute treasure trove of "hidden history" stuff. He's currently finishing off the 4e GURPS Horror book and if the "The Madness Dossier" from 3e is anything to go by this will be another fantastic read.
posted by longbaugh at 10:04 AM on July 23, 2010 [2 favorites]


Also, just to point this out in the interests of safety and security I am basically at this point stalking Artw through every post he makes since apparently he possesses a method of accessing the dreamlands where he frankly just steals all the shit I like and sticks it on MeFi.

If you go missing you've only yourself to blame. Just so you know.
posted by longbaugh at 10:14 AM on July 23, 2010 [3 favorites]


My horrible secret: In truth I have no choice. I *have* to go up to my special room, the one on the third floor that it seems the house shouldn't have, and sit at the desk under shuttered window that there is no sign of from the outside and that nobody else has ever looked out of. I close the door behind me, unshutter the window and compose these posts. This I *must* do, whenever the moon and stars and planets are in certain alignments, or there will be... consequences. Horrible, horrible consequences.
posted by Artw at 1:56 PM on July 23, 2010 [3 favorites]


I can't wait for the HPL Film Fest in a few months.
posted by bstreep at 10:53 PM on July 26, 2010


Cthulhu has heard our prayers! Del Toro will be directing At The Mountains of Madness.
posted by aldurtregi at 4:33 AM on July 29, 2010


Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn!
posted by Pope Guilty at 11:54 AM on July 29, 2010


I'm suspicious, there's an awful lot of "I'm told" in there without anything on who is telling.
posted by Artw at 11:55 AM on July 29, 2010


I've just caught up with issue 1 of Neonomicon... the bearded one's done it again, there's some real hardcore boiled-down WTF-ness in that.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 12:19 PM on July 29, 2010


SEMI-SPOILER: I'm left wondering if the literary in joke thing will be left being a literary in joke or if it'll be something smarter and weirder, seeing as it;s actually been refereed to by a character.
posted by Artw at 12:44 PM on July 29, 2010


The sheer number of in-jokes was interesting...
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 1:09 PM on July 29, 2010


Did you read The Courtyard?
posted by Artw at 1:24 PM on July 29, 2010


I've read the comics version
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 1:26 PM on July 29, 2010


I'm not quite sure of this, but I think the comic version might have been more loaded with the references than the prose version - certainly the big splash panels for the Aklo stuff had a ton of visual references.
posted by Artw at 3:36 PM on July 29, 2010


That Deadline story about MoM is everywhere now. Here's hoping it;s based on more than wishful thinking.
posted by Artw at 10:36 AM on July 30, 2010


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