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23: Nyarlathotep

23: Nyarlathotep

2022-07-0308:40

For tonight's episode, you'll hear the prose poem, "Nyarlathotep," which was first published in the November, 1920 issue of The United Amateur. Analysis, explorations, and jaunty banter will follow later, in episode 24.Please be aware, this story contains visions, portents, and omens regarding the end of days; mass hypnosis; and a mispronunciation of the word "tenebrous." If you feel you might be unduly disturbed by these elements, then please skip this episode.
22: Dagon (Discussion)

22: Dagon (Discussion)

2022-06-0636:40

In which Tod and Claire discuss Episode 21, "Dagon," by HP Lovecraft, first published in the 1919 issue of The Vagrant, and Tod edits this in a hotel room, his very first hotel edit since starting the show.Absolutely critical to understanding some of this episode is gazing upon the work of Gustave Doré, most notably, that crazy vase, which I hope to see some morning this week when I'm in San Francisco. Also, read up on Piltdown Man, as I'm sure we got some facts wrong.Hey, does anyone actually read the show notes?If so, let us know at hideous@podsothoth.club, or tweet about the show and mention @podsothoth when you do.  You can talk about what a dummy I am, like Mike's daughter did, by not calling ourselves Tod-Sothoth and Clairethulhu. A six year old noticed this! Six! Man. She should come to Providence, Rhode Island, in August and guest on a panel, since she's obviously a Lovecraft pun genius. In the meantime, I'm marking this episode explicit so maybe we won't get any more primary school age wunderkinds picking up obvious jokes we left on the table. :)(Just kidding, but we do swear a little bit in the discussions (and talk about unspeakable horrors).)
21: Dagon

21: Dagon

2022-05-2815:00

Tonight's episode is a reading of HP Lovecraft's Dagon, which was first published in the 1919 issue of "The Vagrant," and later republished in the October 1923 issue of "Weird Tales." Please be aware: this story contains depictions morphine addiction, suicidal thoughts, the odor of rotten fish, Piltdown man, and an unkind characterization of Pacific Islander religion. If any of these are likely to unduly bother you, please stop listening now.Note, I expect to have the discussion episode edited and published early next week, possibly even Monday. We went a little off the rails recording it, so it'll be an editing challenge. :)Special thanks to Master Pancake Theater for mentioning the podcast during their riff of Conan: The Barbarian! Robert E. Howard was a contemporary and friend of Lovecraft, so it was totally appropriate to watch while editing this episode!Ambience provided by Creaky Wooden Pirate Ship on the High Seas in a Thunderstorm.
In this episode, Claire and I will be talking about The Book by H.P. Lovecraft, first published in the 1938 in the journal Leaves. Please note, this is a horror podcast, so it might not be suitable for all listeners. If stories involving witchcraft, creepy books, assorted deviltry,  getting unpinned from time and space, or the Mariko Aoki phenomenon are the sorts of things that bother you, you might want to skip this episode.If you enjoyed this episode, please let us know, either by writing in to hideous@podsothoth.club, or tell your friends on twitter, mentioning our handle, @podsothoth.
19: The Book

19: The Book

2022-04-2208:06

In this episode, I'll be reading The Book by H.P. Lovecraft, first published in the 1938 in the journal Leaves. Please note, this is a horror podcast, so it might not be suitable for all listeners. If stories involving witchcraft, creepy books, assorted deviltry, and getting unpinned from time and space are the sorts of things that bother you, you might want to skip this episode.If you enjoyed this episode, please let us know, either by writing in to hideous@podsothoth.club, or tell your friends on twitter, mentioning our handle, @podsothoth.
Claire and Tod talk about how THEY BLEW IT ALL UP DAMN THEM! in Memory, by HP Lovecraft, a bit of flash fiction first published in 1923. Catch the gripping 3 minute reading in the prior episode.Oh, and happy HPL Birthday! Lovecraft was born on this day precisely 131 years ago.
17: Memory

17: Memory

2021-08-0303:02

As this is an odd numbered episode, I'll be reading a short selection. Tonight, it's "Memory," by HP Lovecraft, first published the May, 1923 issue of The National Amateur.Note, this is a horror podcast, so if you have problems with demons, genies, gray toads, and time-blasted architecture, this might not be the podcast for you.
In which Tod and Claire discuss The Doom that Came to Sarnath, by HP Lovecraft, which was first published in the July, 1933 issue of Weird Tales.Please be forewarned, this is a horror podcast, involving witchcraft, devil worship, badly pronounced German texts, small-town superstition, hybrid rat things, extraspacial and extratemporal experiences, child sacrifice, insomnia, and gristly murder. If these are the sorts of things that bother you, you might want to skip this episode. If you enjoyed this reading, please let us know! Email the show at hideous@podsothoth.club, or follow our Twitter account, @podsothoth. Thanks for listening, and enjoy the rest of your evening of unendurable horror.
In this episode, I'll be reading The Dreams in the Witch House, by H.P. Lovecraft, first published in the July, 1933 issue of Weird Tales. Please note, this is a horror podcast, so it might not be suitable for all listeners. If stories involving witchcraft, devil worship, badly pronounced Polish surnames, small-town superstition, hybrid rat things, extraspacial and extratemporal experiences, child sacrifice, insomnia, and gristly murder are the sorts of things that bother you, you might want to skip this episode.If you enjoyed this episode, please let us know, either by writing in to hideous@podsothoth.club, or tell your friends on twitter, mentioning our handle, @podsothoth.
In which Tod and Claire discuss The Doom that Came to Sarnath, by HP Lovecraft, which was first published in the June, 1920 issue of The Scot. Please be forewarned, this is a horror podcast, so it may not be suitable for all listeners. If you feel that you would be unduly disturbed by crypto-racist descriptions of subhuman people, accounts of wanton revelry, great water-lizards, and difficult to pronounce fantasy place names, then you should skip this episode.If you enjoyed this reading, please let us know! Email the show at hideous@podsothoth.club, or follow our Twitter account, @podsothoth. Thanks for listening, and enjoy the rest of your evening of unendurable horror.
In which Tod Beardsley reads The Doom that Came to Sarnath, by HP Lovecraft, which was first published in the June, 1920 issue of The Scot. Please be forewarned, this is a horror podcast, so it may not be suitable for all listeners. If you feel that you would be unduly disturbed by crypto-racist descriptions of subhuman people, accounts of wanton revelry, great water-lizards, and difficult to pronounce fantasy place names, then you should skip this episode.This episode uses the ambience sounds of Swamp Sounds at Night and D&D Ambience - Evening Town.If you enjoyed this reading, please let us know! Email the show at hideous@podsothoth.club, or follow our Twitter account, @podsothoth. Thanks for listening, and enjoy the rest of your evening of unendurable horror.
In this episode, Claire and I recorded in the Big Bend area with fancy new equipment, so hopefully sound quality will be much better than the last discussion! We discuss Cool Air, by HP Lovecraft, first published in the March, 1928 issue of Tales of Magic and Mystery.Please note, this is a horror podcast, and may not be suitable for everyone. This story, and discussion, contains references to scientific necromancy, alternative medicine, some untoward descriptions of Spaniards, and some amateur mechanical engineering. If these topics may upset you, please stop listening now.If you have any thoughts on Cool Air, feel free to email them to us at hideous@podsothoth.club, or let us know on twitter, @podsothoth. If you do write, please leave a hint on how to pronounce your name. 
11: Cool Air

11: Cool Air

2020-10-1821:51

In this episode, I will be reading Cool Air, by HP Lovecraft, first published in the March, 1928 issue of Tales of Magic and Mystery.Please note, this is a horror podcast, and may not be suitable for everyone. This story contains references to scientific necromancy, alternative medicine, some untoward descriptions of Spaniards, and some amateur mechanical engineering. If these topics may upset you, please stop listening now.If you have any thoughts on Cool Air, feel free to email them to us at hideous@podsothoth.club, or let us know on twitter, @podsothoth. If you do write, please leave a hint on how to pronouce your name. Thanks for listening, and have a wonderful evening.New York City ambience was provided by lazymonk (yes, it was intentional).
In this episode, Claire and Tod discuss H.P. Lovecraft's The Thing on the Doorstep, first published in the January, 1937 issue of Weird Tales. This episode contains references to misogyny, trans gender issues, necromancy, a forced commitment to a sanitarium, and Innsmouth-hate. If these topics might disturb you, you are encouraged to skip this episode.If you'd like to get in touch with us, you can write to us at hideous@podsothoth.club, or follow us on Twitter, @podsothtoh.Once it's sensible to travel again, go visit Chesuncook Lake, Maine!
In which Tod reads The Thing on the Doorstep, first published in the January, 1937 issue of Weird Tales. Tonight's reading involves themes of hypnotism, necromancy, misogyny, cuckolding, and insanity. If these subject bother you, you might want to skip this episode.Like the episode? Hate it? Let it be known either way on Twitter, or write to the show at hideous@podsothoth.club.
In which Claire and Tod discuss H.P. Lovecraft's From Beyond, this time from their living room. We also talk about Phantasm some, and of course, Arkham Horror: The Living Card Game.Like what you hear? Hate it? Tell us! You can follow us on Twitter, @podsothoth, or email us at hideous@podsothoth.club. Be sure to mention how to pronounce your name!
7: From Beyond

7: From Beyond

2020-06-2418:44

Tod reads "From Beyond," by H.P. Lovecraft, first published in the June, 1934 issue of The Fantasy Fan. Please note, this story contains references to extra sensory perception, madness, a sudden stroke, the folly of science, and things man was not meant to know. If such subject matter might bother you, this is not the podcast for you.Write to the show at hideous@podsothoth.club , or follow @podsothoth on Twitter. Tell a friend, unless you value that friend's sanity -- on second thought, tell an enemy!
Update: The audio is kinda bad for the first 6 minutes, then gets better. I was experimenting with some noise filtering that apparently did not work at all. Sorry about that!Tod & Claire discuss H.P. Lovecraft's "The Cats of Ulthar," which was written one hundred years ago today, but published in the November 1920 issue of Tryout, and later republished the February 1926 issue of Weird Tales. You can either listen to the last episode and pretend it is being told by our cat, or read it yourself for free.One musical cue is from He's the Houscat (Arthur's Theme) by Alexander Smith and Stuart Wellington, and another is O Fortuna by Carl Orff. See if you can tell which is which!Finally, I offer my most sincere apology for my casual and boorish use of the term "gypsy," a slur that Claire points out that Lovecraft did not use in describing the traders from the south. My bad.
5: The Cats of Ulthar

5: The Cats of Ulthar

2020-06-0909:16

Tod reads The Cats of Ulthar, by H.P. Lovecraft, first published in the November, 1920 issue of Tryout. It's quite short. Warning, this story contains depictions of cat murder and human murder. Dang, I just realized I never recorded a content warning, so I should get around to redoing that later.Village background ambiance is "D&D Abience - Evening Town" by Sword Coast Soundscapes, available on YouTube.
In which Tod and Claire discuss the (damning) Statement of Randolph Carter, and make a startling discovery about what really happened to Florida-based, chisel-jawed adventurer, Harley Warren.
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