It’s been a while since my last post about these guys. I skipped over posting about “The Call of Cthulhu” reading with Andrew Leman, and decided that on the next episode post I would breeze over it. Great production value, as to be expected, and a great treat to have over Halloween. All of the full readings are now exclusively available on the H.P.L Literary Podcast homepage.
This week’s episode was one I have been waiting for a long time. I am a big Randolph Carter fan, and I was excited to get to this one. In some reviews of the tale, I gathered it was another crappy team-up, as Chris calls them, but after hearing both Chris and Chad talk about it, I immediately rushed to my complete collection of H.P. Lovecraft and read it. Good stuff folks. We are blessed again to have the dreamy voice of Lance Holt, from The Dream Quest of Unkown Kadath, and The Silver Key fame. As Lovecraft has progressed, I have noticed a more Science-fiction feel to his work. His descriptions of sounds, lights, and color really grabbed me and at times I felt myself falling through space in sort of a kaleidoscopic worm-hole.
Like I said I am a big Carter fan, and I really liked how this story panned out. Yes it was obvious from the start, and from reading reviews, I knew how it would end. Even with those spoilers I never read a perspective that gathered that Carter is an archetype of Yog-Sothoth. Still filling in the plot with all the description and feeling helps prove that Lovecraft is a master of his realm. I would have to agree with the guys that this one doesn’t get enough credit, and hope that someday they produce full readings of all of Carters journeys.
Next week, that is if Mr. Lackey isn’t fathering a gibbering spawn of himself, we get another Hazel Heald collaboration, The Winged Death. Read before they discuss and enjoy the madness. I give this story 5 out of 5 stars in alignment.
Well were two for two this week, as we join Chad and Chris again as they go through another Lovecraft/Heald team-up entitled “The Horror in the Museum“. Picking up the mic alongside the boys was Brooke Phong, interne to the show, and regular Lovecraftian comedian.
This was a great episode, and I was happy to hear that the guys liked this one so much. The great notes, and reading definitely led me to picking up my “The Horror in the Museum and Other Revisions” and reading this story. I have to honestly agree that this one was a surprise. I had no previous desire to go through this one, but as I finally did I was drawn in and felt a different tone in the story apart from other Lovecraft stories. Which doesn’t go with what some say, including Lovecraft himself, that this story was almost solely HPL’s own.
The readings by Anthony Tedesco were brilliant, and solidified my feelings that this might make a great future reading for HPPodcraft to produce. I vote 3 out of 5 stars in alignment. And on behalf of the guys, DON’T FORGET TO DONATE.
Oh, and not to freak anyone out, but next week we get a most excellent treat. Better than candy for Halloween this year we are lucky to get to listen to a full reading of “The Call of Cthulhu”. Get excited.