This week Andrew Leman is back! And he shows us a picture. The Picture in the House!
Next week: Nyarlathotep and The Crawling Chaos!
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Andrew Leman’s reading really creeped me out. Seriously. I hope he’s an incredibly talented actor. The alternative is… y’know… disturbing.
As an Australian I always wondered what that accent sounded like.
A great and truely creepy reading
One might say redolent with eldritch horror!
Your podcast is as good as your movies! Keep up the good work!
and we wonder where Stephen King gets his endings from. Great story though.
Regarding the last sentence (the “lightning strike”): Right or wrong, I interpreted it to be not a literal bit of thunder – but the sensation of the deathblow the old man delivers to the narrator – i.e. an ax to his head! I assumed the blood spray on the book was from the first blow, and the blood on the ceiling was either an upspray of his own blood or a vision disturbance caused by brain injury and the narrator was in shock. This ending creeped me out big time – very progressive and experimental to have such an old story end with the twist that the narrator is already dead! Even if I’m wrong, my ending works better for me!
I’m inclined to agree with the previous commenter, that was my assumption upon my first (and subsequent) readings of the story.
I too like to think that the sentence “…bringing the oblivion which alone saved my mind” could mean that the narrator was ‘saved’ from the horror of experiencing what was happening any more by death. This is by far the most disturbing story so far covered in the podcast in my opinion.
I know how it is about using to much fluff. The fiction critique group usually bleeds all over my stories because of the excess amounts of adjectives and adverbs that I use.
I LOVE this story. This was the first Lovecraft tale that really got to me.
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