Episode 52 – The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath – Part 3

“Let’s go kick the motherf#@ker’s ass all over dreamland.”

-Roland Kincaid, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

Welcome to part 3 of our journey into the Dreamlands of H.P.L.

Oh… do check out the sweet The Great God Pan from Bloodletting Books! It’s flippin’ sweet!

Post Comment 14 comments on “Episode 52 – The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath – Part 3

  • BB3000 on

    Chris and Chad,

    Thanks for all you do!

    I really enjoy podcast and look forward each new episode.

  • Clark on

    This is my favorite Lovecraft work. It’s exemplary of the author at his creative peak. Thank you so much for devoting four ‘casts to it!

    Maybe after part 4 you could do a quick Through the Gates of the Silver Key. Just ten shows or so, right?

  • Keith McCaffety on

    I’m gonna open a hip coffee bar called ‘The Dubious Yak.’ It’ll be awesome.

  • Reber Clark on

    Oh man. There’s gonna be FOUR episodes? Epic. Gargantuan. Thanks for taking the time with this one. This was a good one and the yak yucks were a bonus!

  • Jason on

    Great job guys! I’m glad you both seem to be enjoying the story more than you anticipated. I think I enjoyed Kadath so much from the start due to when I read it. I was really into high fantasy stuff at the time, really loving stories with big, long quests through magical realms, and then here comes a questing story from my favorite horror author, and it is full of his weird, crazy monsters and gods. How could I not love it?

    With age and time, I realized that it is not Lovecraft’s best work, or even very tightly constructed, but I still have a fondness for it greater than most Lovecraft fans.

    Oh, and shame on Chad for turning John Carter into Joe Camel. The Marlboro Man of Mars, oh the indignity! 🙂

  • Mark Tauber on

    I think you’re doing a great service in showing HP’s love of dreamworld through Kadath. The writing actually does have a dreamy quality. But after a while, the reader might not be rebuked for wishing there were a teensy weensy bit more shape to the tale. Nevertheless, I’m glued to the PC like an old time radio listener. Great work, guys.

  • Old Man Parker on

    I have now read through “The Dream Quest” twice. Wow. I’m really amazed at HPL’s creativity. Every paragraph has an original and interesting idea – enough to make a whole story from. Perhaps HPL was using Dream Quest to log all these ideas down? Just so they’d be written somewhere, published or not. The Sunken City with the cadaver of the drowned sailor was extremely atmospheric.
    Like an operatic singer racing up and down the scales to show off their talent, HPL writes epic idea after epic idea, all way beyond what most modern fantasy/horror writers could ever wish to dream up.
    HPL is truly the king of modern horror. He is America’s Edgar Allen Poe.
    Bravo!

  • Reber Clark on

    I agree wholeheartedly with Old Man Parker. But…uh…ahem…actually Edgar Allan Poe is America’s Edgar Allan Poe! 🙂 I agree that Lovecraft should be taught alongside of Hawthorne and Poe, however. I, also, love the Dream-Quest. It amazed me as a teenager and it amazes me, tranfixes me, now. In The Silver Key Lovecraft gives us the key to his thinking about logic, reality and dreams right there in paragraph two:

    “Well-meaning philosophers had taught him to look into the logical relations of things, and analyse the processes which shaped his thoughts and fancies. Wonder had gone away, and he had forgotten that all life is only a set of pictures in the brain, among which there is no difference betwixt those born of real things and those born of inward dreamings, and no cause to value the one above the other.”

    That is why the Dream-Quest works and why it will endure. I love this podcast -long may it live.

  • Old Man Parker on

    Reber,
    Oh my. Is Boston, Massachusetts part of America now? (Poe’s birth place)
    I am a old fool! Yes, Poe IS an american writer. My apologies.
    Now that I pause and think of it, the most famous English horror writers that come to mind are modern – Clive Barker and Ramsey Campbell. Who is the great ye old English horror writer anyways?

    Thanks Reber for your kind reminder.

  • Old Man Parker on

    Oh cheese and crackers.
    Now that I review some of the HPL Literary pod casts the name of Algernon Blackwood does pop up. Guess I need to head to the Library.

  • Reber Clark on

    Dear OMP,
    The sound of Algernon Blackwood’s name even gives me shivers. “Roman Remains” was one of the first stories of his I read (long, long ago)and I have enjoyed his stuff, as I find it, ever since. I will join you at The Library.

  • Jake W on

    Hi OMP

    Having read your question above I wondered the same thing and, being English, I decided I’d look into it. From a very quick bit of internet research, there were a few well known English or British authors of old whose work included a horror novel or two, but you wouldn’t usually associate them with horror (H.G. Wells’s ‘Island of Dr Moreau’ for example). The bulk of late 19th Century British horror seems to have come from members of the Order of the Golden Dawn, which I thought was only made up of cocaine-fuelled goat-stroking Egyptologists bent on summoning demons, but the order included a few well known authors whose names crop up on HPpodcraft quite often. Lord Dunsany (Anglo-Irish) is one and Arthur Machen (Welsh) is another – two British writers who heavily influenced Lovecraft.

    An English horror writer not part of the order but writing at around the same time as Lovecraft was William Hope Hodgson. He wrote ‘Carnacki, the Ghost-Finder’ which sounds lame but is actually pretty good. Carnacki is like the Sherlock Holmes of spiritualism and hauntings. The stories don’t deal with eldritch horrors from beyond, but they are creepy and scary enough that I had to stop reading them in bed! 🙂
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnacki,_the_Ghost-Finder

    So this post isn’t totally a digression, good work Chad & Chris on getting us this far on Dream Quest! The home straight is coming up!

  • Robert R. on

    Lovecraft namedrops a few English authors of note in “Supernatural Horror in Literature”. In addition to Hodgson, Blackwood, Machen, and Dunsany, M.R. James is given some well deserved attention.

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