Episode 69 – The Electric Executioner

This week we cover a team up by the less-than-dynamic duo of H.P. Lovecraft and Adolphe de Castro!

Also want to let folks know that the Music of the H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast Volume Two is now available with a donation of $10 or more. And if you donate $15 or more, you get both Volume One and Two! (digital downloads – please allow up to a day to receive the soundtrack).

Also, Bizarre Magazine will be showin’ off an article we wrote in this months issue.  And guess what? It’s all about Lovecraft! Check it out!

Next week: The Mound

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  • Steve on

    Is it bad that I genuinely look forward to the terrible stories more than the fantastic ones sometimes? The de Castro episodes are just so damn entertaining.

  • Ruth on

    I commute by train every day and when I was reading this I thought “Oh yeah, I’ve totally ridden with that guy.”

  • Lizz on

    Can’t wait to get my hands on that magazine! And I’m equally excited about this new podcast! Driving to work tomorrow won’t be as painful as usual….

  • Reber Clark on

    ACK! Bad story. But then I’ve done Beauty Pageant orchestra talent charts for money so I can’t really blame HPL too much. A guy’s gotta eat! Still…bleccch.

  • Mirko Stauch on

    Finally de Castro gets credit, because Chad and Chris made this story entertaining at last.

  • Iranon, the singer of songs. on

    I’ve never read The Mound, the title of which brought to mind images of H.P.L. in yet another Dream Sequence, in which he skips gaily through soft scented Lady Gardens, filled with pink petalled lotus blooms and moonbeam bridges, seeking all the while a mythical Nether Mound of which he had heard tell in a previous dream…
    Needless to say, were he to find such a mound it would almost certainly be horrific beyond description and cause him to faint dead away in a swoon… 😉

  • Iranon, the singer of songs. on

    The Electric Executioner seems to be a rather ham-fisted attempt at executing unwary readers through mental immersion in a crock of s**t…!
    Lovecraft seems only vaguely in evidence here – for instance in the protagonist’s fainting fit – but this may well reflect his own disinterest in both this “story” and its author; it rather seems that De Castro got his $16 worth out of HPL and nary a word more… 🙂

  • Tulse on

    However terrible this story is, it’s far better than its source, “The Automatic Executioner”, which can be found in Adolph (Danziger) De Castro’s book “In the confessional and The following”:

    http://www.archive.org/details/inconfessionalan00danziala

    It sounds like De Castro also led a long and, well, “interesting” life (so interesting it appears he changed his last name after abandoning his first wife and kids):

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adolphe_Danziger_De_Castro

  • Kevin on

    When I read a story, I often cast the characters with actors I’m familiar with:

    The investigator–Johnny Depp in Sleepy Hollow mode.

    The Madman on the Train–Lon Cheney, Jr., dissheveled, and not sober.

    Produced by Monogram Pictures, directed by Edward D. Wood, Jr. Perhaps Mr. Wood will write the screenplay.

    Bonus: Criswell the psychic introtroduces the film, speaking of the unspeakable fear of electricutions that our hero has, a fear greater than a death row prisoner!

    In all seriousness, I kind of liked the story–I must be unhealthy.

  • Emily on

    Is it wrong that I enjoy the podcast more when it’s about the bad stories?

    I don’t think anything can “top” The Street, but this one came close.

  • antoined on

    Chad and Chris, great job making what sounds like an absolutely god-awful train-wreck of a story so entertaining!

    By the way, as a rhetorical question directed to HP/De Castro, who has ever has had so little going for them in life that they are indifferent to being stuck in an enclosed space with a dangerous lunatic?

  • Jack on

    Just wanted to make a quick pronunciation nitpick of Gloucester and Innsmouth. It sounds like Gloster, not sure exactly why, I put it down to the local accent which comes from mainly abominable fishermen and fishfolk in general, On that score Innsmouth sfar as I know should sound like Innsmuth. Thanks for the show!

  • Bob on

    Awful story, classic podcast 🙂

    I’m with the guys above – I love listening to Chad and Chris talking about the bad stories just as much as the good ones.

  • Aram on

    This story kills me because of the squandered potential. Exotic locales! Murder! A crazy man on a train! And what was up with the all the setup that didn’t go anywhere? What was the madman looking at out in the darkness? Was the narrator late for his wedding?

    The Mound, though, is a story that I have been looking forward to since I began listening to this podcast.

  • Nick on

    Wait a minute, is this story trying to say the main character is the creator of the device and that he is really the maniac? It would explain why he works in a lab, but still makes no sense.

  • Keith Mccaffety on

    Emily: yes, lol, Ed Wood and Criswell are exactly what this story needs!

  • Chris Jarocha-Ernst on

    > I don’t think anything can “top” The Street, but
    > this one came close.

    I am *so* looking forward to seeing what the podcast makes of “Medusa’s Coil”.

    Aram, I think the madman was actually studying the narrator’s reflection in the mirror, although, as a madman, he could have been looking at things only he could see.

    And yes, Nick, that is what the story says. The man in the train was some sort of psychic projection of Feldon-in-the-mine. That’s actually an improvement over the way de Castro originally had it: “My dear wife alone believes it. ‘It is the projected consciousness, or your Astral Body, that experienced all this,’ she says.” So according to him, the narrator’s Astral Body brought Feldon’s Astral Body into the train. ???

  • Nick on

    Hmmm, interesting comments, thanks for the follow up Chris. I just hope it wasn’t the author’s intention in all of this to make it so ridiculous it only leads to endless speculation, like how James Joyce said, “I’ve put in so many enigmas and puzzles that it will keep the professors busy for centuries arguing over what I meant, and that’s the only way of insuring one’s immortality,” because I don’t think this story, with its bizarre plot, will end up in any collection of Lovecraft stories.

  • tim scurr on

    maybe hpl deliberately wrote a crumby reworking of this dog. After all, it sounds like he wasn’t much a fan of deCastro, and the joker only gave him a handful of dollars for the equally dog-like ‘Last Test”. And he was a total ghost when writing this. Sounds to me like he tried to make it seem deCastro was writing really crappy stories. Okay, crappier stories.

  • Eric on

    Not even HPL could polish a turd but he tried! Read the original and despair!

    It’s a tragedy that Howard spent his all-too-short life on crappy revisions when he could have written more of his stories instead.

  • Jason Thompson on

    The bizarre setup of this story is actually pretty interesting; it’s the resolution and the random Cthulhu references and the psychic/Astral/magical denouement that’s so awful. I like it best when the guy first jumps him and it seems like there’s some sort of horrible sexual assault brewing (not that Lovecraft intended this, obviously).

  • Michelle on

    So some guy *befriending* ghouls so he can get some tasteful boudoir photography of them and cats doing battle on the moon is fine but co-location is preposterous? 😀

  • Mike on

    The combination of the magic words and electricity triggered the portal/teleportation.

  • Lee on

    its also interesting that lovecraft make the guy who is doing the electricution from Rochester,NY did Lovecraft ever vist Western NY?

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