Episode 71 – The Mound – Part 2

Step right up and explore the underworld of Tsath! SEE human-unicorn beasts of burden! HEAR thoughts in your head! And FEEL your body phase out of existence!

Feeling down? HONEY BADGER DON’T CARE!

If you’re in the UK, don’t forget to grab tix for MC Lack-ee’s macabre cabaret – it’s Lovecraft: Reanimated!

OR, if you’re out on the town in NY, check out Things at the Doorstep (featuring music from this podcast).

And here’s a first look at the cover of Ian Culbard’s upcoming adaptation of The Case of Charles Dexter Ward.

HEDONISM BOT!

Next week: Part 3 of The Mound

Post Comment 20 comments on “Episode 71 – The Mound – Part 2

  • Lambda on

    Good to see/hear you back again, guys!

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  • Trey on

    Had to wait until the end, but “Someone has to do the dishes” was worth it. Sorry, for your loss and as always I’m thankful for the show.

  • JBL on

    Rereading this inert behemoth, I remain surprised at how much could have been omitted without doing injustice to the story. Maybe HPL was being paid by the word. It reminds me of the infamous technobabble chapter of the very first Buck Rogers story, Nowlan’s “Armageddon 2419 AD”, which interrupts a pitched battle to spend several pages explaining the workings of repulsor rays. At the outset the reader was warned that if you didn’t care about such things, you should simply skip to the next chapter — a courtesy Lovecraft failed to extend.

    And, yah, you’re not gonna like MEDUSA’s COIL any better. Though that would be a great name for a band, except, you know, that Lacuna Coil is a bit too close.

  • Russell Bynum on

    Perhaps it is blasphemy; but maybe someone should find a way to edit some of these stories, purely editing with no additions save for grammar, to see if something more could be cleaved from them… like a Sunfish. 😛

  • Bassik on

    Glad to have you back so soon. I hope you two are allright.
    Also: great narrator for this story.

  • Sean on

    Another great podcast.
    I like the cover for the Charles Dexter Ward graphic novel but … wait! Isn’t that the crazed hand model from the ‘Electric Executioner’?!

    Seriously can’t wait for Charles Dexter Ward, At the Mountains of Madness was really good.

  • Reber Clark on

    Glad to see you guys are back! “Someone has to do the dishes,” indeed! ROFL. Now that you are back my stars are aligned again. I hate it when they’re unaligned! Makes my underwear ride up.

  • W. H. Pugmire, Esq. on

    The idea of “editing” these tales so as to have less prose by H. P. Lovecraft is blasphemous. Happily, no professional editor would consider doing such an absurd thing. Having just reread “The Mound,” I find all of it superbly written and fascinating. Lovecraft wrote the story for a client, and she must have freaked when the final MS was sent her! Frank Long attempted to abridge the thing when trying to sell it to Weird Tales. The annotated text will soon be published in the two-volume set of THE CRAWLING CHAOS AND OTHERS, edited by S. T. for Arcane Wisdom Press. The jacket illustration is fabulous!

  • Reber Clark on

    I agree with Wilum (Hello, Wilum!) Editing HPL’s stuff is just a bad idea. Didn’t Derleth screw some stuff up that way?

  • Iranon, the singer of songs. on

    Usually my comments are tongue in cheek but this once I’ll make an exception, regarding the notion of (re)editing these stories…
    Firstly, any future revision/editing of these stories is not an option. For better or worse they should remain as they were first published; nobody has a right to second guess how they should or should not have been written. Unless turned over BY the author for editorial revision these works stand (or fall) purely for what they are…
    I don’t imagine H.P.L. will be turning any manuscripts in for revision in the near future…
    As regards August Derleth, I don’t know much about the man but he seems to have been something of a double-edged sword, where Lovecraft is concerned. I believe we should be deeply thankful for his efforts in compiling the works of H.P.L. for publication after the author’s death, but some of his own revisions/additions to the canon were unfortunate…

    H.P.L. obviously loved words and the magical pictures they can weave…

    Let his words be enough…

    ^¤^

  • Brown Jenkin on

    I agree with Iranon. Once you start cutting, there’s no way to know when to stop. Derleth did enough damage.

  • Iranon, the Singer of Songs. on

    Re; Honey Badgers…

    I wish I was so tough that even a cobra bite would rend me only briefly phthisical… 🙂

  • JBL on

    No, I’m not for editing the stories, even though THE MOUND could sure use it. They are Lovecraft’s legacy, and as such should be retained inviolate… even things like THE STREET, which makes this Bishop revision look like Pulitzer material in comparison.

  • Russell Bynum on

    [note to self: a key ingredient for summoning elder gods, or worse, includes the fallout of suggesting editing Lovecraft’s works.]

    I agree editing what already is when the creator is no longer around is a BAD idea… and some might question that if Lovecraft were alive if it would be prudent for him today to do such editing. Still, the responses to my tongue-in-cheek remarks notes a very good reason why I dislike abridged and condensed works; besides the ethics of it all, the practical question of where to begin and stop are daunting.

    Some stories like “The Shunned House” could certainly use some editing down of details to condense information that is not really needed to convey the same message. Perhaps where my comment originated and should have been focused is that, as discussed on the podcast, it would have been nice of Lovecraft had given some thought to brevity in some aspect of certain tales.

    If nothing else, it is good reminder that unless you are on a Lovecraftian level, it is best not to pull a Tolkien when writing your own works. I know that for my own stuff. Equally prudent is knowing how to frame any witty statements… and knowing when to STFU. >_>

  • Brian on

    William Gibson wrote something similar to The Mound, a short story called The Hinterlands. Unlike The Mound, he makes it work by doing just as Fifer and Lackey had suggested – left the entities vague and scary.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hinterlands_%28short_story%29

  • Iranon, the Singer of Songs. on

    Without doubt less is more and in the horror genre this does tend to show quite distinctly at times…
    The 2006 film THEM (original title ILS as it was in French) was a true exercise in terror, purely because of the fact that for the most part the viewer saw nothing but the terror of the two protagonists…

    It appears that Lovecraft sometimes couldn’t see the wood for the trees where his writing was concerned; or perhaps his inclination was to think “take it or leave it”. I don’t know why, but the latter seems more befitting of H.P.L… 🙂

  • Reber Clark on

    RE: March 15 – Anniversary of Lovecraft’s death. Rest in Peace, Howard.

  • Bill Sorensen on

    Have you considered the possible influence on Zardoz? 😉

    And if they’re doing fleshcrafting, they’re probably Tzimisce.

  • Ghooric on

    Your youtube link is dead.

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