Episode 84 – The Shadow Over Innsmouth – Part 1

This week, we’re podcasting a Shadow Over Innsmouth!

Joining us on our strange and secret investigation this week are guest Matt Burriesci and reader Andrew Leman.

Please have a look at the PEN/Faulkner Foundation

While you’re having a spin of the HPLHS’s radio drama adaptation of this story…

More fishiness next week!

Post Comment 30 comments on “Episode 84 – The Shadow Over Innsmouth – Part 1

  • Mike Davey on

    Nice to hear you start on my all-time favourite story.
    Very entertaining (I’m still chuckling at “The Terrible Old Man and the Sea”!)
    I think Chris is trying to remember Vincent Schiavelli (although if you’re talking “Cuckoo’s Nest”, don’t forget Michael Berryman, too….
    Roll on next week, it’s beginning to look a lot like fish-men.

  • Al Bruno III on

    I am still listening but I have to say that Andrew Leman your readings of this rock.

  • Traveler on

    Yes, it’s the Shadow over Innsmouth! The first Lovecraft tale I read. Still my favourite.
    And could I pretty please have a hardcover version of “The Terrible Old Man and the Sea” when you publish it? I would make you a *bzzzzt” surprising *bzzzt* offer for it.

  • Pete on

    Haven’t listened to the episode yet, but had to mention this before I forgot. Apologies if this is brought up in the podcast, but my girlfriend pointed out something interesting. Have you noticed that the “act like a zombie” sequence from “Shaun of The Dead” bears some quite shocking similarities to the narrators “act like a denizen of Innsmouth” method of escape from Innsmouth?

  • kyle everett sember on

    THIS IS AWESOME! My all time favorite Lovecraft story! I will have to do some new stuff on Cthutube in honor of this.

  • Brown Jenkin on

    I can’t believe no one mentioned the joke in the name of the hotel. Gill-man?

  • agent1815 on

    YES! This is the first Lovecraft story that I read too, back in one of those Del Ray Bloodcurdling Tales editions, and the one that really got me hocked on HPL. I can’t wait to hear the other episodes; I’m on tinder hooks to hear Andrew Lehman as Zadok!

  • Mirko Stauch on

    There wwe go! So great!

  • Alejandro on

    I wonder if you guys could talk about the Video Game, The Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth. Much of the game’s plot centers around what happened before The Shadow Over Innsmouth.

  • Keith McCaffety on

    Dude! What was that horrifying wail at the end?? Startled the hell outta me!

    Can’t say this is one of my favorite stories, though. Sorry.

    Add Jack Elam to the list, BTW.

  • Russell Bynum on

    As you’re still in need of funds, might I suggest moar Podcraft music released. (see post in general section of forum).

  • Rx3 on

    This story seems to be the one that ties all my friends together. So happy to hear it covered. Keep up the fantastic work guys :w

  • clancy david cha'a on

    Hi, Chris Lackey and Chad Fifer, I just want to let y’all know that I really do enjoy the podcast and I hope that you continue keep up the good work. There is one thing I do need to to tell y’all about Lovecraft when he wrote “Shadow over Innsmouth”, it was very problematic for him because it was a reversion to his former xenophobias that he had during his youth. At this time in his life Lovecraft was became more open minded towards other cultures and had more healthier conversations with his correspondents about race, men and civilaztions,and also became more open to life and improved writing. In a way Lovecraft was almost ebarrass by the “Shadow over Innsmouth” because it harkens back to his former xenophobias,however The “Shadow over Innsmouth”, to me is a great story in my opinion next to “At the Mountain of Madness”,”The Call of Cthulhu”,and the “Dunwich Horror”. I hope that y’all will receive my message thank you. P.S. I love the “At the Mountains of Madness” graphic novel thanks for recommending it, great book! There is also a documentary called Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown, its very informative about Lovecraft I would advise checking it out.

  • Reber Clark on

    Another ‘cast that I am thoroughly enjoying. Being a HUGE Hemingway fan, I loved the bit about The Terrible Old Man and the Sea. Speaking of “video games” no one has mentioned the old interactive text adventure Anchorhead (maybe I’m too old). It was a great creepy game based on this story. I believe it is still available at http://www.wurb.com (by Google search). Looking forward to Part TWo!

  • TheSnark on

    Yes, ‘Anchorhead’ is awesome.
    Almost certainly the best text game I’ve played.

    (Also, it’s not that old – it’s from 1998… Okay, I suppose that IS pretty old now…)

  • Elderac on

    All your readers are good, but my all time favorite has to be andrew.

    If you are looking for suggestions for the next reading, I would like to suggest the Music of Erich Zann read by Andrew.

  • Marcus Good on

    I regularly refer to people living in the area where I work as having “the Midlands look”, in reference to this tale..

    And maybe as a special musical conclusion to an episode, we can get an airing of “It’s beginning to look a lot like fish-men”? 😉

  • Reber Clark on

    I agree with Elderac – Andrew is just the best.

    Agree with Marcus as well – “Fishmen” would be a fun intro!

  • Alex M on

    Chad you should do stand-up! A ‘Cthulhu Comedy Club’ doesn’t sound too shabby.

    As jourik said, the Atlanta Radio Theatre Company is stellar and have done several great H.P. Lovecraft dramatizations. You’ll need to ctrl+f Atlanta Radio to find it though as it is near the bottom of the page. The BBC Radio 4 documentary on Lovecraft ‘The Young Man of Providence’ just below it is worth a listen too.

    ARTC takes some liberties with their adaptations, (such as introducing a romantic subplot between Ammi Pierce and Nabby Gardner in The Colour Out of Space) but the overall feel remain faithful to the stories. Thomas E. Fuller of ARTC also wrote an original story ‘The Dancer in the Dark’ that is set in the Cthulhu Mythos and seems to be heavily influenced by Yig and The Mound.

    Also everyone should watch Stuart Gordon’s Dagon. It is a surprising faithful adaptation, plot-wise of The Shadow Over Innsmouth. The beautiful Macarena Gómez playing high-priestess is good too. 🙂

  • heidi kinder on

    I totally disturbed the peace of the library when somebody made a reference to the spooky Latino in Ghost. I hadn’t thought about that guy in years. Also, Matt you sound really smart. And lastly I loved the baby wailing at the end. It was glorious.

  • ennui on

    Please do a podcast episode devoted to The Terrible Old Man and the Sea. Please.

  • resident poltergeist on

    Hey, I just stumbled upon this what seems to be an awesome site! Is there any way to listen to the uninterrupted reading? not that your chit chat wasn’t intelligent or funny, but I’d prefer (and I’m sure I’m not alone with that..) to have it separate from the actual podcasted reading of the story.. Or did I miss something, and this is just a pre”view”? Please tell me, cause Lewman’s voice and articulation plus the moody sounds and music make a great listening experience, never heard a lovecraft audio being produced so well! the more painful its being disrupted by your elaborate conversation.. again: don’t get me wrong, thank you people for this project, but please: help me out!

  • Chad Fifer on

    @resident poltergeist – the show format is a discussion of the work. There are lots of full readings available of Lovecraft’s work, and we do produce them occasionally as means of raising money. These reading are available on our site – The Haunter of the Dark, From Beyond, Picture in the House, Cats of Ulthar and Cool Air. Other audiobooks are available from itunes, etc – but it’s not our primary focus. Thanks for listening!

  • Joshua Dyal on

    Not only is ‘Phoenix and the Sword’ a Conan story, it’s the *first* Conan story.

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  • T. W. Archer on

    Plum Island, Massachusetts is not the same place as Plum Island, New York, “Anthrax Island,” referenced in ‘The Silence of the Lambs,’ and a real place where infectious disease experiments are conducted by the U.S. government. It is one of the only places in the world where small pox is still kept in viable cultures. It would be super sweat if HPL had mentioned it, and later the island became what it is today, but they are in fact two different places. Anyway keep it up. Y’all rock!

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  • Charlotte on

    Hey–the party for this bad boy has long since ended, but I wonder if anyone knows what Matt Burriesci is referring to when he mentioned that one of Doyle’s stories contains some type of government-wide conspiracy? I can’t think of any off the top of my head, so I’m all curious. Hope there’s someone out there who knows this better than me!

  • Brandon on

    What is the music used during the opening paragraph to this story? They use it often, I can’t find it on Reber Clark’s page, so not sure if it’s his. Thanks

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