Post Comment 12 comments on “Episode 17 – The Picture in the House

  • feeder_goldfish on

    Andrew Leman’s reading really creeped me out. Seriously. I hope he’s an incredibly talented actor. The alternative is… y’know… disturbing.

  • andrew on

    As an Australian I always wondered what that accent sounded like.
    A great and truely creepy reading
    One might say redolent with eldritch horror!

  • tom morganti on

    Your podcast is as good as your movies! Keep up the good work!

  • tom morganti on

    and we wonder where Stephen King gets his endings from. Great story though.

  • Dagon Dragon on

    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!

  • Joel on

    I’m inclined to agree with the previous commenter, that was my assumption upon my first (and subsequent) readings of the story.

  • Rob on

    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.

  • Timothy Dean on

    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.


  • Jason on

    I LOVE this story. This was the first Lovecraft tale that really got to me.

  • The Haunter of the Dark on

    The words “…bringing to me the oblivion which alone saved my mind” originally made me think that the narrator died.


  • DerSpeigel on

    Great podcast guys

  • Raymond D. Todd on

    Reading the story for the first time. My gut reaction to the ending echoes the comments earlier. When the red blood splatters, I thought it was from the narrator who had been struck. He looks up and sees blood on the ceiling from a possible blow to the back of his own head. And then the thunderbolt was the deathblow. Almost like he is witnessing his own death. It seemed so unlikely that there was an active victim at the very moment that the narrator arrived.

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