Episode 62 – The Last Test

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Join us as we examine the results of Adolphe de Castro & H.P. Lovecraft’s The Last Test!

Special thanks to our reader, science presenter extraordinaire Marty Jopson.

Oh, and here’s the first episode of Heil Honey I’m Home.

Next Up: History of the Necromonicon and Ibid, with guest James Holloway.

Post Comment 13 comments on “Episode 62 – The Last Test

  • Chrizzie Frizzie on

    Yay! Finally! Having compulsively refreshed my browser repeatedly and single-mindedly for the last few hours, I am rewarded with a FIRST!

    There are not many events I look forward to during the week as much as I look forward to my own little 30 minutes with Chad and Chris and Howard.

  • Brown Jenkin on

    It’s like Christmas every Thursday.

  • Eldeac on

    Speaking of Christmas, will Andrew be reading any poems this year?

  • Justin on

    Great show as always guys, even with a story that’s not very good. But what’s with this squeamishness over saying the name Shub-Niggurath?

    Oh I know what it is, its the fact that part of the name sounds like a certain slur against blacks. Will Murry and Alan Moore have even written Mythos stories where they make jokes about that very fact.

    But never the less Shub-Niggurath is the name of a fairly major Mythos deity. This won’t be the last time we hear about s/he as Shubby (as me and my friends call her/him for short) gets mentioned it quite few more Lovecraft tales and story revisions.

    So lets be adults about this and just say the name alright?

  • Keith McCaffety on

    I didn’t find this story over-long or tedious as you two did. In fact, I liked it quite a bit. But I felt the final sequence was out of place, even jarringly so. I didn’t see any need to introduce the HPL universe. I was so interested in the theme of science’s losing battle against politics and the press, still so relevant today, I wanted to see that theme play out on its own.

    Two phrases summed it up for me –

    *The describing of Clarendon as “careless of worldly affairs with the negligence of genius.”

    *and Clarendon’s quote, “They’d think anything, no matter what happens! Ignorant eyes see nothing, and bunglers are never discoverers. Science never shews her face to that sort.”

    The unethical reporter who used his soapbox to manufacture terrible lies for personal reasons, his compatriots who repeated his lies with casual glee, the thoroughly corrupt politicians and jealous hospital employees who pressed every opportunity for ladder-climbing, all of them extolling opinions they were not qualified to hold. I took all of this very seriously. It sounds SO much like today.

    The disappointment was in the ending. So, yes, I DO agree with you that Clarendon should have had more depth. Surama didn’t need to be a cosmic wizard who requires a pistol to handle his victims and says things like “You’re no fun anymore.” There was just no need for the HPL horror injection.

    Having said all that, I thoroughly enjoyed what HPL had to say about de Castro. What fun!

  • boysmithers on

    Buh, really didn’t like this one. It DRAGGED. I preferred the Electric Executioner also “by” de Castro. Hope you cover the Zealia Bishop Yig-stories too!

  • Genus Unknown on

    Re: Shub-Niggurath, I like the way Morbid Angel pronounce it in “Angel of Disease” – “SHUB nee-GOO-ruth”

  • Brown Jenkin on

    My problem with this story was character motivation. Clarendon’s desire to kill seems to have no point of origin. What would compel Surama to hang around with Clarendon? He’s a revived Atlantean sorcerer. Doesn’t he have anything better to do with his time? Everything seemed contrived, and nothing made sense.

  • Tim Scurr on

    Haven’t listened to ‘cast yet, saving it for work tomorrow, but I didn’t even know this story existed. Is Shub-Niggurath also referred to as the ‘Goat With A Thousand Young?’ I have vague recollections that it may also be referred to as the ‘Black Goat With A thousand Young’ in ‘Thing on the Doorstep’, though I am probably mistaken. If so, is there a Latin root for ‘nig’ relating to dark or black as in the word ‘night’? My old World Book Dictionary doesn’t tell me. PS. Not trying to validate any of the HPL’s crappy social commentaries, just wondering if there may be a non-racist explanantion. PPS Shoot Dr Alan on sight…

  • Justin on

    @ Tim Scurr…

    In Latin the word Niger means “Black.” Note that that is Niger with one “g” unlike the racial slur which has two. However, I don’t believe that in this particular case that the name Shub-Niggurath has anything to do with Lovecraft’s very 1920s views of non-whites. As Robert M. Price has pointed out Lovecraft almost certainly got the name for this particular deity from Lord Dunsany who has a similar named god, Sheol-Nugganoth, in his story “Idle Days on the Yann.” Obviously Lovecraft just switched some letters around and voila the most controversially named Mythos deity of all.

  • Robert Weber on

    Hey, could you guys add nexts week’s stories to the entry? I didn’t catch them at the end of the episode. Thanks.

  • Chad Fifer on

    Next week’s stories have been added – History of the Necronomicon and Ibid.

  • Tim Scurr on

    Hey, many thanks Justin for clearing that up for me. Also gives me a reason to maybe tackle some Dunsany gear (Sheol-Nuggunoth does sound pretty cool). Appreciate the insight.

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