Post Comment 31 comments on “Episode 80 – At the Mountains of Madness – Part 4

  • Sean on

    Another great podcast, guys. Why not check out the flashlight museum

  • Sean on

    I tried to add a link to the flashlight museum but I’m not sure it’s displaying it?

  • Genus Unknown on

    Concerning the “flashlight” question, I think you may have been the victim of a misprint.

    The version I’m reading has that line “Were it not for the support of those PHOTOGRAPHS soon to be made public, I would refrain from telling what I found and inferred, lest I be confined as a madman.”

    I’m sure you’ll agree that makes a lot more sense.

  • Chris Lackey on

    DOH! I think a misprint is a logical explanation. Sorry about that.

    And the Flashlight museum is SWEET!

  • Peter on

    Danforth was right; we did find giant penguins!

  • Mike Davey on

    Damn Amazon won’t let me buy Reber’s album.
    Any chance of getting it on too??

  • Mike Davey on

    Regarding “flashlights”..
    The US printing of Joshi’s annotated version uses “snapshots” and notes that HPL actually did write “flashlights” albeit most likely in error.
    However, the UK annotated version (also by Joshi) leaves it in, saying it refers to a photograph taken by artificial light.
    So even the experts don’t seem to know…

  • Mike Davey on

    Sorry. Me again.
    Just checked my six versions of this story (don’t ask) and it’s come out three “flashlights”, two “snapshots” and a “photographs”.
    I’m gonna say “flashlights” wins

  • Bradley Smith on

    I’ve heard somewhere that when the Native peoples of North America first saw the European ships, they were so unfamiliar, so beyond their experience that it wasn’t until the their shaman pointed them out that they actually could see the ships. This seems relevant to the Lovecraft idea of our own significance to the unknown.
    Oh yeah, do you think “…the desparation of mental self defense” could explain my seeing killer clowns in the shower?

  • OK_Computer on

    Great podcast, guys. Just started listening. What would it take for a reading of the entire ATMOM?

  • Alejandro on

    Aw man, they were going to make a game based on the Mountains of Madness called, Call of Cthulhu: Beyond the Mountains of Madness. It was suppose to be released after Destiny’s End a sequel to Dark Corners of the Earth–which was an awesome, but buggy, game. Oh well.

  • Michael Bryan Walt on

    Another fine podcast! Great Googly Moogly — 80 episodes (and more to come, yay). Enjoyed the banter, and you should have Mr. Culband on the show more often. Fun guy. Love his artwork. Again, Reber Clark’s music is just wonderful. I’ve got to buy his Cd’s, when I’ve got the extra dough that is. This podcast is always a favorite time for me. Thanks!!

  • The Gneech on

    I love you guys, but I’ve got to give you a slap on the wrist about Hyperborea vs. the Hyborian Age. They aren’t the same thing at all.

    Hyperborea: According to Greek mythology, a mystical, paradise-like land far to the north where the sun shone 24 hours a day.

    The Hyborian Age: According to Robert E. Howard, a lost period of history after the fall of Atlantis but before recorded time, in which the kingdom of Aquilonia was the greatest jewel, and Conan of Cimmeria rose from a barbarian to become king.

    -The Gneech

  • Henric on


    A got really excited that the superb music was available at amazon. Reber Clark rocks almost as much as you guys! the only problem I have is that I live in Sweden and cannot buy mp3s from amazon. Any idea how to solve that?

  • Genus Unknown on

    Oh, and to address your concerns about Dyer and Danforth’s paper trail, the plan was clearly to use the paper indoors. Dyer specifically mentions that outside, they keep their orientation by reference to the mountains and certain landmarks. Indoors, where they’re examining the murals, is where they use the paper trail, where it’s free of wind and snow.

  • Marcus Good on

    Peter – Lovecraft probably already knew of the fossil giant penguins; _Palaeeudyptes_ was first found in the 1860s, and there was another identified in 1930. Granted, they weren’t necessarily Antarctic in origin, but the idea was easily extracted..

    Bradley Smith – I’ve heard it said that when Europeans first arrived on the east coast of Australia, the Aboriginals were baffled by the size of the “swans” they arrived on, and how they were so easily controlled..

    Meanwhile, great show, guys – Chad’s ”
    WE ARE GOING TO SEE GIANT PENGUINS” had me cracking up laughing whilst driving 🙂

  • Ken on

    In regards to Danforth’s “offensively irrelevant speculations,” the first thing that came to my mind was Leo Getz, the annoying Joe Pesci character from the Lethal Weapon movies–“Hey, guys, you brought beef jerky? Really?! C’mon, guys, the jerky people screw you–you’re just paying for salt! You shoulda got all hard tack! Hey, guys, did you know that male giant penguins rear their young? Hey, guys? GUYS?!”

  • Dark Wanderer on

    I’ve heard rumors that if you live outside the US you can email Reber Clark through his website:

    and get his CDs that way.


  • Dark Wanderer on


    sorry ’bout that.


  • Dark Wanderer on


    Sorry ’bout that!


  • Dark Wanderer on



    Sorry ’bout that!


  • Dark Wanderer on

    I apologize (I apologize) for the redundant (for the redundant) posts (posts)..

  • David P. Nickel on

    Loving this story, which comes as no surprise.
    The comments made about understanding the wall-art and thus gaining insight made me think of the first issue of Alan Moore’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol.II which begins with John Carter and Gullivar Jones on Mars. The issue is largely in Martian(?) and uses imagery to carry the story, but is still easily understandable.
    Thanks for the podcast and keep ’em coming.

  • Tim Scurr on

    Wow, haven’t been able to write for a long while. Great show fellas, getting a new episode is always one of the highlights of my week. There is a very well read audiobook versioin of ‘The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantuckett (please forgive any misspelling) available FOR FREE from Reaaly good, especially if you don’t have the time to sit and read it. Some really horrible cannibalism gear in it (on the high seas rather than a run-down New England home) and natives who are terrified of white thhings and shout out tekilli-li. Right at the end comes some fairly Lovecraftian gear, and the story ends, so it is fairly open-ended. Jules Verne wrote a sequel called ‘ The Antarctic Sphinx’ and it has another name, which I cannot recall, but it kind of sucks and totally drains all the mystery and horror out of ‘Pym’. Think DelToro put an Elder Thing in Hellboy II, being restrained by a bunh of special agent dudes in a room in the secret HQ. Thanks again for doing such an awesome podcast, it’s really inspiring me to have a crack at writing a story for what happened to poor old Reverend Abijah Hoadley from ‘The Dunwich Horror’.

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  • Andrew Leman on

    When we were working on the Dark Adventure Radio version of this story I had some ideas for how those mural carvings could be so informative. Hard to explain, and probably even harder to implement, I think I’m going to save them for when HPLHS does a movie version of this story, one of these days….

  • Joshua Dyal on

    Gneech; in addition, Hyperborea was a country within Howard’s Hyborian age, far to the north. Clark Ashton Smith also had a Hyperborean cycle, but his Hyperborea was a prehistoric Greenland.

  • Kirk Howle on

    When the phrase “monkey man with robot arms” was uttered on this episode, I immediately had to press pause and google that phrase. The wikipedia page that came up did not disappoint. What a crazy and hilarious story! Well, hilarious except for the fact that people died. But the police sketches are certainly worth a look. Curious George gone bad?

  • Ghooric on

    The Amazon link is dead.

  • Ryan Thomas on

    Stuck home with a broken ankle in a support boot, I’ve found wonderful distraction in the H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcasts. The insights are humbly shared, not pompous, and the humor tickles me. Episode 80’s joke, for example, between I.N.J., Chris, and Chad regarding alien IKEA furniture falling apart had a natural, flowing build up. Once I.N.J.’s quick-witted genius connected Allen wrenches to the repeatedly seen five-pointed stars, my laughter spiked. It brought about the need to pee. Luckily, like Chad and the red-shoed man on Hollywood Blvd., I didn’t have pants to remove as I hobbled to the toilet.

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